Storm Dennis fills our detention pond

Alan, a friend of ours, sent me a photo of Storm Dennis’ deposit in the Lightwater detention pond alongside Red Road.

We drove past the pond last Sunday, and I noticed it was full. I didn’t remember to take a photo for evidence, so I’m delighted that Alan did, as it has filled since.  Here’s his photo.

A remarkable year for our detention pond

I found a definition of a detention pond on the internet, one of which we have in Lightwater, as,

Detention ponds temporarily store stormwater runoff, thereby reducing the peak rate of runoff to a stream or storm sewer. They help to prevent localized flooding…

It’s when Lightwater, and other parts of Surrey Heath suffered it’s ground water flooding in 2006 I became interested in flooding locally. I’ve looked at our small detention pond since then. I’ve photos of it being filled a number of times in 2007. Since then, to my knowledge, it hasn’t been filled with water, that is until this year when it has filled four times between early October and late November.

Yesterday I walked by the pond and found it full again. That’ll be five times this year, when for over 10 years it wasn’t needed. There was a case, in one year, when a resident complained about the grass not being cut in the pond, restricting her children’s ability to play in it. Funny how things change.

Here’s the photo of the pond I took yesterday afternoon.

A Foosh is limiting my blogging

What is a Foosh? It’s the medical shorthand for a Fall on an Outstreched Hand. In my case the fall resulted in broken bones in my wrist.

Most reactions are, firstly sympathy, and then silly boy. I know you’ll be curious as to how it happened. This where the silly boy becomes true. Standing of on the lower step of a badly positioned step ladder, and reaching for Christmas decorations on the top shelf in our garage the ladder went one way and me the other. Result broken bones in my wrist.

One finger typing is annoying, so have been enjoying walks in and around home. Here’s a group of images from my walks.

Re the detention pond. I met a local parish councillor on one walk, and she told me that the inlet and outlet of the detention pond are blockage free, it’s just that the ground is saturated meaning the water takes time to drain away.

I looked into the hole, and what did I see?

What did I see when looking into the hole in Red Road, being dug to inspect for conditions for the route of the Esso oil pipeline?

Nothing very much. The uncovered ground strata didn’t reveal much that I could see, but then I’m no expert. Anyway, here’s a photo of what I saw. A trickle of water was being sucked up. Think I’ll revist later in the week.

 

A super low maintenance plant for ground cover

In our front garden – the bit that sticks out into our cul-de-sac road – we’ve a Cotoneaster horizontalis, otherwise known as wall spray or rockspray, that has grown to cover the area.

I mention this here because of its good value in the garden. To keep the plant prostrate, as in the photo, I prune any upright shoots. It’s been covered in these lovely red berries for weeks. Luckily blackbirds have yet to find it.

Lightwater events in November 2019 No.5: Remembrance Sunday

This year I’ll be attending the Remembrance Sunday services at St Michael’s Church in Camberley, and at the War Memorial outside the entrance to the Royal Military Academy.

I’ll be missing the service in Lightwater this year. The service by the war memorial attracts crowds of Lightwater residents, where the mix of youngsters and oldsters is a lovely feature of the Lightwater service, as is the Bagshot Brass Band. The band’s playing of the Last Post, followed by Reveille is the poignant part of the service.

Here are a few photos I’ve taken over the years of the Lightwater Remembrance Sunday service. Interesting to note that Lightwater is lucky with the weather, as the sky is blue in each of my photos. I hope it is so tommorrow. [Click on images to enlarge]