Chaos to Cosmos
The path from chaos to cosmos was discovered by telling one's life story

Saturday, 30 April 2016


St George's Church, Tiverton

The Tivvy Bumper at the Tiverton Museum

Inside Tiverton Pannier Market

Castle Street

St Peter’s Church Tiverton

Silver Street, Tiverton

Gold Street, Tiverton

Bridge over the Lowman and Lowman Green

The River Lowman looing up Chapel Street

Houses in Chapel Street

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Fordingbridge Model Railway Exhibition 2016

Railway Pastimes, the Fordingbridge Model Railway Exhibition 2016 organised and run by The Rotary Club of Fordingbridge at Avonway Community Centre in Fordingbridge. It was a lovely show, packed with a nice variety of layouts. 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

The Dorset Model Railway Exhibition

On Saturday, 19th March, we went to the Dorset Model Railway Exhibition at the Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne and had a lovely informative chat to the guys from the The Junction 72A Model Railway Club there with The Junction layout. 

Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas 2015

Table Setting

Christmas Tree, Table Setting, Greek Christmas Boat

Greek Walnut Cake (Karidopita)

Balu found his stocking with the catnip! It was to be his last Christmas.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

New Forest Model Railway Society Open Day 2015

New Forest Model Railway Society Open Day at Brockenhurst Village Hall

On Sunday, 29th November, we went to have a look at the New Forest Model Railway Society Open Day at Brockenhurst Village Hall, an exhibition we'd missed last year. A few years ago, when I was still living in Spain and I'd decided to let go of all my OO guage rolling stock and buildings and had donated them to the New Forest Model Railway Society, simply because I'd gone to their exhibitions and open days with my dad, goodness knows how many years ago.

Having done so, sadly, doesn't get me free entry today (joke), but I was glad to see that some of those buildings were being put to good use. They could, of course, have acquired the very same kits from elsewhere, but I had most of those low relief kits pictured above (excluding the station) and those were amongst the ones I had donated, so I assume that the ones you're seeing are the very ones my dad built when I was still a kid. They could be more than 50 years old.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Christchurch Model Railway Club 2015 Exhibition

East Ilsley

Here's one shot of the beautifully detailed East Ilsley, at the Christchurch Model Railway Club 2015 Exhibition (more images) at Bournemouth School for Girls

Our takeaway from this exhibition involved coal houses and access to them. When modelling an older period - well anything up to the 1960's and 70's - most rural homes, as well as the vast number of Victorian/Edwardian terraces will have an outside khaziWe were reminded that these dwellings would also have needed coal and will have had a coal house, most likely out back somewhere, with access for deliveries that wasn't through the house. The lady of the house, being houseproud, would have spent ages scrubbing the front step, so she certainly would not have allowed coal to be traipsed in through the front! From a practical point of view, this means making space for back alleys and pathways.