Time is valuable and I use that analogy to justify not sweeping the floor each time I go in there. When it looks worthwhile the broom will come out and be swept up. I have a target for the shed in the future in that the floor will always be clean, the walls pristine, no more daddy longlegs, the junk hidden away by curtains and just a nice place to go and operate trains. It seems to take a while and although I could achieve this goal early, it really seems a waste of time to be sweeping up when I could be assembling a kit or doing some scenery work or just something practical. It shall be done, just don't know when. At least the goal is in sight.
I had this same problem when I had the HO layout. I'm not sure if it was the size that overwhelmed me or just too many projects. I would walk in, look around and after looking at all the jobs, just decide to turn a wheel and run a few train and nothing was achieved. Looking back at the time before I retired the only times I could put in long hours was the back shift on a weekend and there were times at 2.0am I thought I had better go to bed. You seem to get your second wind and go on forever, all this energy and no sign of any drugs! But you paid for it in time as Sunday morning then didn't start until after 9.0am. But at least the work got done.
Times have now changed and after retirement the hours being more frequent there is no need to revert to the back shift anymore. I still have this problem though that when I go in there and look around and see all the projects I find it hard to prioritise. I have to keep telling myself that I started with an empty shed and in the end will be a layout and how you get to the end it doesn't really matter.
|Unfinished Ian Lindsay Narrow gauge buffer stop
Living near the bush we are used to hearing the constant bird sounds. Every morning it starts early with the king parrots letting us know its time to get out of bed and feed them.
|Two of the three regular visitor kookaburras
|Nine king parrots have turned up for breakfast
Back to the layout and I finally got some more scenery work done. I did some work on the baseboard that adjoins the trestle baseboard.
|Trestle on left hand side, baseboard join can be seen
|Looking towards the trestle
|Formation of the cutting
|Bit by bit it starts looking better
|Closeup of rockwork with greenery added
|NA tries the track for clearances
|The other side of the cutting is started
|NA awaiting the coal stage to be built
Till the next blog, happy narrow gauging!