Creating A Garden Railroad In A Natural Environment

Garden train modelling (commonly referred to as G scale railroads or Garden Scale railroads) is becoming increasingly popular because it combines the realism of model trains within a natural environment. Some garden layouts are complete with buildings, people and tiny plants, whilst others have a track winding through a whole large garden area.

G scale model trains are larger than 0 scale (1:48) but smaller than the trains that are large enough to ride on. G scale, is approximately 1:24 (varying from 1:19 to 1:32, actually). Most large-scale trains run on No 1 gauge track (45mm between the rails). They are ideal for garden settings and because they are large they are generally hard to derail. Some people also run O-scale (1:48) Lionel trains outdoors.

With a railroad layout being outdoors, you are dealing with real life. Trees are growing living plants, mountains are made of dirt, rivers are made of water, rocks are made of stone. And, they are exposed to the weather!

Careful planning is important to ensure that your railroad operates efficiently and stands the test of time. When choosing a location for a garden railroad – question whether or not it is secure. You don’t want any harm to come to your gardenset-up or model trains.

Assuming you are happy with any security issues, then check to see how level the proposed site is. Will you have to dig out parts of the garden to make it level (or maybe bring in additional earth). Will you need to build retaining walls for your garden railroad layout?

Will the garden railroad fit in with an a existing garden layout, or will the garden need to be redesigned to fit with the garden railroad? Are there things in the way like fences, clotheslines, dog kennels, buildings, paths, or swimming pools y that will need to be removed and what can be worked around?

Harmony With Nature

It is worth the time to learn how to live in harmony with nature for your vibrant health and vitality. You cannot have things your way, therefore for your health sake, join with the naturally smooth evolving trend of nature and fit into the game of things by riding the tides as they flow.

Living your life with the understanding and responsibility of taking care of mother earth and treating her with respect. We start by living a health conscious life taking care of our body and our environment.

We are totally responsibility for the world in which we live. It is our home and we are placed in charge by God as caretakers. In other words, our physical homes is just a miniature of the larger society that collectively we are all responsible.

It is the selfish actions taking by people that have created most of the problems we face today. It may be individuals, family, organizations or the government, the result will only be bigger and widespread, but the effect is the same.

We each need to examine our attitude towards the environment, our habits and behaviour that can negatively affect the ecological order of our environment.

We need to become more conscious of the effects selfish and unhealthy decisions and behaviour are having on our lives and the environment. People are sick and tired today more than ever. The demanding life that is created by the fast changing modern technological world is causing many to be stressed out, burnt out and falling apart.

The decisions that are made by NGOs and cooperate society are not in the interest of you and me, therefore, we have to take the bull by the horn so to speak and manage our lives.

What can we do to fight back and protect our health and well-being as we live in harmony with nature?

Here are some suggestions: We can go green in a number of many little ways that can make a big difference in the end. We can take it literally and create a greener natural environment around and in the home.

We could go on a harmony with nature campaign to get rid of all the harmful, toxic and dangerous substances in our home.

The majority of children in their homes today, are in serious danger of using or ingesting some toxic substances that are used as normal cleaning or maintaining products.

We should educate ourselves and the entire family about health and safety in the home and the society. We have a responsibility to our family to ensure healthy lives are created and developed.

What about forming community groups to work together in one accord with the same objective? This is important, because if you do your little thing in your corner, and your neighbours are continuing unhealthy behaviours, your are still going to be affected.

Working together is the better way. Much more can be accomplished together than as individuals. As a group, you can invite specialist to address and inform you on how to live in harmony with nature.

They could educate everyone on the connection of how the irresponsible disposing garbage can come back to haunt us.

They could educate the group on the social and environmental pillars of sustainable development and how that can impact the environment in good and bad ways depending on the approach taken.

There are more ways to take responsibility and ensure we are not sucked in by the world’s unhealthy system, but take appropriate action daily and live in harmony with nature.

The Power of Nature

There’s a lot of money and energy spent on stress-relief. So it’s surprising to discover that one of the most effective remedies is also one of the simplest, 100% natural, and absolutely free.

And when I say 100% natural, I mean it, because I’m talking about nature itself!

That’s right. One of the most effective cures for stress is nature. And while you may be aware of the cardiovascular benefits of going for a walk in open air, you may not yet know about a more subtle, yet quite profound, benefit of being in the outdoors.

But before we look at nature’s healing properties, let’s consider where a lot of the stress comes from in life. Stress arises when there is a discrepancy, or difference, between ourselves and our environment. Psychologists call this “cognitive dissonance,” and it could take the form of a conflict between what we want and what we get, what we expect and what occurs, our vision of ourselves and what other people think, or any of the challenges that create friction in the mind.

When we experience cognitive dissonance, our mind kicks into gear, searching for a solution. Many times the mind can successfully resolve cognitive dissonance, though it can take a great deal of effort. At other times the mind is so overwhelmed that it enters an endless loop of thinking which actually increases feelings of stress.

So, we are in a curios position. For, while stress is many times a product of too much thinking, many methods designed to reduce stress involve more thinking. So, what to do?

Enter nature. For, while exercise at the gym may give you a break from thinking as you sweat, nature has an added component that helps the mind snap out of its pattern of stress. This component is its apparent randomness.

Hold on, the skeptic might ask. How can the apparent chaos that we find in a forest or a stream help calm down a troubled mind?

Well, the answer is that natural environments contain an apparent chaos that obscures a deeper order. To the human eye there may be little pattern to the fall of leaves and piles of pebbles strewn across a path. However, the chaos obscures the subtle interplay of forces such as gravity, the seasons, erosion, and wind and rain.

This apparent chaos, coupled with underlying order, provides a recuperative environment for the burdened mind. The patterns we encounter, subtle though they may be, return us to a state of “cognitive resonance” between the internal and external landscape. Let’s take a moment to consider how this works.

In a stressed state the mind tries to reconcile cognitive dissonance by using the same thought patterns that actually created the dissonance. In the natural environment we receive new stimuli that break up the thought patterns that created dissonance. While we could use any distraction to interrupt our thought patterns, natural environments contain rhythms that resonate with each other. The movement of wind in the trees, the play of shadows on the forest floor, and the sound of a bubbling brook are parts of create a cohesive environment. Each of these elements works together to create the experience called “nature.” As a result, they have a natural harmony, or resonance, with each other.

When we encounter this natural resonance, the mind is given two profound healing opportunities. First, it is given an interruption from thinking, which itself is beneficial. In addition, it has the experience of natural resonance that can help reset the mind into its own patterns of resonance.. And while this healing may lie beyond words, countless people have experienced its benefit.

So, the next time you feel stressed, consider a walk in nature and watch as your mind naturally unwinds into a peaceful state. To enjoy the benefits of nature, consider these 3 tips:

1. Sit peacefully in a quiet space, whether your garden, a park, or a forest. Let your senses unfold into the sights, smells, sounds, and feel of the space. As you reflect on the scene around you, notice any changes in your thoughts. Move back and forth between awareness of nature and awareness of your thoughts.

2. When walking outdoors, mix up your pace to increase your awareness. Walk a little slower at times, a little faster at other times. This will help you tune into the environment around you.

3. When you don’t have time to enjoy nature, appreciate the beauty of the human-made world. Notice qualities of objects that are unique, even if imperfect. Your sensory capacity will grow, the next time you are in nature you will be more aware, and you will be more present in your current environment.