Dean Forest Railway – Steam Gala
Today was my first day working at the Dean Forest Railway in over a month. We had quite a productive day and spent most of the afternoon working trackside. Which meant that I was stood with my camera in places the public don’t get to stand – and as it’s a “steam gala” weekend they had 3 engines in steam! Hurrah!
I’m roaring ahead with the van conversion this week! Having redesigned the layout of the van on Sunday and drawn lots of diagrams, I bought the wood for the bed on Tuesday evening, cut it all to length and cut half the joints on Wednesday evening and cut the rest of the joints and screwed it together this evening.
I need to buy some longer screws before I put the legs on, but I’m hoping I can get that done tomorrow. Saturday I’m hoping to have bench seating installed in position in the van, with a pull out section which fills the L shape in and makes it into a bed. I may even get the headboard done on Sunday (if I can find some suitable material at the market in the morning)
After that, I start building kitchen cabinets and storage cupboards.
Talking of which – does anyone know anyone (preferably in the Bristol or surrounding area) who is having their kitchen replaced? If so, let me know – I might want the cupboard doors!
Edit: Blimey that curtain is crap. I need to re-do that one at some point, it’s much worse than the others!
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here, but 2 months ago I bought an old Royal Mail minibus – which has been christened BOV – or “Buggered Old Van”
I say old, it’s a 12 year old LDV Pilot (which makes it newer than my car).
Wikipedia tells me it was designed in 1997, but given the selection of imperial bolts I’ve found holding it together (nothing original I’ve touched is Metric) I don’t think the tooling at the factory changed all that much since British Leyland started building it’s predecessor (the Sherpa) in the 70s…
Anywho. I bought it about 2 months ago now, with the intention of getting it all kitted out as a camper van in time to take it to Bungay. Unfortunately, it needed a new steering box (a week in the garage and almost £600 in parts/labour) so it wasn’t ready in time. I’m making progress now though.
I’ve got the flooring down, the curtain rails and 2 of the curtains installed, the whole thing is insulated with sheeps wool (and is very cosy!) I’ve made a start on building the furniture – although, I’ve since changed my mind about the layout so have dismantled the furniture again.
Now that I’ve got a solid plan, I’m aiming to have it ready in time for a wedding I’m going to in 3 weeks time.
And of course, Penny is being very helpful.
Or if not helpful, at least interested.
I find I’m taking quite a lot of photos recently which almost-but-don’t-quite obey the rule of thirds, and have a lot of empty space in the frame. I’m enjoying playing with composition in this way and it’s making for some slightly awkward but engaging shots.
Jonathan has much more camera than I do. That’s not an LCD, that’s just the viewfinder.
I still haven’t quite got the hang of taking photos of people in public.
Go on, guess!
I like the abstract form of this shot, but it strikes me it’s not entirely obvious what it’s a photo of. Any guesses? Leave them in the comments…