Last week I got an invite to ride shotgun on a weekend trip to Montreal (my native city which I have not visited in 15 or so years) . The plan includes a stay over at the Captain's Bed & Battle so I figured why not?. 12 - 14 hours of chatting about wargames, history and what not each way with pizza and a wargame at the other end and no chores or renovations to boot.
Then along comes Irene, blowing up the American coast. Should be down to a tropical storm by the time she gets this far north and looks likely to veer inland and all but miss Nova Scotia but I've just secured the lawn furniture and what not, made sure my wife has food, water and oil lamps just in case and tomorrow morning I bolt. hmm if it veers inland we may have to drive through it on the way back. Oh well, duty to an old friend and all that.
EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)
"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."
-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013
Friday, August 26, 2011
Battening the Hatches and Abandoning Ship.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.