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My Beautiful Surrey (Part Three)…

… good evening from a beautifully warm and peaceful Surrey.

As many of my dear friends are aware, one of the great pleasures of my life involves thoroughly exploring this wonderfully verdant county of mine – a pleasure I appreciate more with the passing years.

Surrey has a smorgasbord of surprising treasures tucked away within the glorious folds of its countryside; the county truly has something for everyone of all ages and all interests. Today, I would like to present a special gallery of photographs taken at a particularly historic location – historic for so many reasons.

The Members Clubhouse

The motoring and aviation sensation that is Brooklands Museum nestles comfortably on the outermost edges of the bustling Brooklands Industrial Estate in Weybridge. Brooklands can rightfully lay claim to a number of historic 20th Century firsts.

Brooklands was the location of the first purpose-built racing track in the world, built upon land owned by local landowner, Hugh Locke-King, opening for its inaugural race in June 1907. Racing continued until 1939, whereupon the track ceased to be used for the purpose. Its 2.75 mile circuit boasts banking sections nearly 30ft in height and, whilst certain sections have been removed due to redevelopment, much of the track remains in place to this day.

Brooklands was also a major centre for aviation design and testing. To quote from the Museum’s website: “From A V Roe’s first trials here in 1907-08, through many decades of manufacture by such companies as BAC, Bleriot, British Aerospace, Hawker, Sopwith and Vickers, no other place in Britain, possibly even in the world, has seen such achievements. Some 18,600 new aircraft of nearly 250 types were first flown, manufactured or assembled at Brooklands.

The bustling and busy Museum has an incredible and devoted group of volunteers manning the helms each day. From Bluebird to Concorde, from buses to bikes, from Mini Days to American Days, the Museum has something for everyone.

The Gallery of six photographs includes some of the site’s historic buildings. My Youngest Daughter – a talented photographer whose works have featured on this blog before – and I also wanted to focus on the wildlife/plantlife that nestles quietly yet abundantly within the thriving Museum site.

Once more, I hope the images capture the essence of Surrey – in particular, the sheer poetic juxtaposition of nature and industry that can be found here.

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Earthquakes are increasing in the UK: highest level in a decade

A very informative article concerning the increase of detected earthquakes in the United Kingdom. Whether fracking is responsible for the increase (likely not in entirety but it surely isn’t helping) or whether the United Kingdom is entering a possible period of busy tectonic activity remains to be seen. My own feeling? Let’s just keep a close eye on matters. As always, I would like to thank Alvin from the ever-informative Extinction Protocol blog for bringing this matter to our attention.

The Extinction Protocol

July 2014UNITED KINGDOM – New figures show the number of earthquakes recorded in the UK is increasing. The highest level of detections in the last decade is set to be registered for 2014, with 100 earthquakes already recorded in the first three months of the year and 149 in total up until July. This compares to 154 throughout 2013, 64 in 2006 and 111 reported in 2005, 2007 and 2011 – one small tremor, which centered on Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands earlier this month. The quake had a magnitude measuring 4.2, making it the largest in the region for almost 90 years and the tremors were felt all along the south coast of England. The tremor was reported to have registered on British Geological Survey monitoring station equipment in Exeter, Devon. Environmental activists fear the Government’s desire to exploit shale gas reserves in rocks beneath…

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… from my Beautiful Surrey (Part Two) …

Good afternoon from a beautifully warm and sunny Surrey.

As all of my dear friends here are aware, I love sharing photographs of this amazing county, which nestles comfortably beneath the bustling cityscape of London. Yesterday evening, we enjoyed a lovely family evening relaxing alongside the River Thames in Shepperton. It’s hard to believe that this very area was so badly flooded during the earlier months of this year.

The photogenic scenes were captured near the incredible Thames Court Inn, an immensely beautiful building in its own right which I hope to photograph when we next visit this very peaceful area. We were also so wonderfully blessed by the presence of a beautiful swan, who seemed to be quite adept at posing for the odd photograph or two 🙂

I am not the world’s greatest photographer but I hope the photos capture the sheer poetic essence of the area… and provides more clues as to why I am so in love with this beautiful county of Surrey.

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The Devil’s Punchbowl, Hindhead, Surrey

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Good morning from the night-shrouded beauty that is the county of Surrey.

I was born in this beautiful county over 4 decades ago. Whilst I have occasionally craved a change, wanting to live elsewhere, I have remained in Surrey, falling in love with the county I am still learning about with each passing year.

The people of Surrey are truly blessed with the most breathtaking countryside; abundant with exotic wildlife co-existing with its own native flora and fauna. The National Trust is one of a devoted number of charities and organisations who look after these amazing landscapes. One such location is the glorious natural amphitheatre known as The Devil’s Punchbowl. Nestling comfortably in Hindhead, a village on the outermost regions of South Surrey, the Punchbowl possesses scenes of dramatic splendour, varying throughout the seasons; a scenic retreat when one feels the strong need to reconnect to nature.

Sunday afternoon was spent in this stunning location; enjoying the clear views across the Surrey skies, staring down into the cool lush greenery of the valleys embraced by the heather and gorse-kissed embankments carved away by water erosion many years ago. We also had the opportunity to view the healing scar which had once been the home of one of England’s busiest stretches of road – the A3. The Hindhead stretch of the A3 was closed upon the opening of the new Hindhead Tunnel back in 2011. It is remarkable to see just how quickly Mother Nature, with the loving healing hands of the many caretakers of the land, has reclaimed this area. Work is still underway to reconnect the Punchbowl with the neighbouring Hindhead Common but everything is going well.

The images in the slideshow above were taken by a very talented young artist and photographer – a young artist and photographer who just also happens to be my Amazing Daughter. She has captured the essence of the Devil’s Punchbowl and its flora and fauna perfectly 🙂

Willow