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Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:22

Of ramp at the ready

10th September 2017

14901 is still on holiday in Old Oak. It was supposed to be collected on Wednesday, but early on in the week it was apparent that Reids would have to reschedule so what was the last exhibit to arrive at the Open Day looks like being the last to depart.

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Published in 2017 July to September
Sunday, 27 August 2017 06:00

Of chuff and stuff

27th August 2017

And here we are once again. It's been a bit of an odd week - not that any week follows any particular pattern here at the Briddon Country Pile, I'm scarcely a nine-til-five person – for quite apart from grandson being up here, there have been things going on, which I will share shortly, or at least as soon as they happen.

Published in 2017 July to September
Sunday, 09 July 2017 23:28

Of landmarks and sand-castles

9th July 2017

Every so often we pass a milepost – some event or other that marks the next stage in shed development or a loco restoration. Some give a sense of satisfaction, even elation, while others just leave you with a feeling of 'well at least that's over'.  

Published in 2017 July to September
Sunday, 02 July 2017 22:53

Of dust and panel.

2nd July 2017

We are now into the second half of the year, the nights have started to draw in, tennis is about to monopolise our screens (boo!, unless you're into Andy Murray et al, in which case Hooray) and this blog is nearing its seventh anniversary.

Published in 2017 July to September
Sunday, 25 June 2017 22:52

Of tanks and buffers.

25th June 2017

Nearly half-way through 2017 and where has it all gone? I've started getting letters telling me that I need to make a decision about when and how I take my state pension, a point in life - retirement - that I have long concluded could never happen since Barclays Bank made 'an unfortunate mistake' in 2001 and forced Yorkshire Engine Co into Liquidation. But oh dear, some of their senior executives may be in legal trouble, it was announced this week. I must have a whip-round for them. Anyone got a whip?  

Published in 2017 April to June
Sunday, 04 June 2017 23:28

Of brakes, spiders and drains

4th June 2017

Now, before I forget, the first 'official' trailer for 'Murder on the Orient Express' is now out on you-tube.

Published in 2017 April to June
Sunday, 28 May 2017 21:30

Of blissful ignorance

28th May 2017

Maybe it is better to live in blissful ignorance, unaware of just how many young people have decided that Darley Dale yard is some sort of Adventure playground just made for them.

Published in 2017 April to June
Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:57

Of Easter efforts

16th April 2017


Sunday once again, April is half-over, Easter is in full flow. I used to say that on Bank Holiday weekends I'd leave the blog until Monday, but – well -  at my age I can get confused enough and can't remember which day I did what sometimes.  So Sunday it had better remain, even though, as I finish editting this, the clock has ticked over past midnight anyway.

Published in 2017 April to June
Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:34

Of gifts and gears

9th April 2017

After the all-action report from last week, perhaps something a little more calm and  laid-back would be in order. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin....

Published in 2017 April to June
Sunday, 26 March 2017 21:29

Of auctions, values and vandalism

26th March 2017

As you know, we are apt to acquire things from auctions. Not just e-bay, but “traditional” auctions where the bidding may be on-line but more often in person. But years of watching BBC's Bargain Hunt has taught us to know what it is you are bidding for, what it is worth and not get carried away with the moment.

Published in 2017 Jan to March
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