Saturday, 31 January 2009

Photo 5 of 52

This photo is my neighbors front garden, well the house next door since I only see the house owners once year if I'm lucky so not really neighbors.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Gentlemen do silly things.

During the Christmas break I treated myself to a Elderflower juice drink in a fancy bottle, however I didn't get to drink it during the holiday, last week I poured myself a big glass full and it was horrid really bitter, but I hate wasting stuff so persevered and drank the glass and left the rest in fridge, later I had a headache and wondered if the drink contained something that didn't agree with, that's when a read the label Elderflower Cordial dilute 1 part to 10 parts water, yuck, its actually quite nice once diluted.

Facebook came alive last week with a big bunch of old friends from my past medieval life finding me, its quite good really since its nice to hear from them and see the old photos they have dug up of me. I think of Facebook as a lightweight fun place to keep in touch with friends ( and provide sellers with information about me to pop adverts at me ) not a place do anything else with, but it does let you link up with and find old friends simply because its so popular, something that Friends re-united never was.

Talking of old photos here are few from Gentlemen of Honour a reenactment group that only lasted year and involved me travelling to London several times for rehearsals, the group would have gone far and was very popular with English Heritage unfortunately the majority of the group based in London wouldn't commit to another year and so the organiser couldn't commit to EH so the group folded just like that. I did get to use the costume a few years later for LARP though.

Photos of me sporting a pony tail and firing a real antique black powder pistol

Me and Barbara chatting about the period in front the audience.

Setting the scene.

Me and Captain Pete

Photo 4 of 52

I had a choice of photos and 4 different subjects this week, in the long run I chose another photo of my cat saying hello in the garden.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Photo 3 of 52

My photo this week was taken as I visited a local town centre Mansfield (home of Britains double swiming gold medalist) shopping this morning.

I also took the photograph below with a question.
What happened to the market, the market sqaure used to be full of stalls, now only basically half a dozen fruit and veg stalls and a couple of burger vans, perhaps market day is in the week not Saturdays?

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Lizardmen Army

With the release of Warhammers new Lizardmen due I thought I'd start by getting my old ones painted before I bought any of the new ones.

Lizardmen Saurus priest

Lizardman Saurus Muscian


This is a Snakeman, no longer in army list as far as I can see, and probably rare figures I will paint the 4 models I have anyway.

Unit of Kroxigor's nearly complete

Unit of Lizardmen undercoated

Unit of Snakemen with some Lizardmen Saurus and Skinks in the background

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Photo 2 of 52

My photo this week is my cat Jasmine sitting on the window ledge taken from the other side of the room through the legs of a action figure.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Photo 1 of 52

Inspired by Esther, but with slightly less ambition I thought I would post one photograph a week.

The photos will follow no particular theme other than they will be photographs I have taken and could be anything, anyone and taken anywhere.

I'm no photographer or artist so don't expect any good photos, if I do take any good ones I assure you its more luck than judgement.

Photo 1 is Ceramic Dragon Christmas present hiding in the foliage of a pot plant, which I have tinged with very slight amount of extra green.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Christmas to New Years Eve

I've had a busy Christmas, at least busy in the sense I've been out of the house a lot.

Christmas day was spent with AndyT and Linda and Boxing day with Julie and DaveP, Sunday I went for a meal war gaming at DaveA's who now lives deep in East Nottingham, Monday I travelled even further way out to Louth on the east coast of Lincolnshire to meet up with Pete and Barbara who I had lots of stage and reenactment adventures with many years ago, and last night I was at AndyL and Heathers for New Year Eve, inbetween all that my mother came back from her cruise and I've met up with brother Robert, done a bit of shopping and stopped AndyL playing Warhammer Online in the Shop for several hours. So apart from my friend Steve's Birthday at the weekend when the plan is to go for Chinese I've done going out, I can now watch telly and perhaps even do stuff around the house.

Mums Cruise went from Acapulco Mexico in the Pacific through Panama Canal to Barbados in the Atlantic Ocean. She and my sister both enjoyed themselves getting very wet in the jungle excursion and eating lots on the ship, but neither want to be away at Christmas again.

Since they finished up in Barbados they brought me back a Rastafarian hat complete with dreadlocks modeled in the photo below...

...a tee shirt to suit a very fat American (not modelled), I think to make up for last holidays tee shirt which was too small, my mum also bought a herself a animatronic singing rastafarian lion as video below, the song Don't Worry, Be Happy does succeed I felt happy after watching this. I did chop out quite a bit of the video clip since the lion sings the full song and the clip was over the 100MB limit, 130 MB I think now compressed, cut and reduced 7MB

My trip to Pete and Barbara's was with Jock and Bridgette on the way we called in at Horncastle for a spot of lunch which was horrid I ordered a small pizza thing which they emptied a jar of dried herbs on top of, the Coffee house was however better at its drink having the one of biggest selection of hot drinks I can remember seeing, I ordered a black tea blended with wild cherries which was lovely despite no lid on the tea pot because all the staff were off and they had no one to wash up.

Once at the small village just outside Louth were Pete and Barbara live I got to see their mud and stud house for the 1st time, a house built in the 16C from mud and straw, with a timber frame. When they bought the house they had to replace a collapsed wall by digging fresh mud from the garden. The house has no straight or level walls or floors, I not talking a few inches more a few feet here and there, the Kitchen cabinets seem to lean at strange angles but are I'm told the only straight and level item in the house. The bedrooms each have independent stairs to them that are more like ladders and one of the beds has a 8" block to level it a one corner. I was going to take photos but forgot, next time I'm there.

Yesterday apart from quick visit to the shops I stayed in since it was bitter cold -4 deg C and the frost was blowing around like snow, even Julie's hat did not stop my head feeling cold.

Last Night I spent my evening a AndyL and Heathers with various people I know and a few I didn't, Mike, Rich and Leah Andy's shop staff, Matt and Apryl local friends who left early and Heathers old school chums Liz and Jackie I think were their names, who where very friendly. Most of the guest were staying the night, I however like to get home to my own bed, rather than drink so drove home about 2.30pm after playing a game of 3 card brag which AndyL inevitable won since he plays it a lot at events.

That's my week, happy New Year to everyone who reads this.