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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:00 am

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The driver is Nigel 'Ice' Biscuit, great-grandson of Gari. When asked why he had taken 'Ice' as a nick-name he said that he thought it was cooler than Nigel ...

Nigel seems to lead a charmed life, always managing to avoid the dirty jobs, but always getting to drive one of the locos. The other drivers call him the Jammy Dodger ...

One malicious rumor has it that he and Stackers are in some sort of 'relationship'. Funny you should say that ...


... and now I can reveal the truth (but don't tell anybody else) ...

The time is the late 19th Century, the place Berger Hall ...

It was well known around the village that old Sir Sebastian had an eye for the maids employed at the Hall. The maids who served at table always got told to let the footmen serve him, as he had a tendency to grab more than his allotted portion if they did it. Gari’s Ma was an upstairs maid, and thought herself above the downstairs maids, but when the old goat started to take an interest in her she fell for his blandishments, despite the dire warnings from the Housekeeper, Mrs Lamb.

In due course the inevitable happened. To give him his due, Sir Sebastian did right by her as far as he could – he got her married off as quickly as possible to Arthur Biscuit, a young stable lad and one of the few unmarried workers on the estate. He also gave the couple an estate cottage to live in, and Arthur got promoted rather more swiftly than might otherwise have been the case. When young Gari came along, Sir Sebastian kept a discreet eye on him, and made sure he got employment on the estate when he was a lad.

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Arfur Biscuit as Head Stableman

Gari’s Ma always felt that she’d married beneath her, though, and gave poor Arfur a hard time. She insisted on ridiculously high standards of cleanliness in their cottage, and best behaviour from Arfur and Gari, and ruled them with a rod of iron. She had wanted to call her son Sebastian, but Mrs Lamb counselled against it – it might give rise to some unfortunate gossip – so she chose another distinguished-sounding name – Garibaldi (there was much talk of the Italian of that name when she was little).

She had heard stories of what Arfur and Lucy’s Ma had been up to in the hayloft before he got married, and always harboured suspicions that they might get up to it again, so the idea of Gari marrying Lucy was not to be countenanced – indeed, she and Lucy’s Ma were sworn enemies.

She was still a good-looking woman, though, and wasn’t averse to meeting Sir Macintosh’s cousin, Sebastian Berger-King, behind the haystack of a summer’s evening. There was something about the name Sebastian …

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Sir Macintosh and Gari. Whenever they were seen together the older servants at the Hall would smirk and nudge each other ...

So - if Nigel and Stackers had a Y-DNA test and their results were compared, they would find that they had a common ancestor somewhere back in the past. If they then did a bit of digging in the Muniment Room in the Hall they would find that Nigel actually has a better claim to Berger Hall than Stackers, being a direct descendent of Sir Sebastian ...

A "relationship" indeed - but don't tell anyone ...
Bill

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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:15 am

We've had family staying with us for the last few days, so the layout got stowed away. However, I have managed to use odd moments to do a bit of styrene cutting-and-sticking ...

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A two-compartment open to match Steve Bennet's smaller version. I'm just waiting on a pair of Heywood bogies from Smallbrook Studios.

We are off to France for 10 days tomorrow, so this will have to wait until we get back ...
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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:09 pm

Right - back from my hols and only a few days to Pewsey ...

The 2-compartment open is finished and operational. The Smallbrook bogies were waiting for me when I got home, but they were a tight fit between the solebars of the coach - no room to pivot - so I cut one in half and made it a 4-wheeler ...

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The Chinese Preiser rip-off seated figures were also waiting for me, and have been repainted, with the odd arm and head repositioned, and the coaches will have a full load of passengers now ...

See you at Pewsey ...
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