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Festival of Flight

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Welcome to the ‘Kingdom of Mourne’!
This magnificient area was the setting for the Festival of Flight this past weekend.

The Mourne Mountains are Northern Ireland’s highest mountains with Slieve Donard being the highest peak at 2789 feet. Now I know in the grand scale of things they’re aren’t huge but they certainly are beautiful!

I want to thank you all for the ‘finger crossing’ I asked for last Friday because the weather on Saturday in this little corner of Northern Ireland was lovely. When we left home it was pouring and we gathered together raincoats, umbrellas, and wellies but when we got to Newcastle, Co Down the one thing we needed and didn’t bring were our sunglasses!

We had brought a picnic with us and we settled down on the beach in the sun and waited for the air show to begin.

The air display included the French Patrouille Reva, the Irish Air Corps and a US World War 2 Mustang but there is no doubt the stars of the show were the RAF Red Arrows!!

The display that these pilots put on was amazing!

Something I don’t think I have shared with you before is that I have had a lifelong facination with airplanes, I love them, I could spend all day at an airport watching them take off and land. So an air display is a real treat for me.

I’m pleased to say that one of the Red Arrow pilots is a woman. Perhaps I’ll be a pilot and fly a Red Arrow when I grow up (whenever that might be!). 😉

The photo above was taken by my husband as his camera is much better at fast faraway things than mine and to be honest this was so exciting I wanted to watch it not photograph it!

They finished their absolutley brilliant display with their famous Red Arrow heart with the arrow through the centre! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this. 🙂

Now the dark clouds gathered over the mountains but then moved on to thankfully rain on someone else. We wandered around the little town which as well as many pretty little gift shops has a yarn shop and a lovely bead shop, then we had our evening meal in a gorgeous Italian restaurant. We then went to the music festival in the evening to watch my son’s band play.

Of course General Fiasco were brilliant! 🙂

We finished off our day at the seaside with one of these. You just have to, don’t you! 😉

So another lovely summer day out came to an end, don’t you just wish it could be summer all the time!

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Ruth August 8, 2011 - 1:42 pm

What a great day you had! 🙂

marigold jam August 8, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Not sure if my comment got posted or not – it disappeared! In case not what I said was Now I can picture where those mountains of mourne sweep down to the sea. It looks stunning – thanks for sharing your day out with us. Can I have a lick of your ice cream?!

Annie August 8, 2011 - 2:28 pm

A thread of connection … I wondered where the Red Arrows were going as I watched them roar over my house in North Wales … they were on their way to draw a sky heart for you 😀

I share your fascination with all metal winged things … I wanted to be an RAF pilot like my Dad, but I was before my time … the RAF chaps at the 1979 careers festival laughed at me, they said women would never fly jets, something about weird shaped flying suits and the terrible effect of G-forces on things gynaecological … I’m so glad we’ve proved them wrong.

Robin August 8, 2011 - 2:53 pm

That sure was a great day. Loved the red arrow heart, that must have been something to see. Was it real noisy? That’s the only part I don’t like but then again it is so exciting. So glad you needed your sunglasses instead. Thanks for sharing, xoRobin❤

@home August 8, 2011 - 2:56 pm

Wow, It looks like you had a fabulous day, such lovely countryside too. I know what you mean about being behind a camera, you feel a bit detached from the real thing, don’t you…. a lovely shot of the sun going down, yes I do wish it could be summer all the time 🙂
Sue Xxx

Jane August 8, 2011 - 3:32 pm

I knew that my crossed toes would work for you Vivienne ;0) what a lovely day you had. I think the red arrows are just in a class of their own, wonderful to watch. I’m with you and planes…I love them and I also love the roar and force as you take off in a plane…great sensation. I was really interested to read about your son’s band…I wish them well and shall look out for them.
Have a great week
Jane x

Pomona August 8, 2011 - 4:39 pm

Stunning skies and mountains! It must have been an amazing weekend.

Pomona x

Mia August 8, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful, wonderful day, Viv! I am so happy the weather was beautiful! And despite my blog-post today I also wish that summer would be here all the time. I really do 🙂

Happy new week, the shawl in your last post seems so lovely, will it be ready this week already (of course not as it’s summer still!!!)?


Patty August 8, 2011 - 8:02 pm

Oh I say those mountains are so dramatic, I appreciate any size of hill which is probably something to do with living in one of the flattest parts of the UK. Such a stunning setting for the air display, I love the Red Arrows and you’ve got some fab pictures. Glad you enjoyed it and the concert.
The ice cream looks delicious, proper ice cream and not that soft whippy stuff that’s full of air and no substance.
Sally x

Marie August 8, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful time ~ it’s been years since I have been to Newcastle & we used to have the red arrows here in Newtownards every year but alas they too are something I have seen in years !!!!!!

soil*liset August 9, 2011 - 7:44 am

Wauw the heart the planes made… smashing! Indeed, what a great day you had!!!!

lily August 9, 2011 - 8:26 pm

Thanks for letting us take part in your fantastic day out Vivienne, those mountains look stunning, the air display exciting and you must have been so proud of your son and his band.

lily x

Simone August 10, 2011 - 9:18 am

Such a wonderful day of beautiful views, an air show, food, entertainment, ice creams and seaside. I wish I could have swapped places with you! x

tinajo August 10, 2011 - 7:58 pm

Those surroundings are gorgeous – how lucky you are to have that to see! Looks like it was a great festival! 🙂

Nina - Tabiboo August 11, 2011 - 8:56 am

What a beautiful sight. I love those mountains and red sky.

Nina x

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