13 Jan – Pining for the Fjords

Alas I was not at CRCS this morning to record the day’s workout.  However, my trusty informants Bob And Dave (T) (& Mary) relate that more clearance was achieved and I have combined their narratives plus a picture or 2 with some notes of my own from mid-week.  Overall I understand that 14 hardy souls braved the cold wind to start on some of the close season tasks including the above plus John, AndyM, Steve, Mary, DaveG, Ben, Mike, Dick, Ros, Colin, Terry & Maurice.6             Above: our platform benches under cover to protect them from the weather.

Dave (T) himself was bonfiring on the Platform 1 embankment ‘burn patch’ – getting rid of the remaining detritus whilst Mary was raking out the pine needles from the top lawn and tidying up the gravel either side of the ramp.  Maurice went round looking for windfall branches, pine cones etc whilst Mike was clearing sticks and pine needles from the concourse area plus keeping a watchful eye out for an expected visitor, then retiring indoors to commence the very important preparation of tea.

8Dick and Colin on the un-enviable ‘Forth Bridge’ task of removing the pine needles from the track bed

Hidden from view John Leeson was recovering materials from the compound for his next project and Dave G was continuing the marathon paint job in the worker’s room plus the Platform 1 Station Master’s office.

Meanwhile, Steve and Ben were keeping up the good work on ridding us of the pine branches on P2 embankment through the medium of fire.

Before:

During:

Picture1

After: you’ll have to pay us a visit in the new season!

Not sure what this is what Mr Bosch intended the jigsaw to be used for but needs must and I expect any native Americans who happened to be passing felt right at home!  Luckily the wind was in the right direction to keep the smoke away from the traffic and horses.  If you drive by one day and see a huge pall of smoke it’s only us burning the pine straw – so please don’t call the fire brigade!  Seriously though thanks for the great efforts on this task.

Possibly controversially, I now understand that these trees are largely Corsican (or Black) Pine and not Scots Pine – which, I understand, make them a non-native species for those who take an interest in these things.  However, they do have a high resin content – so no wonder they burn well.

Dave T concludes that ‘together with track clearing and 2 platform burn gangs we all got a lot done today before the weather (allegedly) turns wet again next week’.

And after that composite effort: “we’ll be back next week with a brand new show”.  (Can anyone recall the cartoon character whose strapline this was – answer in due course!)

Regards,

Tim

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