I actually wrote this piece last year and made a conscious decision to give up flying about two weeks later. I have, I am pleased to say, only been in a plane eight times since. Of course, the current situation makes flying almost impossible anyway. Good, we're saving the planet....
|The terrain as it stands|
|Upper middle of shot - Isle of Sheppey and beyond - The Medway Estuary.|
I do a lot of flying. I have been very privileged to see many wonders over the years but some times you just can't believe your luck. On the way back from holiday approaching London City Airport I realized our approach was easterly and the fair weather was providing a marvellous view of the south coast as we came in at about 20,000 feet. I have done this trip countless times and I then thought - we'll go right over Sheppey and..... The Medway Estuary!
|Mouth of the Medway - Garrison Point on the lower left - Musselbank channel upper right|
Gwen!... budge over and let me have the window seat. Let's see how good this iPhone camera actually is today.
|Garrison Point Fort can be seen clearly on the spit at lower centre - The Dutch captured it and sailed down the channel|
The pilot, British Airways, God and the weather were all on my side today. I was making the run at exactly the time when de Ruyter's ships would have been in the middle of their attacks each day during the Medway campaign - around 1300 hours.
|Battle ground (water) Musselbank to Gillingham - the chain ran from the island top right to the far shore.|
Clicking like mad I was able to get some pretty wonderful views of my current project in real life.
Mrs H couldn't quite understand why I said that this had actually been the highlight of my entire holiday but smiled indulgently and went back to watching her ipad as I welded my face to the window and strained to get the best view of each stretch of the vista. I could see her replaying the previous two weeks in her head and thinking... THIS made your holiday? Are you mental?
|When you know what you are looking for! - Gillingham to Rochester passing the Chatham stretch at centre right.|
Look! said I, that stretch there is the table I just built a few weeks ago, do you recognize it?
|Actually playing the game|
|Medway - Campaign panorama|
|Chatham stretch - Royal Dockyard, Whitewall Creek and Upnor all very clear.|
Eh, yes, very nice. Even this could not curb my enthusiasm.
I hope you all can feel my sense of utter joy as we spent about five minutes over the target.
I was made up and am still smiling. September 5th 2019 - a red letter day.
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