Sunday, 30 August 2015


Jan , my best friend and beloved wife of 24 years died yesterday. She declined very quickly over the last week. She had fought her illness with immense courage and positivity for five years and is now at her rest.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Manouvers on the table top

I was watching this splendid Interwar Pathe news footage of British Army trials/manouvers-
at the always interesting Vintage Wargaming blog.
By what criteria do the umpires decide who wins and loses? Has anyone ever tried to game manouvers on the table top and with what success?

Thursday, 30 July 2015

A wee trip

Jan and I had a wee trip out today to Aberdour as she didn't get her chemo on Monday (hopefully,counts permitting,next Monday) and we fancied a change of scene. We had a  splendid lunch at McTaggart's Restaurant followed by a walk.
The view from Fife over to Inchcolm island in the Firth of Forth.
The view across to Edinburgh.
On our return we were able to sit outside and I did a little painting.
BTW who is off to Claymore on Saturday , talking of Edinburgh?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Model railway question

Do railway modellers indulge in "Imaginations" like some of us wargamers do? If so , can anyone direct me to some examples?

Saturday, 25 July 2015

What are you reading this summer?

Here's some of the books  we are reading in the Duchy this summer-
My middle daughter is reading this on our recommendation.It's one of the few novels I wanted to start reading again just after I had finished it.
Eldest's choice and is really enjoying it.
Jan's reading this and I have dipped enjoyably in and out of it.
More enjoyable Church history reading for me filled with devotion and eccentricity too.
Great production values ( love the hardback and size of it) and well written I am enjoying this set of rules too currently.
All I need to do is getting my painting mojo back...
Finally what are you all reading and would recommend?

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

A heads up for you

I popped some books into Oxfam's bookshop in Stockbridge Edinburgh yesterday ( Wednesday pm) including a few sets of rules like "Go Pa" and "In the Grand Manner" on so forth. Go along get a bargain and help a good cause.