Sunday, 19 June 2016

Ho! for Holbeach

I do like a nice country show, though I've been spoilt having the Royal on my doorstep at various times of my life. Some are undoubtedly better than others. In recent years we've been to some where we've been in and out in under an hour.

This year was my first visit to the Holbeach Town and Country Fayre, a somewhat grandiose title which I suspect is partly tongue in cheek.

Some shows have a strong emphasis on livestock, some on country sports, and others just feel like pop up shopping malls. Holbeach though seems to have a definite emphasis on vintage machinery, without being a fully fledged steam fair. The downside of this is that you would be hard pressed to say there is something for the whole family. As a result I didn't get to spend anywhere near as much time as I would have liked. Next year I'll cycle up on my own.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Meanwhile, indoors

One of the quirks of our new home is that the lack of space indoors means that small scale modelling is even more dependent on the weather than progress on the 7 1/4".

Bits of Teddy don't tend to get blown by the wind into the lawn, never to be seen again.

This is my roundabout way of explaining a lack of obvious progress on the OO9 front.  With nicer weather surely on the way though  I've invested in the last few additional purchases I think I needed.

Most of which are visible in this photo. Brilliant service from Narrow Planet as you would expect and also from the Ffestiniog's model shop.

Ignore the Minitrains locos, since they are purely chassis donors. Like Cadeby itself the loco to stock ratio will be on the high side though.

Not all of the models will be built as runners, so pretty much the same as the prototype.