Winter weather means model trains

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Since moving house I’ve not had much time to spend preparing the attic for my model railway. At the weekend I finally finished the flooring necessary to walk around and set up the baseboard (largely thanks to a great mini-saw from Mac Allister).

In preparation for an enjoyable winter getting my trains up and running I decided to gather all of the boxes (moved or purchased) into one corner of the attic. It looks like Christmas has come early!

As you can see from some of the boxes I’m trying to move to DCC – I’ve grabbed a few decoders for the analog trains too so I should have a good fleet of digital controlled trains before the sun returns next year.

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Attaining work life balance

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Technology and start-ups are both renowed for being able to take over your life. Therefore it’s probably unsurprising that after 8 years in tech startups I’ve completely lost the concept of a balance between life and work. One thing that I began to realise is that “work” is not just that which your boss expects of you, the targets that have been set or what your company pays you for, it’s also everything that you have become obliged to maintain – that online game you wrote, some websites you host or an open source project you released but then stopped using.

Take a look at your life. How many days, evenings or even hours are you truly able to put your feet up and relax? Play a game with your family? Go for a walk or cycle in the great outdoors? Do you see your friends enough and when was the last time you just chatted to your parents?

I reflected recently and decided there was nowhere near enough time put aside for these things. It probably contributed to worse than average health too. So in an effort to bring things back into balance I’m heading into 2016 with the plan to spend more time with friends and family, seeing the countryside and generally relaxing. To that end I’m wrapping up 2015 by moving house, heading out of the city and into the countryside. Sure weekdays may still be busy and I still need to prune the list of projects I have on the go, but if I can spend the whole weekend in a different context I think it could really make a difference!

Image thanks to tech.co