Dorset life, travel

Peddling the Lanes of Dorset – The Dorset Rambler

This week was forecasted to be a really hot week on the south coast but Monday was more ‘normal’ so I decided that that was the day to get out on my bike 🙂 ! I set off with no real plan to be honest, just to enjoy being out in the countryside and go…
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Railway, travel

The Cromford Canal | esngblog

Thursday morning, we walked down from the hotel to Cromford Mills, less than half-a-mile away.  These mills were the site of the first cotton-spinning machine invented by Richard Arkwright.  This whole stretch of the Derwent Valley and its mills has been designated as a World Heritage Site – a slight contrast to the pyramids and…
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Life, Nature, travel

Tales from the riverbank – The Beyonder

IT’S hardly surprising to hear the mental health charity Mind saying how time spent surrounded by nature benefits both our mental and physical wellbeing. It’s almost self-evident that nature heals, connects and gives us a clearer sense of perspective, not to mention all those measurable bonuses in terms of blood pressure, heart rate and reduction…
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Dorset life, Railway, travel

The Swanage Railway and some good timing – The Dorset Rambler

I had an awesome walk at the end of last week – 19 miles from Sandbanks to Wareham around Poole Harbour. It is the longest walk I have done for 6 months because of my ankle problems and it leads me to hope that the problems may have been partly caused by the damp, cold…
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Dorset life, Nature, travel

Oink, Oink – Sunday fun shot :) – The Dorset Rambler

Couldn’t resist this 🙂 I spotted it on a walk recently – it was part of a row of railway sleepers being used as a barn wall. I know what you are thinking, isn’t it strange the things that catch The Dorset Rambler’s eye 🙂 ! Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings. Until…
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3mm Society, 7mm, Beer, Railway, Railway days, travel

Ally Pally exhibition

Mr P and I visited the BRM sponsored MRC exhibition at Alexandra Palace yesterday.

Because on engineering works at the Cross we took the London Overground up to Highbury & Islington and then Great Northern to Alexandra Palace.

After a walk up the hill (both wishing we’d caught the bus) and a pint we went round the exhibition.

One observation was that it was a case of hunt the layout due to the vast number of trade stands. Some layouts we had both seen before whilst others were new to us.

Here are the photos

Cambrian (0)

Hornby Harry Potter

North Foreland (0)

Andy Cudducks C&L Layout

C/w Getty the gas axe!

Rather nice Blue period N

Colin Wilson Eastern Region EM layout

L&Y (4mm)

Wickwar (N)

Fenchurch St Peters (4mm)

Lower Exbury (4mm)

Rolvendon (4mm)

Ealing Road (Model Railway Challenge)

& of course the scale no exhibition should be without

3mm – Ballyconnel Road

All in all a good exhibition. Also we had an ahhh moment – hedgehog 🦔 numbers are seriously reduced so fundraising well in hand!

Bus back to the station and some LNER action whilst waiting for the train home.