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Happy Birthday Elvenhome!

 

A year on from Hub’s guest post about the start of his model rail journey, here is an update from him…..

Hello everyone.  It is Hub here again.  Yes, you are right.  The Lizzie Question was posed again (for those who do not know what that is I suggest you read my last post).  I happened idly to mention to my dear wife that it was nearly a year since my first video on my YouTube channel presented to the world my N gauge model railway layout Elvenhome.  Her little eyes lit up.  A smile crossed her face as she formulated the question.  I knew what was coming.  I could see the words forming in her brain and moving, synapse to synapse, to send the signal to the vocal chords.  “Might you like to write…”.  I capitulated at once.

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His ‘n’ Hers Part II

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Yum!  The Back to Backs sweet shop

In my last post, I wrote about our recent weekend visit to Birmingham.

On the Sunday, while Hub was enjoying his second day at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, I met up with a friend who lives near by.

We spent the morning on a tour around the fascinating Back to Backs preservation area.

An amazing site, these types of buildings are an iconic part of Birmingham’s working-class history.  The National Trust has restored the last courtyard still standing, to reflect the lives of people living there in the 1840s, 1870s, 1930s and 1970s.

Understandably, we were requested not to take photographs of interiors, but here are some images of the exteriors:

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His ‘n’ Hers

Last weekend, Hub and I spent a few days in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.

The main driving force behind our visit was so that Hub could attend the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre.  This is the main model railway event each year in the UK and, as a modeller himself, Hub was keen to see the 90+layouts and pick up a few bargains along the way.

If you are interested in seeing the progress with his layout, check out his YouTube channel here.

Although I am extremely supportive of Hub’s hobby, I didn’t feel the need to see the exhibition myself.  Instead, I took the opportunity to spend one of the days in the centre of Birmingham with my Mum.

We had a great time checking out in particular the city’s Museum and Art Gallery.  It is a magnificent testament to the city’s commitment to the arts.

The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, plus Christmas Market
The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, plus Christmas Market

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The Curious Traveller

I recently took a trip to London to see, among other things, a couple of exhibitions – more about these in a future post.  I normally fly from Edinburgh, but opted this time to take the train – so much more civilised, relaxing and interesting.

I decided to write down whatever came in to my mind while looking out the window. Below is the result.  It rather pleasingly captures the essence of the evolving journey.  I hope you enjoy it too. 🙂

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Paper Bristol

I grew up near the UK city of Bristol.  It is not surprising, therefore, that I was drawn to this short and very cute video recording of how artist Sam Pierpoint has recreated some of the city’s iconic images.  Such talent and vision!  I love the inclusion of the SS Great Britian, the zoo animals, the suspension bridge and the coloured houses.  Click here for some photos of the real thing so you can compare. 🙂

 

 

A Scottish Journey VI – the final leg of our trip

We found the most wonderful place as the last area to visit on our Scottish tour – the northern headland of Tarbat Peninsular, majestically dominated by the Tarbat Ness Lighthouse.

The lighthouse itself is not open to the public, but there is plenty to see all around.  Here are some highlights for you:

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As you can see, this area is a feast for the eyes: stunning views; interesting geology; beautiful wild flowers.  It is also wonderful for the other senses too:  fresh smelling, clean air; warm, light breezes on one’s skin; and plenty of trilling and warbling bird song.

Of course, I recognise that we were (at last) supremely lucky with the weather for this visit.  There would be no need of a lighthouse if there were never any storms!

How fortunate we are to live within striking distance of such lovely places.  It took us only about  three hours to get home from Tain, back to the busy city of Edinburgh.  It always takes a bit of getting used to other cars on the roads, and people on the pavements.  Edinburgh is a very comfortable size, a very ‘human’ city as one friend puts it.  But it is nevertheless a complete contrast with other parts of Scotland.  It is fabulous to be able to experience both. 🙂

A Scottish Journey V

Ater visiting Wick recently, Hub and I travelled south to the town of Tain which we used as a base for the last part of our trip.  For Hub this was, at last, a break from work, giving him a couple of days for a well-earned rest.

One particular treat for him was a trip to the nearby whisky distillery of Glenmorangie, which nestles in a very beautiful coastal setting.  We had a very interesting tour of the works, with a tasting at the end.  Well, it would have been rude not to buy anything after that….

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A Scottish Journey IV

Following on from my last ‘Scottish Journey’ post, I left you all with a glimpse of the North East Scottish fishing town of Wick incorporating the historic town of Pulteney.

I had a couple of hours to explore this interesting area while Hub was working.

I love looking around harbours, with all the different boats, birds and coastal sights.  Wick provided plenty of all these things.  Here is a taster:

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