Thursday, September 15, 2011

Over We Go

So, finally, we have crossed to the other side — of the stream that is! 
Yes, the weekend saw us start work on the area around the pub, tea rooms and craft centre.
We began by creating the road that runs from the hump back bridge to the car park and, then, continued to create most of the car park. The fence that we used to bound the road, car park, pub and tea rooms is Hornby Trackside Fencing - Catalogue NÂș: R537. This was just the right colour for what we wanted and was also nice and bendy!
Using a bradawl, we punched holes in the card beneath each of the fence posts and, together with a drop of PVA glue, these have held the fencing in place very effectively.
A path will eventually run from the little footbridge that crosses the stream in front of the terraced houses (just visible in the top photo) and will pass between the pub and the tea rooms. 
This little bridge was made from card and covered in Peco PS-3 grey path scatter. We then inserted some posts along each side of the bridge - cut from some fencing that we no longer needed. Finally, we obtained from my sister an old silver bracelet chain (of course we asked her permission first) and this made for a good representation of some chain linking between each post.
The bottom picture is a ground level photo showing a couple of cars in the pub car park. Clearly these early customers are going to be somewhat disappointed since we do not expect the pub to be open for business for some time yet!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

House Work

Well, at long last, we have finally managed to finish working on the garden of the old Manor House and, I must say, we are quite pleased with the result.
The house is actually Bachmann's Market Hampton Station Building from their Scenecraft range (44-012) and was purchased some time ago for possible use at Davemoor station. However, it never really fitted in and, anyway, Davemoor is due for a major rework come the new year so, instead, we decided to use the house somewhere in Petersfield. Now I think it makes quite a pleasant feature within the town area backing on, as it does, to the hill beyond. 
Squeezed in beside the house is a Hornby Skaledale Wooden Garage (R8552) which, at first, we thought might be a little too big for the space available but, slowly, we are coming round to liking it.
The garden still needs the addition of some more flowers to bring it a bit more colour and the garage will also have a suitable car parked on the drive. For the most part, though,  work on the house and garden is complete and we have now moved on to the other side of the stream - of which more next time.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bank Notes

Last weekend we had planned to visit the Dorset Steam Fair but, because the weather was going to be rather dull and wet, we, instead, spent much of the day working on the layout.
We were pleased that we did too because, by the end of the session, we had landscaped the embankment alongside both the stream and the lake and we also finished laying scatter on the road.

Another job was to sprinkle a layer of small stones along the bed of the stream. We will also plant some weeds and greenery before the addition of the water.
Apart from the stream we now only have to work on the garden of the large house before we can then move across to the other side of the stream. Then, looking further ahead, when that area is complete we plan to start on the diesel depot before Christmas.
In the lower picture we see a group of people waiting at a bus stop in Petersfield. This little cameo can (just) be seen to the extreme left of the top picture and was created using the Hornby Skaledale Wooden Bus Shelter, R.8680 with one of the Gilbow Exclusive Fine Editions Street Scene bus stop.