Sunday, 26 April 2020

Working from Home

While some people can work from home its not easy for everybody.



and as we have seen there is a long list of jobs tat home to do. May of us have been working our way through them. Andy Thompson has joined that band of shed and fence painters.


but our thoughts keep turning back to the GWsR. Andy has perhaps taken it mnore to heart than other he even has a viaduct on his garden railway. 

I just hope everyone remembers to SOP LOOK and LISTEN before crossing the line



Other people are staying in practice for a return to C&W. The Saturday morning Tea break is apparently well attended. Paul, Richard, Denn, Phil and Paul.



In the mean time Dave Hewitt's bar work has progressed on a couple of slightly gloomier days. It is largely complete



with fridge and ice sink 



Stock taking is in progress.  The bar still needs glass shelves in front of the mirrors, but they'll have to wait until the glazier reopens.  Then we'll be able to put the rest of the bottles behind the bar.


and the first customers are getting comfortable.



George is often seen with some artwork in progress at lunch time in C&W. This is one he has been doing at home. Perhaps a little early for War in the Cotswolds.



Of course the normal chores have still to be done.

Cheryl (her own words) put on her brave pants and braved the supermarket bulk buying the asparagus yum



My wife refused to allow me to do the same and made a Chocolate and cream face mask.


More gardening to be done I cut the wisteria well back from the windows only 2 weeks ago!


If you are looking for a small project to keep you busy  Des found this layout for the smallest room 




Saturday, 18 April 2020

staying in practice

Thank heaven for the sunshine! At least we can get out to take some fresh air.

and today thank heaven for the rain. Its nicely watered in the grass treament that we put on yesterday in so we don't have to water.

Keeping up the exercise and staying fit is important so members of C&W are doing just that.
Of course we started the week with Easter celebrations.



Claire likes the Bunny crumpets.



Andy Turner has taken 'raised' beds to a totally new 'level'. No bending for him which is surprising I thought he would want the bending to stay fit and flexible for loco firing when we get going again. Andy is also a member of the loco department. And no the wood came out of his shed, another shed tidy up, not off the loco woodpile. 



Its surprising in what we can get excited about. With bin collections in many areas suspended Jenny is delighted with the new wheelie bin.



Chris is taking the opportunity to rebuild his '71 BSA B50 Victor.  Chris also said:
I also run the Brockworth Village Weather Station ( Met office WOW site available on the internet) which feeds into the Met Office Weather data pool. It started 20 odd years ago as a biker fed up of getting wet. I need to give my weather instruments a spring clean this weekend, ooh err. So I'll be up the washing pole at some point to get to the transmitter.


Richard How stands back to reflect on his now well dug veggie plot.


Richard Pratt has undertaken the Great Plant Pot Washing.  Starting from two bin bags of dirty pots that had been lying around for ages, and discovering a need for quite a few pots for veg, He bit the bullet and decided to wash the lot. Current state of play (as of last week): 40 down, only 52 to go! They should be finished and filled by now!




Another car rebuild. This the 1957 MGA of John Varley. 




Not much fresh air for Alex. Another of his little project. He finally got round to finishing off. Again, all from scratch, this was the Isle of Wight equivalent to a GWR 14xx and autocoach.


and one not quite so little. In his own words

Having a spare gauge 1 chassis that I’ve been wondering what to do with, turns out it’s almost right for a terrier. I’d been thinking about it for a wile, and with all the extra time suddenly I decided to get stuck in, I only started this last week. Intention is to try some miniature signwriting on it when it comes to painting. I want to do the fiendishly complicated full LBSCR livery, I’m going to try and do the whole thing without transfers :-)


So whilst I’m definitely missing the big railway and the mess room chat, this lockdown’s not all bad!



Richard has been making the most of the time at home. A new workbench for home preparing many of the pieces in the C&W workshop under Eddies watchful eye. Now at home progress is continuing with much of the bench test assembled. The front rail and top still to go.



John Hill has taken a more restful approach to the staying at home by soaking up the rays. A regular pursuit at Winchcombe for lunch on sunny days.



Another revitalised compost bin. This one Steve Smith's.  along with 2 more of his projects





Fence post and rail pictured 1/2 rotted and given coup de grace by a visiting car. 


The over bridge in Gloucester was designed by Thomas Telford and opened in 1829. It is basically built in very marshy ground and the stone arch sits on bundles of faggotts. They are always saturated so as there is no oxygen they don't rot. Dry wood doesn't rot either. The interest in the fence post is that there is a layer of plastic between bottom (wet) and top (dry) at V shape joint between top and bottom. There is also a drain cut in the top V to keep it dry. Failed post didn't have this, haven't had a failure of one that does yet.




LED Wall light (Steve makes the LED strips for our carriages)

As supplied this light had a bulb on its side that lit only the left half of the fitting. Now has 2 led  assemblies with 6 leds in each and a small power supply. Small resistors adjust the current sharing, 1/3 rd out the bottom, 2/3 rd out the top. And even!



Ian like many is doing the odd jobs at home


and cutting the lawn


Me with the joke/fun birthday present from last month. Its a card press out model.



with most of the other jobs done what the heck build the engine. 



Spring is sprung and the lambs are about this one found on the footpath by Andy and Jenny while out for a walk.



 and finally -  part of a message from a friend of mine




Saturday, 11 April 2020

Still working - but NOT as we know it!

The departments work come to a sudden halt and it has taken a while for us to sort out what we do now.  So here is a review of what we are doing.

With suitable PPE we have prepared to carry on. Cheryl at home taking every precaution.


Paul Wood has planted up the veg plot we wait to see the new shots and produce in due time. There have been suggestions of what he planted!!


Fence painting is also featuring large in the list of home jobs not done in favour of a visit to C&W. The time of reckoning has arrived at least 4 reports have been received so far. Eight panels at the front by David Hewitt there is word of another coat. 

However, with the predicted change in the weather, which doesn't seem to be materialising, its on the making the cocktail bar before the 27 panels to paint at the back. We shall see what progress actually happens.


We haven't painted the fence but the raised beds



and the bird table 



and the shed have all been done.



Some have turned to making other things some decorative bird boxes have materialised from the scraps of material in Phil Hooton's shed. They will be available to the station groups if they would like them.




There are those who still have to do a day job. Michael hard at work coding.




and Dennis working from home



Dennis is remaining true to the C&W tradition of stopping to watch the trains go by. I guess the amount of work completed may reflect the frequency of the timetable.



Alex is trying to avoid being roped into the house redecoration. He always get to do the cutting in. It all that practice lining out. He is now claiming the ability to paint 6 carriage sides in a day. Bet he can't keep that up when we are back at Winchcombe but then we don't have GWR toplights to paint.

The carriage sides are completely hand built from scratch using plastikard. The painting using a bowpen free hand for the lining out. If he can do that when we return it will save a fortune from the tape bill.


He is also constructing some buildings. This is Stone station Staffordshire It was started by his grandfather in the 70 and is now being continued by Alex. Last weeks activity was to apply all those chimneys and finials.



Tony Baker making progress on his MGB new leather for the seats is awaited. should have asked the upholstery team.


or maybe the metalwork team.


Phil deep in study but its not a Haynes manual.  The Rolt railway safety book on how not to do it  - 'Red for Danger'



Back to the railways as Nick's P'Way team are action with further track laying. 



Though I suspect negotiations will be needed to avoid leaves on the line!



a Happy Easter awaits Phil Brown's grandchildren with these turned wooden egg cups that he has made for them.



now he can get back to restoring this 1934/5 Riley 9 engine for his 1934 Kestrel 9.



Some have sunk to the depths of boredom. Russ has painted the drain cover in his drive way.



There are a lot more picture ready for another edition of the blog. Perhaps Ken Austin will have ventured inside his shed. Brenda says everything he needs is in there somewhere.



Mind you Ken personally I would advise against any suggestion of cleaning it out!



Rather than paint a rainbow to stick in the window in support of the NHS my younger Daughter Claire knitted one It now hangs on the wall of the Family 'den' just below the light sabre and IT IS WALL PAPER don't ask!



22 years ago today what were you doing? 
Something else you can't do today! 

The wedding of our elder daughter. Sarah to Richard 11th April 1998



Happy Easter. Stay safe.