Some missing toy fair visits…

Missed two visits to the toyfair (bit poorly) but managed to get to it on July 1st; possibly the warmest day I can remember.  Still quite well attended by both sellers and buyers.


So a Hornby 0-6-0 Great Western pannier tank and a Ford 105E van for not much money.  The loco needed a bit of TLC and a new copper ring for the top of the chimney. The Anglia van is I think supposed to be in British Relay livery but the graphics are very poor. Might have expected better from Oxford Die-casts. Also needed some fettling as the baseplate was loose.

The next visit was towards the end of August. Much cooler, thankfully and reasonably well-attended.


Which yielded a couple of bargain bin items and a quite nice (Corgi) BET single-deck bus in Oxford livery, for no money at all.

The ‘random’ bag of bits,


was once a Matchbox “Models of Yesteryear”  series, Model T BP petrol tanker.

And now…


…it is again.

Lastly in October…chillier and really quite Autumnal…


Harrington Grenadier by EFE in (local firm) Timpson’s livery. Common sight on the roads to the West Country ‘back in the day’. Plus a 1950s Karrier Bantam dustcart by Matchbox in very poor condition but a ‘fun’ buy. Lastly a 1960s Dinky Toys Jaaaaag Mk X. Nice original,  slightly playworn, condition and a steal at just £1. Needed tyres….not a problem. Poorly attended but was different in that a researcher for a publishing company was interested in talking to people about possible toy-related magazine ideas. It is unusual to see a lady at these, pretty much, male-oriented events. :P

Crystal Palace Sprint Meeting 2015

The rain held off and there was a reasonable selection of machinery for this year’s meeting back at the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May.

Particularly liked an awesome Cooper-Daimler V8 with a lady driver.


But spent far too much time inspecting a 1952 Aston-Butterworth Grand Prix with its unusual flat-4 engine. In reality it was unreliable and had a tendency to catch fire!!


Cockpit would give a modern GP driver nightmares for life!


Alas poor Robin. (Or; who killed…?)

Until today I have been enjoying watching the activities of a pair of Robins, which had nested in a Leylandii quite close to my first floor windows. The parent birds could be seen sitting in an adjacent fir tree, possibly looking for predatory larger birds, before swooping rapidly into the Leylandii emerging a few seconds later, equally quickly and darting off presumably in search of food.

Today I noticed two Magpies perched on the Lelandii, very close to where the nest must be.  Since when there has been no activity around the nest site and no sign of the parent birds whatsoever. It seems likely that these unpleasant bird thugs have attacked the nest and destroyed the eggs and possibly killed the parent birds too. Magpies will happily eat smaller birds and I have seen a lone bird attack  a Heron which sometimes visits.

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