The Polar Express

Recently I went to this model railway event where they sold scenery and model trains, that was a fortnight ago in the middle of Swampyland.

At one of the stalls they were selling tiny houses, trees and other things by the box for a bargain and I bought an entire storage box without looking inside for just £10,00 it so it was quite a surprise when I got home and opened it.

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Pizza, the quick and dirty

Can you make a Pizza Leon? Sure, no problem. Here it comes …

One layer of dough, spread Heinz Tomato Frito on top and sprinkle with Italian herbs and spices mix. Throw on lots of onion rings and sliced Mushrooms. Then the diced ham, red paprika, green paprika, lots of Pepperoni and Salami slices. Top it with grated Mozarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese and a few slices of Gouda 30+ cheese. Bung it in a pre heated oven at 200 Celsius for about 20 minutes and bobs your uncle.

Model Railway Layout 2021

Motivation

My friends since childhood know I have had a life long addiction to model trains and in the past I made several model railway layouts, albeit with mixed results.

Twice I had a nice landscape finished but on other occasions it didn’t turn out as I imagined it or it ended up unfinished due to lack of money, time and materials and I was too busy working, raising my children and loving my wife.

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My Uncle John

My Uncle John can make it all
No matter if it’s really big or very small
When you gave him your Meccano stuff
He would build a crane to six feet high
And if you should think now that is bluff
Once in the old black and white pictures past
You could climb all the way up in the Euromast
And see him working there in Rotterdam
On his very own red bridge, oh my …

Drink up time

Back in the days, 1989 that is, a pint would set me back one pound, later one pound and a tuppence. The Landlord in The Brick Kilns usually said, “Give us a nick and we call it quits.” as he knew he would get a tip later that evening when we ordered the last round or pay a 45p bag of crisps with a 50p coin.

On the wall in that pub, there was a pub clock like the one in this photograph that would tell us when to order that last round and at eleven o’clock straight after the eleventh chime, he shouted: “Ladies and gentlemen, drink up time!” and gave us half an hour to finish our pint.

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The Black Horse Inn

1. Arrival at the Black Horse Inn

It was 1826 and the wind was howling through the bare trees. I always liked October, I loved the smell of wetland and rotting leaves and all the changing colours but this time was different. It was nearly dark and bitter cold already and the rain and hail slammed my face so hard it hurt. It shouldn’t be long before Autumn was over and Winter would come now. I entered the inn and the door slammed shut behind me as the wind grabbed it and blew leaves inside. There were only a few guests in the room lit with a few oil lamps and candles and two candles were blown out instantly by the gust of wind.

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Papa bought himself a brand new hat

To show it off to other people with his green Utility Travel Vest
It’s a leather Scippis Irving and he’s a regular real Jungle Cat
Proudly walking at sunny promenades wearing Meindl Boots
The scene of the Friday evening pubs in his natural Habitat
Zip-off Trousers, no he doesn’t leave anything to coincidence
Immaculately dressed he walks the street, there’s not a spat
Occasionally stopping for a window making sure that he is seen
He will attract attention, papa bought himself a brand new hat

 

Relax

Since the unfortunate event at the beginning of May, I have been told to become active as soon as possible as well as to stay calm as much as possible and since I am restless by nature I tend to choose the first. But there is a chance to combine those two when I go out in the fields to relax.

Ever since I had a camera I have had a special interest in nature and now in the days of digital photography and smartphones, it is so easy to be able to catch everything that makes noise, has beautiful colours or flies around.

The past two days the weather has been nice but rather muggy and a little cloudy too, excellent conditions to go out with my camera as I can no longer be out in the sun for a long time without getting sunburnt due to the medication I have to take for my heart.

I am also not allowed to walk for too long so with a camera I can both move and relax at the same time, walking for a bit, stand still, aim, shoot, walk on etcetera.

Today was a treat as -besides I spotted a Reed Warbler- in the ditch next to the car park in the fields also a frog concert was taking place and I love to share it with you, here it is. Quite relaxing, isn’t it?

Back on track

If you knew everything that could happen beforehand, you could go around the world on a dime is what my grandmother used to say to me, it’s a Dutch saying.

In the run-up to my heart attack, my health tracker already indicated that my heart had to work way too hard for it, but I didn’t recognize the signals, I thought I was just a very busy man (May 2 and 3).

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Getting stronger

Six weeks after my heart attack, check up time. This morning I woke up a little more excited than in the past weeks, today I had several appointments in hospital for the first check up on my heart.

At breakfast, I read the instructions for the appointment which told me I had to take the boxes of the medication I had taken in the past weeks, one of each and also the list they had given me at discharge from hospital days after I had it.

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