Tuesday, 8 April 2014

It's curtains for the conservatory!

My wife and I have just finished hanging up the curtains in the conservatory ... and I think (and hope!) that this will be the last thing that we have to do before we can declare that this particular project is finished.

This morning saw me making yet another trip to the local re-cycling centre (my third in as many days), followed by a trip to the charity shop with a car full of bits and pieces that we no longer required. The donation was gratefully received, and it is good to know that the money raised by selling our unwanted goods will be put to good use.


  1. At last, Bob, you can indulge in some portable wargaming in the conservatory without frightening the neighbours!

    Glad to hear all has gone well.

  2. Arthur1815,

    I would hope so ... but I have a feeling that my wife - and the cat - will also want access to the conservatory now that it is finished.

    All the best,


  3. Hmmm. I'm not sure if the conservatory is suitable for a cat.

    I think a picture of the cat is required. It's the only way to be sure.

  4. Conrad Kinch,

    Unfortunately the cat is already in full possession of the conservatory. I know ... because I just fed her in there!

    We feel fortunate to live in our cat's house, and privileged to be able to spend our money feeding her and keeping a roof over her head. In exchange she wakes us up when she wants to eat and brings us dead mice in the middle of the night. What a bargain!

    A picture of the cat will be provided in due course.

    All the best,


  5. Mr Cordery,
    sorry for bothering you, my name is Mauro Ortolani, from Milan, Italy. We’ve never met, but I havemissed you by minutes at the Continental Wars Society stand, in 2012, when Mr Ralph Weaver proudly displayed a true splendid Portable Wargame. I was eager to meet you and discuss about your inspiring work with wargaming rules, but as you probably know, Salute can be really overwhelming, with so much to see in so little time. I had to leave without the pleasure to meet you in person.
    I read your blog since then, and to be honest, I confess you that I enjoy your wargaming post and the chronicles of your lifetime in equal measure, so thanks for sharing your ideas and experiences with all of us. I have followed with interest your progress with the conservatory, and now that the job is finished I hope you will post some images. As they say: pics! Or it didn’t happen.

    I apologize for my english
    All the best

    Mauro Ortolani (with his wife and the cat)

  6. Pantao (Mauro Ortolani … and your wife and cat!),

    Thanks very much for your very kind comments about my blog and my wargaming activities. I only wish that my Italian was as good as your English!

    I am very sorry that I missed meeting you at the Continental Wars Society stand at SALUTE2012. Perhaps we may manage to meet there one day. The example of the Portable Wargame that was on show was magnificent, and the layout is far better than I have managed to produce to date. In fact I was so impressed that the photograph that I took of the board is the screen background on my PC. Since creating the Portable Wargame I have continued to develop the concept, and it has been taken up by several other people as well, most noticeably Ross Macfarlane. If you haven’t looked at his 19C Square Brigadier rules, you ought to.

    As you will note from my most recent blog entry, I have now added some photos of the completed conservatory to my blog. Interestingly it was only after I had added them that I realised that the cat hat got off the futon and walked out in disgust as I was taking the photos and how much cat food was on show. It all goes to prove that we certainly do live with a cat!

    I hope that you will continue to read and enjoy my blog.

    All the best,



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