Saturday, 18 September 2010

Peeler Family Holidays.

The Peeler Family enjoyed a couple of weeks away this summer, firstly in not so sunny Scotland, near to Dunoon on the Clyde. Twas a generally rainy place, but the pleasantness of the people there more than made up for that.
The view as we crossed by ferry, which was pretty good fun really. There was an awful lot of low cloud around at the time.

We cycled .. yes, me too .. around Holy Loch, for around 14 miles. Although enjoyable, it also hurt, and I decided to take the car next time.

I can't remember the name of this Church, but we made a point of climbing the slight hill to have a look at it.

I think this was Largs, wonderful Memorial, and a really nice place, with a great ice cream shop too.

This ship was on the Clyde, Mrs Peeler reckoned it was French.

The Peeler Family at War .. laser guns in the woods sort of game, right good fun with around twenty people involved. We came out tops, the organiser was impressed with our game plans and flanking movements, but was less impressed with myself for having a fag whilst hiding in a bush during the Evasion game. They still didn't find me though. The way the games went to close quarters, I was just relieved that Mini-Peeler didn't have a bayonet attachment.

The week in London had better weather, and having gone there most years recently, I have to say it somehow just seemed a happier more contented city this time. People were more at ease and less rushed. We did the usual sites, Horseguards & St James etc. The Household museum was a useful place to see, and the Household Division "Mission Statement" was a joy to read .."To protect the Sovereign from all enemies foreign and domestic" .. none of that modern pc rubbish there!

This Monument always gets to me, I don't know why.

And this lot get to me too, I do know why, but I'd best not say so here. I'm all for democracy and free speech and so on, but right opposite Parliament for goodness sake .. Clear off you scruffy looking lot! Get a job! And so on..

I did notice that there were a lot more Union flags around, perhaps due to the new Coalition Government we have now. It certainly made the place look better, and I for one applaud it. I can't even estimate the size of the flag flying over Parliament, except to say that It Was Big, and was probably a hazard to low flying helicopters and suchlike.

I won't bore you with all the other photos, suffice to say that we had a jolly nice time each week, which was especially good as with Junior being 17 now, it could be the last of such holidays that he comes with us on, as he hopes to join the Navy next year.
So, we're all home again, had a few weeks back at work, and these two weeks are already becoming distant memories. Still, I am on with sorting my gaming room out, so normal gaming type posts should resume shortly.
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Friday, 3 September 2010

A General Witter.

3rd September. Mr Chamberlain said, on the radio, ""I am speaking to you from the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street. This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that, unless we heard from them by eleven o'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received and that consequently this country is at war with Germany. Now may God bless you all. May He defend the right. It is the evil things that we shall be fighting against, brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution and against them I am certain that the right will prevail".
Thank goodness that right did indeed prevail, God Bless those who did their part.

Well the summer holidays are nearly over, and the weather seems to be improving! Odd how often that happens. The family Peeler has had a pleasant week away in Scotland, and another in London, and a good time was had by all. Even Junior Peeler was fairly happy, despite being a tennager. Scotland was laid back, and London seemed a lot happier than in previous years.
As the summer ends, our gaming will soon resume, and hopefully some of my chums will have some new stuff painted up & ready to use, as I have just got nothing done gaming wise these past couple of months. I'll have to be content with dusting off some my old stuff for now...
Amongst the various rulesets we use is of course General De Brigade, written by that erstwhile gamer and all round good chap Mr D. Brown Esq. Well, here's a little plug, in case you haven't heard, there are soon two Hardback editions coming out, available c/o Caliver Books -
H19792 GENERAL DE BRIGADE NAPOLEONIC RULES - DELUXE HARDBACK EDITION, A seriously upgunned and updated edition, 184 page Full colour Hardback, £27.50,
... and ...
H19793 GENERAL DE BRIGADE DELUXE - GENTLEMAN'S EDITION - Gold embossed Very limited edition Hardback for discerning wargamers & gentlemen of quality £39.50.
Well, when I heard the news, I just had to order one, and after not too much thought I went for the Gents Edition. I appreciate that owning one doesn't automatically make me "a gentleman of quality", but at least I can pretend to be one!