Round our way birds are singing. Englands green and pleasant land on top of the Mendips once more. The last image is a legacy of World War 2. Plans to invade the UK started back before this in 1937 when German spies were busy buying ordinance survey maps of the UK from book stores in London. The Germans also actually used AA road Atlas's for the finer details, thus issuing up to 20 map books for 'invading' infantry soldiers, entitled 'Militargeographische Amgaben uber England'.
The Gestapo also issued thier own book called 'Informationsheft GB'
and 'Sonderfahndungsliste GB'
but on the whole, the main threat would come from the long range bombers at night.
So during the second world war, local farmers, MI6, the home guard and Shepperton film studios would create a fake city designed to look like my home, Bristol, as the Germans would see it from the air. The result is something like this, pock marked greenery that never ceases to amaze me. I love it up here. Paradoxically, so peaceful now. There are huge crater holes doted all around and still some no go zones due to unexploded bombs. The Mendips was always considered a large landing zone/staging post for a German air assault on the South West UK so oddly, these mounds, tumps and craters actually help stave off this threat as there would be nowhere to land a plane. The tumps and mounds we see up on the Mendips today are mostly man made due to this. Incredible history all around in my opinion, very humbling, inspiring and a great place to be on a push bike.