Day out to Crich…

The National Tramway museum has just opened after the winter break…so we went tram riding today…called back into Bakewell.
Score: Jane 1 chips,
Me: One double scoop waffle with rum and raisin.
Oh, and you can guess what I bought in Bakewell!

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Visit from Gareth…wish he would go back home

He left this for us last night
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Thankfully, the landowner next door has cleared the culvert screen..and the water level is dropping…for now!

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Competetive days

going through some photos taken while I was a competitor with the Mog…these are a few notable ones!

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Say Bye Bye to the beard!

This 2018/9 growth will be carefully removed in just 3 weeks time, to celebrate the clocks going forward an hour. If anyone can use the trimmings, as cushion fillers etc, please let me know.

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I have a new Landie!

My pal from the local Morgan group knew of the bother I am currently having with my Landie engine, amd found this for me when he was in Cape Town last month! Vroom vroom! Thanks Mike Lynch! Brill!

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Local walk, another learning curve…

This was with the walking group, 26 hardy souls setting off from Shillito Woods car park for a bracing enjoyable walk in the winter sun. Crossing the road we went right along muddy paths through Ramsley Moor crossing the ancient Car Road then crossing the A621 Baslow Road onto Big Moor. We veered off right to find a well hidden stone circle Barbrook 3, returned to the path to traverse round to Barbrook 1 one of the best preserved stone circles in the Peak District before visiting the nearby Burial Mound and then partly restored Barnbrook 2. Spotting what we first thought was poo near Circle no.3 was actually an owl pellet, later broken open to reveal the remains of a field vole. You could see a claw and it’s front teeth. We even spotted an adder as it slithered away to hide in the rocks.
Returning to the pathway we re-crossed the Baslow Road at a much lower point taking a path to Ramsley Reservoir exiting onto Fox Lane to return to Shillito Woods. This was a walk encompassing historical sites that date back to 2000BC and possibly earlier.

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Conservatory insulation

We decided to have the conservatory roof insulated, hopefully to make it into a room we can use year-round. It looks great, and I am sure it is already warmer in there!

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Memories of canal boating

Years ago, I occasionally sailed a pal’s canal boat from one place to another. One time, daughter Em and I were cruising along the River Nene, and stopped to take a photo of this place: Fotheringhey… before carrying on down the quite swollen Nene, only to knock the boat chimney off under a bridge.I drove past this place only last week when we went to Oundle. Em remembered it too….

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Local walk…

A 4.5 mile circular walk the other day…along the path to the ‘new roundabout’, up to Old Whittington (nice view over to the Crooked Spire), past the masts, and a quick rehydration stop at The Miners (local CAMRA pub of the year) with a pint of Dronny Botton Bitter, brewed by our community brewery, and back home.

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Killamarsh workshop

Work is a tad slow at the moment, waiting for new parts for the current loco to arrive, so I spent a few hours devising better storage for some of our equipment.

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