A round robin trip with a bus ride, steam train, passenger ferry, and a river boat cruise, but where?

Yesterday we walked to a bus stop, took the upper deck of a sightseeing bus, boarded a steam train, then crossed a river on a passenger ferry, and finally a river boat cruise back to our base.

But where did we do this? Some of you will know immediately of this Round Robin excursion, I wouldn’t had been asked. The answer is at the end of this short video, or, if you can’t be bothered to watch the video, it’s explained below the video.

Our journey was the Round Robin tour from Totnes to Paignton by bus, Paignton to Kingswear by steam train on the Dartmouth steam Railway, passenger ferry across the River Dart to Dartmouth, and thence by Dartmouth River Boat back to Totnes.

You can see more on the Dartmouth-Rail-River website.

Take Ten – new Surrey Heath Museum exhibition celebrates borough’s rich cultural make-up

Surrey Heath Bough Council announce, Take Ten – an exhibition celebrating the rich cultural make-up of the Surrey Heath area. [Click on image to expand]

The upcoming exhibition at Surrey Heath Museum features 10 people who originate from different countries and have made Surrey Heath their home. Our area has long attracted people to the area for work and family reasons, many of whom have come from abroad.

Settling into a different culture, climate and community is difficult.  However, the people featured have well and truly made the area their home.  The countries covered are Switzerland, Spain, Japan, France, India, Nepal, Barbados, New Zealand and Portugal.  Not forgetting two people who come from other areas in the UK and have settled here!

We look into where people grew up, why they moved here, what they miss and how the area has become their home. The exhibition features objects from their country, food, craft and cultural differences.  It is a true celebration of the area’s rich cultural make-up.

We are holding a special viewing on Saturday 24 May for all those who have taken part.  Members of the press are welcome to attend.

The exhibition runs from 20 May until 2 September 2017.  For more info email museum@surreyheath.gov.uk/ Gillian.Barnes-riding@surreyheath.gov.uk

Two, or should it be three, pleasurable experiences

We all try and get a degree of balance in our lives – sometimes we achieve it, others times not.

Here’s an occasion with two pleasurable experiences on the same day. We visited my brother on Sunday last. He lives in Bridport, Dorset – I suppose it should be three pleasurable experiences really, with our meeting my brother for the first time this year.

The first [or should it be the second] pleasurable experience was Sunday lunch at the Olive Tree Restaurant [click on image to expand and link to] in the centre of Bridport. We all had an absolutely brilliant plaice on the bone, such a change to have a generous sized plaice, accompanied with a lovely sauce and potatoes. Oh, and the wine was good too. Sadly, as was driving on from Bridport to Totnes, could only have one glass of wine.

The second pleasurable experience, should be third I guess, was getting to bed early enough to complete reading of Tony Hawks book – Round Ireland with a Fridge.

I’ve been reading crime and thriller fiction for a while – currently into Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford psychological whodunit’s, which are of the highest order in their genre. As light relief, I picked up Tony Hawks book from Surrey Heath library, and what a joy. Warm, funny, whimsical, and a travelogue of Ireland too.

The last few chapters of the book led to a pleasurable conclusion – and then to sleep. A day of two, nay three, pleasures.

Surrey Police crime bulletin for Surrey Heath: May 2017: 5th Update

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

  • Surrey PoliceCrime No.45170051223 – Between 16/05/2017 from 20:00 to 17/05/2017 at 05:00, at Curtis Close, St Pauls, Camberley. Vehicle (white BMW 320 convertible P13MDC) has been stolen during the night.
  • Crime No.45170051594 – Between 17/05/2017 from 18:00 to 18/05/2017 at 13:47, at Fairfield Drive, Frimley. Car (grey Skoda Fabia OE09OCF) has been keyed across front and back door of car whilst parked overnight.
  • Crime No.45170051362 – Between 16/05/2017 from 21:00 to 17/05/2017 at 15:50 at Burrow Hill Green, Chobham. Vehicle (white Mercedes Sprinter van KP12XMC) has been stolen whilst parked on public road.
  • Crime No.45170051600 – On 18/05/2017 from 07:45 to 10:38, at Newark Road, Windlesham. Rear French door has been smashed to gain entry. Drawers searched and jewellery taken. Under investigation.
  • Crime No.45170051871 – On 18/05/2017 from 05:30 to 18:50 at Newark Road, Windlesham. Offenders have entered three bedroom house, entered through side door causing no damage, untidy search of two upstairs bedrooms, have left via same side door, leaving property insecure. Under investigation

A photo montage of the 2017 Surrey Heath Show

You meet friends and acquaintances at the Surrey Heath Show – a pleasant diversion. As I’ve done in previous years I snapped a few items of interest at the show, as we wandered around the show.

The Woking cacti society stand held us in deep conversation for quite a while, during which we bought more cacti and succulents. At the rear of their stand they had stunning large cacti, many in bloom. However, the ones we bought were small – space is a consideration for us and our growing cacti collection.

We were happy to bump into show organiser Tony Moore, a chance to congratulate him on his being awarded a BEM. The Mayor, Cllr Valerie White, chose a 1962 Vauxhall Cresta as her pick of cars in the classic car show. Here’s my phot montage,

Things to do: RLC Museum evening lecture on “Battlefield Success” by Fraser Skirrow

The upcoming lecture, in the always interesting Royal Logistic Corps Museum’s evening lectures, on Thursday June 1st 2017 by Fraser Skirrow is entitled “Battlefield Success –  achieving tactical excellence in an infantry battalion 1916-18”.

In January 1917 the 62nd Division went to France – a second line territorial unit, it had no experience of the realities of the Western Front and its first engagements were disastrous. By 1918 it was acknowledged to be one of the most reliable and aggressive units in the army.

This talk looks in great detail at how one battalion of the 62nd changed its tactics, weapons, and the skills of its officers and men throughout that period.