|As it should be, roaring|
Wednesday 11th Bletchley park 10 am
We walked from the canal all the way to Bletchley Park. My Fitbit watch showed I had walked 2.2 miles and taken 4001 steps Took about 40 minutes and first thing on entry....grab a cup of tea! The second thing was read this poem by 'Bobby' Hooper (nee Osborn) a Hollerith Operator. This exert taken from Google Arts and Culture BletcleyPark Home of the Codebreakers
Names of people, places, cover names, military units, radio stations and many other significant details were recorded and kept in an enormous index in Block C, punched onto cards using Hollerith machines. Clerks, mainly women, searched decyphered messages for details that might help the Codebreakers in the future, and built up a huge cross-referencing system. At its peak, two million cards per week were used.
The paragraph Yet what they did they never knew, and if they told it wasn't true I didn't understand as I thought all the operators would have know what was going on. It was only when we watched the Bombe in action and the guide talking about the Wrens that I understood. Not one knew why they had to check endless numbers and letters. It was only after a lady who had operated that machine came to one of the talks years later that she finally found out the reason why.
With this our third visit in 5 years we did miss out some of the huts but not where GB3RS amateur radio operators were ready to give a demonstration on how it all works. Another exert taken from the web
GB3RS is the RSGB’s purpose built Amateur Radio demonstration station. It is located at the National Radio Centre in the Bletchley Park museum, home of the code breakers, where the Enigma code was broken during the second world war.
The radio centre, housed in newly built accommodation, is an educational showcase for radio communications and has a state of the art HF and Satellite Amateur Radio station.
Visitors are first shown a short introductory film, and then wander past radios from the earliest 1920 radio transmitters to the latest technology in amateur radio communications. There are numerous interactive displays to try and finally the demonstration station where visitors can, if they wish, talk to Radio Amateurs around the world on HF radios or via Amateur Satellites using the special call sign GB3RS.
No trip to the park would be complete without a visit to the Enigma machine, Bombe and Colossus
|Heath Robinson Machine|
|Lake and Manor House|
|Swan and cygnets have grown since we were last here in June|
And the family in June,
The walk back went on forever...my poor feet....I tried hanging back to slow the pace but no...Ian was having none of it. By the time we arrived back to FS my total steps was 12,400 and I had walked nearly 6 miles. Couldn't quite fathom out why FS's back rope was slack and the front rope retied behind the bow. Found out she had tried to go 'floatabout' on her own. Ian had secured a rope from the fender eye to the ring because we found the front ring to be a bit of a 'stretch'. He doesn't like ropes going back but why we hadn't put a cladding pin in...well we just didn't! Anyway that rope broke and we were told by the boater that had rescued FS it was all to do with a speeding boater! Now why doesn't that surprise us!
Not going to light the stove tonight, well it has gone mild again and we also realised we had no smoke alarm, the last one having fallen from the ceiling and smashed on the floor! Top of our must have list is another smoke alarm!
A local resident called to see us. Stayed long enough to have supper and then cleared off! Apparently this is something he does all the time and never a thank you said. Splendid in his blue and orange livery he is seen skirting low from one place to another. But do we mind this blatant bad manners? Not when the resident is a Kingfisher.