Greetings Fellow Adventurers! During this year of turmoil, there have been a few places close by that have helped keep us sane. One of those is Tusmore Park near Bicester in Oxfordshire. To give a bit of historical background - There has been a settlement at Tusmore since the Saxon period, and it was even… Continue reading A Stroll around Tusmore Park
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! What a fantastic day - for the first time since January, my wife Alli and I finally had a chance to visit a Castle!!! We took a trip to Kenilworth in Warwickshire, partly just for the hell of it, and partly to scout out what 'social distancing' measures were in place. It… Continue reading We went to a CASTLE!!!!!!!!!!!
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! It always amazes me what you can find by the side of the road. Our countryside is peppered with little plaques, memorials and notice boards, all giving an insight into the rich and varied history of our country, the events big and small that helped form it and the people who created… Continue reading Quick Stop – The Birth of Radar!
Just thought I’d share this great post my wife has written about a lovely little ruin down the road to us – enjoy!
A few weeks ago, after what seemed like eternity, I finally got to visit a medieval ruin again. Not a castle, but a rare example of a courtyard manor house built in the fifteenth century by one of the wealthiest men in England. And for a sleepy ruin in a quiet Oxfordshire backwater it has a lot to offer. For a start, it’s tucked away in an idyllic location beside the River Windrush amid beautiful, rolling countryside. It also has connections with the Scottish medieval history module I’ve just completed, and it has links with two of my favourite medieval kings, one of which came to stay at the manor. Perhaps even more intriguingly, some say that its most notable owner never left, that he still lingers around the ruins of his former home.
The approach to the 15th Century hall with the porch on the left
The village of…
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Greetings Fellow Adventurers If you're lucky enough to live near some woods, the Bluebells are out in force this year! Simple stunning, although I still don't understand why they're called Bluebells, they're obviously PURPLE!!!! (My wife approves!) I think they need a better PR company. Farewell my friends and stay safe!
Greeting my Fellow Adventurers!
Whilst we’re all stuck at home during these ‘interesting times’, and therefore unable to get out and have some adventures, might I suggest something to keep you busy!
Greetings Fellow Modellers!
During this highly unusual time of ‘Staying at Home‘ and ‘Keeping Safe‘, what better way could there be to pass the time* than digging that long forgotten Airfix kit out of the attic**, getting a tube of glue, some brushes and paint, rolling out newspaper on the kitchen table, turning the clock back to the 1980’s (showing my age here) and building a scale model!
Over the next few posts I’m going to put up some thoughts for basic tools and methods, review a kit or two and share some of my own work in progress. All with the aim of helping someone new or returning to this wonderful hobby get into it.
I’m also going to add a page up with some links to various websites and forums where you’ll be able to get the stuff and help you need.
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Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Back in the Autumn we found ourselves in major need of a a castle fix, so we took a trip down to Goodrich near Ross-on-Wye to visit one of our favourites. The trip was a lot of fun, the drive down through the Cotswolds is always beautiful and after the two hours… Continue reading A Visit to Goodrich Castle
A few weeks ago, after a particularly wet and miserable weekend, we decided late on the Sunday afternoon to get out in the Ratmobile and enjoy the sudden appearance of the sun. Total distance traveled: less than 30 miles Total time at the wheel: About 4 hours Packets of square crisps eaten: 8 Escaping out… Continue reading A Brill-iant Sunday Drive
You might not have noticed, but I've not been about in the blogsphere much over the past month - I hadn't intended to take a break, it just kind of happened. I'm hoping to start getting a few more posts out soon - but in the meantime I just wanted to say a thank you… Continue reading Looking back…
Ahoy there Fellow Adventurers! Welcome to another quick installment of the ‘Maddie Templeton Maritime History’ series. On this day, October the 21st in 1805, two imposing armadas fought for control of the seas - the combined French and the Spanish fleets on one side, and the Royal Navy on the other. The battle would result… Continue reading On this day – England Expects…