Fall Has Fell - and my Christmas Trains are GratefulWhen I was a kid, autumn was my favorite season. When our first house had enough tall trees to dump a foot-deep layer of leaves everywhere - including the rain gutters, that enthusiasm moderated. Actually I still enjoy raking leaves the first time or three I go out to rake. But I admit that now my "ideal" autumn is one in which an early cold snap brings down all the leaves at once (or at least within a brief period of time), and I can get the leaves cleared up before it gets too cool to enjoy the outdoors.
This is especially important if I plan to run trains late in the year, like I did last year - a Christmas-themed open house in conjunction with an NMRA open railroad tour. My preparations for that event included clearing the leaves off of the railroad with a shop-vac. But many leaves fell that week - too late to clear my yard of them. I just asked my kids to rake the area around the railroad for visitors and dealt with blowing leaves the rest of the weekend.
This year, it's all better. Most of the trees within 100 feet of the railroad have shed almost all of their leaves, and I have most of those raked (and in some case shop-vac'd). At the moment, most of the railroad is completely clear of leaves. And since we haven't had a long snap of cold weather, the groundcovers and conifers are keeping everything fairly green. So, though I have a lot of work left to do for this open house, I have hopes that the leaves won't pose the problem they did last year. Other details of preparations I'm making include:
Looking forward to your suggestions, additions, criticisms, and anything else to let me know you're paying attention, I remain,
To get information about this year's Christmas-Themed open house on the New Boston and Donnels Creek and other area large scale railroads, click here
To see last year's preparations and outcome for our 2008 Christmas-themed open house, click the following links.
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