Sure enough, he said "Cool!" when he opened my gift.
The box was ripped open and we examined the contents.
The Space Race had begun. (some assembly was required).
It took a little confusion, some bickering, the instructions being passed back and forth, but the mighty space vessel had begun to take shape.
Finally construction was completed, under budget and on time (that is, just in time for lunch).
After lunch we went scouting for a launch area. The broad flat farmlands of Hadley were deemed suitable by our engineers.
The ship was moved onto the launch platform.
Final check-outs of the engines and controls were completed.
Weather and wind conditions were ideal for immediate lift off.
'Nogostica 1' was ready.
All systems...were go. Countdown was initiated....
Lift off, and recovery, went flawlessly. The mission was a complete success.
In this photo the ship makes a (near perfect) 3 point landing on some bizarre planet.
Nogostica 1 went on to complete a total of five missions before being hauled back to base for refit and reconditioning.
After the missions, we went over the bridge and into Northampton for a coffee and a walk-about. I took some pictures of some stuff I thought looked good (kind of a red brick theme thing going on) .
This dog made himself comfortable while he waited for his owner.
Spoleto's is one of many restaurants in town that has outdoor seating.
I thought this building was a nice shade of green. Kelly called it 'seafoam'.