Monthly Archives: December 2018


Nodding off at the switch,

Didn’t bring a proper Sandwich…

It’s getting dark

While coyotes bark,

Word tailor’s missing a stritch!

Jonathan Caswell


Bedford Duple OB Bus

Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

Bedford Bus 1

Spotted in Saffron Walden on Saturday this rather attractive Bedford bus.

It’s a 1950 Bedford Duple OB (27 Seater) ‘Toast Rack’ and if you really like it there are lots of scale models of very similar Bedford busses available. The biggest challenge would be painting the livery and lettering.

Bedford Bus 2

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Look Back at 2018


Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

Late December is a time of reflection. Looking back I realise 2018 was a very good year.

My little 009 layout ‘First’ attended five exhibitions: Narrow Gauge South, The Beds and Bucks Open Day, Oxfordshire Narrow Gauge Modellers Day, the N&SNGM Running Day and Expo Narrow Gauge. It was a pleasure to run the layout and talk with other modellers at these exhibitions. Many thanks to all of the people who helped me and everyone who popped by for a chat. When I built ‘First’ I had no intention of exhibiting it and I find it incredible that this layout has been to so many exhibitions.

During 2018 I visited the Kirklees Light Railway twice (once on a misty day in May and again in September for their Gala), plus the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, and the Drachenfelsbahn. I even went on a

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Christmas/New Year sewing


He Cooks... She Sews!

I love the easy days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Perfect for sewing! And this year my dear friend M joined me.

What’s better than a sewing day on Boxing Day? A sewing day on Boxing Day with a sewing friend! The catering by He who Cooks was pretty good too.

This Christmas/New Year sewing was all about Felicity. I’m working on a mini wardrobe in black and ivory and the first two garments were shorts and a shirt.

Sailor shorts

These are Burdastyle 06/2014 #122 in a size 40 and made up in a stretch cotton with about 25% stretch lengthwise and at right angles to the stripes. I cut them out so that the stretch went around the body. They are stretchy enough that a double needle hem was the best choice. So a knit in the form of a woven. What’s not to love?

I faced…

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Make productivity great again


Pencil Skirts & Punctuation

Do you ever find yourself facing a mountain of things to do at home without knowing where to start? What about having hundreds of unopened emails in your inbox? If you’re nodding your head, don’t worry – I’ve been there too.

If you need a hand tackling your to-dos, I’d like to share a few learnings from a fantastic resource – a book called Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen. Getting Things Done provides a paradigm-shifting way to think about your work, your tasks and your deadlines. The takeaways from the book are helpful for not only being organized at work, but at home too.

GTD e book photoI was first introduced to the book and its methods in a training session at work. I was pleased to learn that some of the practices were already part of my daily time and task management routine. Since, I’ve read…

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