Summer is for gardening

16 Aug

Summer is traditionally when modelling takes a back seat and the pleasures of gardening take over. Well, with Expo EM North looming and good progress having been made on various modelling fronts, I have been able to combine both pursuits.

To complement the miners cottages, I have a row of slightly larger cottages, the home of the managers / supervisory levels at the mine. The larger cottage has been blessed with a small, south facing garden. This is the pride and joy of its owner and is well tended. Flowers, bushes and a neatly trimmed lawn are joined by a greenhouse and veg patch.

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This has been achieved using a variety of proprietary items. The lawn is a Silflor grassmat, the flowering bushes are by Mininatur and the plain bushes are tufts by Silflor. The climbing Virginia Creeper vine is also a laser cut kit from Noch. The greenhouse is a resin casting from Bachmann with the veg patch plants being preformed laser cut kits from Noch. To the left side of the garden is a section of highway verge with more bushes and shrubs. In this area are more laser cut kits of Ferns. These laser cut kits are very delicate self coloured paper and simply fold up once cut from their parent sheet. It is the first time I have used these and I am very impressed so far.

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Finally, I have also been experimenting with Redutex textured paving for the cobbles, both outside these cottages but also within the colliery complex. Again, first results are pleasing and the simplicity of the product (it can be cut with scissors) is impressive. Whilst it comes self coloured, the cobbles can be painted, weathered or just left as they come.

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One Response to “Summer is for gardening”

  1. maxstafford60093 August 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Everytime I look at Kirkmellington there is something new and wonderful to see. Even though the gardens are colourful, they blend with the muted colour of the fore and background. I’ve probably made this observation before but the overall effect really does capture the essence of rural west Scotland.

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