Sunday, 9 January 2011

The road goes ever on...

" The road goes ever on..." as the hobbits sing and we have come to a mile stone in our road- Jan had her last chemo on Friday. All in all she is not too bad today but the journey has taken it's toll on her - however we feel the road to recovery and normality starts here. Jan has been really incredibly ( I am so proud of her)brave and has done an excellent job in getting herself to this point by strength of character etc. A big thanks from us both for your concern ,encouraging comments
,thoughts and prayers during the journey which have encouraged us ...
I find myself a curious mix of elation and exhaustion in spite of two weeks hols which end tomorrow. Full of ideas one minute and none the next. Hopefully business will continue here in the Duchy of Tradgardland over the coming weeks. I still await the "Wargamer's Annual" which no doubt lies under a mail mountain along with myriad things expected,ordered and needed by many people. Zoe's revision notes would be handy as well as past papers not to mention some lead for me and seeds for the vegetable plot...
Hopefully 20011 will see more "goings on" in Tradgardland, Ottomans on the tabletop, my first solo game of a VBCW ( Welsh nationalists and their opponents in an alternate 1938) and some projects lain down but needing to be picked up. Not to mention those 15th Century chaps who you voted for in the poll just ended...


  1. Alan,

    I am very pleased to hear that Jan has completed her chemo program, it must be a huge relief to both of you to see the return of normalcy. Here is to that and to health! Fittingly, Epiphany is just past; the journey of the three wise men seems a wonderful metaphor for determination and hope if ever there was one.

    Here Epiphany is called La Fête des rois and is celebrated by sharing of a special cake. I bought one today and will think of you when I eat it Sunday. I'm not religious, but I do like seasonal cakes!

    I wonder if you might re-send your email to me - I can't seem to track it down. I am home now and have access to the pdfs of some old works about mythology that I mentioned to you some time ago. I haven't managed to put my finger on the work discussion the assimilation of this mythology by colonists however another source which might be of interest and which well illustrates the precarious and, well, paranoid state of some 17th century colonists in the the Reformation and well as imperial machinations (if Salem isn't a good enough example!) is James Demos' book The Unredeemed Captive.

    You can find me at:

    jjim006 at

  2. Thanks for your kind words and info- I have just sent you an email.

  3. My congratulations and very best wishes for the optimum result to your lady Jan.

    My dear wife had to have brain surgery to remove a tumor some 10 years ago . . . and it was tough . . . and still is in certain ways . . . but what we discovered that is very important is that when things got hard, we turned TO each other, not ON each other.

    That was over ten years ago and we are still very much in love . . . even with the deficits left by her brain surgery.

    So, while things have been tough, and may be for a while yet, do keep in mind that there is still a lot of living yet for both of you to do.

    Again, my best wishes to both you and Jan, Alan.

    -- Jeff

  4. Capital news! I wish you both joy of the day!

  5. Glad to see your New Year is starting off in the best possible way. All the best,


  6. That is very good news. :) Wishing you and your family all the best with a new year upon us!

  7. Congratulations to Jan on passing through such a trial. Good wishes to her for a speedy and full recovery.

  8. All of Beerstein rejoices to hear hear your good news. Best regards...