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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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… 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 πŸ™‚

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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… from my Beautiful Surrey …

Image from Surrey Hills Explore

Image from Surrey Hills Explore

Good evening from the beautiful county of Surrey…

… I apologise for the lack of blogging for the past couple of months. There is so, so much going on in the World right now… I am watching events described by my Sister and Grandfather months (even years in some instances) ago unfold. Connections that did not make sense in the context of the times, now glaringly apparent to me. The sequence of events are falling into place. For example, the Russian Connection was mentioned by my Sister 3-4 years ago. Her advice at the time – don’t believe what is said about Russia. We have chatted about the Ukrainian situation recently and she has confirmed that this was the connection to the Global Situation referenced at the time. Keep a close eye on the sudden rapid escalation of events in the Ukraine, keep a very discerning eye on Western media reports and understand that people can no longer be fooled by the same old box of deceitful tricks used by various Establishments around the World.

The Emancipation of Nations kidnapped silently by aggressors from the inside – bought and paid for by bored wealthy families with nothing to aspire to other than the total control of humanity and Mother Earth – has commenced. May not seem obvious right now but it has. Awakening from the slumbers is often unpleasant. And many of us around the World have begun our awakening, at different stages of time. “A necessity”, my Sister has mentioned in the past. There needs to be a support system in place for those who have realised that life isn’t what it seems to be – those who have been through those angry first moments of realisation and have attained a peace of mind that change can and will be effected. We have nothing to fear. The deceitful perpetrators, however… they should be fearful. Must be pretty painful not being able to trust the reflection staring back at them from the mirror…

And please don’t feel alarmed by this blog posting. We all chose to be here at this time, even if we’re not consciously aware of that choice from long ago. Compare this time of Gaia’s history to a ride on a rollercoaster… it’s going to be terrifying at certain junctions of the track, breathtaking at points… yet there will be points where the ride will temporarily glide to a halt at the very apex of the track. And the view will be so clear, so stunning. Bear this all in mind over the coming weeks and months. It is all going to be so, so worthwhile.

I have posted a beautiful picture of one of my favourite views from the Surrey Hills – Redlands at Dawn. Just seems appropriate at this time.

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.

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 πŸ™‚

Willow

A Time To Be Candid (Part One)

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Good evening from the beautiful (but damp) county of Surrey.

You may remember from earlier blogs that I expressed concerns about the fact that life seems to speeding past at such an exponentially astonishing rate. One is aware that one’s own perception can cloud the apparent acceleration of time. Let’s use, say, a rainy Saturday afternoon as an example; a child unable to go outside to play may decide that time is dragging past too slowly whilst his/her parents are finding that those very same hours pass by too quickly. That line had always been present… or it certainly was during my wasted youth. Nowadays though, that line is becoming increasingly blurred. Even my own children are complaining that time is passing by too quickly for their liking.

Global/Solar System events seem to be accelerating in tandem with the quickening canter of time. During the past 72 hours, our Sun has awoken from a prolonged slumber during a period wholly expected to be the most active at this stage of its cycle (Solar Maximum). 6 X-Class, 2 M-Class and 21 C-Class Flares have been ejected during the past two days alone (*1). The Sinkhole Phenomenon continues unabated – just last Sunday, CBC News reported the appearance of a ‘crater’ in Winnipeg (*2). Meteor/Fireball sightings are becoming commonplace (*3). During the early hours of this morning, the North Mariana Islands were lightly shaken by a deep earthquake; registering as M6.8 around various Global seismic monitoring stations. And these were just the immediate events to come to mind.

Image from the WordPress Blog of Rosaliene Bacchus

Image from the WordPress Blog of Rosaliene Bacchus

The past weekend was a contemplative one – busy, but contemplative. My Saturday afternoon was spent driving along the scenic southern sections of the M25. Some of the most beautiful countryside in Surrey envelops the long concrete corridor within her verdant, hilly embrace. A truly beautiful part of the World.

These sections of the M25 also affords one the opportunity to observe the fullest glory of the skies overhead. And the clouds were so, so angry, their cover hanging almost terrifyingly low in the Surrey skies. A breathtaking example of Mother Nature’s majesty, yet one I had pondered was serving as one of her final warnings to us, perhaps…?

During the quiet nocturnal hours of yesterday, one was drawn to read the messages from my Grandfather and Sister. A strong yearning to reacquaint myself with their words of wisdom, the revelations that have so amazed me over the years, enveloped me. And as my eyes alighted the written reminders of our conversations, I realised that I have been watching these events unfold exactly as they warned years ago… dΓ©jΓ  vu on a daily basis.

I feel the time is right to share aspects of their messages with you and will share the first three with you tonight. I’m not entirely sure how they are going to be received but I have always spoken from the heart – often to my own detriment. The changes affecting our glorious Planet, her Brother/Sister planets and our Solar System have frequently occupied the thoughts of my Grandfather and Sister – thoughts shared with me. The overriding message is that we are watching history unfold before our eyes. They have been candid about the nature of the changes. Whilst one was originally digesting the messages, I was advised to remind the human beings residing on this Planet that they should remember that Mother Earth is also a living, sentient being – and she undergoes cyclical changes just as we do.

My Grandfather and Sister remember how they would have felt as humans living on a Planet facing such enormous change… that they, too, would have felt anxiety over the uncertainty factors. However, they have always assured me that these changes should never be feared, that they should be embraced with welcoming arms. We aren’t the first civilisation to have witnessed the changes which are heading our way – and we certainly won’t be the last.

Image by Anna C, publicdomainpictures.net

Image by Anna C, publicdomainpictures.net

Yellowstone (from August 2009): There is a possibility of a Yellowstone volcanic eruption. The earliest time this could have happened was last year. However, any eruption will not be supervolcanic in nature. The expression used in this context was ‘clearing its throat‘. Whilst it was acknowledged that a supervolcanic eruption was overdue in geological terms, we really shouldn’t concern ourselves about Yellowstone at this stage. Continue to enjoy the miracles she offers, bask in the glory of her amazing beauty, as we rightly should.

Image from Wikipedia

Image from Wikipedia

Shock Earthquake (from March 2010/November 2011): A European country not renowned for significant seismic activity will endure a totally unexpected earthquake – the strongest experienced on its shores since the 12th Century. The exact date and location of the epicentre is unknown at this stage. Depth and Magnitude of the earthquake, however, is likely to be shallow and strong.

Image from Wikipedia

Image from Wikipedia

The United States (from March 2011): The United States of America has been the subject of so many of the conversations with my Sister over the past few years, covering many aspects of the Country’s Life. Indeed, I will be covering this great Country separately, such was the depth of information shared. My Sister has stated that there is great love for the Country and her People. However – as much as she wished she could say differently – assurances could not given that life was going to become any easier for the Country in the immediate future. A continued escalation of natural and ecological disasters is to be expected, although such events will not be confined to the United States alone.

America most certainly will not be alone…

References
Top Image: Background image (Starfield) by Denitsa Stoychova, publicdomainpictures.net

(*1): Region 11745, www.solarmonitor.org
(*2): ‘Police Tape Off Large Sinkhole in Winnipeg‘, CBC News – Manitoba (posted 12 May 2013);
(*3): Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News, lunarmeteoritehunters/blogspot.co.uk

A riot of colour at Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming, Surrey

This beautiful picture, found on the amazing WordPress Blog Holiday Places, is of Winkworth Arboretum. The Arboretum is located in Godalming in my home County of Surrey. Thank you to Holiday Places for posting such a beautiful photograph πŸ™‚ Willow.

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