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New home, new scenary
by Simon at 13:31 08/08/05 (Blogs::Simon)
So we managed to move house - more than that we managed to commit to buying a house over a period of 25 years, Inshallah.
The scenary, here on the eastern side of Salisbury Plain, is far more interesting than that of Reading (secret bases which aren't on maps notwithstanding).

In amongst the firing ranges there's a ghost village called Imber which the Army took over in about 1943 for training purposes - displacing the locals on a promise they'd be allowed back after the war (they weren't).

A couple of times a year (and in 2005 it's from now until the 21st August at 18:00) the ordinarily closed off roads through the plain via Imber are open to the public - so we thought we'd go and have a look.

Here are some photos.

JPG image (172 K) Enter at your own risk...
JPG image (204 K) There may be gunfire
JPG image (186 K) You're perfectly safe, so long as you...
JPG image (217 K) Now, have you got all that?
JPG image (221 K) Why? You need to know why? Can't you guess?
JPG image (137 K) This is the carriageway you must not leave
JPG image (115 K) Don't go down this road
JPG image (89 K) Is this what I think it is? Yes, I think it may just be...
JPG image (76 K) ... the first time I've ever seen a semicolon on a road sign
JPG image (173 K) I spy with my little eye, something beginning with "T"
JPG image (159 K) ... and something beginning with "A"....
JPG image (111 K) Look, look, over there! What is it?
JPG image (89 K) Oh, it's another tank.
JPG image (138 K) This one's my favorite
JPG image (134 K) The rusty memory of battle...
JPG image (107 K) ...creeps stealthily amongst the skulking hulks...
JPG image (85 K) ...eternally vigilant, they espy danger in the West.
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New home, new scenary Simon - 13:31 08/08/05
Re: New home, new scenary David Crowson - 13:58 08/08/05
soon you fall prey to the demon addiction of DIY :)

I myself succumbed last night, staying up all night to try and finish, unsucessfully, the bathroom floor then being somewhat distracted by the temptation the use the steam powered wallpaper stripper I bought from Bruce 8 years ago. I stripped all the hallway and repainted it. Then I cut the grass and tidied the rest of the house like it's never been tidied before. A quick bath and then 'drrrring' the doorbell rings, the surveyor has arrived. He pokes around for half an hour and buggers off.

Hopefully they'll now give me some money so I can fix the outside of the house.

However , now I can't get the smell of paint out of my nostrils :)

right , I'm off for a cycle ride to Woking to get some garden sacks, towpath exercise time , excellent.

PS Nice pics..


Re: New home, new scenary Hugo van der Sanden - 16:22 08/08/05
The Armadillo

I was taking compass bearings for the Ordnance Survey
By an Army Training Camp on Salisbury Plain;
I had packed up my theodolite, was calling it a day,
When I heard a voice that sang a sad refrain:

  'Oh my darling Armadillo
  Let me tell you of my love,
  Listen to my Armadillo roundelay.
  Be my fellow on my pillow
  Underneath this weeping willow,
  Be my darling Armadillo all the day.'

I was somewhat disconcerted by this curious affair
For a single Armadillo, you will own,
On Salisbury Plain, in summer, is comparatively rare
And a pair of them is practically unknown.

  Drawn by that mellow solo
  There I followed on my bike
  To discover what these Armadillo
  Lovers would be like:

    'Oh my darling Armadillo,
    How delightful it would be
    If for us these silver wedding bells would chime;
    Let the orange blossom billow,
    You need only say 'I will' - oh,
    Be my darling Armadillo all the time.'

Then I saw them, in a hollow, by a yellow muddy bank -
One Armadillo singing ... to an armour-plated Tank!
Should I tell him? Gaunt and rusting, with the willow tree above,
This - abandoned on manoeuvres - is the object of your love!

  I left him to his singing,
  Cycled home without a pause.
  Never tell a man the truth
  About the one that he adores!

    On the breeze that follows sunset
    I could hear that sad refrain
    Singing willow, willow, willow down the way,
    And I seem to hear it still. Oh,
    Vive l'amour, vive L'Armadillo!
    'Be my darling Armadillo all the day.'

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann
Re: New home, new scenary Simon - 16:44 08/08/05
Nice - I don't believe I've ever heard that Flanders and Swann song. It's not on "At the drop of a hat".
Re: New home, new scenary Hugo van der Sanden - 18:02 08/08/05
It's part of The Bestiary of Flanders and Swann, which is now sitting on the 'for Simon to listen to' pile.


Re: New home, new scenary Bruce Ure - 18:11 08/08/05
Lovely pics!

I've shot on some ranges like that and it's scary how little notice people pay to the signs. FSR they just assume they don't apply, or to them, or at that time, or on that day, or...