It seems we are paying for a few mild winters with a late spring this year around here. As you can see the South Bay Railway is still buried under some ice and snow. I usually like to get out early and pick up some of the millions of cedar droppings that find their way onto the layout in the fall and winter before the ground completely thaws, but it is still too early. Still 10" of ice on the lake!
Cedar leaves/needles are tough to rake so believe it or not I use a vacuum to suck them up, being careful not to suck up ballast as I go. I have found a blower can be pretty destructive if not handled carefully!
Forecast ice pellets, snow and freezing rain for the next few days! Generally not weather conducive to garden railroading. Oh well one day soon...
It seems the first few hot days have barely arrived this year and the boys are already playing horseshoes! They didn't even take the time to cut the grass on the pitch. Unfortunately not everyone has the day off. The engineer of the passing mail train looks down enviously from atop the trestle.
When I was a child my grandfather had a cottage at Thurstonia Park on Sturgeon Lake in the Kawarthas. Every time I hear horseshoes clank I remember fondly those summer days when you could hear the sound of men playing horseshoes at the hotel ringing down the shoreline.
I am contemplating adding a stream to the South Bay layout to add a little more interest.
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