Friday 7 August 2015

Down Time

Past couple of weeks have been a joy. I decided on some genuine down-time, to just relax, and including a week at Tai Chi summer school at Harlaxton Manor. This annual course involves a daily regime starting at 7am and finishing at 9pm, with a healthy mix of Tai Chi, Feng Shou (Kung Fu), and weapons training - this year, learning the Lee Style Tai Chi Sword form!
To many this will not sound like down time at all, but I always return totally energised and refreshed....and the venue certainly helps to create the sense of being on "retreat."
The picture of Harlaxton is inspiration for modellers everywhere, I'm sure. And what a lovely venue to host the week.

I've also had chance during the down time at home to paint a little too... and perhaps a picture of the results will follow in the next post. Just some basing to finish before pointing my iPad at them!.

Oh, and for those blog visitors from the other side of the world, who used to be keen on cricket, all I can say is that it really is a funny old game.
Whilst thrilled at being able to listen to Test Match Special on the radio to a rampant England bowling attack, I am, however, rather embarrassed by the level of gloating in the press, and on social media. Very unseemly. And anyone who follows sport of any kind knows that the tables will turn, whether next series, or the one after that.
Yes, celebrate the victories, and disguise the losses as tactical withdrawals, but do it with grace. Just like wargaming really..

Back soon.


  1. Yes Phil, I was listening to the amazing cricket result while working on my Hougoumont landscape, and was thinking of you too as I know you are a keen cricket fan. Glad followers of England have something to be proud of at last. Wish we football fans could get some ......

  2. From Downunder.... :-( or as Basil Fawtly said..." If you blinked, you could have missed indeed you did!" So much for the Aussie Innings. I hope Michael Clarke can pull some dignity from the final test as he is retiring then.

    On a positive note, what a great spot for a retreat, Phil!

    Cheers, Rohan.

  3. Phil, that looks to be a wonderful venue for a break. Well done! As for the cricket - yes, I could not agree more.

  4. Very much a relaxing and gorgeous setting Phil - perfect for relaxation and getting the body and mind moving as one again. Smart man. Oval tonight mate, let's hope for give days of excitement for a change!