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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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Floods, Writing and a Change of Days

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Good evening from a very blustery and soggy Surrey. As I type, the rain has started to fall once more in our little area of the United Kingdom and the Environment Agency has issued Flood Alerts for various Surrey rivers once more. Our area was sorely affected by the Christmas 2013 flooding and whilst our house escaped the worst of the flooding, we certainly had to shore up defences with sandbags just in case. Christmas Day saw our local rivers bursting their banks. Floodwater moves silently but quickly. By the time the Doctor Who Christmas Special aired on TV, approximately three quarters of our rear garden was resting underwater. Drains already brimming with excess water could no longer cope, rendering most of our road’s toilets unusable. Yet there was something the flooding couldn’t dampen… the spirit of Christmas camaraderie amongst neighbours, all of us making sure each family was safe and well. I’d also like to thank all the workers who gave up their Christmas celebrations to help everyone affected by the flooding – all the Council workmen who handed out sandbags by the hundreds on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the Water Authorities who battled the elements as best they could… there are so many of you that I just want to express gratitude to. You will always be appreciated – thank you.

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I am still busily writing the second book of ‘The Journey‘ series. The direction of the book has taken a radical change in direction, veering from the originally proposed subject matter (Earth Changes) onto totally unexpected carriageways. I have made good progress thus far, breaking for a Christmas hiatus of sorts. The Journey will resume its written course upon a return to normal routines next week.

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Also returning to a regular timeslot after the Christmas and New Year break is my Open Roundtable on the incredible FreedomSlips Revolution Radio Station. The show has now moved to Wednesdays, Midnight EST (US), 5am GMT on Studio A and you are all welcome to join me. Any concerns about global political situations? Want to chat about paranormal experiences? Or would you like to chat about matters close to your heart? Wander over to FreedomSlips.com, join us in our vibrant chatroom and give me a call.