Welcome back to the little fella with the big operation. Alan called in for a while and brought Denise along to see what we have been up to. They did not stay long, but he is up and about and looking good, so I don't suppose the peace will last much longer.
The traffic had slackened off since last week and Derek and David were able to make it all the way to Cowes this time. As I thought, Derek was able to find some more wires to connect and it is now possible to drive a train in and out of the Stanley Creek yard from the North end. And to use the turntable at Mousehole. Dale and Geoff the Pres spent the whole afternoon in Mousehole, polishing up this, that, and the front door knob on the Town Hall. George occupied centre stage, artistically laying out a pre WW I Bavarian village on our upcoming exhibition layout. At a first glance it looks quite Tudor English, with half timbered houses in the majority, and this led to a sort of "where have all the trees gone" chat, and why the "New Forest" is so named. David and Judy were trying to help the farrier get established at John Falls, and wondering about a quiet track of into the forest. Hmmmm. I spent the day getting graphite dust on fingers as I persuaded KaDee couplers to behave - principally to uncouple. They are very clever little units when they are properly set up and little dogs when they are not. In the course of this I discovered three more wagons had been hiding away on the dreaded plastic wheels.
And Jupiter must have aligned with Mars, or the like. I have been thinking for a while that the second noisiest vacuum in the world does a great job on cleaning up the bench, but is not the ideal machine when it comes to carpet - and we now have a lot of carpet. So I was about to appeal for anyone with a spare beats as it sweeps as it cleans machine. And there was the Hoover, parked against the wall when I walked in! Thank you, Simon.
See you next week