Every one was in need of a drinks break this morning, not ignoring the engine 2807:
Certainly a warm one and not, I think, the occasion for very strenuous physical activity. So no stump removal and a minimum of grass cutting – since frankly only a tidy was required as nothing much is growing if it isn’t watered or deep-rooted! However, there was enough to keep Colin edge trimming and weed killing whilst Maurice neatened up the front hedge and Ros weeded on Platform 2 bank gardens. Sadly, the dry weather doesn’t prevent a selection of pine needles and cones being present for Mike to remove.
Meanwhile a small team (self, Ben and Steve) were repairing the fence by the sentry hut – joining the paling structure to the spear point version. Bill and Andy were working on the hut – which temporarily had a door that still fits (remarkably!) but needs a new bottom hinge bracket.I was struck by the solidity of the construction and noticed for the first time the maker’s plaque on the front.Samuel Taylor and Co Manufacturing – which, I am delighted to say, still exists so I feel deserves a plug: Samuel Taylor! No doubt there will be a case for sanding down and re-painting in due course – we might contact the manufacturer and see if they want to sponsor us!?
Elsewhere John Leeson was busy pulling onions for Victory – like the spuds they are great when fresh from the soil and growing well, unlike the more water dependent plants. On a less organic front Bob, doing his impression of the Alec Guinness as ‘The Man in the White Suit’, was spreading localised weed suppression:
Meanwhile, there was a massive effort by Steve brush cutting the Platform 2 embankment by the bridge – giving a strong impression of the real estate’s size and the consequently daunting task! You can just see him in the first photograph, high up on the bank.
I may live to regret this remark but we could do with some rain! Anyway, to the best of my knowledge, it’s not thus far affecting the train services: