Bleddfa In Black & White………

Progress came to a shuddering halt at Bleddfa Road last week, due to my wife being hospitalized with Covid-19. Thanks to some excellent care and treatment she is now back at home, and on the long road to recovery. I too have tested positive for the virus but only have the symptoms of a mild cold along with a loss of taste and smell, so we have been very lucky indeed. We stuck rigidly to the rules, had our shopping delivered from day one, and on the rare occasions when we ventured out we wore masks. So please do be careful out there, I would hate anyone to go through the same experience as we have. I think it will be a while before my modelling gets back on track, so I will leave you with a selection of monochrome images that were taken a few weeks ago.

Sometimes I think monochrome is better suited to layout photography, especially when trying to capture the atmosphere of the 1950’s to mid 1960’s.

One of the biggest challenges that I faced, was in trying to capture the feeling of open countryside, on what is a relatively narrow baseboard for a 7mm scale layout.

Once I feel up to doing some modelling I intend finishing the lime kiln siding, the kiln itself and the road bridge.

Geoff

13 thoughts on “Bleddfa In Black & White………

  1. I’m so sorry to read this news.

    When this first started, last winter, as we watched reports of the pandemic sweeping through nations I was thinking both I absolutely believed in the severity of this risk and the importance of respecting the threat it represented and yet also how lucky we were that the data we were reading was in many ways alien – we didn’t know anyone that was diagnosed. As we move through the months since then and now find ourselves immediately in this second wave of the pandemic it’s becoming so much closer to home as, now, it’s familiar names that are counted in those diagnosed. As they say in the movies: “Now, it’s personal.”

    I always enjoy reading your blog and draw so much inspiration from your work, and more importantly, the way you approach the hobby. I’m looking forward to news and that there’s good news waiting to be shared. In the meantime, take care.

    Chris, Krista, and our family.

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    1. Hello Chris,
      Thank you for your lovely comments and welcome to the blog:-)

      My wife continues to make a speedy recovery and is now almost back to being her usual happy self. As for me, well I tire easily and still have no sense of smell or taste, but I’m not complaining.

      I’m pleased that you follow, and enjoy reading my blog, it is also good to know that you find some inspiration from doing so, thank you. I have made a brief return to my modelling bench and have a few projects on the go. Perhaps I will have something new to share in a week or two.

      Best Wishes to you, Krista and your family, take care out there.
      Geoff & Heather

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  2. Sorry to hear about you and your wife’s trial by Covid but equally glad to hear that you have both come through it. We are not too far from you and have been taking similar precautions but your experience shows that we can take nothing for granted.
    As for ‘Bleddfa Road’ it is coming along nicely and i look forward to seeing more of your inspirational work when you feel well enough to continue.
    Very best wishes, Geoff.

    David

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    1. Thank you David, we are surrounded by the damn virus in our neck of the woods aren’t we. I have two sisters who live close to you and both of them have been taking the same precautions, you just can’t be too careful out there.

      Hopefully the virus will pass you and others by and we will soon have a vaccine.

      Thanks for your comments about Bleddfa and my modelling, I’ll get things back on track once I feel up to it.

      Best Wishes to you and your family,
      Geoff

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  3. Geoff,
    So sorry to learn that your wife and yourself have caught the virus. You must be extremely relieved to have her back home after a stay in hospital. I hope and pray that you both make a good recovery.
    I presume that for the time being you will be devoting the majority of your time to being a carer. As that pressure eases please remember that the act of making things is great therapy.

    Geoff @ fifteenflatout

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    1. Hi Geoff,

      Thank you for thinking of us and your wishes for a speedy recovery. Thankfully we are in much better shape than we were this time last week and are getting better by the day.

      Modelling is indeed great therapy but I’m just too tired to do anything at the moment, but I’ll be back:-)

      Take care out there,
      Geoff

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  4. Glad to hear things are getting better. My wife and I had Covid before it became fashionable, and don’t recommend it. The photos are great, and so is the modelling. I agree that the monochrome photos look somehow more authentic – maybe it’s just because that’s what we took back then!

    Best wishes,

    Robert

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    1. Hi Robert,

      Sorry to learn that your wife and yourself also had the virus, I certainly wouldn’t recommend it either, I trust you have made a full recovery.

      Yes I think you are right in what you say about monochrome, thanks for your kind comments regarding my photos and modelling.

      Best Wishes,
      Geoff

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      1. I think we have, though some symptoms lasted for over 6 months! I noticed some of your buildings were unfinished. Are they mockups (very accurate if so) or are they just being tried in place to see how the appearance and position work out?

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      2. I sincerely hope that you have both recovered Robert, six months for some of the symptoms to disappear is worrying.

        As regards the buildings only the lime kiln is a mock up, the others as you say were just being tried in place until I was certain that they would sit together. Now that I am happy with their appearance they will be completed one by one.

        Geoff

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  5. So sorry to hear about your wife, I hope you both make a complete recovery soon.

    As for Bleddfa Road, I believe your custom backscene has greatly helped create the illusion of depth.
    Keep safe, get strong again and we look forward to seeing more of your work when you’re fully recovered

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    1. Thank you Ian, we are both getting stronger by the day and should be out of self isolation come Thursday.

      Thanks also for your comment about the backscene, I must admit that I am rather pleased with how it turned out.

      Take care,
      Geoff

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