At least twice a year Neil and I travel
the country wide to attend the RAF Model Aircraft Association (RAFMAA)
Slope events. Indeed, Neil and I go back to our serving days in the
early Eighties when we first met, where we have over the years not only
competed in most of the RAFMAA events but also actually run some of the
events too as were were both on the RAFMAA committee as competition
secretaries and other positions.
However, I would say in the past 10 years
or so, whenever we venture up the hills to gather amongst good friend
for a few days flying, we always take a packed lunch, more often than
not bought from the local shop. One such shop we frequent is the Spar
shop in Church Stretton, Shropshire, prior to venturing up on to The Long Mynd. This shop sells "Mrs Crimble's" confectionary;
my favourite is the
Coconut Macaroons. Over the years I've tucked into these cakes after
devouring the usual sandwiches, I could always be found with some of
these "Crimbles" in my back pack and just occasionally offered the cakes
As of late, any really good flights or
test flights have been celebrated with a coffee and a cake, and this
point in time has become known as a "Crimble Moment".
In fact, Neil has also become fond of a
Crimble or two, we have tried most of the different varieties,
Macaroons; plain, some with jam in, some with chocolate covering, even Bakewell tarts... to name a few. and now they do savouries too. My
favourite cake though is still the plain coconut Macaroon. At least one
of us will have a pack of cakes when we go flying, and they have become a
intrinsic item of the weekly shopping list.
Now when we go up the slope, we often
celebrate with a "Crimble moment". Indeed, when we are not flying
together but one of us has gone up into the hills and had a good flight,
we will often text each other, and simply state "A crimble moment"
really annoying if one of us is at work whilst the other up a hill being
forced fed fresh air and enjoying the wind beneath your wings, but this
often results in a few more text messages to find out exactly where
flying is taking place and what the weather is like.
So there you have it, A Crimble Moment, a
celebration of a good flight. An appropriate grading of the event
in the manner of dining - Michelin Stars e.g.: a three Crimble
moment. Or one could just say they are just nice to have with a coffee
anytime, but more often than not, when were flying!