I have been asked to commission a Muriel for the Disabled Toilet at our Church. as you can see, the walls were a “boring” sky blue. The Muriel I was asked to commission a painting of Noah’s Ark. I drew he ark on the wall, along with the animals and the rainbow. I then began to paint in the sky above the ark, the ark itself and the sea.
On day 2, I painted in the final coat of the sea, which I did in a dark green\ blue. Then, on the 3rd day, I repainted the sea a lighter blue, added in fish, a corral reef and a crab. I then painted in the grass and a tree and gave my Giraffes, (Called Carol and David, named after the Vicar and her husband) a 1st coat of yellow.
On day 4, I repainted the grass. The streaks of green will be a hill giving a sense of a rolling hill and the color difference in grass. It will look better, once the lines are painted in.
Also, the Giraffes (Carol and David) have had their second coat of yellow and are nearly ready to be given markings added. I also gave the tree on the far right a second coat of green.
keep an eye on this page for further updates as I continue paining the mural.
Well, it has been a funny couple of weeks. Firstly, we had a number of incidents at Church which kept me on my toes!
We had a rather strange incident, where we found the Church Hall with the doors wide open. This meant I had to get the Police involved and we also had a visit from CSE as well. (Crime Scene Examiner) From the CCTV and from finger-printing, we determined that someone had not locked the door on Sunday, which was naughty!
Our main sewer pipe blocked between the Hall and the main driveway. This was caused by a large amount of debris caught on the burrs in the old cast iron pipework and how the main drainpipe is collapsing. It also caused our toilets and sinks to backup, which was not nice! It then became a real emergency as the system as now seriously clogged and with a wedding the next day, it was a race against time to get the drains unclogged and the toilets deep cleaned before the big day.
Thankfully, with a little help from Stella and Jill, plus Drain Doctor and their special cameras, we got the drains unblocked and the toilers deep cleaned in time for the wedding. Now as a matter of urgency, we are looking at getting the drain re-lined. (This can be done without digging up the floors, thankfully)
This is not the first blockage. We had a blockage a few years back, caused by 80 years with of silt, and was the first emergency I had to contend with. 3 years ago, we were faced with a crisis, when the whole system blocked. (From the road, up to the Old Vicarage, down to the Church) With the local school nativity the next day and us with no toilets, we were in a pickle. Thankfully United Utilities came and cleared the main sewer pipe and the Old Vicarage were very kind and let use their loos, while 7 days of unclogging happened. (United Utilities came every night until the silt was completely removed from our drains.
Yes, when you thought it could not get worse, the rising main burst and caused damage to the vintage Parquet Flooring. The bigger issue was that the Rising Main had jammed and we could not switch the water off. That meant that we had to get the Waterboard out to shut the water off before we could get a plumber in to fix the pipe and stopcock.
Water Tank Leak
Then, to add Insult to Injury, the water tank overflowed and caused further damage to the wall and the floor. So, we ended up having the plumber out again to fix that too!
Last weekend was my 35th Birthday and I went to Blackpool for that weekend. I stayed at the Savoy, which was really nice and I had a really decent room. The food in the restaurant was lovely too. I also ended up in the hotel bar most nights and was in the Gynn on Friday night and the Sunday Night.
On Friday, I got a little too drunk and ended up in The Duke of York, after the Gynn. On Sunday, we had my party. Only a few people were able to come, but it was nice. Tim and Marion came, as it was Marion’s birthday. So we scoffed cake, sang a few songs and had a few to drink.
Thanks to everyone for making my birthday so good and especially to George and Lorraine for the cake.
So, it was time The Sims had a decent Police Station, so I am building one. I will update this page as I go on and will post a better description, hopefully tomorrow and also as I build, I will add more pics, as the construction progresses. In the meantime, here are a few screenshots of the progress so far. (Click one of the below thumbnails to see a larger version of the image)
As the tray file for my last school I was building got corrupted, I present my new school creation: St Stella’s School. St Stella’s is a Boarding School for Sims aged 5 – 16. The large main building, has several teaching spaces, a swimming pool, large hall and a large hall on the 1st floor.
To the rear, is a large Boarding Block, with multiple boarding units, which are home from home! The Boarders live on 8 Units, in either single or twin Dorm Rooms. At the rear of the building, (Ground Floor) there is a large living room \ dining room, complete with a integrated kitchen. There is also a laundry room, a Boarding Admin Office and toilets.
The boarding block is setup as follows:
Boarding Block Ground Floor (Level G)
Care Staff Office
Head of Care’s Flat
Swallow Unit (Junior Admissions Unit – Male)
Eagles Unit ( Junior Admissions Unit – Female)
Communal Lounge \ Diner and Kitchen
Boarding Block (Level F)
Hawks Unit (Junior Boarding Unit Male)
Robins Unit (Junior Boarding Unit Female)
Boarding Block (Level T)
Kestrel Unit (Senior Boarding Unit (Male)
Owls Unit (Senior Boarding Unit)
Sick Bay (Medical Unit)
Boarding Block Lower Ground Floor (Level B)
Changing Rooms and Showers
Keep an eye for updates, as the school is still WIP.
Made from what I can remember and by doing just a little research, I have re-created the staff from the school I am building. that is based on my old Infants School, which I was a pupil in, during the mid 80s. (1987 – 1990)
So, lets meet the staff!
Jayne Potts – Supply Teacher
Jayne was a substitute teacher, but here I have created her as a Classroom Assistant. I don’t remember much about her, apart from her funny accent and long black hair!
Sue Downing – Teacher (Hedgehogs)
Mrs Downing was my 2nd teacher. She had red hair and was rather chunky. However, I remember her being nice though.
Christine Lord – Teacher (Otters)
Miss Lord is one of the teachers I can’t remember much about, apart from she had red hair, had hairy legs and smelt of tobacco!
Gwen Jones – Teacher (Squirrels)
Mrs Jones was lovely! I wish she was my year 2 teacher! From the Valleys of Cardiff, she was very affectionate to us at school!
Megan Johnstone – (Head Mistress)
Nicknamed “Bruised legs” because of her varicose veins, Miss Johnstone was the Headmistress, but we hardly ever saw her, only for assemblies and very little at other times.
Vanessa Vion – Year 6 Teacher (Badgers) and Deputy Head
Miss Vion used to scare us, because we always thought she was a man. She had short hair, wore the same blue v-neck jumper, white shirt, black trousers and same shoes day in day out. She never wore makeup and I was told she once wore a skirt and found it uncomfortable! Miss Vion was big on her nature films and I can remember watching them in the Library during wet break. Miss Vion is also Depuaty Head. She was strict but also very caring and if something was genuinely wrong, she would comfort and support you. She retired om;y a couple of years back, after 30 years of teaching and over 30 generations of kids!
Carol Lyons – Year 5 Teacher (Foxes)
Nicknamed “Fox Face”, due to her facial expressions, was my teacher in Year 5 and then again in Year 6. (Don’t ask) Again, I don’t remember much about her, apart from how she looked and her facial expressions!
Sylvia Taylor – Supply Teacher
Mrs Taylor is another Supply Teacher
I will probably release these Sims at the same time as the school, so keep your eyes peeled!
This project has been abandoned, due to a corrupted file. Sorry 🙁
Last Update: 27th Nov 2017 at 21:43 GMT
This creation I am working on, is based on my Infant School I went to many years ago. (Over 25 years at least!) Built in the early 80s, the school replaced the current premises at Ecclesly House at the rear of the school. The school was built using brick and rendering and is a fair good size. Because of the limitations on lot sizes on the Sims, it is not to scale and I have had to accommodate the classrooms I can’t fit in; by building a 1st floor. (Something the real school does not have) I also could not split built the ground floor, (as the real school is built into a bank) due to restrictions on the game.
The school will be soon available for download, so keep an eye on this page for updates. Meanwhile, you can keep up with the progress of the build below.
Bob and Betty Newby bought this house, while Bob was still practising as a Consultant Psychiatrist at Plesantview Psychiatric Hospital. He diagnosed several Sims in his time at the hospital. Notably, working with the Tragic Clown and Casandra Goth, to name a few. Of course, Dr Newby worked with care and compassion to all his patients and treated them the same way he would treat a member of his family.
The house was built for Sir John Hall in the early 1900s. After he died, the house became a Nursing Home for many years, until the late 80s. That was the time that the Newbie’s bought the house for a undisclosed price.
Years later… Doctor Newby had to take medical retirement; so he decided to setup a part time practice at his home. He built an extension to the side of his house, which additionally benefited Betty. (as her mother was terribly ill and needed proper care.) So Betty and Bob built her a flat above his practice, for her.
Then, 8 years ago, the Clown Catchers, (A division of the Pleasant Valley FBI) raided Dr Newbie’s home and found out that he was hiding Sunny the Tragic Clown in his attic. Dr Newbie was jailed for 12 years, for ading and abetting a wanted criminal. Meanwhile Betty ran off with Fire Fighter Freddie and moved to Belladonna Cove. The house was subsequent;y put up for sale.
Required Expansions and Games Packs: Get To Work, Cats And Dogs, Get Together, Parenthood Game Pack, Vampires Game Pack, Dine Out Game Pack, Spa Day and Outdoor Retreat Game Packs
I have been scenario building again on Train Simulator again. This time, I am creating a morning passenger service, from Hastings to Tonbridge. The weather is wet and windy, so there is the risk of wheel slips, due to poor rail adhesion. The scenario uses a Class 416 EPB (Electric Pneumatic Brake) Yes, it’s a slammer; which means we are going back in time to the 1980s! (Back to Network South East, with it’s iconic “Toothpaste Livery!”)
I will post more information on this scenario, with screenshots; as the development of this scenario continues.
well, I did say I need to get my personal website back up and running, so here it is! The website is still under construction, so please bear with me as I get the various pages on this site organized.
In the meantime, if you need to contact me, you may do so via email: email@example.com or my Facebook. I am having some problems with emails on the website, so I will not be checking them as much. I will however, try to use webmail as much as possible!