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Last Flight of the Summer: the Light Fantastic

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Sunday 31st August 2014

This morning, Challow Chatterers on WhatsApp went through the possibilities for the day, so I decided to fly in from Cumnor and land at Challow, with high hopes that someone would have a brew of whatever sort at the ready. It is just 18Km ATCF, but, with a bit of a headwind, and being easily distracted by pretty sights, and having a secret preference for slow trim, it took 1hr 26mins and 40.6Km before reaching Challow, by which time sunset was too nigh to risk stopping for chats and a cuppa. I had meandered along the Thames, over Harrowdown Hill, where poor David Kelly met his end, past little known Cherbury Camp (bigger than Uffington Castle) and skirted Stanford in the Vale and Uffington before approaching our own White Horse. The light was fantastic, especially for photography, with a surreal Harvest Time glow, as in the picture below of the Horse. Returning to Cumnor via Challow, fields looked to be on fire as the sun caught dust and debris spewed forth by combine harvesters.
You can see some pix from my last flight of the official summer in the album A Bucolic Oxon Harvest Time Evening Flight
And also here The First Flight of Autumn