June 4, 2015

Shots from yesterday and today

We had a bit of a scorcher today with an official high of 34 degrees Celsius, but probably a little bit more than that, so flying during the day would have been totally out of the question as it would have been very bumpy indeed. So choosing to go yesterday turned out to be a good call. It feels for now as though summer has arrived. The grass in all the fields has shot up in the past week or so and the farmers have been out in force with their tractors cutting and baling it up before it dries out too much, although from the look of the field opposite my house, they’ve not been successful and the sweet hay has already turned to dry straw.

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My own lawns (for want of a better description…) are already beginning to get that dry, dusty summer look to them and as the grass begins to turn brown, the weeds are having a field day. I was supposed to cut them yesterday but didn’t, so I really must do so this weekend when the temperature is forecast to be a little bit cooler than today.

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Now for the shots that I took yesterday. My first waypoint was St Cyprien, which I don’t find that attractive and wouldn’t be somewhere that I would choose to live. However, quite a few British and other ex-pats do and here are the shots that I took of it yesterday.

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St Cyprien is situated close to the River Dordogne and the next shot is of the road and rail bridges that cross over it heading south out of the town.

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I then headed off for Le Buisson de Cadouin, which I am afraid I also don’t find very attractive. It’s mainly known for having an inter-city train station, so if you want to head north or south by fast train, you either go there or to Brive, or even Souillac. However, Le Buisson is a bit closer to where I live. On the way to Le Buisson, I was struck by the beauty of the Dordogne scenery at this time of year and fired off a quick shot or two without bothering about where I happened to be.

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Then onto Le Buisson itself.

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I then carried on to Lalinde, which is something of a strange place because it stretches as a thin ribbon along the north side of the Dordogne with practically no development whatsoever on the other side. The light was not that favourable as I was shooting straight into the sun, but the following few shots didn’t come out too badly.

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Lalinde was as far west as I flew and I’d then planned to head more or less due north to locate a couple of ULM airfields that are shown on the chart. I found them without any difficulty with the help of my GPS and here are a few shots of them. The first is LF2430 Lalinde.

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Then, LF2432 Pressignac Vicq Rebeyrotte. I took several, but due to being bounced around at the time, only one shot came out clear enough to use.

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Then I turned right and headed back towards Galinat. On the way, I did a practise approach into Chateau Malbec but didn’t land. Instead, I broke off and did a circuit overhead Victor and Madeleine’s house, but aside from their dogs in the garden outside, there was no sign of them. Victor told me in a phone call earlier that they’d seen me and were jumping up and down and waving, at a neighbour’s house where they were enjoying the odd ‘apero’ (or two..). I should have known 😀

On the way back into Galinat, I passed close by St Léon sur Vézère, one of my favourite local villages, and here’s a shot that I took.

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And finally, just before turning final for Galinat, I was able to take a shot of the lovely little Chateau de Belcayre perched up on its rock over the River Vézère with the commune of Thonac in the background.

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I’d say that that was more or less a perfect end to a most enjoyable flight 😉