The sarsen stone on the Maultway has been moved, and I missed it

The sarsen stone on the Maultway was moved this morning. Having an extra slice of toast with ginger preserve, and lingering over a second cup of tea, meant that when I turned up to view the event it had already happened.

A kind Skanska site manager has shared his photos of the event. He’s the man in my photo of him next to the stone.

All’s well that ends well, don’t you think.

A Waterloo Station upgrade report

The revised Waterloo South Western Railway timetable from December 2018 is predicated on the reopening of the old Eurostar International platforms – see HERE.

The work to bring those platforms into use has been part of my regular Waterloo Station photo reports of the ongoing work – see HERE for all the articles in descending date order.

My most recent article – HERE – surmised that the engineering works would not complete by December. I’ve not been to Waterloo station since. Therefore I’m relying on comments in the Back to the Future: (Re)lengthening and Shortening at Waterloo article in London Reconnections website.

These comments, the latest on December 11th, indicate that platforms 19, 20, 21, and 22 are in use, and that the new walkway is open, although there is ongoing work in the ‘orchestra pit’. My most recent photo opposite – click to expand..

Meanwhile, again reading in the superb London Reconnections website that the revised time table for additional, and longer trains will not apply before May 2019. There’ not mention of this fact in Network Rail websites that I can see. Apparently there is insufficent power to operate the trains. The situation is fully explained in A Good Spark is Getting Hard to Find: SWR and the December Timetable.

A diversion from political turmoil with WW1 trench humour

From those similarly involved in momemtous events, here is a splendid collection of articles and sketches composed entirely by soldiers experiences in World War 1. They are in Made in the Trenches, published in 1916 to raise funds for the ‘Star and Garter’ endowment fund in aid of totally disabled soldiers and sailors.

The collection of articles has been digitised by the Internet Archive, and is viewable through The Public Domain Review website by clicking on the image below. The frontispiece is the famous Bruce Bairnsfather cartoon Well, if you knows of a better ‘ol, go to it.

Looking into deep holes is fun for some

The some in this case is me. Yesterday on my familiar long walk from Lightwater to Deepcut, I encountered engineers having dug a deep hole to expose one on the Esso pipelines.

Talking with helpful engineers, I learned that the uncoverd pipeline was the original pipeline carrying heated heavy fuel oil from Fawley Refinery to Heathrow. The covering around the pipeline has, in places, cracked and allowed water onto the pipeline potentail causing rusting. The plans are to replace this 10 inch pipeline with a 12 inch pipeline.

The pipeline exposed at this site is deeper than elsewhere, and has a slight bend in it to account for the rise in the land.

One humourous story I learned was that, and this isn’t recent, a digger found a 500lb unexploded bomb in his digger bucket. We laughed, and imagined the digger driver making a rapid exit from his cab.

Unsheduled conversations, like these, are an enjoyable part of my life.

The Maultway sarsen stone is not a king stone

On a recent visit to see the state of the large saren stone on the Maultway, I talked with some of the project engineers, who said they’d heard it called a king stone.

It is not true that it’s a king stone. I have no idea of the source of this misinformation. A king stone, or coronation stone is an ancient Sarsen stone that is believed to have been used as the site of a coronation of an Anglo Saxon Kings. See Wikipedia for the Coronation Stone in Kingston upon Thames. The Stone of Scone is another such stone.

I know of four sarsen stones in Surrey Heath. I feel sure there are more.  Should you want to know more about sarsen stones, such as what they are made of, where they can be found, and more, then see the detailed paper Sarsen Stones and Erratics of the Wessex Coast. I’ve written about them too, and the moraines that deposited them in our countryside, see HERE. [Note: not forgetting Speedicus Triplicatum’s comment on the move of the one in Brentmoor Heath – see his comment in the article HERE.

Here are photos of the four local sarsen stones that I know of.

Removing fallen leaves

This is what is called displacement activity. Instead of commenting on the tumult in Parliament, which I watched, I’m writing about leaf sweeping.

Walking to deliver Christmas cards I met the leaf sweeping team in Briar Avenue. They are completing good work removing leaves from pavements. Yes, I know it’s inconsequential in light of Brexit stuff, but, I do walk around the village, and having swept pavements and roads is important, and shows that life carries on regardless.

A changed treescape

The area in Lightwater where I live is blessed with many mature trees. Many of them are of less common varieties, about which I’ve reported on in my Tree of the Week series.

I really must stop with the whole something of the week series. Tree of the week has reached the magnificent number of three.

There are – now were – three large evergreen specimens not too far from me, about which I’d intended to write about. Two are now been cut down and the other severely pruned.

I’ve not enquired as to why the trees were removed, it could be that they blocked the light to a number of properties. Lovely though the trees were, homeowners must be entitled to remove and or prune the trees. In the years that we’ve lived in Lightwater, these trees have grown substantially. Sadly, I’ve not any photos of them earlier than 2008. I hope the homeowners have plans to replant the area.