Topic 1 - This weekend - Wargame at Stryker's
Because of the indisposition of Count Goya, the planned trip to fight the Battle of Raab was postponed, which left me with a free day and a van loaded with wargame terrain and soldiers. I phoned the Bold Stryker, to see how he was fixed. It seemed to me that it was just as easy for me to unload the van and set up the contents on my dining table, if he would care to trek down here to join me. His alternative suggestion was that I could drive my travelling wargame circus to his house, and we could arrange something there - a very fine and generous idea - it may be related to the fact that I forced him to have lunch in the garden last time he came here...
So that's what we did. I drove gingerly over the Forth Road Bridge (bumpy-bumpy) and up the M90, with a slightly amended cast of hundreds to provide a generic Peninsular War battle. Stryker, of course, has a far more prestigious collection of soldiers than mine, but he has not yet fully unpacked them following his recent house move.
We had a splendid day - once again, my thanks for hospitality, good company and magnificent eats. I forgot my camera [idiot], so took some photos with my phone, but they were so dreadful that I have reproduced only a couple here - mostly just to prove I was there. Ian has published a post on his blog, which has good pictures, so I recommend you have a look there. I shall have to read up on how to take better photos with my phone, but I will have to do so without offering my son the chance to gloat over my stupidity.
|17eme Léger spent the afternoon capturing this village and getting driven out |
of it again - anyway, here's a snap of them on their holidays in Tayside
|Know your enemy - that's him, Old Conky Atty, with his tree. Laconic to a fault.|
|5th Foot (Northumberland Fusiliers) taking a turn at looking after a village - do |
you think that flag is the official shade called "Gosling Green"? - no, me neither.
Great day out.
Topic 2 - Last weekend - Classic Car Show at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder
The Contesse very kindly obtained some discounted tickets for this show and, since she could hardly be less interested in such things, I went down to Lauder with my friend Jack the Hat. Good show - much better than I expected. My photos are pretty much random - just stuff that appealed to me as I passed; there was a fantastic amount on display.
Classic cars are great things for someone else to own. I loved the 1934 Alvis Silver Eagle, for example, but the owner told me how much it had cost to restore it, what the maintenance costs were, and how few miles a year he gets to drive it. Bear in mind that he has to drive it to shows on a trailer, towed by his Land Rover, and that in terms of modern motoring it will be consistently outdragged at the traffic lights by nuns driving Nissan Micras, and you start to build up a picture of the reality. For me, classic cars are great things for other people to own and cherish, so that I can go and gawp at them, take pictures and ask damn-fool questions.
|Any number of MGs - very nice - I don't know much about the pre-war|
ones, but I enjoy looking at them
|Jenson? - think so - Ferguson system 4WD and everything|
|Ugly ugly - 1960s Ford Corsair - when I was at university, my landlord had one of these.|
|I know that one - that's a 1954 MG type TF...|
|Yes, that's the thermometer on the radiator, so you can see when it's boiling - of course,|
when it boils, there will be so much steam you won't be able to see it
|1934 Alvis "Silver Eagle" - now you're talking - dicky seat and everything - no, |
of course I wouldn't want one - I'm pretty mad, but not as mad as that.
|Shelby Cobra - complete with racing numbers - right...|