The Flying Scotsman steam engine runs thru the Surrey Hills today

Boo hoo …. the Flying Scotsman steam engine is on a run through Surrey today, and I’ll miss it. I’m on an outing to Brighton.

You might be amused at my lack of success in photographing steam engine …. read ‘A failure to prepare is preparing to fail’. Appears that Alan Wilson on his Flickr page was fully prepared, as his photo below shows.

LNER Class A3 4-6-2 No60103 'Flying Scotsman'

Birch Hall for sale, once bought by the Queen for her granddaughters

Birch HallThe imposing Birch Hall in Windlesham is for sale through Strutt and Parker, for £4.25 million. Daily Mail reports on the sale and Queens plans for it to be a home for the Duchess of York and her daughters. As the Daily Mail explains, that never happened and it was sold to the current owners.

The Strutt and Parker sales brochure is shown below.

The spring gardens we visited will be open in October to view the autumn colour

I’ve written about our springtime visits to the gardens at Walton Poor House and Coverwood Lakes in the Surrey Hills.

Both are not open again under the National Gardens Scheme until mid-October this year. As both are woodland gardens, expect spectacular autumn colour.

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Woodlands Lane M3 Bridge scheduled for a blown down

I’m an inherently curious chap. So a further visit to the Woodlands Lane M3 Bridge on the day of it’s closure was an obvious choice. I’ve some photos taken from the bridge, which will cease to be over the weekend of 24th to 27th June.

The Get Surrey Camberley website has extensive coverage on all aspects of the Woodlands Lane M3 Bridge demolition and replacement. Here’s part of their article,

On Monday (May 23), the bridge will close to vehicles so engineers can prepare for the demolition. Pedestrians will be able to continue using the bridge until Thursday June 23.

The demolition will take place between Friday June 24 and Monday June 27. The M3 will be closed between junctions 2 and 3 from 8pm on the Friday until 5.30 am on the Monday.

I have learned that the bridge will be subject of a blow down, which will occur at 2.0 pm at night, I think on Friday 24th June. I’ll do my best to find out more. My photos show that preparations for the carrying the services over the motorway are well advanced.

Spring garden visits 3 of 3: Coverwood Lakes spring garden

Here’s my report on our second spring garden visit, which was now over a week ago. It was to the garden at Coverwood Lakes near Ewhurst, described by NGS Open Gardens as a,

“14 acre landscaped garden in stunning position high in the Surrey Hills with 4 lakes and bog garden. Extensive rhododendrons, azaleas and fine trees. 3½ acre lakeside arboretum. Marked trail through the 180 acre working farm with Hereford cows and calves, sheep and horses, extensive views of the surrounding hills. Light refreshments incl home produced Hereford burgers, cakes, etc.”

In our visit earlier the same day to Walton Poor House I remarked at how much the Surrey Hills are a quiet, undisturbed part of England. Phew, getting from Ranmore to Ewhurst meant lots of single track lanes to negotiate. To say the houses and villages in the Surrey Hills are secluded, is a absolute understatement.

The owner said that the rhododendrons and azaleas were showing themselves to perfection. True, as my brief photo report on our visit hopefully attests.

The Mons shop sign on display in Surrey Heath Museum

I congratulated Surrey Heath Museum curator Gill Barnes-Riding, yesterday, on displaying The Mons shop sign in its latest exhibition – Travel through Surrey Heath.

She said that she’d spoken with Ken Sibley, who’d donated the sign, and invited him to visit the museum to see it on display. Perfect. I feel sure he’ll be delighted, and proud, to see it again.

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