Julie's Quest

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Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Gallivanting Again

I had a wonderful day at the RAF Cosford museum today. I went with my husband, daughter, and we took my father with us. His father was in the RAF in the 2nd World War and he'd always wanted to go to Cosford but had never had the opportunity, so we took him. I never knew my grandfather Joseph William Stokes as he died many years before I was born. But it was great to hear about the planes from my father and he had a smile on his face as he told me little snippets about his father's RAF days.

I hadn't realise how big the site was and it's a truly fascinating place. One of the best bits is that it's free to get in! That's always a bonus in my book. I also managed to take 106 photos!! I couldn't believe it when I got home and loaded them onto my computer.

It was a real family day and it was nice to be able to spend some time with my father and for my daughter to spend time with her dad. I asked my father if I was like my daughter when I was a child and he said "yes!" with a weary look on his face!! I was a little minx, apparently. No change there then! My daughter enjoyed it, particularly the interactive Cuban Missile Crisis display for some reason. Oh and she loved the cafe. She's a cafe connoisseur and loves to have a snack in a cafe wherever we go.

I made a funny too. In the museum there's a room with the history of the RAF up on the walls going from about the early 1900s up to the present day. We got to the end of it and I said to my father "It's amazing how time flies, isn't it." I hadn't realised what I'd said until I heard giggling from behind us and one of the workers said "that's usually my line!"

If you've not been to the museum and are ever in the vicinity, go and take a look - they have a gift shop too and yes, I did get a pen where a tiny jet plane goes down the runway when you tilt the pen. I could not resist it! Nothing to do with writing as such but the novelty pen will keep me amused! And I have tons of photos should I ever need to do an article on the museum.

Happy writing, and welcome, Dave, to my blog.

Julie xx


Suzanne Jones said...

Sounds like a very intersting visit.

My grandfather was also in the RAF during WW2 - shot down at the age of 26 - so sad.


Julie P said...

It was a very interesting visit and I can't wait to go back. People don't seem to realise how young some of those who were shot down and killed in the war were.

My husbands uncle (Fred) was killed in the last few days of WW1 aged 22. And wars are still going on today - what can you say?

Julie xx

Teresa Ashby said...

What a lovely day, Julie - and great that your father could go along with you.
I love it that your daughter is a Mini You!

Julie P said...

Oh yes, Teresa - she's definately a chip of the old block! I no longer have custody over my pens even though I bought her her own pens she has to pinch mine too!!

Every time she sees a car parked on, and blocking, a path she puts her hands on her hips and glares at the car and says "I just don't understand the mentality, Mummy"!!!
I just can't think where she got that from!!

I can't wait for her teenage years, I really can't - there's gonna be fireworks!

Julie xx