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Monday, 31 December 2012

AROUND BRITAIN'S COAST ROADS FOR HELP FOR HEROES: Our Christmas Walks while in Dorking Surrey

AROUND BRITAIN'S COAST ROADS FOR HELP FOR HEROES: Our Christmas Walks while in Dorking Surrey: During our visit to Dorking Surrey over Christmas it is still a daily event to give our dog Digby his daily outing. My usual route when the...

Our Christmas Walks while in Dorking Surrey

During our visit to Dorking Surrey over Christmas it is still a daily event to give our dog Digby his daily outing. My usual route when there is to follow the footpaths which border the Pipp Brook until I reach the Pixham Mill House and the main road. 


Imagine my surprise when I saw how the Pipp Brook had oveflowed its banks due to the heavy rain and flowed across my path into the Pixham Mill House Gardens. I, maybe foolishly, decided to carry Digby and wade through the flow to find out if the path became available further down. Th cross flow was not that strong so I decided to proceed.


I could see the Mill House ahead in the distance with yet more of the path under water. There was clear path ahead so my plan was to see if the Mill area was flooded or not.


Looking back along the path.



When I reached the footbridge at the Mill House there was no flooding there, only a torrent of wild water running over the sluce gate that used to be used to divert water to the now defunct Mill Stream.


If you care to watch the video with the volume up full you will get an idea what the 'power of wild water' sounds like.

video



The mill cottage behind the Mill Stream



Box Hill National Trust area 
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/box-hill/




Pipp Brook taken from the other side of the stream.


On Boxing Day we joined many of the local residents and made the trip to the top of Box Hill 


The view over Dorking from the Box Hill Veiwpoint


Below to the right is the Dorking Cricket Club where I often walk Digby when in Dorking.


At the Viewpoint there is a plaque laid in remembrance of Leopold Salomon who donated the whole of the Box Hill area to the National Trust.


Still to be discovered on the Box Hill Trail is a Napoleonic Fort and the grave of Major Peter Labelliere who was buried Head Downwards there on the basis that the world was in such turmoil in 1800 that he would eventually end up the right way up.

To all of my readers 
Please Have a Happy New Year in 2013


Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Teddy Seen Loitering in Hedgerley

While out Dog Walking I noticed this Giant Teddy waiting for Santa outside of the Large Manor House in Hedgerley Village, Bucks.



It has been raining Cats and Dogs recently but he persists in waiting there day by day. I tried to get a little closer but this was the best I could do. He seems to be focusing on something in the garden?



During a later visit I realised that I could get a better cheeky photo through the front gate 

I just hope that he is given a warm welcome when someone eventually lets him in! 

Our Dog Walking Attire recently has been essentially Head to Toe Waterproofs, if not that elegant. Ann will give me some grief for posting this one!



Back in Beaconsfield I popped into the Waitrose Store via the car Park door and there was this magnificent Christmas Tree.


When I arrived home with Digby from our walking trip, he adopted his strange but now usual sitting position where he can see through the front door's top window.


It is Christmas Eve now and time to relax for the next few days, like heck! There will be plenty to do and lots of time playing with the Grandsons as they enjoy their new gifts.

A Very Happy Christmas to all of my Blog Readers Everywhere.
May your 2013 be a Happy and Healthy one. 
Thank you for reading.
Frank.

Monday, 17 December 2012

My Morgan Christmas E Card for 2012




Wishing all of my Blog Readers a Very Happy Christmas and Hopefully and Excellent New Year in 2013 from the Moderators & Members of the Morgan Centenary Roadster 100 Register.
Frank & David. xmascheers

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The Green Goddess AF08 MOG
Centenary Roadster 100
http://franks4x4-solograndetour.blogspot.co.uk/

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Christmas Decorations at Terminal 5 Heathrow

I had to pop to Heathrow Terminal 5 to collect my son from his flight this evening.

Here are the Christmas Decorations there.

One of the Christmas Trees in the Arrival Hall

The Trees in the space between the Terminal Building and the Muli Story Car Parks

Frosty Dog Walking at Hedgerly Green Bucks.

The cold weather this week has made previously impassable walking routes passable again with frozen buggy paths made so by Horse Riders, Mountain Bikers and Dozens of Dog Walkers like ourselves.

So this week we visited Hedgerley Green Again only to find that the Three Large Ponds were frozen over making for a very pretty vista.

The village is a lovely area, sadly now very close to the M40 cut through to the North (top Right Corner here).


Dog Walking at this time of the year is a real pleasure to be out and about in the Country Side.

Here are some photos taken there.

 Heading for Hedgerley Green along the path from Hedgerley Village Church (Bottom Right above).

 The Old Farm Complex of Manor Farm.

Pond 1.

 Pond 2.

 Pond 3. and the another part of Manor Farms buildings 

Pond 3 from the other Wapseys Lane side looking towards Manor Farm again.

I hope you enjoy sharing my Dog Walking Venues.
Frank

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Roadster100 Register Group Lunch at the Five Arrows, Waddesdon


On Tuesday 4th December 2012, R100 Register Members met together at the Five Arrows Hotel, Waddesdon for the Lunch Date organised and advertised to members by our founder member David Harris.
























It turned out to be a Glorious Day, 
considering the weather in recent weeks. 
With the Heater on Full, it was just warm 
enough for a Hood Down drive out for me 
(Hood Up going home in the dark though).

I decided to arrive early today for a quick 'Drive Through' photos visit 
only to find that Waddesdon is closed on Tuesdays so I had to settle 
for a photo outside of the main gates.





















The Green Goddess Sparkling like a Tooth Advert in the Winter Sunlight

We enjoyed our meeting with varied conversation in our traditional R100 Register 
casual manner over a lovely lunch taken in the busy restaurant decorated for the 
season. 

The Five Arrows is certainly worth a visit if you find yourselves in the Waddesdon Area.
Here are some more photos from their brochure.





















The Restaurant Areas


























Some of the Bedrooms Available 
(Rooms at the Rear and in the Cottage Annex are the quietest) 




























The Location Map & Directions

Frank