Friday, 29 August 2014

Diorama agonising again.

What should I do with the beautiful cut-out card  town square manufactured by Mirontaine Models?


I'm determined to use it because I am so very fond of it; so, what about this location across from the station facade?




The jury's out, I think.

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Currently listening to:

Hoagy Carmichael
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Last night's dinner:

Forgot to take photographs but it was in this Edinburgh Restaurant.
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Currently reading:

The more I delve into this slim volume, the more significant it seems.
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Miscellany1:

View across Harrison Park, Edinburgh, yesterday evening.

Miscellany 2:

Finished the bottle of Creme de Cassis that I bought at the duty-free in Bordeaux Airport 6 weeks ago.



However, I'm determined that summer is still here, so I'm going to keep the Kir Cassis going as an aperitif for a few more weeks yet - then switch to the "thicker" Pineau des Charentes to see me through the winter.

Accordingly, I bought a new bottle of Cassis in Edinburgh this morning.


Somewhat less decorative, but perhaps more elegant exterior.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Viessmann versus 'FMR Model-IT' HO scale streetlights

My pack of Viessmann HO scale streetlights have arrived and, as to be expected because they have been manufactured in Germany,  the detail and quality is impressive.


Nevertheless, I have more than a soft spot for the similarly intentioned streetlights with filament 12 v bulbs from Frizinghall Models. They are cruder and simpler (and much cheaper) but, in situ, they have a charm about them.


In situ on my layout.
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Currently listening to:

Earl van Dyke
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Last night's dinner:

Before going out to work:

Tomato and gherkin sandwich
And on way home at really too late an hour for such a meal:

A bag of chips from The Blue Lagoon in Dumarton Road, Partick.
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Currently reading:

Really enjoying this book.

In her younger days.

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Drumming practice update:

Continuing with practice in front of mirror to check that arms are going up and down as opposed to just hands.


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Stained Glass Windows at St Simon's, Partick, Glasgow.

The middle window on the southerly wall of the church depicts St Simon struggling in the wild sea as he tries to reach Jesus who he sees walking across the water towards him.




And it reminds me of this prayer:

"Thou O Lord,
Who stillest the raging of the seas,
Hear, hear us and save us
That we perish not.

Oh Blessed saviour who didst save thy disciples
Ready to perish in storm,
Hear us and save us,
We beseech thee."

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tregwynt Woolen Mill

No time for model railway today.

Did get an email to say my streetlights had been dispatched!


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Currently listening to:

Amadou and Mariam
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Last night's dinner:

Leftover leg of duck a l'Orange with boiled rice
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Currently reading:

This book has livened itself up with the account of her romance with Humphrey Bogart

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Drumming practice update:

2 really fulfilling lessons today: one from my usual drum tutor and the other from a specialised Caixa tutor.

Felt I was improving in both sessions.

Also, played maracas along with Amadou and Mariam tracks with my usual tutor who is dead interested in African beats. He showed me how to play on the off-beat.

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Miscellany 1:

While at my usual drum tutor's cavernous flat, I noticed this amazing woollen blanket hanging from a makeshift mezzanine bed.



Instantly recognised it as a product from the Tregwynt Woollen Mill in Pembrokeshire, Wales. My parents had an almost identical one (different colours) on their bed for decades.

My tutor said that it had been his Welsh grandfather's and dated back to the 1950s which would be about right.

Miscellany 2:

Last night, watched, for the umpteenth time, footage from the Doors playing some US arena back in the 60s. What a great group they were.

What surprised me was how clear camera photos of the TV screen are.









Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Lego tweaking

Added a few Lego details to the apartment building including a gray drain pipe running up the side of the building, all in an attempt to add texture and interest.

Minus detail.



 Maybe there should be another gray drain pipe at the RHS to give symmetry.

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Last night's dinner:

Duck a l'Orange, cous-cous and spinach
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Currently reading:

Beginning to tire of this.
Racing through this.
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Drumming practice update:

45 minutes to the Chemical Brothers
Samba drumming class tonight - please let there be some obvious improvement!

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Miscellany:

Collected some paperwork this afternoon so for the first time in months went by the cycle path along the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Sunny afternoon.
I like shapes like this.
Or these.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Mosaic backdrops

Every now and again I ponder the quality of the basically black and white on orange silhouette that forms the existing backdrop to my Parisian diorama.


And, now that I look at it afresh, it seems pretty good! Needs some extending leftwards, but that's it.

But earlier today attending midday Mass at St Simon's, Partick, Glasgow, my eye rested, as it always does when at St Simon's, on a mosaic representation of a Polish city-scape which forms the backdrop for a little prayer corner in the church - a church frequented by Glasgow's Polish community.



And I wondered if I shouldn't construct a similar backdrop for my layout ie one made from mosaic but depicting French city apartments and the Eiffel Tower.

But, on looking again at the existing backdrop, maybe I won't.

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Currently listening to:

Factory Floor
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Last night's dinner:

Bag of chips and a can of Vimto

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Currently reading:


And;


And;


Feel I'm making progress; getting a feel for the landscape that is language, knowledge, meaning and metaphysics.

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Drumming practice update:

Continued practising the new left hand grip and shifting reliance for producing drum stick strokes away from just wrist movements to arm movements too.


Found this to be quite a boring and tense practice routine, so carried it out to track after track of the electronic band "Factory Floor" - much more enjoyable. Probably, 45 minutes in total.

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Stained glass windows at St Simon's, Partick.

I don't see this window as often as the other two because of where I usually sit. Same crude but powerful style as them but in completely different colours. Once again, it is St Simon aka Peter who is depicted.