The day had been one of excitement and complacency; of satisfaction and frustration. I think
everyone was pleased to finally start hitting the bounds of the site and start putting the
whole place in focus. Furthermore the discovery of the planes and Power Station
were important icing on the cake.
But it had also been frustrating. Marlon and Tom had spent a fruitless day battling
with their cameras. Marlon was further despondent whilst trying to unload the film from his ancient
analogue camera and discovered that it didn’t require winding back – had he taken any photos at all with it? We stopped
taking the mickey at that point.
The day also featured our first real drama at Pyestock, rather than the imagined footsteps
and noises of previous trips. I doubt we’ll ever know who the mysterious person in the
Air House was or if the helicopter was actively searching for someone
or idling circling before landing at Farnborough.
It suggested we should be more careful in the future, but for now we were immensely satisfied with our day.
"By cutting a diagonal slash across Pyestock, from the north west corner to its south east
boundary, we’d discovered the extent of the site and nicely divided it into two for further explorations."
"Although we revisited Number 10 Exhauster,
Cell 3 West,
Air House and
Plant House, our deviation from our previous routes
allowed us to discover the Fire Station,
Main Stores and
Power Station. Plus
Battle Test House and
Admiralty Test House were firmly put on the map for further explorations."
"It was a busy day at Pyestock with at least one other group of explorers creeping around.
Our next exploration would feature the biggest group yet and we would target the buildings (such as
Battle Test House) we’d only partly seen this time."
© Simon Cornwell 2008
Sunset through the Air House. Western view.
31|03|07 © Simon Cornwell 2007