Tuesday, 2 September 2014

More humming and hawing.

Yesterday, I reported my desire to capture a particular view when looking down one of the streets of my diorama - namely, a dark urban canyon with an imposing church facade at the bottom of it.

Comme ca
To achieve this I would have to either move the ceramic church from its current position  - a massive task, or move another building into position at the bottom of the street.

So, I tried the latter and shifted the theatre.

The current situation.

The theatre rotated through 90 degrees to block the end of the street (canyon).

The theatre is not a dark enough presence, I'm afraid.
I've just noticed that in the photograph at the top of this page, the church is not at right-angles to the end of the street. If I decide to move the church then I could try an angled location.

I'll sleep on it.

Currently listening to:

Soundtrack to the above.
Last night's dinner:

Supermarket curry.
Currently reading:

Sticking with it.

Almost weeping as she writes about Bogart's long painful dying at home.
Drumming practice update:

Usual Tuesday session with my drum tutor.

Today we moved on to doubles ie two quick strokes but only one arm action - a kind of bounce.

Requires practice but is a significant step forward in building an armoury of strokes.


Cycled along the side of the Clyde and on a whim called in at the SECC Box Office and bought two tickets for "Still Game" at the Hydro in a couple of weeks. No queues and no booking charges. 

The Hydro
On the way back passed this scooter standing at the side of the road.

They are elegant.

Monday, 1 September 2014

More cycling.

No time for railway today - too tired, one way or another.

But one thought I did have was that I wouldn't like to lose a vista similar in feel to the one in the photo below. This is a view that I have often come across in French cities: looking down a dark canyon of flat fronted buildings to an enormous church facade, dominating, at the bottom.

This is where I want such an effect on my layout.

See red arrow.
The canyon's fine but where is the dominating edifice at the bottom?
I'll have to fix this.

Currently listening to:

Aphex Twin

Last night's dinner:

Lamb chops, fried potato in mint sauce.
Currently reading:

Switching between:


Drumming practice update:

Despite being leg-weary after cycle, managed 45 minutes in front of the mirror.


Went to see Scotland's newest tourist attraction, "The Kelpies", near Falkirk.

Everything is impressive about these statues, except the preposterous sentiment behind them. Kelpies! Nobody in Scotland gives two hoots (mon) about such a load of old cobblers.

Anyway, it gave us a pretext for 2 hours' cycling along the Forth and Clyde canal.

One Kelpie

Two Kelpies.

They are impressive to behold.

As is this operation.

Closing the slats of the gates.

Down she goes.

Opening the RHS gate.

And now the LHS gate.

And off she goes.

And, along the canal we went.

Couldn't get away from the horses.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Cycling in the countryside.

Still pleased with yesterday's re-arrangement of buildings and trees on the layout.

Currently listening to:

This is a FANTASTIC album from 1997 - symphonic in scale.
Last night's dinner:

Tuna in olive sauce plus roasted beetroot.
Actually, I had overcooked and so dried out the pieces of tuna - a bit of a dull dish, actually.

Currently reading:

Gone a bit boring again - fed up of life with Bogie.
Drumming practice update:

After all that cycling today, my legs were too tired to practise standing up, so I reverted to doing repetitive routines on the jungle snare - sitting down.


Today's cycling route around the Thankerton area in Lanarkshire, Scotland.