Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Afternoon Haze, Block C and Caravan & Horses

"Afternoon Haze" :- If you feel like you have enough energy for a pleasant but long walk you'd have trouble finding anywhere more picturesque than Cuckmere Haven (also known as the Cuckmere Estuary) in Sussex. It's situated just to the East of Seaford and a few miles West of Eastbourne on the south coast of England. Cuckmere Haven is a vast area of flood plains and its where the River Cuckmere flows out into the English Channel. What makes it unique is that it is the only undeveloped river mouth on the Sussex coast. It's a stunningly beautiful place to walk around and explore.

"Block C" :- Not much to look at. This old 1940's building is rudimentary and plain. But it's what went on here that's fascinating. This is a building (built in 1942) known as 'Block C' and it's situated in Bletchley Park where Alan Turing and many codebreakers worked tirelessly to crack the Inigma machine and many other codes that were being intercepted. At the time this building was soundproofed and machines were punching cards, sorting and collating. Names of people, places, cover names, military units and radio stations were kept here in a large index which was ounched onto cards using Hollerith machines. This is where decyphered messages would be searched through to help look for clues that may help the codebreakers. Two million cards per week were used and everything was absolutely top secret. Block C is now the new visitor centre at Bletchley Park.

"Caravan & Horses" :- I stumbled on this wonderful rural scene quite by accident. I driven out to a small and ancient village called Firle which is in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. I'd wandered around a little and decided to venture up a path/road that ran alongside the 13th Century St Peter's Church to see what I could find. I came to a dead end as the route turned into a private right of way so turned around to retrace my tracks when i saw this scene over a stone wall. During the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042–66) Firle was part of the Abbey of Wilton's estate and is also mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Virginia Woolf once lived here and so did the much loved actor Desmond Llewelyn, famous for playing "Q" in 17 James Bond films.

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