This is a wooded area surrounded by what is left of Banstead Common – although the area is often referred to as Reigate and Banstead (in Surrey). This is about a 20 minute drive from our house in the London Borough of Sutton, with Burgh Heath distinguished with a very large and well-stocked supermarket. Marbles Pond (sometimes referred to as ‘Marbles Way Pond’ after a nearby road) is set in a beautiful country area of rambling paths, forests, and open spaces, near the main road are a number of houses for the middle classes to live. We like to walk the dog, breath the clean air and observe the birds living on and around the pond. The pond used to contain fish, until the Local Council had the pond emptied to stop illicit fishing (a very unpopular act). Still, we are lucky to have such a rejuvenating place so nearby! Rumour has it that there might be an unexploded WWII bomb at the bottom of the pond! We have visited this area many times, but this is our first blog entry about our experience. Interestingly, we refer to this place as ‘The Ponds’, but I am not sure how common this is.