Monday, 23 September 2019

Guess What,,,, we've moved again!!!!

I do wish I had bought shares in Pickfords all those years ago,, but I didn't so what the fromage frei!!

The last 48 months have been nomadic to say the least,, we have moved 4 times,, & all with the best of intentions,,, to start with,,,, but a retired life in the Mediterranean sunshine was not to be,, and we really are glad to be back in the frozen east that is Norf Norfick.

The reason for this blog is to advise my healthy gang of 11 followers that we are now "settled" back into a sort of normal existence,,,, Helen is now only a 5 minute walk from work and when I am not watching "Yesterday" I can go orienteering in our garage or shed,,,you know whats coming!!

The Pastures holiday in DarnSarf Surrey is not quite over but we are getting close,,, [crickey there is a terrible echo in here!!] 

What has happened since we were last really on air with the BLOG,,, well Brexs!it for a start,,,, what a 3 year load of old Cobbrers,,, BORING,,, and can I just add,,,

 if certain people are not careful then Democracy is going to be about as relevant as a straight banana or lead free solder,[ that was just for all you long time supporters!!! see June 29th 2016 post!!]

But onto happier thoughts,,, I now have a 16' x 10' garage to fill,,, well the Pastures will do half of that,,, and I still have room left to cobble together a workshop,, garden shed,, and seating for the regular "Toosdy" supporters,,, I can't wait,,, bring it on!!!.

But a word of warning to the previously mentioned "Regular Toosdy  beardied unwashed"

I am not in the least interested in:

high tides
mid tides
low tides
bowsprits,, halfwits,, or wot-ever-fwits
sheets,, tweets or pleats
bowlines,, lifelines or sidelines
berth's,, girth's or wursts,,[cancel the last one]
midships,,ships,, loggerheads or jibs
asterns,,flotsam or jetsam,,,
bulkeads,, decks,,, cabin's or galley's
heads,,,, [could be tempted on an ad-hoc basis]
ports,,,,,,[well maybe ,,Graham's,, Taylor's or Kopke!!]
starboards  [except Taureans]
belay's ,,,,, [unless it is decidedly hearty]

Enjoy,,,, !!!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Interesting nonsense.

Came up here to do a bit of "planning" for the new attempt at retirement activity  and got completely diverted by 1001 distractions::

So here is some,,,,,

1, The powers that be at the "Ministry of Diversity" have decided that Thomas the Tank Engine needs to widen his horizons!!!!!! and is to be joined by Indian,, and Australian forms of locomotion!!!!

Where do they find these "ministry" people,,,,, I bet he/she/it has a degree in sociology with media studies,,,, not yet at a state where they need to shave,,,,can nearly tie there own shoe laces,,, and is on about £55>60K,,, p.a. UNBELIEVABLE NONSENSE.

2, Over the past 2 or 3 years my dearly beloved has been very keen in supplementing my intake of Omega 1,2&3 oils,,,, as if cod liver oil out of a bottle at school wasn't enough I have,,, over the past 36 months,,, probably consumed enough fish oil to make Captain Birdseye decidedly jealous,,, and now some chinless wonder at Oxford University has decided the "old Omego oil ploy" was a complete waste of time,,,, either that or he has just lost his evenings job at John West!! whatever.
Thanks a lot pal,,,, before I started on the oil slick diet,, I had hair,,, my privates were only occasionally salmon pink,,,& I left very few scales in the bath!!!! Not to mention the bearings in my right shoulder need lubricating and the NHS are politely telling me it's my age. Painful Nonsense.

3, Am I the only one who finds women commentators on Football Focus complete madness.
No offence,, BUT,, you now have your own "game" and TV programmes related to the same end,,, so sod off and leave us alone,, not to mention you all sound like a 33rpm recording of Wayne played at 45rpm anyway,,,,, eerrrrr. NONSENSE.

4, Over the past week the papers have been drowning in full page articles about how serenely and quietly the Beckhams marriage is possibly falling apart,,,, As Rhet Butler famously said,, "to be quite honest my dear,,, I don't give a damn",,,, live and let live,,,, life's a bungee when your down to your last 40 odd million,,, and no matter what the outcome it won't put a smile on my face,, or hers.

5,  Compound NONSENSE,,,,
The BBC,, why not come clean and admit your a political party really, then we can legally stop paying for a license.
The Donald,,,, as they say locally,,, "wot is ee loyk" UNBELIEVABLE,,, lets just hope his assistants can hide the BIG RED BUTTON for about another 6 years


Today was going to be so good,,, I was out there clearing umpteen cardboard boxes,,, found myself a work area,,, much to the annoyance of the cat,,, found 3 or 4 suitable projects,, just right to ease my way back into it,,, only to discover that my main tool box is still in store.

Frustrating,,, but there's always another day.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Southwold on't Sea

Worthy of a post in itself,,,,I have just been to my first model railway exhibition for some time.

Southwold,, Suffolk,, [Chelsea on sea,,, for the likes of me and thee] home of the beach chalet's that fetch a far better price than my 3 bed detached bungalow.

In a word,,,, disappointing,,, a possibly biased opinion from a 4mm fan,,, as there were more 7mm layouts than anything else,,, but I suppose,,, "this is Southwold".

And an old gripe,,,, how do they get away with alleyways of approx 6' [that is 1.8 metro-gnomes in parles junker speak] and allow double decker Porsche buggies in that can bring the whole bash to a standstill in 30 seconds,,,, mind you I am please to report that "Pippa's" offspring slept through it all with no problem whatsoever!!!!!

With a £7.00 entrance fee it worked out at £3.50 per hour,,, and we spent 25% of the allocated 2 hours quaffing tea and debating if the buggy borne L'enfant Terrible's were better flam-beyed or lightly toasted!!!!   [It's all about personal taste I suppose] it was that sort of show.

On a brighter note,,, Gresley beat was there in all it's glory,,, there was a lovely 2mm coal mine layout which I couldn't get anywhere near because the front row was full of people with smart phones filming it for pretty much the whole time I was trying to get a bit closer,,I gave up in the end,, after all it was only 2mm,,, and the variety of books on the book stand was wonderful.

It was SUNNY,,,, it was DRY,,, and the company far outweighed the imbalance of the exhibits,,, but let's be realistic,,,, nobody wins every week.

Southwold has other attractions as well and well worth a visit if you ask me!!!! 

Monday, 30 July 2018

An IMPORTANT discovery

Well well.,,, look what I have just found whilst swanning about in my ether driven chariot on't web.

It's a 1950's Ordnance survey map of Sheffield as used by the local council,,, now if you scroll up in line with the three arrows,,,,,,,,, [above] to the first bright red copy-write marks and attack the view with some form of magnifier you will see the following,"Salmon Pastures Yard coal and coke depot".

I never knew the Pastures had a coal and coke yard,,, HONEST,,,and not only that I have now got a track plan of the yard and it's feeder line which swoops majestically over the canal and then over the River Don ,,,  if you look at the next map,, which I haven't included,,,Salmon Pastures Yard appears to be almost an island surrounded by the river.

I can already see it forming in my minds eye,,,,,the picturesque River Don complete with it's weir's,, babbling brooks,,, kingfishers,,  [yeh right]  more like,,sewage outfall's,, old lorry front axles,,,surplus to requirement 45 gallon oil drums,,, toxic waste pipes containing goodness knows what,,,,and while you are there have another good look round that map just about every road in the industrial bit has at least 3 steel workshops on it,,, YO HO,, all that grunge and grime,, lovely,, what more could one ask for.

WHAT A DAY,,, what a discovery,,, I'm going to have to go and have a lie down as I can see I am going to be VERY VERY  busy.

Anybody got any pictures of a Coal and Coke Plant????

Watch this murky space!!!

Friday, 27 July 2018

The Joys of Intercontinental Blogging!!!

Hello Sunshines!!!!! [now you know I'm extracting the wee-wee]

I have just been reminded by a person very close to a force of immense power, that, it is rapidly approaching 2 years since I  made a worthwhile entry on the blog.

Don't time fly!!!

Now here's an interesting fact about blogging,,,, the last time I looked at the blog which was some time ago I'm sure I had about 5 or 6 disciples [& very welcome they are too],,,, I completely ignore it for a bit [approx 18 months] and the followers jump up to double figures,,, believe me I'm going to do more of this ignoring stuff as it seems to work quite well as a recruitment aid for an international blogger,,,, not to mention "who are all these people????"

You are probably all sitting there wondering what is happening in the sunny isle of Malta,,,, and the answer is I don't know as we are back in Norfolk!!!! to cut a long story short when it dawned on us that the weather was warmer here on the Norf Norfick Cust we thought knickers to all this,, deflated the LiLo,, scraped off the factor 30,,, got the anti-brexit jabs  and booked ourselves back.

It didn't work,,, lovely people,, lovely place,, especially for a holiday but quite simply not for us.

Having said that after endlessly watching that national institution of ours the  "Auntie Beeb",, its as though we have never been away,,, they are still banging on about our relationship with our continental allies,,,  the american stand-up/president and now the end of the world is nigh due to the great orb in the sky!!!! THE SUN.

Now I hate to mention this,,, but,,, "THE WORLD WILL NOT END" due to temperatures approaching 100 degs,,, some time ago I lived with my family in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and occasionally it was 100 degs there in autumn and spring,,,, in summer it regularly got to 110+ and if you had decidedly strong masochistic tendency's [ & who hasn't!!!] you could jump into a Suzuki jeep and trundle off out into the desert and cook an egg in tinfoil on the bonnet of the car,, just for fun,, it took about 15 minutes but you could do it,, now lets be realistic that was a tad warm,, but great fun,, and another point worth considering was,,, I remember a great roof party in Jeddah because for the first time in over 2 years it rained!!! we were all leaping about in it like kids at a kindergarten,,, in fact I still have the red wellies,, here in UK we get to Regulo 2 and it's OMG,, close the curtains,,, shut the windows,,, drink 15 pints a day,,,[no change there then] and look after the elderly,,, these day's I AM THE BLOOMIN ELDERLY,,, and it just is NOT THAT HOT,,, it's sunshine not a small thermo nuclear device that's been dropped from beneath a Mig29.

You know I feel much much better after a bit of spontaneous blogging,,, it's good for the sole,, and that pair definitely needs repairing.

Don't ask me about what's happening on the modelling front,,, NOTALOT,,, but when I finish trawling through Mr Rice's book on Cameo layouts you might be in for a shock,,, I really fancy,, small,, GWR,, cows,, fields,, 3 trains a month,, pristine stock,, larks,, swifts,, babbling brooks,,, 
HA HA  get real,,, that Salmon Pastures fella has been in the sun too long!!!! Dont be Greedy.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

L1 Zeppelin progress report.

Sorry but having spent the best part of the day fiddling with the chassis you will have to look at the progress in pictures in the Pastures Flickr link,,, in the Work in Progress section.
We now have a working chassis, footplate with multitudinous S bends, buffer beams and buffer shanks.

As for a full blow by blow description sorry but:
 1: I can't be *rsed,, & don't forget a pictures worth a thousand words
2: T's ready.

But rest assured it is coming together,,,, like the rest of it's stablemates,,, "slowly"
Just don't get in it's way co's the brakes on these were hopeless,,,, but more on that later!!


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Manchester Exhibition December 2016

For anyone interested in the Manchester show the full album of "westerners" photo's are now on the flickr link under Manchester 2016. Next time you wear that shirt Neville can you also provide sunglasses????
Roger is proudly presenting a new bottle of oil he has just purchased,,,, I know not why.