Monthly Archives: December 2018

TIME FOR A NAP?

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

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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

AN AWFULLY GOOD YEAR!

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

WELL-DONE—THIS IS REALLY CUTE!

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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