Weekend Rails

what we do for our kids

Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:00

Of miscellaneous pottering

10th July 2016

After starting rather later than intended, the move of Weekend Rails to new servers was duly completed and judging from my visitor stats, hardly anybody noticed.  This week my own site is on the move, and probably nobody will notice that either...

Published in 2016 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 26 June 2016 01:00

Of sounding nice

26th June 2016

We have oft observed over the years that the last weekend of the month tends to be the weekend when things go wrong, and the first weekend is when things go really well. We've certainly had the former these last couple of days.

Published in 2016 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 05 June 2016 01:00

Of plus one to the collection

5th June 2016

I said last week that I'd have some good news to impart, but in truth I'm only going to give you half of it, as the second thing we had planned for the week didn't come off. Never mind, we've rescheduled everything back 7 days and hopefully, it'll be on the agenda for next week's blog instead.

Published in 2016 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 22 May 2016 01:00

Of insulation and washing lines

22nd May 2016

Grr, Microsoft. I was (notice the past tense) running Windows 7 and was perfectly happy with it, hiding behind my Firewall and Anti-virus, Anti-Malware, anti-everything softwares. And what does Microsoft do? While my back is turned, under the pretense of it being an 'upgrade' to Windows 7, they calmly change my operating system to Windows 10 without my permission and lumber me with software I don't want (but Microsoft knows better and believes I cannot live without)  and a changed system that is so radically different that a number of the programs I already have won't work anymore.

Published in 2016 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 24 April 2016 01:00

Of Tom, vac and rollers

24th April 2016

I have received complaints from readers this week. 'Not enough pictures' from one and 'no videos' from another. Well this is supposed to be a blog: if you just want to see pictures then I believe Tumblr may be more to your liking. But I shall try and appease all with a fair smattering of photographs and a little video.

Published in 2016 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 17 April 2016 01:00

Of batteries and belts

17th April 2016

I was tempted to start with 'Did anyone miss me?' but given the number of e-mails and text messages I've had, mostly worried that the tardiness of last week's edition was indicative that something untoward had occurred to me, I know that many did.

Published in 2016 Apr-Jun
Thursday, 14 April 2016 01:00

Of stop cocks and handrails

27th March 2016

D'y'know, earlier on this week I composed a truly fascinating and thought-provoking opening paragraph for this week's blog, and here I am all set to rock the very foundations of my readers worlds and I simply cannot remember what it was.

Published in 2016 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 31 January 2016 00:00

Of life in the Vanguard

31st January 2016

So, January is over and we move into month number two of 2016. It'll soon be autumn and I'll be wondering where the year went.  We've had some more windy weather in the last few days so some more of the fence panels at Briddon Country Pile have blown down and some time before this summer rushes by and the evenings draw in again I must commandeer Andrew for a time to get it renewed.

Published in 2016 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 24 January 2016 00:00

Of C for Charlie

24th January 2016

OK, I think we've had winter for this year. Looking back at my diary, over the years it has always been the second, or sometimes 3rd week in January that snow used to descend on Briddon Towers and Sheffield would become paralysed. Now we're at the Briddon Country Pile in Derbyshire I don't suppose it is really much different, and the one day of snow we've seen this week is probably it for this winter. Not that I particularly relish cold weather or anything - it saves on the gas bill - but if we're going to have mild wet winters henceforward I think we may have to evolve by growing flippers.

Published in 2016 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 10 January 2016 00:00

Of  tours, mounts and LEDs

10th January 2016

I was a little dismayed last week when I came to post the previous edition of the blog – the readership figures had been somewhat down.  Could it have been something I'd said?  But no, it must have been the Christmas and New Year festivities as last week's figures are back to normal and even the week before's have picked up as presumably readers have logged and caught up. Could it be that many of you log in during breaks at work? Could it be mid-morning coffee, Pete's blog and bickies?  

Published in 2016 Jan-Mar
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