Hello, blog. I'm sorry I neglected you. It wasn't you - it was all me. I got lazy and kept putting off making entries and time snowballed and here we are in the strangest year ever. Festivals and meetings are canceled, travel is limited and socializing is rare or virtual. But aside from the lack of fiber festivals our life hasn't changed to speak of except for wearing a mask in the post office and grocery store. We've always kind of been up here on our hill in our own little world just doing our thing.
And now, thanks to the artistry of my cousin, Ned Spiller, who is a Master Model Railroader we are now literally immortalized in our own little world! Behold!
The entire train layout is designed to be circa 1954 and while our tractors are slightly younger than the models the flavor is spot on. There's even a tiny Holly under the tree by the front door. :-D
A bit of artistic license was used to smallify the buildings so they would all fit but the details are exact.
When planning the hay baling scene Ned asked the personnel at the model supply store what kind of green fiber should be used to look most realistic. Without missing a beat the man replied, "That depends. Are you baling timothy or alfalfa?" No detail is too small to get right!
The rest of the layout is extensive and includes multiple levels, towns, stations, tunnels, roads, railroad crossings with working lights, trees, rocks..... you name it. Here is but a small part -
The addition of our farm to the layout was a total surprise. Next time we visit I'll take my 'big girl camera' so I can get more details. It's too amazing not to share!