Monday, 27 October 2008

Brownsea Island

We went to Brownsea Island today - coincidentally on the same day that Bill Oddie and Kate Humble started their Autumn Watch programme. We didn't see them but gilrs managed to get their autographs.

the island was crawling with BBC lighting and camera people who were rigging up everything in sight for the evening broadcaste. This included the church which had only recently had its first power point installed (they're a little behind our St Giles - which now has electric lighting and heating). The BBC however, required floodlighting, so laid out a network of heavy duty cables to light up everything in sight - nice to know that the licence fee is beeing used well...

Brownsea Island is a beautiful place - and the site of the first scout camp in 2007. We took pictures of the children doing their salutes by the memorial stone.

Althought the island will always be famous for its links with souting its had an interesting history with many twists and turns. At one point it was a hive of industry with 200 plus people working to produce clay pipes. For a while it was owned by a rich lady who removed all the islanders - who occassionally sneaked back to see how things were decaying... As with Corfe Castle, I found myself refecting on the histories that might have been: industrial zone, millionaire's hideaway, golf course, and so on...

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