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Sunday, 06 December 2015 00:00

Of Thelma and Louise's road trip

6th December 2015

December is upon us, and all around houses are lit up with garish lights, a large Christmas tree has appeared at the crossroads by Station Road, and tinsel and twee models of Santa and reindeer will shortly be taking over shop windows. It's not just that at my age Christmas has lost its freshness – I just have to tell myself it's for the kiddiewinkles anyway – but heavens, on our Freesat service there's been a channel broadcasting 100% Christmas tosh since... well it seems like forever now but it was probably about the beginning of November.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 29 November 2015 00:00

Of rain, wind and heaters

29th November 2015

There really ought to be a fanfare at the beginning of this week's blog. Not because there is some magic number (actually it's the 282nd edition) nor interval to celebrate, but rather, the cladding contractors have done their job and departed.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 08 November 2015 00:00

Of cladding and couplers

8th November 2015

The trouble with having shed with only about three-quarters of its total roof and three of its four walls complete is that it is neither an open space nor a shed. Not that I should complain, even to have that much is a step up from having no roof and no walls higher than two metres. But if rain falls electrical things continue to need sheeting over, and if the wind blows you feel it.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 01 November 2015 00:00

Of clocks and conflats

1st November 2015

I can't believe that 2015 is five-sixths over. I normally find this time of year depressing – the clocks go back, and suddenly the weather seems to be colder, the days massively shorter. Maybe if we kept the clocks the same the winter would never get a toe-hold.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 11 October 2015 01:00

Of waiting

11th October 2015

Tata lived up to – or maybe lived down to – what I expected this week. Having placed an order for the additional sheets early last week, it took them well in to this week before they got it on the computer and managed to raise me the Proforma invoice. I paid it straight away and it took them until Friday to get the order slotted in to the manufacturing programme with the result that I now have a delivery date of 23rd October.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 27 September 2015 01:00

Of Strange Skyhooks

27th September 2015

It was all planned out this week. The rails were to be collected from Wirksworth on Thursday, as was the due date for the arrival of the roof-lights, which at least had the advantage of my being at the shed for two reasons rather than one (remember, it requires locos and wagons to be moved to allow access to the forklift). Did it all go to plan?

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 20 September 2015 01:00

Of a cabinet meeting

20th September 2015

With the drama of getting the orders placed now behind me, this week has been something of an anti-climax. For one thing, the accountants have been nagging to get my paperwork ready for their audit, so that has taken precedence. But on Monday Andrew had seen on e-bay a chap advertising an office type 6ft cabinet at a good price, and although it was located south of Grantham, it was worth going after if it stayed low. At least I thought so, and bid for it and then set off to collect some bits from Sheffield. When I returned, I was the proud owner of another cabinet. After an exchange of e-mails graduating to texts, I arranged to go down on Tuesday to collect.

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 12 July 2015 01:00

Of one pipe in and one pipe out

12th July 2015

Normally, this blog recounts what has happened during the week, but this week it might give me more to say if I tell you what hasn't!

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 05 July 2015 01:00

Of tea and tidying

5th July 2015

I did say a couple of weeks ago that I would be reporting more about the inspection of the Mattersons after Allianz had decided to up the rate for LOLER inspection because it wasn't '4 locomotive jacks', rather 'a locomotive lift and two beams'. Well fairly early on Tuesday morning I was back at the Shed, opening up for another inspector.

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 14 June 2015 01:00

Of weather and needle bearings

14th Jun 2015

It has always been a British tradition not just to talk about “the weather” (“Britain has no climate, only Weather. Discuss” was an exam question that my old geography master used to trot out about once a week) but to mock the efforts of those whose job it is to forecast it. Meteorology (which surely ought to be the study of meteors, not weather) in the UK probably reached its nadir when Mr Fish declared that there would be no hurricane, but over the last few years I have come to the conclusion that they doing it pretty well.

Published in 2015 Apr-Jun
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