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  1. Do my eyes deceive me, or is the Sirdar Mary a Clyde Puffer? Or something else? It's not a name I can find on the Puffers and VICs vessel index. https://www.puffersandvics.org/puffer_index.htm
  2. I concur. I've decided that M'Lady must be an expert in Occupational Therapy. At least, I assume so, from the long list she has, of jobs that she insists I need to do ... right now. "Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better". © Émile Coué https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Émile_Coué Topical relevance - his father was a railway worker!
  3. That reminds me (with a shudder) of several forestry and farm workers I know that have fingers missing, after being careless with power tools and farm machinery, Doing something (to take your mind off something else) can be very dangerous - especially when you don't have full attention on the job in hand (sic).
  4. @Nick Holliday Moore on your Snowflake ;-) Only 67 years old! And to think that Neil Munro made up stories for "Para Handy". Pictures here: https://johnhmoore.co.uk/hele/coal_boats.htm
  5. More reassurance, and evidence to present to the Rivet Police when challenged (m'lud) Anyone else wondering why a security firm would want an old Clyde Puffer?
  6. @Nick Holliday Thanks for that, it's reassuring. It reminds me of a conversation with my late father-in-law (a Harbour Master). I was wondering why most Cornish metal ore (tin, copper, etc) was smelted in Wales. He explained : it took something like 11 tons of finest Welsh anthricite to smelt one ton of metal ore. So it usually made more sense to move the metal ore to South Wales instead of shipping coal for smelting to Cornwall. One trip instead of 11. But the ship that had shipped the ore had to come back with something, like the coal you just mentioned. :-)
  7. I've a feeling my ambiguity might get attention from the Rivet Police. So, just in case: Douglas Adams was the author. Rob McKenna was the fictional character. If he (Rob McKenna) ever drove down the A30 to Mid-Cornwall, it would have coincided with news reports of record amounts of rain and reservoirs overflowing. But who would believe that? Oh, wait...
  8. Too true, and how would the cost of the security (they'd probably insist on top-of-the-range) compare to what's in the shed?
  9. I grasped that thorn by explaining to M'Lady that we'd bought (cough) most (cough) of the stock 15+ years ago when Number One Son was a wee bairn besotted with TTTE. Back then it cost c.£X. Valuing it now against the prices for the same stuff sold on eBay, we got a magic total of c.4 times X. Shocking and ridiculous in one way ... but look darling, it's been an investment! (In return, I got that I don't quite believe you look). Your mileage may vary. Terms and conditions may apply, the value of your investment may go down as well as down...
  10. Cruel and Unusual Punishment in Hawick? Yes, but .. Ref: https://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/uk-s-most-hated-trains-to-run-on-waverley-route-1-5087837 An example of Stockholm Syndrome?
  11. We've been having Type 232 rain. M'Lady sent me out last night in the worst of it to lash down the plastic panel roof to an old greenhouse. It's old and useless but she still loves it (the greenhouse, not me).
  12. That was Rob McKenna in the Hitch Hickers Guide to the Galaxy. https://hitchhikers.fandom.com/wiki/Rob_McKenna
  13. https://scalescenes.com/product/r003b-gwr-station-and-goods-shed/
  14. Does this help? I've used the NLS map. Ref: https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=50.4608&lon=-3.7153&layers=168&b=1
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