Thinking, gardening, and looking backPosted: June 1, 2014
I have now installed wooden edging around all the flower beds and along the front edge of the cleared area underneath the laurel hedge. As part of this process I have removed all the earth that had built up around the garden shed, and with luck I should be able to begin sorting out what is in the shed as the summer progresses. I vaguely remember trying to do this some years ago, and a quick look back at my earliest blog entries shows that the last time I did was in 2009 … and that my efforts were very short-lived!
The end of the garden. Until relatively recently the laurel hedge completely covered the shed.
The shed … in all its unencumbered glory!
Most of my thinking has been about the possibility that I will ever write a set of wargame rules that meet all my needs … and my conclusions were that it was very likely that I would not. I have had many attempts to achieve this aim, and have got close on a couple of occasions, but then I see something that makes me change tack and go back to the drawing board.
A look back at my blog shows that I have – over a number of years – written several sets of wargame rules that work and with which I should be satisfied. They are (in alphabetical order):
- BUNDOCK AND BAYONET
- CHACO WAR
- ‘ERES TO YOU FUZZY WUZZY
- HEROES OF VICTORIA’S EMPIRE (HoVE)
- HORDES OF DERVISHES
- MEMOIR OF BATTLE (MOB)
- MEMOIR OF BATTLE AT SEA (MOBAS)
- MEMOIR OF MODERN BATTLE (MOBAT)
- MINI AND TOUTOU GO FORTH
- OPERATIONAL ART
- RED FLAGS AND IRON CROSSES
- RED FLAGS AND IRON CROSSES – TARRED AND FEATHERSTONED
- REDCOATS AND DERVISHES
- RESTLESS NATIVES
- RESTLESS NATIVES – TARRED AND FEATHERSTONED
- RESTLESS REVOLUTIONARIES
- SIMPLE COLONIAL WARGAMES RULES (SCWaRes)
- THE PORTABLE NAVAL WARGAME
- THE PORTABLE WARGAME (PW)
- WHEN EMPIRES CLASHED! (WEC)
Not a bad record – even though I say it myself – but indicative of a rather butterfly mind!
I think that I need to go and look again at some of my past efforts, especially as I suspect that I may not yet have explored their full potential.
One thing that the better weather has not made to go away is the replacement of the gas supply pipe to the houses in our street. The trenches have got longer …
… and the holes have got bigger and deeper.
The workmen were originally supposed to have finished installing the new gas supply pipe by the end of the month … but I am fast coming to the conclusion that they meant the end of June not the end of May!