Been lurking about for a while now and thought it was about time I said hello. You'll find me on the Suffolk coast recently emerged from a 30 year or so dark age. The last set I can remember buying in my younger days was 6694
Car with Camper which was obtained in the shop at Billund. We have Danish roots on my Dad's side so quite a few holidays to Denmark as a child, visiting Legoland in 1980 and 1984. Lego was always around as far as I recall and my brother and I also had the benefit of being the youngest of the cousins in that half of the family too so we inherited the family Lego that lived at Grandma's house as well as having our own.
Having turned 13 in '84 I guess I slipped into the wilderness then, although moving to the seaside in 1989 did mean a couple of days sorting and re-enjoying the collection while packing it for the move.
Having picked up a couple of newspaper-promo poly bags in recent years it was the CMF range that started to draw me back in, then in 2014 my wife and I had a holiday to California. At the Lego store at Disneyland I discovered the Back To The Future set which introduced me to modern building ideas and I started looking around at what was available, although didn't buy anything more than CMFs until Sainsburys had the Easter Bunny set last year.
At the same time I was going through some mental health issues and in a period of serious lack of self-confidence and lack of focus was unable to come up with any ideas when my parents were trying to get me birthday presents. So, half-jokingly, I suggested they get the Lego out of the loft as that would keep me busy and maybe perk me up a bit. They didn't initially act on that, but did get it all down later in the year and I had a few months of re-sorting and re-building before my Wife surprised me with a trip to Legoland Windsor. I came home from there with the Ecto mobile and since then have splurged on Mixels, a few city and creator sets, the Ideas Birds and of course more CMFs. Around the turn of the year my brain came back to bite me and I ended up having some time off work, during which building quite possibly saved my sanity. Whether following instructions or going free-form it kept my hands busy, meaning they couldn't get involved in self-harming which I had been slipping in to, and gave me something to think about that wasn't a cause of stress.
I'm just about back to reality now, and deciding whether to continue just getting random sets that interest me or to specialise in something or another. Having just built the T1 Camper van I think it might be the large cars for now.
You can find me on Flickr here
and I'm also on Instagram (theoriginalsimonb) and Twitter (@TheSimonb)
if anyone wants to make contact.
Anyway, that's enough for now...