What with pre-Christmas activities, a busy Christmas, and an even busier New Year it’s only now that I’ve got my focus back onto some of the projects I want to accomplish in 2014.
What’s put me back on track. Taking a walk to Folly Bog and onto Brentmoor Heath I chanced on a discovery that’s eluded me for a few years. But before I relate what that is, I also visited Sapper Pond in Brentmoor Heath, which lies close to Red Road [B311]. The pond was created in 1998 by soldiers from the Royal Engineers in a joint project with Surrey Wildlife Trust. It’s part of the Ministry of Defence’s commitment to enhance nature conservation on military training lands. As the ground is peaty it has resulted in very dark brown water, which provides a splendid mirror as you can see in the photo.
Now, onto my new discovery. Frankly it’s a bit geeky, but never mind. For a longish while I’ve been searching for the location of all the military boundary marker stones around the area known as The Folly in Lightwater. It’s a group of houses just off Red Road and opposite its junction with Lightwater Road. Military boundary marker stones define the limit of private and military land, and The Folly borders onto military land.
The best time to find boundary stones is in winter when all the vegetation has died down that normally hides them. And so, on my walk to and from Sapper Pond I spied the tip of boundary stone I’d been looking for ages. It’s number 824, in the sequence 822 to 836. I’ve still four more to find in this sequence, of which some may have been removed over the century or more since they were planted, as it were.
This little discovery is just what I needed to get me back on track with all of my projects. Now, look here, if you’re thinking it’s all a bit odd. What else should a retired gentleman get up to.