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 Posted: Tue May 17th, 2022 08:37 am
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Great photos as always. Good to document it all before it’s removed. Is the playground a kit? Looks good. 



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TeaselBay wrote: Great photos as always. Good to document it all before it’s removed. Is the playground a kit? Looks good.
Thanks Chris,

The playground was designed by my granddaughter (at the time 5 or 6 yr old) and as best I could, I tried to capture the old style English playground equipment that was still commonplace when I was growing up. Consequently the entire setting was scratch built to my memories and the odd photo of the era.



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The Playground

Following on this theme, the playground has been a popular spot for my two granddaughters, so much so they are expecting one to appear at Upper Hembury!

I posted some early photos from the build (when W-H was set in Era 5) which seem out of place now but which can be found back on p1 posts 15 to 17. More recent pics never made it to print so this is a great chance to make amends









And the Birthday parties which all young visitors expected to be happening if they chanced to be here around that time. The Bunting for this setting was another creation by young C. Neatly drawn for me so I'd get it "right"!







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The Village

Strangely I've never zoomed in on the railway cottages in the village, in situ. Setting this straight is the the first job today.



The children here were treated to a railway bonanza every day. My true modelling fantasy I guess!

When I look back at what I've created it bears more than a passing resemblance to my grandfather's back garden in Staple Hill with its greenhouse, vegetables of all kinds and typical stone walls. I just lacked a railway out the back. We had to walk half a mile up the hill to the old Bristol & Gloucester (then Midland) line out of Bristol for that experience.







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Take 2

Looking back to the early days of the topic, I first presented Heathfield in the full glory of a bright summer's day and so there are a few more shots to complete this set.









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There's only so much modelling that can fit in the limited space I have available and the last little corner of the "country end" of the layout is next to take a bow.

This side shows off the great help I got from my granddaughters as they helped with both the back scenes and the shrubbery. The angle chosen for the first photo is one you don't see from normal viewing positions so it was a pleasant surprise to discover how well it worked.




The angled embankment is only 4cm wide behind the brake van but the back scene painting was blended in beautifully by granddaughter C so that it gives an excellent sense of depth. "You can't see the join!". The foreground tree is natural, a lavender pruning with its original bark.





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Much like an "ageless" rock star, the W-H final roadshow must go on. Today some new photos taken around Heathfield Station. The "Boss" told me "we like lots of pictures" and who am I to disagree?









Heathfield station sits in an idyllic spot alongside the Heathfield River, presently cascading after some heavy rainfall in the hills. The sheep appear unfazed.










The final shot was captured last summer, judging from the trees and shrubs, before the village renovated the town cross to celebrate its 750th birthday.






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Two things, a much delayed but great visit from our Sydney family and a long awaited parcel have given me a much-needed boost in the modelling dept! My recent post with the various station shots was the outcome. The boys plus mum and day all enjoyed seeing W-H running one last time. The youngsters took to the active braking feature on my sound locos so were stopping on a pin. Lots of enjoyment there but it threw up a few operational issues I should fix in stock not migrating to UH.

Now, reading Rick's wonderful words in memory of the late John Flann (see POTM topic) sent me looking for an angle to capture W-H which embodies what I learnt from him in the all too short time we corresponded.

He stressed the importance of presentation, "where the layout builder is putting on a show" # This is my own modest effort, a viewpoint I've shown before but just one last time in this encore.

 


For John's full Hintock story in his own website "book" see
# Hintock - Part 1





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Heathfield - A Quantock "Destination" of its Era

The local scenery and opportunities for walks in the hills behind the village became very popular in the mid 1930s with the introduction of an Autotrain service twice daily from Taunton in the warmer months. The large panoramic windows of the autocoaches proved great views of the journey and TBH were probably far superior to the view from crowded Mark I coaches operating the Heritage line these day.

We saw some views of the location earlier in the post on Heathfield station. here are more shots of the countryside above the village.










 



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