Monday 27 May 2024

Back 3 - Barbican

 After lunch in the British Museum l took Anna to see some iconic exhibits- the Sutton Hoo material, the Lewis Chess pieces and the Standard of Ur etc. Braving the rain ( again) we walked to the Barbican which was fascinating inside and out. I hadn’t been for numerous years and it was Anna’s first visit.

Interesting design on a building en route.
The Barbican looking great.
Juxtaposition of the old and the new.
Wonderful use of water so enhanced the complex.
Tuesday and Wednesday were so rainy it was a tad disheartening. The main reason for going to London was to go to the Chelsea Flower Show. It was something Jan and I watched on tv (had hoped to go to one day but never got round to it) every year and the girls grew up watching it too. So at Christmas we got tickets as presents and with mounting excitement anticipated the show. It would be a first visit for both Anna and I. 
Thursday morning dawned, Chelsea Day, and imagine my pleasure as l looked out of my hotel bedroom at 06:00 am and saw dry pavements! We were so fortunate.

Sunday 26 May 2024

Big basing - another experiment

 Still trying to work out what I feel re big basing so set up this photo today-

What do you think in terms of numbers of figures and ranks? All thoughts most welcome.

Back 2 - that Roman exhibition

 Wednesday saw Anna off to the V&A and me to the British museum with a plan for her to meet me at the BM after our respective exhibition going.

I was there particularly to see the exhibition on life in the Roman Army. It was even better than I had hoped for. Now the pictures-

I find late Roman paintings like this fascinating and recalled the beautiful examples l had seen at the Flinders Petrie museum in London on a previous trip.
This was the item I was awaiting with excitement, the shield from Dura Europos . It certainly was the star item for me. I have seen pictures of it so often in books and it was terrific at last to see in the flesh, wood.
A shield boss showing great workmanship.
Armour and and articulated sleeve armour, adding to the  Legionary’s  protection.
The enigmatic, exotic crocodile armour. Ritual or practical use, no one is certain. I for one like to imagine it used as armour by some soldiers of the time…

Mounted archer carving. A lovely piece of carving, so animated.
Horse armour from Dura Europos. Again great to see in real life. I recall pictures in books showing a photo of the armour being put on a live horse to show how it sat on one. Another iconic piece.
Close up of the previous piece showing the scales.
That shield again , kept drawing me back…
Proof that Roman Auxiliaries used mobile phones, adds a new meaning to signalling in the Roman army.
Moving memorial to a woman featuring a child with pet.
An illustration of the person whose story we had followed throughout the expedition through his letters. This was painted on the temporary walls and one of a number of such illustrations.
Finally a document granting citizenship found in Pompei. Another evocative and moving item. 
Terrific exhibition, don’t miss it if you get a chance. Finally something I was unable to get to but might interest others-

P.s finding it increasingly difficult to leave comments on blogs , including my own! I really miss leaving commenting on other blog and enthusing about posts.

Friday 24 May 2024


 Just back tonight from a few days in London.

Having got soaked to the skin ( rain was torrential) we went in here-

Lovely food!
Not expecting rain we were both ill equipped. Sensibly my daughter bought a £3 emergency poncho! I decided not to bother and got soaked as we walked from kings cross via Farringdon to Liberty’s.
Interesting mural very near Liberty London.
War memorial in Liberty London. I was interested how some folk get Mr, Miss or Mrs by their name others did not. I can only summarise that it was management and workers?
Returning to Kings Cross we enjoyed the meal shown above. This was Tuesday, Wednesday would bring my visit to the British Museum and the current Roman exhibition.. 

Tuesday 21 May 2024



The greened up cycle path ( former railway line) makes a pleasant walk into town.
Awful photo I know but great to see a hedgehog in the garden again.
Looked out this book I got , with 50 th birthday monies, fourteen years ago. A little light background reading…

P.s pop by here to read of my Zoom game last week-

Sunday 19 May 2024

What are these 2

 Another deep dive into the shed produced these-

Can you identify them please? Thanks again.

Saturday 18 May 2024


 Thinking ( some might say overthinking) about basing. I am considering going for big bases, at least for this collection-

A few attempts at trying out the bigger bases…