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The big freeze!

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The air temperature in Sherton Abbas has been plummeting over the last few days. A winter like this hasn't been seen since the mid 1890's when the Queen was still on the throne. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_of_1894%E2%80%9395_in_the_United_Kingdom More snow has been forecast to fall this evening and reports are coming in of heavy drifting further North.

 

Despite this bone chilling weather, passengers are arriving at the station in the hope that trains are still running and the line hasn't been closed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Edward arrives at the station forecourt by carriage and is accompanied by his manservant Jenkins. As long as the train arrives, a luncheon engagement awaits at his club in St James's Street.
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Head Porter Wilfred Edwards braves the elements, but wishes he was back inside and sat by the fire.
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The waiting rooms in the station building are both full and some hardy souls have decided to await the train on the platform. Lets hope it arrives before frost bite sets in!
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The train finally draws into Sherton Abbas platform, pulled by a Metro class locomotive numbered 1500
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While the passengers were settling themselves into the carriages, the locomotive has run around, coupled back onto the train and is now ready to return up the line through the snow covered landscape.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all!
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Absolutely brilliant Dave, well conceived and a real credit to you and whats-more the photographs are totally believable too.

 

Seasons Greetings to you as well and thank you for the inspiration and help this year.

 

I hope your audiences are as pleased with your work at exhibitions in the New Year as those who have seen your Sherton Abbas Blogs on RMWeb.

 

G

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Fantastic work David although I hope there's a thaw before its appearance at Railex.

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Excellent tale and excellent photos - wonderfully believable.

Season’s Greetings to you and yours too!

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Wonderful photographic work.

 

Have a good Christmas, hope you get a bit of modelmaking time. 

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Thanks everyone, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing Sherton Abbas in the snow:-)

 

Best wishes to all!

 

Dave

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Delightful :)  An inspiration from both the modelling and photographic points of view.  I 'feel' for the crew in that open cab and hope the baby kept warm - they really should have made room in the waiting room!  I expect Sir Edward enjoyed a good glass or two of claret at his club.  One can be sure that he got there, with no excuses about 'wrong kind of snow'.

 

Merry Christmas to you and wishing you 'good modelling' in the New Year.

 

Mike

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Absolutely stunning work and a great inspiration to us all, thank you!

Eat wishes for Christmas and the New year.

Chris

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Inspiration. Lovely storytelling, beautiful pictures. And of course a Victorian Christmas wish: "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You"

 

Mrs. Ann Cook from Northall was buying ingredients for Sugar Plums in High Street.

Here is a modern receipt to make them for Christmas:

INGREDIENTS:

Sugar (approx 1kg/2lb 2oz)

1 jar whole plums (preserved in syrup)

METHOD:

Pour the sugar into a bowl. Shake off any excess syrup from the plums. Roll each plum in the sugar until completely coated. Place each sugar-coated plum onto a baking tray and set aside for 30 minutes, then re-roll the plums in the sugar.

Transfer the sugar-coated plums to the oven, set to its lowest setting. Heat gently for several hours, until the juice has seeped out of the plums. Coat the plums in sugar again, then place the coated plums onto a clean baking tray and repeat the drying process again.

Repeat the re-coating and drying process a further 3-4 times, over a period of several days, until the plums have completely dried out and the sugar coating is crisp. (As the plums dry, the juices will seep out, so they will need to be re-coated in sugar and transferred to a clean baking tray every 1-2 hours.)

Thread with cotton to hang on the tree or place in a keepsake box.

Sugar plums were a labour intensive but delicious Victorian Christmas treat. Perhaps made most famous by the Sugar Plum Fairy in Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sugar+plum+fairy&view=detail&mid=13657668685BEED0357B13657668685BEED0357B&FORM=VIRE

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Delightful :)  An inspiration from both the modelling and photographic points of view.  I 'feel' for the crew in that open cab and hope the baby kept warm - they really should have made room in the waiting room!  I expect Sir Edward enjoyed a good glass or two of claret at his club.  One can be sure that he got there, with no excuses about 'wrong kind of snow'. Mike
Yes it must have been bleak running backwards into falling snow!Apparently the Nanny looking after the baby believes in plenty of fresh air and not “molly coddling” the child!Sir Edward assures me that it was “ A damn fine luncheon, fuelled with excellent port, followed by an evening at the theatre and a private supper with an actress aquaintance:-)

 

Absolutely stunning work and a great inspiration to us all, thank you! Eat wishes for Christmas and the New year.Chris
Thanks Chris! Merry Christmas to you and yours too!

 

Inspiration. Lovely storytelling, beautiful pictures. And of course a Victorian Christmas wish: "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You" Mrs. Ann Cook from Northall was buying ingredients for Sugar Plums in High Street.Here is a modern receipt to make them for Christmas:INGREDIENTS:Sugar (approx 1kg/2lb 2oz)1 jar whole plums (preserved in syrup)METHOD:Pour the sugar into a bowl. Shake off any excess syrup from the plums. Roll each plum in the sugar until completely coated. Place each sugar-coated plum onto a baking tray and set aside for 30 minutes, then re-roll the plums in the sugar.Transfer the sugar-coated plums to the oven, set to its lowest setting. Heat gently for several hours, until the juice has seeped out of the plums. Coat the plums in sugar again, then place the coated plums onto a clean baking tray and repeat the drying process again.Repeat the re-coating and drying process a further 3-4 times, over a period of several days, until the plums have completely dried out and the sugar coating is crisp. (As the plums dry, the juices will seep out, so they will need to be re-coated in sugar and transferred to a clean baking tray every 1-2 hours.)Thread with cotton to hang on the tree or place in a keepsake box.Sugar plums were a labour intensive but delicious Victorian Christmas treat. Perhaps made most famous by the Sugar Plum Fairy in Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker.https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=sugar+plum+fairy&view=detail&mid=13657668685BEED0357B13657668685BEED0357B&FORM=VIRE
Thanks Job! What a splendid festive recipe!Best wishesDave

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Hi Dave, fantastic photos! I have a certain sympathy for Wilfred Edwards, tough job on a day like that.

 

Can I ask what software you used to create the snow effect?

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Hi Dave, fantastic photos! I have a certain sympathy for Wilfred Edwards, tough job on a day like that.
Thanks Mikkel , yes poor old Wilfred wasn’t best pleased being sent out in that weather!

 

 Can I ask what software you used to create the snow effect?
Software! I spent hours with Mrs Wenlock’s finest talcum powder to acheive the snow effects!:-)Ok so I’m telling fibs! The software is called “Snow Daze” It’s available for Android and iPads, not sure about Microsoft devices. It’s not very flexible, but good fun all the same:-)

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It looks like the freezing weather has spread in an Easterly direction and Farthing has been hit hard.  Thomas Grig can't wait to finish attending his lamp and get back indoors!

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Ha! Thanks very much Dave, for the info and not least that photo :-)   It's quite effective actually, although the summer clothes don't help!

 

The best ones of yours are, I think, the one in the forecourt (where the gents are wearing something that could be mistaken for proper coats) and the one you chose for the christmas card (where the summer dresses aren't so clearly in evidence). 

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Ha! Thanks very much Dave, for the info and not least that photo :-)   It's quite effective actually, although the summer clothes don't help!

 

The best ones of yours are, I think, the one in the forecourt (where the gents are wearing something that could be mistaken for proper coats) and the one you chose for the christmas card (where the summer dresses aren't so clearly in evidence).

Glad you enjoyed seeing Farthing in the snow:-)

 

The Summer clothes are a bit of a problem, my ganger leaning against the signal box with his sleeves rolled up must be to quote the vernacular “well hard!”:-)

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