The dithering is over .... for now. After being unable for ages to make a decision as to what should fill that white space behind the chapel (I've been refusing to even look at it) my very clever wife suggested almshouses. Perfect! And there are enough interesting examples around Chester.
I thought I'd like to have a go at some patterned brickwork. I could see me in my mind's eye deftly cutting the patterns out of embossed styrene. Pah! I couldn't do it - the intricate pattern was sending me blind - so I resorted to cutting out individual bricks and sticking them on in an appropriate pattern. That way lies madness (and neck ache. And eye strain). The result though, from a distance, is passable. Close to, the flaws are all too evident. However, I can live with them since the model will be towards the rear of the layout and (a) my eyesight now isn't good enough for it to annoy me and (b) I can tell any visitors that they can't lean over to peer closely for fear of damaging models in the foreground. And I won't take any close ups.
The almshouses I chose also have tiny, intricate, stone, arched windows. These completely defeated me. I just couldn't get them to look right. The arches were just too small, for me, to mark and cut out. So they've turned into not-so-tiny, not-at-all-intricate, stone-which-looks-like-plastic, rectangular windows which I think I will back with some Scenesetters window bars. . That will have to do.
Also, all of the gables have what looks like a tiled effect. That will be an interesting challenge.
The next challenge will be to find something to go behind the almshouses in low relief .
I am enjoying myself .... honest.