Percy is frustrated by the weather!

Percy has been looking forward to taking his first flight in the cockpit with Jim. However the weather has been paying games and the last three flights have been cancelled due to poor visibility, high crosswinds, rain and low cloud.

Now Percy is beginning to understand how it will be on our flight around the world and why the schedule may change. There could be even more reasons than the weather to prevent us keeping to our proposed timetable!

Hopefully Percy may get to fly soon so he can sample the joys of travelling in a small aeroplane!

Watch this space for more news of Percy’s maiden flight!

Percy admires crew jackets.

Percy admired the new crew jackets with our logo and the logo of the Alzheimer’s Society. Thanks to Cheshire Workwear of Crewe for the lovely embroidery. The crew will look smart wherever they land and be warm and dry!

New jackets for the pilot and crew.

Percy visits a Memory Cafe

Wednesday February 20th.

Jim ready to chat to visitors about our flight.
Percy at the Memory Café
in Holmes Chapel













This morning we visited the Memory Café at the Methodist Church in Holmes Chapel. Jim and I gave our first talk about our flight and the fund raising for the Alzheimer’s Society. Everyone made us very welcome and Jim was pleased to see cake and biscuits served with the coffee. Percy the pigeon came along and caused a sensation when he was introduced. The visitors were surprised to see him and find out that he was also flying around the world.

Thank you to all the kind people who have put their name on the plane or made a donation..

Pigeon Key

Strange things are happening after Percy the pigeon joined us, a number of related items have cropped up!

When we drove round the world we visited the Florida Keys an amazing group of islands joined by a long highway. Well we parked up for lunch one day at Pigeon Key! How about that?

Kalbarri bus parked at Pigeon Key, Florida for a lunch break.










Have you joined the flock yet?  follow the bird and fly with Percy.





Welsh flag at Oshkosh.

Dot and Jim visited the Experimental Aircraft Association Fly In at Oshkosh in Wisconsin USA. They were the only two people visiting from Wales and proudly marched in the International Parade.

Welsh flag flies in to Oshkosh



Jim has memories of flying a Chipmunk.







There were so many usual aircraft on display, some old, some very new and some a bit odd!

Sikorsky flying boat
Plane strapped on his back and ready to go!








They both enjoyed listening to Chuck Jaeger talking about his experiences in WW11 and Mike Smith reliving his flight in Spaceship One.

Listening to tales of WW!!






Many people camped under the wing of their aeroplane and had picnics in the shade.

Camping beside your plane
Dining under the wing






Dot is hoping they do not have to do this on their up coming flight.

Dot and Jim at Albuquerque balloon fiesta


Back when Dot and Jim were touring in America they joined a group of RVers who were crewing for several balloons at the famous Balloon Fiesta held every year in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dot and Jim crew members
Jim inflates the envelope








Their small UK bus was dwarfed by all the larger American RVs and when Dot had her first ever flight in a basket she was able to take some great photos as she flew overhead but also had to drink champagne without using her hands when she landed. This is a tradition but Dot was not used to drinking at 10am!

Dot takes off for first flight


Drinking champagne in the morning
RV campsite from above







Up amongst the balloons







The days were long, starting at 5am to prepare the envelopes for the dawn flight and then again for the night time glows which were spectacular. It was an experience not to be missed as many of the balloons had been manufactured in Oswestry close to where they lived.

The night glows were spectacular.

Display at Talke Pits Outlet Mall

On Saturday January 19th we were invited to the Outlet Shopping Mall at Talke Pits near Stoke on Trent where we had a display about our fundraising. We met many friendly people who made some generous donations and the bucket got quite heavy. The Prize Draw to guess how far we will fly on our journey proved popular as most people were shopping and the chance to win some vouchers was not to be missed.  You can also enter the draw on line so have a go yourself.










We had some help from Dave, Jill and Chris from the Community Radio station The Cat 107.9 in Crewe who came along to introduce the pigeon… but more about that later.. watch this space.


Waitrose donation

Thank you to the customers and staff at Waitrose in Sandbach who have made a wonderful donation of £366 to the Alzheimer’s Society as part of our fund raising. The photo shows Jim receiving the cheque from Natasha a member of the staff.

Radio interview update

It is said that everyone should aim to have a new experience everyday, we certainly did that last Thursday. In fact we had two amazing experiences, the first was to have a charity stall at our local market in Sandbach. It was a very windy day so the outside stalls had to be cancelled which meant the market was not as busy as usual but we enjoyed chatting to the shoppers and other stall holders.

Then in the evening we visited the local THE CAT radio station which broadcasts from the South Cheshire College in Crewe. An amazing well equipped building where a wide range of courses are available and we found the studio very interesting. All digital equipment.. a bit different from when Jim did his National Service in the Royal Signals and used transmitters and receivers the size of large suitcases.

Tim Fletcher made us very welcome and asked Jim to record a Christmas greeting jingle!

CAT radio jingles for Christmas








Then it was time to go live and play some music that had connections to our other journeys around the world. It was difficult to know what to say and we hope listeners found the content interesting even if the music was a bit out of date!










Thanks to everyone at THE CAT radio for the opportunity to spread the word about our fundraising flight.

A follow on from the interview is exciting news about a pigeon which may fly with us.. so watch this space.

Logo of the local radio station