Wednesday, 26 February 2014

So many plans, so little time...

I've been time-juggling again. 2014 looks to be panning out into a year of extreme awesomeness (technical term) which is absolutely lovely, but does mean that there seems to be a rather a lot of fine balancing of things I really "want" to do over other things that I really "want" to do but are happening at the same time. I did suggest earlier on that the obviously solution for this would be for someone to invent a giant photocopier for weekends, but nobody has, yet. Well, unless you know differently? No, thought not.

We've got a massive number of lovely cheery and exciting adventures already lined up. A return to Orkney (travelling up via the Sleeper again) and a few days with my lovely pal up there. If the weather could possibly play nicely and be as good as last year we'd be grateful...


I'm planning some more visits to Lincolnshire including hopefully one coming up quite soon to watch these chaps practising...


The Hebrides again of course - we're on target with our savings for this and I'll be starting my usual "Hebrides Countdown" posts in a few weeks. This year has the added excitement of new accommodation (on the gorgeous west side of North Uist, with views over to the sea, we hope) and hopefully a signal via my broadband dongle to make blogging less of a precarious perched-on-a-rock-at-the-top-of-a-hill experience!


There will be various camping weekends again - we're already talking about Kent again for one or another Bank Holiday weekend and might well try to renew our National Trust Membership again before then. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Dover and the North Foreland lighthouse last year and fancy finding more places to see down there.


The National Trust membership will also cover us for visiting the Farne Islands again - something we're hoping to do for the third time during 2014. Ideally we'll get over there slightly earlier than last time and see more evidence of the puffins - they're such funny looking little chaps...


...and I now know just how good my new lens is going to be for wildlife stuff!

On the subject of all things airborne a bit of excitement was announced on the Aviation front this week with the RAF Battle Of Britain memorial Flight announcing that the only other airworthy Lancaster Bomber is the world - based over in Canada - will be travelling to the UK for a visit during August. Tremendously exciting for those of us who are interested in such things and very likely to be a once in a lifetime chance to see the two old girls flying together. Let's face it, the BBMF puts on a pretty special display anyway...


Of course for all those things that are being planned, often another has to be scrapped. I won't be visiting Cardiff for the speedway Grand Prix again this year - they changed the dates last year and we missed it as we were on holiday and, do you know what, we didn;t miss it as much as we thought. This year the date is back in July again, but it clashes with the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire, which will include a special event to honour the Red Arrows 50th Display season, and I'm going there instead. There is unlikely to be any visits to Duxford either, as we're away for one of their big shows and the other clashes with our annual trip to Ludlow for the Food Festival. other things can hopefully be worked out so that several things can be fitted into a weekend - for example travelling from Dartmouth on the Saturday of Regatta to Bournemouth airshow - one I've always wanted to visit.

There are also plans for meals out with friends, the speedway season is creeping up on us, at least one gig booked (Manic Street Preachers), Food festivals, Beer festivals (well of course!) and lots of airshows - the only problem might be keeping track of everything (and paying for it all!). That's not such a bad problem to have though when it means such a great fun-filled year ahead - so nice to have things to look forward to with enthusiasm during the cold, damp winter months!

Robyn

7 comments:

Marksgran said...

We're on a countdown to our holiday in Florida. It's lovely to have something to look forward to isn't it. We've been saving like mad for it and its good to know we won't come back to big bills from it. Sounds like your year will be a good one.

Robyn said...

Oh MG how exciting! I bet you can't wait! I agree completely about saving for holidays too - surely it must take some of the enjoyment from the holiday to still be worrying about how it will be paid for while you're there?!

Scarlet said...

So many lovely things for you to look forward to Robyn!
I'm hoping that we'll be lucky enough to have a good summer again this year. I think that might soften the blow of us not going on holiday!

alifetimeofdiy said...

Slightly jealous that you are seeing the manics. Don't think I have seen them live since D was born :( although must admit I'm not that keen on their newer stuff.

Sounds like you've got a fantastic year ahead. Enjoy x

Robyn said...

Scarlet - think about lovely, shiny, toasty warm radiators...the lack of holiday WILL be worth it!
N - first time seeing them for us - it's MrEH's Christmas present! :-)

Debbie said...

We're excited about the Lanc coming over too - would love to see them both together!

Have I ever mentioned my husband had a tail down taxi ride in Just Jane at East Kirkby a couple of years ago? He loved it, a really memorable experience, especially as his Dad was on them in WW2.

Robyn said...

Oh wow - Debbie that's fantastic! Lucky him! It's going to be quite a year I think - just had word last week that the Reds display for this year will be a specially extended one too!