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Sunday, 22 July 2018 22:18

Of sand and crate

22nd July 2018

Another sweltering week here at the Briddon Country PIle. The grounds around the mansion are parched. Part of the Darley Dale yard is transforming into a sandy desert. Oh hang on, that was the blasting contractor.

Published in 2018 Jul - Sep
Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:32

Of pipe and bellows

15th July 2018

As a narrow-minded, er - narrow gauge fan I would dearly have liked to have been at the Tracks to the Trenches event this weekend, but sadly more normal activities prevailed. Not as dramatic as last week certainly, (phew) but enough to be going on with.

Published in 2018 Jul - Sep
Sunday, 01 July 2018 20:49

Of meetings, planned and chance

1st July 2018

We have a new clock in the shed. Well not new exactly, it came from my late father's house but I only found it again this week when having a tidy-up in my 'office' at home. It was still happily displaying the time, date, day of the week and temperature. I thought that it would be of better use at the shed, so now it looks down on us (the LCD display looks blacker from below) and I can exclusively reveal that the temperature in the shed touched 29.5 degrees today. Much tea consumed to stave off dehydration. But I digress...

Published in 2018 Jul - Sep
Sunday, 24 June 2018 19:38

Of wheels wanderers and scribble

24th June 2018

Gosh it's hot. Anyone would think it's summer., Oh, it is. Well that sneaked up behind me without me noticing.

Published in 2018 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:35

Of seals, bushes and carpenters

10th June 2018

Right, back to normal. Have you seen that first programme on carriage restoration (C4) presented by Peter Snow and Henry Cole? (The latter has his own series 'Shed and Buried' which is frequently on in the afternoons on Travel Channel. Steph used to watch it if she wanted an afternoon snooze - his voice guaranteed to put her in a stupour). But why, given he is a motor-bike afficianado with no rail knowledge, is he co-presenting?

Published in 2018 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 03 June 2018 20:29

Of vans, Wickhams and wheels

3rd June 2018

I'd love to start by telling you how many copies of my novel, The Railway to Merhead got sold this week but I honestly don't know.

Published in 2018 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 27 May 2018 21:20

Of rotabroach and slogging

27th May 2018

I am unashamedly going to start with a picture that illustrates what no bedside table is complete without.

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Published in 2018 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 20 May 2018 22:21

Of spherilastik magic

20th May 2018

I know, I shouldn't moan about the sun after all the rain and snow we've had, but I got this dashcam for Christmas and the self-adhesive pad that is supposed to hold it to the windscreen goes soft after an hour or so parked in direct sunshine and I come back to find the camera ready to take close-ups of the passenger side floor. I'm getting tired of trying to get it to stick again and prodding the cable back into the trim around the screen. Another fall or two and it's out with the epoxy.

Published in 2018 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 13 May 2018 21:31

Of air and fuel tanks

13th May 2018

The trouble with Bank Holidays is that by the time I get around to writing this blog, so much has passed that I have difficulty remembering exactly what it was we did. I know, blame it on galloping dementia.

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Published in 2018 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 06 May 2018 20:47

Of cholesterol and corrosion

6th May 2018

Welcome once again to Weekend Rails blog. A broad range of topics this week, affecting health and wealth

Published in 2018 Apr-Jun
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