EXCERPT 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

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Victoria Day

Its a bit late now as it has almost passed but this is Victoria Day in Canada, originally a celebration on the young Queen Victoria's birthday but now a fixed long weekend in May ostensibly to honour the birthday of the reigning monarch, or in Quebec, to honour the Patriotes of the 1837 Rebellion but really a celebration of the coming of summer.

I don't have a Queen Victoria but here are 2 archive shots in honour of the day.

The Red Queen sees her troops march off on their way to the front. 

Possibly to face a band of patriotic rebels?


  1. Monday (yesterday) was Victoria Day in Edinburgh and a holiday for some of us here in Scotland too.It commemorates her visit to the City.
    Appropriate and splendid pictures and a Happy Victoria to you Ross too!

  2. Both lovely pictures. My money's on the patriotic rebels.

    The May two-four as beer drinkers like to call it here. I celebrated it by replacing a storm door, which was harder than it looked. There was some beer consumed afterwards.

    1. They are a fierce and patriotic lot.

      Are you sure the beer was afterwards?

  3. Nothing like an old Queen dearie!