ell the pheasant season has started, I have done reasonably well so far with my new 28 bore and also have managed to find time for a range day. Bisley at 600 yards was the plan but the weather gods decided to tease us, No wind but a mist so dense that we couldn't see 200 yards in front. Eventually the grown ups moved us to the 200 yard point on Short Siberia and even that was sticky. Eventually about an hour of shooting was had and as the lunch klaxon went it took the mist with it and a glorious afternoon ensued.
Not quite the mecca of sport you would hope for, Wembley is a toilet full of sports bars and kebab shops and noisy people and Willesden is even less attractive.
I'm here for work, the evil 4 letter word, dealing with contractors who seem to take 3 steps back for every step forward but that's why we are here to chivvy them along! Still I have had a few nights in a hotel courtesy of the main contractor and a good nights sleep it has been. Here's some footage of the works;
Typically it seems loads of blokes stood around waiting to be shouted at.
I'm looking forward to next Saturday and a return to Pheasants.
Its been a week and I've been lazy but what a start to my season, by lunch break the tally really looked good;
Some of the cock birds were from last year or neighbouring shoots (not that I can name any) as our birds this year seem to have very short tail feathers;
The bag total by close of play was 35 birds shot with an average of one bird for 4 cartridges which is an improvement over last year, my little 28 bore added 3 to the bag with 2 missed and a missed pigeon (oh the shame)!;
The next day I spent some time on the clay pigeons and didn't do as well as I should have!
Another month goes by and Ben and I trek up to Yorkshire again, managed to collect some trials 7mm Mk1z ammo from 1970 for the ill fated EM2 and a nice Remington 700 in 6.5 x 55 for conversion to a wildcat.
Fairly rare I know!
We then headed up to Sheffield, collected Alex, spent the weekend drinking beer, watching Bowling and eating Curries;
The Weber cup in Barnsley
Sunday saw us up early and back on the road south, we dropped into Coventry airport for the air museum and the DC6 Diner;
Actually Yorkshire but listening to the radio I was taken back to the Caribbean in 97 when every sentence included the name of the island we were on otherwise it wouldn't sell whatever they were punting!
Welcome to Yorkshire.
So that was the straightliners scooter shoot off, no results as I was gobsmacked! That said next door is the Yorkshire air museum which ate up sunday;
So all in all a knackering weekend, 700 miles travelled and glad to be back!
Pilot Officer James Armitage Rinder, 05/01/1945 aged 24, 415 Sqn RCAF
Rest In Peace.
The soldiers of the Light Infantry, my regiment, murdered during Operation Banner. Rudman John Pte 21 LI 2nd Bn 15/09/71 Dungannon-Coalisland Road Armagh Gunshot brother KIA 30/9/72 Jones Richard Pte 21 LI 18/08/72 Roden Street Belfast Gunshot Whitelock Arthur Sgt 24 LI 24/08/72 Shantallow, Londonderry Londonderry Gunshot Rowe Ronald Pte 21 LI 28/08/72 Ardoyne Belfast Gunshot Stoker Tommy Pte 18 LI 19/09/72 Belfast Gunshot Died after being ac cidentally shot on 29th july 1972. Rudman Thomas Pte 20 LI 1st Bn 30/09/72 Ardoyne Belfast Gunshot brother KIA 15/9/71 Kennington Alan L/Cpl 20 LI 28/02/73 Ardoyne Belfast Gunshot Taylor Thomas Cpl 26 LI 13/05/73 Donegall Road Belfast Bomb Gaskell John Pte 22 LI 14/05/73 Donegall Road Belfast Bomb DoW Roberts Reginald Pte 25 LI 01/07/73 Ballymurphy Belfast Gunshot killed on his birthday Miller Richard L/Cpl 21 LI 18/09/73 Nr Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast Gunshot Hall Stephen Pte 27 LI 28/10/73 Crossmaglenn Armagh Gunshot Turnball Richard Pte 18 LI 29/06/77 West Belfast Belfast Gunshot Harrison Lewis Pte 20 LI 09/08/77 New Barnsley RUC Stn Gunshot Harrison Michael Pte 19 LI 29/08/77 West Belfast Belfast Gunshot Salthouse David Cpl 23 LI 06/12/82 Droppin-Well Pub, Ballykelly Londonderry Bomb one of 11 killed Curtis Geoffrey Pte 20 LI 1st Bn 10/07/83 Ballymurphy Belfast Bomb Bishop Blair Pte 19 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Bullock Peter Pte 21 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Burfitt Jason Pte 19 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Greener Richard Pte 21 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Lewis Alexander Pte 18 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Norsworthy Mark T Pte 18 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Wilkinson Stephen Pte 18 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Winter Jason Pte 19 LI 1st Bn 20/08/88 Ballygawley-Omagh Road Tyrone Landmine 1 of 8 killed Turner P Pte 18 LI 28/08/92 Crossmaglenn Armagh Gunshot RIP, Gone but not forgotten! Not forgotten either is Nick Blythe and Jason Willby. Both died in NI, tragically Nick was killed in a vehicle accident whilst on ops and Jason Sadly took his own life.
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