Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Perhaps this is an indication of the move for Land Rover away from Lucas for head lights?
I have been asked to complete a review of the book I mentioned earlier last week, A Long Long War by Ken Wharton, its up on Amazon at the moment. I know now that volume 2 is under way and I hope to contribute some more.Meanwhile here is something for the big is beautiful boys out there;
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Life hasnt been too easy at the moment, no spare cash for all of the projects needed.
I have Richards Roebuck skull with slightly sniffy velvet needing preserving so a bath in meths seems to work for fox brushes so that will have to do here!
I will see how many dunks it needs and re use the meths for cocktail hour!
I know I could order some velvet preserver fron STS but I havent the spare at the moment and meths I do have for some reason.
This is his skull drip drying, he didnt want to keep it but each skull preserved is an aid to teaching how to age deer.
Beer and football tonight then sausage making for a friends BBQ starts tomorrow!
Saturday, 26 April 2008
Not only is it an account of how the troops were used to solve the problems made by politicians but also the views and personal feelings of those troops both male and female.
It can be bought here at Helion and for a review albeit in the daily excess click here!
There will be a volume 2 and perhaps even some further contributions pictorially and editorially from yours truly!
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Friday, 18 April 2008
The last weekday of the easter hols is nearly over and I visited a local landmark to look at rusty tanks and even rustier
Still a good look at some serious VCs,
Some serious campaign medals:
Some serious shooting medals, (this man must have lived at Bisley)
His Mum must have been sick of sewing badges on his blazer;
Thursday, 17 April 2008
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
So sitting watching the Governments electronic poll tax funded propoganda organ also known as BBC News last night it dawnwed on me that to recoup the costs of building temporary sites for shooting in Woolwich that the other non shooting competitors could be asked to pay to take part.
After all should I have been lucky enough to be selected to compete in target rifle for my country it would have been at the financial penalty of paying for almost all of my training and equipment out of my own pocket.
Seeing how the NRA charges like a wounded elephant to use facilities in Surrey (Too far from London) perhaps similar charges could be levied for running around our purpose built at great expense training grounds. Should they decide not to pay they can save the money they will need for each event by overnighting in the fleapit B&Bs in Belgrave road.
Lets face it they will need the money to pay for all of the swimming heats we have to endure on the TV whilst waiting for one shot of the womens 10 m air rifle!
A new Olympic motto should be "Lets make it self funding!" with a £ sign as a logo!
Come on you know it makes sense. The scale of charges can be sent out now, book early to avoid dissapointment!
Monday, 14 April 2008
There are few smells quite like the boiling down of a skull to make trophy preparation easier. It has to be done and I need to keep the velvet on the Antlers as representative of the time of year.
Its not easy but there will be no jetwasher used today.
Yesterday passed with a strange trip, I towed the shoot caravan off the wood over to a scrap dealers in Kent and somehow came away with 2 piglets to be delivered next month. I suppose thats the summer BBQ sorted then. I just need a cheap spit roaster or I'll make one of my own again!
Sunday, 13 April 2008
There is one very lucky Roebuck who should be glad of the branch between the rifleman and himself for deflecting the .303 softpoint at less than 40 yards.
I decided that they both needed to retake their shooting test;
Robert here mastering a Roebuck target with my .303 from a high seat and below is Damian the evening before in another high seat with my 6.5 swede.
Which they both passed and after that they sat their written test and I am glad to say both achieved a good pass.
The best news of all has to be Nigel bagging his first deer, A Fallow Buck (antlers are currently cast), well done Nigel a long awaited for deer and hopefully I know what rifle an ammo took him!
Thursday, 10 April 2008
Here endeth another busy day spent drinking tins of MacEwans on the train home. At least I stayed awake to see some of the football and good old TV replayed the goal that I slept through due to Merlot poisoning.
I'm off out to see if I can secure a lease on a field nearby for dog walking! TTFN.
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
This was the decision by me, fatal for bambis descendant that I should nip out at 0400 this morning to wander around the woods before breakfast and a trip to survey some new stalking grounds. I thought it was a nice idea, miss the rush hour traffic, a good breakfast and see some wildlife which was about all I had done, a fox stalking a cock pheasant!
Usually on my birthday and this was the 43rd I have had the pleasure of, I waste away the day with a hangover.
As I approached he sprang up and ran before I could fire another shot into the dirt where he had been lying.
The god of incompetent hunters was with me today and the buck stopped not 20 yards away broadside on presenting a perfect shot. Down he went and I was ecstatic. Now to conduct the quincy style autopsy.
He has gone to a game dealer in Hampshire and weighed in dressed at about 50 pounds.
Here he is swinging in the family hammock before a trip in the back of the truck. The head I will mount later possibly next week, it will be a half skull on a shield. I have just the one for him!
Tip No1 never leave the house without a quality piece of rope, tip no2 should you forget tip No1 take a quality rope dog lead and dont tell the wife, the dog lead can also be used for removing Charlies Brush!
Monday, 7 April 2008
I took a very similar picture last year, this year all the efforts are from my wife as my son wouldnt get out of bed!
This is a view across the downs towards Arlington. The grey clouds are hopefully bringing more snow!
Sunday, 6 April 2008
Or the older dogs;
As I sit here typing this looking out of my office window onto the snow and wondering what my Pheasants will be thinking all 11 dogs are lying behind my chair in a massive dog pile.
Friday, 4 April 2008
Thursday, 3 April 2008
They are without a doubt the cutest litter I have raised yet although I too will be glad to see them off to start their new lives and working careers.
At least our furniture gets a reprieve.
Unlike the beach and the new travellers living at the top of it, nothing like a biblical flood when its needed!