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Today we only went for a short walk from Bulwell, past the Hucknall Aerodrome and continuing on criss-crossing the motorway several times. Its a good walk but not very challenging.

This weekend the Aerodrome was having some sort of air show, though unlike other years, the planes were parked at the far end of the field, meaning that I was unable to take any pictures from the side. I think the organisers must had done that on purpose to discourage people enjoying the planes for free.

A little way past Bulwell park itself is a stables and a small selection of houses at the end of a long drive way with a cattle gate at the end. The owners of the land were closing the gate and refusing access because of all the cars that were trying to park on their property for free.

Just as we were approaching the closed gate an unmarked police car with two uniformed officers drew close next to us. They wanted to turn their car around and wanted me to open the gate. I said to the gentlemen that they wanted to turn around and that they were policemen, but the angry man just didn’t seem to be listening and said “No they are not coming in here!” – Okay I thought and tried to tell him again who they were, but still he wasn’t listening. Hmmm

Then I asked whether we could come in as we wanted to use the public footpath. He said no and told us to use the public footpath gate which they had put a piece of barb wire on it holding it shut. If anyone even tried to open that gate they would end up in hospital sue-ing the bleeding idiot that put rusty barb wire on a gate post, just perfect to shred a child’s hand.

The angry guy’s face was a picture when the policeman got out of the car and was told to open the gate. Funny enough on our return journey past here the gates were wide open.

We walked past onto the footpath going towards hucknall and it was around here where I was able to take a couple of pictures of the aircraft in the display since they were using the location as a way point.

The shot below is a Hurricane:

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And my favourite world war 2 plane is the spitfire and I was lucky enough to take this shot from almost the same position:

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Both pictures are quite small since they were taken with a standard digital camera with only a 4 x optimal zoom and obviously being aircraft they were quite high up. The shots were taken at maximum resolution and then heavily cropped and sharpened when I got home using Paintshop Pro that I think I must have had for 8 or 9 years and it still does its job!

I did take some other shots of planes doing stunts expelling smoke but none of those pictures worked very well and just looked like a smoke with a few dots where the planes were! Perhaps I should had gone to the actual air show.

I enjoy these sorts of walks where different things happen like being buzzed by a spitfire. That doesn’t happen to me very often.

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Today we decided to go for a walk up Misk Hills, which are Hills located roughly between Hucknall and Annesley in Nottinghamshire. We parked up on the slip road next to St Mary’s church on, I think its called “Church Road”. [Read More]

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Today we decided to go for a walk up Misk Hills, which are Hills located roughly between Hucknall and Annesley in Nottinghamshire. We parked up on the slip road next to St Mary’s church on, I think its called “Church Road”. I should know the name of the road as It’s one historically I’ve biked along only a few hundred times in my youth.

We crossed over the road onto the public footpath that led up along side a very steep ploughed field. Its a good walk to get you panting and sweating. The weather today was really warm with sunny spells. When the sun was out, its was strong and I felt the top of my head burning again. Baldness does have one or two negatives! Once you have climbed the hills of course, you do get some stunning views of the town below.

The bizarre route I was taken by my guide took me along numerous fields, some harvested and others waiting to be done. At least today, almost 90% of the walk was on solid ground, though to his credit he still did find some mud and soft ground that took some careful treading. One field was particularly difficult had it looked like a large herd of cattle had been through it the day before and left it a multitude of sunken hoof prints. When I say hoof prints, it was more like leg prints has they were really quite deep and you could quite easily loose your footing in them.

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In terms of wild life there is a fair bit about, though its hiding from you. You do see quite a few birds in the hedge rows and there’s of course insects galore. The public footpath in places is a bit overgrown at the sides and nettles stand 5 foot tall in places, that perhaps need some trimming. Luckily, next to the nettles there were a fine selection of dot leaves, which I did use myself as even I was stung by something. I don’t think it was a nettle though as the sting lasted all night and inside the next day.

On return my guide wanted me to take a couple of pictures of his front garden and send them into the news paper. This I did, though its not the sort of picture I would had sent in personally.

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Its hard getting a good picture of flowers in a built up area where there’s houses and lampposts in the background. His garden was narrow and so it was next to impossible to get everything in shot and to be in-line to the edge of the driveway. All I can say, be thankful for inventive cropping!

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Samson WoodMy uncle arrived at 2pm as usual and mentioned that the local paper had printed another one on my pictures. It was a picture I’d had taken a couple of weeks prior in Samsons Wood near Calverton. It was the picture of the halfway cut through the woodland with tall straight trees on both sides. I thought at time of taking that he might get in the paper as it is quite an interesting shot. [Read More]

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Woodland Path

My uncle arrived at 2pm as usual and mentioned that the local paper had printed another one on my pictures. It was a picture I’d had taken a couple of weeks prior in Samsons Wood near Calverton. It was the picture of the halfway cut through the woodland with tall straight trees on both sides. I thought at time of taking that he might get in the paper as it is quite an interesting shot.

I was quite worried going out this afternoon whether I was going to be rained on yet again and armed myself with an appropriate umbrella. We parked up in bulwell Park near the golf course, as we start walking out of the back of the park you could hear the engine noise of aeroplanes close by. I looked up one moment and saw a Lancaster bomber, a Spitfire and hurricane flying in formation very low. It was incredibly noisy and you could feel the sound through your feet. That was a bloody awesome sight! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera ready to take the picture and anyway they were quite a few trees blocking the view.

Blue Plane

We continued towards the noise/hucknall aerodrome. The foot path wrapped around the edge of the airfield and so I was able to take pictures of planes taxi-ing to the runway. These were mostly hobbyists aircraft as the military ones had flown in from somewhere with a larger runway. My position myself nicely at the end of the taxiway and helpfully the aircraft pilots stopped just in shot, which allowed me to take the picture! It was almost the perfect location. Another photographer had the perfect location as he sat on the turn between the taxiway and the runway itself, so his pictures probably came out a lot better than mine. We had missed the majority of the display, which apparently was earlier in the day. It didn’t matter, as we hadn’t really come to see it anyway.

White Plane

We walked around the back of Hucknall and I took the shot of the countryside. There was nothing really spectacular, but there are some decent views. One in particular that caught my eye was the view over the fields towards Watnall Brickyard (4 towers in the background). Apparently during the Second World War fighter pilots that is landed at the aerodrome used to use the four chimneys as a navigational aid. I am not sure but I think Spitfire’s could had been stationed here. On the border of one of these fields, there was a row of poppies growing and I just thought it was appropriate at the same time as a hurricane was banking and sweeping through the skies. We walk past the aerodrome on the way back and most of the planes that had taken part in the meeting were preparing to leave.

Watnall Brickyard Chimneys

We got home earlier than usual as it was only a short walk. I was really tired and slept like a baby last night.

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