Now that the ground is drying out, I'm reacquainting myself with the joy of strip flying. More often than not they offer a friendly welcome, a lack of formlities and little if any cost. As an added bonus, many strips offer a bit more of a challenge than most airfields. There's no-one there to talk about wind, the surfaces can vary, random bits of four-legged wildlife can come out to play when you're on approach, and accuracy is essential if the strip is at all marginal. In short, many strips make you think and fly. Chavenage above isn't particularly short and doesn't have a tricky approach, but it's a great strip and with a hedge and some sloping ground at the start of 26 there's enough there for a gentle reintroduction to the art of stripping.