There is, of course, nothing like a bit of vigorous exercise on a cold morning for a winter pick-me-up! The only downsides are the creaking joints, strained ligaments and sore muscles – symptoms of an ageing workforce!
Anyway, whatever the consequences there was a turn out of 10 this morning including Bob & Ros, Dave T, Dave G, Wiley, Steve, Mike, Mary, Dick and self. Slight variations in the team but the tasks remain similar – largely vegetation clearing and maintenance. So whilst Mike and Dick were engaged in their usual sweeping up the winter debris, Mary was getting in some early gardening preparation. Dave G had a meeting with GWSR Events Organiser to review the role of the Racecourse Station in the 2019 programme. Dave T was engaged in some ivy removal – standing precariously half way up (or down!) the steepest gradient of the Platform 1 embankment. Bob was on signage and then assisted Ros with the Platform 2 gardening tasks.
Steve decided bravely to burn off some more of the pine rubbish, stones, soil etc which had been dumped in a large pile. The resulting conflagration was successful if somewhat smoky! Before:
However, I hope nobody was disturbed as the clouds were essentially blown in the Southam direction!
Unfortunately, Wiley and I were busy raking up barrowloads as fast (or faster) as Steve was burning them – leaving a clearer if somewhat bare bank!
All of which effort will keep up the progress to have Platform 2 as a potentially useful part of the Station rather than a liability.
At which point I leave you with a shot of wire in the barrow – if you stare hard enough you can make out a face! Salvador Dali surreal or am I just delusional after a morning’s exercise.