Problems with Weebly this evening yet again the new post button wouldn't work but I've used an old draft and altered the date. Four DVDs from our trip to Goole today, the DVD list is up to date I'm busy editing the Irish material onwards amidst great heatwave here in Cheshire. Tomorrow I'm tidying up the garden, mowing lawns, trimming hedges, tying back plants. The Goole visit was marked by some of the most friendly truck drivers ever with three taking an extra spin on the roundabout for the camera and several classics captured on film. As I'm editing the Limerick and Waterford DVD I thought I'd make that the subject for tonight photos
My bad back came to a crescendo yesterday after shelf building all day but closing the blind in the bedroom last night the disc popped back in so just took a couple of paracetamol this morning and although very stiff and aching it has seen me through both church this morning and then shelf building from 12.30-17.45 ish. I'm scraping the barrel a bit on timber but the units Elton chucked out of next door have come in handy and I should have the whole of the carcass for the units done tomorrow and then start on caulking up to smarten and get that built in look and then it will be the shelving. The shelves are 48" and I've got the makings of a lot, the unfortunate thing is the spaces are 49" but I'll put a spacer upright in as it would be criminal after all this recycling to have to go and by fresh timber.
This morning I did manage to make the DVD of Milton Keynes and updated the PMP list on this site plus got a couple of digital downloads ready and last night got the PMP adverts ready for the magazines. THe online orders are ready to be posted on Tuesday. No word yet on the ribble 100 do at Boyle St regarding having a stand there, if not I'll either go to film or just carry on with the shelf units. I reckon what I'll have when perspex doors are fitted is room for 700 buses of trams etc and then when the bigger display cases is completed the rest of the collection should be soaked up and perhaps room for a couple of non model collections such as the remainder of the Goss and crested giftware for East Sussex and Mandy's mothers collection of tea spoons. I've got all the Ukraine photos filed and ready to go on the Smugmug site. Lets have another look at some of the lorries I saw this year. Tuesday if its sunny I'll film at Trafford Park in Manchester. I'm looking ahead to Essex and Hampshire and outer London area as time permits over the coming weeks.
Living with back problems is something I've had to get used to over many decades, today it is medium bad as yesterday the disc popped in and out and was a few extra seconds out than usual which is enough to trigger the immune responses which cause most of the problems including being in agony and bent over, tonight after clearing up the shelving debris and locking up we finally sat down with a drink and a tramadol or two. Actually it is great to be able to rise to your feet and not be stooped, I react well with this medication which taken very infrequently is always instant well almost instant relief from pain. Many habitual back problem sufferers and of cause many more people with a variety of co0ndirtions live in fear of the pain relief being denied all because of people abusing the drugs and the desire to save money and nanny knows best from a health system dominated by money.
The NHS alone is one huge mega company up there with Indian railways for staffing. Since the Tories came back to haunt us they have withdrawn funding for multiple diseases and conditions yet when they or their families get something they are so anxious to share their suffering and show how ordinary they are. This whole attitude is well documented in Sir Bert Massey's biography which is mostly his own words and finished off by his wife after his recent death. Mandy has really found so much to emphasize with as a fellow polio survivor. We met Bert several times as he was our Polio Fellowship Group president , one of his lesser undertakings.
Actually it brought it home to me that there are an awful lot of bullies out there, watching the news this evening and thinking of the democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong it is sad to see that China can do little other than be a new world order dictatorship. I enjoy the many freedoms that you do get in China, lack of crime and social harmony as the government likes to promote it, it is true but there are so many negatives and most people even in this age of information receive a jaundiced view of events but then don't we all.
The shelves are progress8ing in the new office cum show room but slowly and not helped by being in pain most of the time. I should have the 'carcass ' finished tomorrow but then there is making good all spaces and gaps with caulk and then masses of shelves to cut and fit using doweling plugs. I will hopefully have enough strength to get the Milton Keynes DVD made tomorrow, trailer on Youtube plus there is already a backlog to put on Youtube and I need to look after this as its becoming very popular. Anyway all I can manage after typing is a few more photos this time from Aylesbury. Remember please do come and say hello if you spot me out and about!
I'll try and remember to do a few photos as I progress through the next stage of the new office cum showroom and a hot day for it and more over the holiday weekend. Fairly exhausted after a hard day getting construction started, even with the room plaster boarded first it still isn't level, so a good job I offer up the components to double check fit and I've got plenty of builders caulk to fill in any gaps. I started at B&Q but they didn't even have the hard board sheets so got them at a builders merchants I'd never really noticed, it is next to the canal boat yard and was very helpful but fitting five 8x4 sheets in the van with all our stock already in took a bit of doing. I was under way with the new electric saw but its instructions were either in half Chinese English or missing so got videos of how to fit the blade on the internet. The first 8 feet will be in two sections, the first being my learning curve for the rest. There will be a lot of making good but fingers crossed I get all the installations done on one side ready to order up the perspex for the doors.
I did manage to get the three DVDs from the Wednesday trip edited and trailers on Youtube but it was fairly quiet today for orders , many took what there was to the post office, did the banking and got some washing done. If the hot weather stays as good as they hint for Tuesday in Manchester I'll get some truck film done at Trafford Park. Another dose of pictures from the 'southern' trips of which more to come over the next couple of weeks, I'll also be booking tickets for our Indonesian trip in October. If we get a few seconds we'll have a look at concerts to book for autumn. Tonights slide show from Stevenage.
Another early start, Milton Keynes from rush hour through to about 11am then on to Aylesbury after a major detour to NT Waddesden Manor which for lunch was a bad choice as they only had outdoor seating and it was wasp central, you even got a bus ride from the car park to the house which was fine with Mandys wheelchair, actually the best bit of the visit, really we would have been better off at Starbucks for a brew. Time was against us, not sure what I'll do with Aylesbury stuff I got maybe stick it on with MK. Anyway time against me, new front, we will probably be purchasing a cine film scanner now that one is made at realistic price rather than the £100k for the one that does every size fairly fast and at a great resolution, a few compromises and niggles with the Chinese machine but it should do a better job than tele cine transfer. anyway time is short, hoping to start on the shelving in the display room tomorrow through the bank holiday. Some shots from MK this morning.
A quick blog as I was up very early and out again tomorrow and have a few jobs to catch up on. Today I filmed at Stevenge, Luton and Hemel Hempstead. Stevenage was by far the busiest albeit single deck Arriva and Centre Bus - it was mainly sunny and warm. Luton though was first in the morning, eerily quiet for a morning rush hour, it didn't pick up until about 9.30. Then last I managed to fit in Hemel Hempstead which makes the other two look like pearls of the orient in comparison, what dump it is and the bus stops like watching paint dry at times, hasn't changed much other than new coaches on National Express. Tomorrow Milton Keynes and perhaps Aylesbury. Very busy day at home with orders, Mandy got those in the post sorted as well as those on the phone, I've just downloaded the internet orders and we'll pop them in the post on our travels tomorrow.
Although it is sad to see that the Trans Lancs has been cancelled due to poor soil conditions , especially as I got the news late afternoon after I'd got the PMP van loaded ready for this our next event. All is not lost however as we have a new event scheduled on Sunday 15th September at Union Court, Great Harwood, Lancs BB6 7FD hosted by Town & District Transport Trust where we shall have a stand. As this is our only Manchester area rally we hope that many of you will come along and support the event and in particular PMP. We do still welcome invites to events but as we are a not for profit organisation we cannot pay the exorbitant stand fees that some people think they can charge. Hence our absence from Bridgeton and Boyle St, also this year we shall miss Showbus due to prior family function.
I've got a lot done today, my car and the PMP van are washed, lawns mowed, missing stock replaced for the DVDs, which was prompted by Trans Lancs but needed doing anyway. The got the latest DVDs on our shop and presently loading the digital download versions. It has been yet another busy day for DVD orders. A hundred and one other jobs complated, shattered so here are some photos from Dundee on Satuday until I'm back with the results from tomorrows excursion location tba after watching the weather.
The month seems to have flown by, we worked hard the morning and got all the many DVD orders sent out before lunch and then carried on to Northwich to get some shopping done. We've abandoned the trip to Hampshire over the holiday weekend but will catch up on Hampshire in the next few weeks dependent on the weather outlook, we haven't that many locations to do but most are down south, surely the weather must get better again before autumn has it in its grip. I've sorted out the outline for the Indonesia trip in October and it will be just Mandy and myself, a mix of relaxing and wildlife with some buses and trucks for good luck. I've updated the list on this site to include the Scottish material over the weekend and all the Ukraine material which is now on the shop, digital download option to come. Watching out now for excursion prospects this week which need to fit around family commitments. Meanwhile some more shots from Lathalmond on Sunday
The Ukraine DVDs are now on the PMP shop
Time for a cuppa and bed and a mass of online orders to process. Here are some shots from Lathalmond today. I'll get these edited and the Ukraine DVDs listed on the shop asap.
Expect the next blog Sunday night or maybe Monday morning as we are at the annual open weekend at Lathalmond bus museum in Fife. All the Ukraine DVDs are ready and just one cover to finish and a couple of trailers to go on Youtube. Here are those that are 100% ready now but will enter on our shop Monday. No promises what we will get filmed in Scotland weather outlook very disappointing.
PMP Sponsors of bus rallies for 25 years.