Thursday, 25 June 2020

A hairy encounter

Having had nothing to do except the blog and avoid the painting both ceased at the same time.

I could avoid the painting no longer. the problem with painting at home is that the walls go all the way down to the ground. 

At least the carriages stop about 3 feet in the air. I am also sure I am supposed to be taking the picture.

This wasn't actually the cause of me not publishing a blog that was the VA announcement talking about plans to resume service. Its not a straight forward thing to do. Three months of not doing things meant several required inspections haven't happened.

The safety things like 

-the lifting gear, Now inspected and passed safe to use.
-the woodwork machines service is now overdue but the company who does it is not working at present 
-the high wire man-safe cable inspection which is expensive - we are on a no spend budget at present. No money in  no money out. So no roof painting until they are recertified.
-Gas Welding kit now due for inspection.

So getting things organised suddenly became a major priority. What carriages would be used? 
Identify a proposed rake of carriages - Compartment ones. 
Revise it to be 2 rakes and inspect them.
Re-inspect them as there is a planned one way system for the passengers. on one end off the other. Great is all the corner doors are working! They aren't. 

So identify what needs to be done and what can actually be done. That of course needs special permission because its needs doing or starting before the scheduled restart date for volunteers. 
Everything now also needs a Risk Assessment which has to be agreed by the Safety Director. 8 so far and counting. we have done 3 jobs.

 And so it goes on hopefully we might actually do some more of the things on the list Saturday. 

Its all been a bit hairy. 

Now talking of hair. My wife has been cutting my hair for years so no problem for me. Rod however, has just been roped in to do his wife's hair for the first time. Barbara was really wanting a hair cut a few weeks ago so he bravely volunteered to take a few inches of the bottom at the back

The picture is a work in progress

 The request "was level with the bottom of my ears" and he achieved what he termed his sawtooth look. The customer declared she was satisfied after a quick look via 2 mirrors.

 The secret is in the engineering. Sharpen the scissors, it is the same as for all edge tools just think garden shears on a smaller scale

and the lockdown has got to Cheryl as well



Monday, 8 June 2020

Getting Through Lockdown

When the flowers start to look like they are workers in the high vis Orange you sart to think maybe you have had enough of lockdown.

While at Toddington last week we meet Rosemary and Graham Radband doing a little exercise and security check round Toddington

after all you never know who might be around. We might think we know who this is doing some preventative maintenance on the lathe and pillar drills.

but are you sure its not Santa moon lighting!

Yes it really is John Squires.

Jenny's Head gardener Andy at his high rise growing table harvesting some lettuce.  Dwarf beans, beetroot, carrots and various lettuce leaves are all doing well.  

while Cheryl has been cooking again. this times her route to happiness is via Avocado Maki washed down with a pint of cider while being watched by a pair of drooling Jack Russell's.

Dave Hewitt says Hooray - the glazier's reopened! 

Glass shelves bought and fitted. Lynne's stocked the shelves, so the 'Hewitt Arms' is now officially open for business.  Unfortunately pubs still remain closed, so only members of the household can use it. 

which reminds me


The sudden fear that you’ve consumed so much wine, cheese, home-made cake and Easter chocolate in lockdown that your ankles are swelling up like a medieval king’s.

and as we see more limits of lockdown lifted

*Covidiot* or *Wuhan-ker*

One who ignores public health advice or behaves with reckless disregard for the safety of others can be said to display “covidiocy” or be “covidiotic”. Also called a “lockclown” or even a “Wuhan-ker”.

So remember

*Antisocial distancing*

Using health precautions as an excuse for snubbing neighbours and generally ignoring people you find irritating.


*Coughin’ dodger*

Someone so alarmed by an innocuous splutter or throat-clear that they back away in terror.

don't over do 


Extra make-up applied to "make one's eyes pop" before venturing out in public wearing a face mask.

especially avoid 


The 10lbs in weight that we’re all gaining from comfort-eating and comfort-drinking. Also known as “fattening the curve".