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Report - Dunster ROC post (internal pics) April 2010 - Timeline of a micro-explore.

Discussion in 'ROC Posts' started by Styru, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. Styru

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    Dunster ROC post April 2010 - Timeline of a micro-explore.

    18:35 HRS

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    Styru is sitting at the kitchen table trying to convince mini-styru’s 1 & 2 to eat more salad (telling them it’s good for them – but also very aware that it needs using before it goes out of date)

    18:36 HRS

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    A little voice – namely Alexander the meercat – is shouting at Styru from the depths of his camera bag to inform him that he has a text message.

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    Styru looks at phone – mmmm, it’s a text from a "well wisher":

    Text reads:

    (a second text then gave directions) (I know it well anyway – but this was a nice touch)

    18:38 HRS

    Now this bunker has been reported on a few times here – but always as locked, so I took all of 30 seconds to think about it.

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    Having shouted instructions at the kids –

    – I jump in the car.

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    (picture used for illustrative purposes only - actual car may differ from illustration) (thank f00k)

    18:59 HRS

    Dunster ROC is in a lovely position, yards from the sea, and approached over a footbridge that crosses this.

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    The ROC post sits in a freshly ploughed field

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    VERY. VERY, freshly ploughed in fact (did you spot the tractor in one of the above pics?)

    A quick word with the farmer – “mind if I cross your land mate?” led to a much longer talk – very nice bloke, had been down the post about 15 years ago – but had no real idea what it was/what the history was etc.

    One quick history lesson later and he was helping me lift the rather stiff hatch.

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    (there's that bloke with the tractor again)

    Apologies for the quick-snap nature of the pics – but I was already late for another appointment when I arrived (and even later when I left!)

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    A few bits down there, and about 4 inches of water (sump pump a no-go) – not the best ever, but nice to get the chance to document it.

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    The Glitto had seen better days..

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    When I left I replaced the locking bar in its former position (to give the impression that it was still secure)

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    Crown Estates (who own the post) has its main office in the area only about half a mile from the post, and, as I understand, they are due out today to re-secure the post. So by the time you get to read this it will probably be locked again (and knowing Crown Estates - a lot more securely than before)

    A rare chance, thanks to a bit of local knowledge :thumb

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  2. diehardlove

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    Re: Dunster ROC post April 2010 - Timeline of a micro-explore.

    nice work stryu,i love the write up its funny.
     
  3. UrbanCreed

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    Ahah, loving this report, good work :D
     
  4. Collingwood

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    Great write up Styru, fancy babysitting my kids tonight while I go and reccee a new hospital site i've just found!!
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    Only joking mate, nice report though.
     
  5. Styru

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    That's one advantage to them growing up (in fact 'mini-styru 1' is 2 inches taller than me, and a member on here) - the ability to drop and run without having to find a baby-sitter is loverrrrlllllyyy :)

    Actually, the fact that they are old enough to empty/fill the dishwasher is pretty good too.


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    Excellent write up. I've seen the post a few times (my old man has a chalet on Dunster beach and I like to go down there to check on my inheritance!) and now it's nice to see what it's like inside.
     
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    Still owned by Crown Estates and in the middle of a field? Odd that as most were given back to the landowners were they not?
     
  8. Styru

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    Yep, they still own this, and another 9,900 acres around this part of Somerset!! :rolleyes: (link is a PDF so give it a minute)

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    I cant wait untill my son can do this :)

    Nice report mate, probably the most entertaining ROC Thread in ages :thumb
     
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    Great stuff. Thanks mate.
     
  11. Ordnance

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    Ah! I was driving back from the British Legion and it suddenly hit me. CROWN ESTATES as in ROYAL as in the Land Owner it was given back to - Not Defence Estates as I wrongly assumed earlier.

    They will of course own the farm as a Tennet Farm as well in that neck of the woods... Silly me. They will probably own title to one or two ROC posts here & there.

    I used to live in a Douchy of Cornwall (aka Charlies pocket money) house at Princetown on Dartmoor.
     
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    Wander if that would be a cheaper way to buy a post, rather than Bid and pay silly amounts on Ebay. Do Crown Estates often take to folk asking to buy land?
     
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    Curses, wish i had your contacts mate, i live in a Crown Estate house 3/4 mile from the post,been keeping an eye on it for many a year, and never gained access:(
     
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    Very creative and a nice opportunity taken there.
     
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    Go take a look if you're that close, it might not be locked up yet.
     
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