Sunday, 26 February 2017
We have just got home after a two day sojourn to Shropshire. On the way we called in to the NEC Birmingham (my first ever visit to this massive exhibition centre) and I had lots of fun exploring the hundreds of caravans on show. (They are very glitzy these days with all mod cons – showers, microwaves, etc.) I was in and out of them until my knees gave way from stepping up and stepping down. We then drove on to our county house hotel in the little market town of Shifnal.
We chose this hotel as it is close to RAF Cosford where my daughter is currently stationed. It was a bit like Fawlty Towers although we grew quite fond of the place by the time we left. Our room was quite spooky, dark wood panelling, fireplace, creaky floorboards, big draughty sash windows. It was the first time I had seen a Corby trouser press in many a year. I thought I would take a luxurious bath in the huge bathroom tub but there was no hot water. The manager was very apologetic and blamed Storm Doris. Dinner that evening was a quiet affair, we were the only people in the restaurant! Service was excellent though. Breakfast was an impressive buffet, Paul almost managed to flood the entire show when the orange juice dispenser fell apart in his hands. Pietr, our waiter, was also very confused when I enquired how big the haddock was for breakfast.
On Saturday we met Kat and took a tour of the RAF Museum. The collection of aircraft is housed in two massive hangars and is certainly very impressive. Paul was like a kid in a sweet shop. It was very moving reading the stories of airmen from World War I and II. There was a letter from a pilot to his parents asking them to send him some spare underwear. Two weeks later he was shot down and killed.
I joined Kat in a Red Arrows simulator, I had a moment of terror when the doors closed on us but in actual fact it was no different to being rattled around on the number 55 bus to Swindon. The G-force was minimal.
I will leave you with a photo of me embarrassing my daughter by trying on her ice hockey kit.