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Into May already and just about in the middle of our Autumn. This is usually the nicest of our four seasons as Spring tends to be a bit hit or miss in that some years we seem to go straight from Winter to Summer, whereas Autumn tends to be more consistent with light winds and maximum temperatures around the mid-twenties. Earlier in the year we benefited from catching the edge of the rain band associated with Cyclone Debbie and picked up a much needed four inches of rain. Amazingly that rain took the dam from empty of three quarters full. Some follow up rain would be most welcome now but the farmers are going ahead with the planting of winter crops, typically barley and sorghum in this area.

No great news re the Nimbus! The engine has been stripped down and the seal failure confirmed so now it’s a matter of determining if the crankshaft has to go to the factory or not to have the new seal fitted. Once that work has been done, it’s then a matter of putting the glider on the market. I have so many happy memories of flying the big glider but it’s time to move on.

Maren and I didn’t get to Europe last year because of the course that I was doing, but we are now less than a week away from going to the UK to see my sister and her family, as well as flying over to Germany to see our son and his family. Two years is a long time in the lives of growing children but we’re confident that they won’t have forgotten who we are! All we need now is favour in terms of getting on flights and good weather for our time in Europe!

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