It was Cathryn's birthday on Thursday and I surprised her by booking her an introductory flying lesson on Saturday morning. Learning to fly has been something she has wanted to do for a very long time so I thought it would make for a really exciting present for her and it would be something she could remember for a long time.
We arrived at Barwon Heads flying school where we met her instructor Aub, a really lovely man who's passion for flying shines through and is so infectious. Cathryn was so excited, if a little nervous, when she saw the plane and she couldn't wait to get started. The weather was absolutely perfect for it too, it was officially the first day of Spring in Australia yesterday and you could really tell, it was a gorgeous day.
Anyway, she hopped straight into the little cockpit, familiarised herself with the controls for a couple of minutes and then she and Aub headed off into the big blue sky, leaving me to try and keep track of them as they circled the airfield and the nearby beaches and farmland.
Cathryn's face was an absolute picture when they touched down after the 30 minute flight, she was grinning from ear to ear and the fact that she enjoyed every minute of it was obvious!!! I am so pleased that she enjoyed it and that I was able to help her realise one of her life ambitions. I'd be very, very surprised if she doesn't take some more lessons soon... I think we may be calling her 'Captain Cathryn' before too long!