Monday, April 21, 2008

What a Weekend!

This photo was taken as the Colors were being presented. The Star Spangled Banner was sung. We played a few more tunes and then marched off the tarmac. Our white hose were mud splattered at this point but the crowd was too far away to see that. One Day Two we wore our blue lovat wool hose which kept our feet warmer and drier.

The Prairie Air Show consumed the weekend. I left the house on Saturday at 6:45 a.m. in the chilly rain. Normally I'm a good conversationalist but I was in a cross mood. I didn't want to talk; I didn't want to be driving in the rain; and I did not want to go to the air show. The weather forecast wasn't good. We arrived about 7:30 a.m. and the volunteers that run the show weren't quite organized. We were sent to the wrong parking lot. By the time we relocated to the correct parking lot my ghillies and socks were already wet. I was so thankful that I had thrown a wool cape in the car at the last minute. Otherwise it would have been even more miserable in the wet and cold. It was too cold to knit so from 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. we pretty much stayed in the tent except when we tuned the pipes. Due to the weather they kept postponing the opening ceremony. We tuned. We waited. Then we tuned again. We waited again. We were supposed to play at 10:50 a.m. and we finally played about 1:15 p.m. Knowing we had another day ahead of us, I decided to leave and head for home, a hot shower, and a pot of tea. In the evening hours I finished knitting my clapotis! I will post a photo tomorrow. It turned out great.

Sunday promised better weather but the grounds were extremely muddy from the rains. Again, our program was delayed a bit but the skies cleared and the planes started flying. The Blue Angels were amazing. Now that I've been to an air show I think I've had my fill. We did not get our photo op with The Blue Angels, as promised. We have a few photos of the band on the field with the planes in the background. The last photo is me with my friend, Kevin.


Marie said...

Congrats on finishing your Clap. I can't wait to see it.
Pity the weather was miserable. What an honor though to be asked to play at an air show. I remember the great air shows that I went to as a kid. I still have fond memories of them.
PS. Kevin is quite dashing in his kilt. =)

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