I have been following Imperial Rebel Ork’s post-apocalyptic tree house (yes really!) with some interest. So as the UK virus apocalypse is not quite as exciting, and needs fewer handguns, I thought that it was time for Shed du Soleil to get an upgrade.
Essentially, this is just a long-winded way of saying that I have extended the veranda canopy by a couple of feet, and run a cloister along the side of the wall. It is a proper cloister, with spandrels and a tension half-hammer beam that is only possible due to the lightweight polycarbonate roof, and which is there to provide stiffening under tension if wind tries to get under the roof and lift it off.
As usual, cowboybuilders.co.uk did the job by moonlight, with their wobbly ladders. A neighbour was throwing a front door away, so it went down to the Tank Shed (Shed 24). I’m in the process of moving the French doors to the front of the sitting out area to make it weathertight. The hobbit next to the shed is under scale aged about 7. With true-scale modelling, your bits box just takes up more space and the figures won’t stand still to be photographed.
As we were again dining in alone for 2021, The lovely Mrs K decided that this year’s theme would be Fancy Dress, which of course, means Pirates¹.
It started well …
But rapidly degenerated at the crew’s end of the table …
And quickly became very messy! Which reminded me of the pirate game at Sandhurst in the late ’80s, in which,
Jim Roche brought copious quantities of rum and gunpowder …. (what could possibly go wrong?)
Suzanne almost took someone’s fingers off with a Kukri², whilst opening a coconut … (They weren’t Trebian’s, but he might have been there, being a re-enactor of some note in his day)
And John Mengham may or may not have been very drunk, singing sea shanties during the debriefing.
We continued the party on New Years Day in Shed 24 at the allotment, surrounded by all the comforts of home.
- For clarity, we mean those loveable swashbuckling scamps of Hollywood fame, not the murdering scum that were exterminated by the Royal Navy in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South China Seas.
- She was, and remained, sober throughout the day. Ours was one of the few ships that did not run aground at some stage during the game.