Strange What Comes Flying Over Next Door’s Ash Tree When You’re Eating Supper


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s…a…a paramotor wing, and it came looming low over the new shed last night as we were eating our cream of broad bean soup. It was so very much something where you didn’t expect to have it, and also very loud, that for a moment I felt like Arthur Dent in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – you know, the scene near the beginning where a huge ship from the Vogon Constructor Fleet comes gliding over his house as a prelude to demolishing the planet:

People of Earth, your attention please.This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council. As you will no doubt be aware, the plans for development of the outlying regions of the Galaxy require the building of a hyperspatial express route through your star system, and, regrettably your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes. Thank you.

Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Anyway, it turned out to be nothing so threatening, though at one point I thought the pilot had completely lost the plot as he whirlygigged for several giddy seconds over the rapeseed field. He sorted himself out though.






42 thoughts on “Strange What Comes Flying Over Next Door’s Ash Tree When You’re Eating Supper

      1. I’ve been gallivanting; went to Australia for my mother’s 96th birthday. And I flew there within the sedate winged care of Air New Zealand!

  1. Adds an interest to meal time, but a rather noisy one. We had 2 helicopters going round and round in a grid pattern between our place and the ocean for 20 minutes yesterday. I wondered if they had found what or who they were looking for

    1. Bond, James Bond. Would have been a good excuse to have a martini 🙂 Did feel a bit invaded, now you mention it, especially when he started spiralling over our garden.

    1. We hadn’t heard or heard of them either till yesterday. Had to google the things to see what they were called. Some people seem to fly them wearing skis!!?

  2. We live near a small airport and are sometimes surprised by forms of flying that go over our house. The wonder of flying never ceases, though planes can be annoying after the third flyover.

  3. Though usually I would react negatively to the noise, I think such a surprise would appeal to my sense of humor. It reads like a laugh. How lucky that you keep the camera by your side. Just be careful it doesn’t fall into the soup.

  4. I roared at your opening sentence describing the extraordinary interrupting your ordinary. And you delighted me with your use of ‘whirlygigged’. The pictures reminded me of 007 and The Queen arriving at the Olympics a few years back.

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