Having been away for nearly the whole of July I felt something of a stranger at the Racecourse Station this morning. Luckily it was raining and the platforms were covered in pine needles so I soon got my bearings! However, Mary’s pots are still blooming lovely:
Now an Orange (or is it Yellow?) timetable signifies something special is in the air and, sure enough, today marked the second day of the Diesel Gala. Which, of course, calls for the ‘A Team’ in the Ticket Office with Dave G in charge and well supported by the finest staff:
On the volunteer labouring front we were a little light (Dave T, Mary, Bob, Steve, Mike were all I spotted) though Andy B paid us a visit and here he is conferring, in relaxed mode, with today’s car park supervisor:
Elsewhere Steve and I did a little to try and contain the rampaging greenery on the P1 and P2 embankments.
It should all look like this eventually with a well managed grassy area, wild flowers in abundance and a neatly trimmed hedge. Unfortunately we have some way to go in places:
Tools of the trade in my case were hand sickle/scythe and, in Steve’s, a strimmer.
Elsewhere, Dave T checked stocks and sales in his shop area whilst Mike attended to gardens by supplementing what was already falling from the sky (!) and Bob was busy on P2 embankment. Here are some of Dave’s wares (NB: not the model trains) but there is much more.
I strolled around some of the ‘hidden’ parts of the Station and took snaps of the bits we don’t generally show visitors:
Here’s the vegetation fighting back again!
And so another mid-season Saturday passes by – where is the year going to? Back next week.