Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Mrs B,s Adventure at Hacking Back a Tree Simply Presented by BB

 It was a bright warm sunny day back in the Spring of 2016,that Mrs B,finally decided to set to with her Loppers,and cut the Yew tree right back while I took a few shots at recording a before and after scene. The tree being 32 years old had grown  far to high even though once a year it had been clipped back to retain its good shape. Being all of 17 foot  high and 7 foot wide it was becoming much harder a job  to do,and in my eyes far to dangerous to shin up ladders in order to trim it,but it was Mrs B,s tree long before she ever met me,and it was upon her reasoning that it should be cut back almost to its trunk,and shortened by  4 feet or so.
This was a bold  risky adventure for us both because it had that element of danger as My Mrs B,shinned up ladder and balanced on top of step ladder cutting ,sawing and lopping off on that tree,as if a mad Termite,and where I was standing to give support to ladders large lumpy bits of prickly dusty tree descended constantly upon my head,and rolled away finally to hit the fast filling up garden below.___Very dusty indeed, it being the case the St Faiths Road races past at times choking up and out traffic pollution which settles upon house,hedgerow and trees alike. O,well people must have their tin time machines i guess.

Of course I being disabled and very ill at that time could not actively help,but in the way of safety I was very close by and looking like a fast filling up evergreen bonfire with the upper part of myself sticking out from the top like the dusty Guy I had become.  It is times like these that I have many  a nagging regret concerning my limited ability. After all a fit and able little me would be up a scrambling  amongst those tight knit branches  hacking about like an eager Beaver,leaving Mrs B,far below with all that evergreen fallout and not me.
If one in old age at 67 can have an adventure upon ladders this surely was one.and all in all it was quite an experience for us both, and writing of it hardly rivals Homers Odyssey,but most certainly like most days around this house it sure was an oddity in every shape and dusty green form.

 It must be mentioned that the Yew will grow and bush out fine after being so gnawed upon as if by some Monster Munching Goat! In two or so years it will look slim and all evergreen once more.

Below is The Before

It was quite a monster of a tree,but I bought as always the very best high quality tools a few years ago so in 4 hours my Mrs B,had it all chopped up and filling three large wheelie bins to be composted down by the Local Norwich Council.                                                                                                  
For these Green Bins we pay an extra  £52.00 a year.  

         Above is The After,which is far from a pretty sight but one that just had to be.

Below a few bits more to cut up and add to one of our wheelie bins and the job  was then done and jolly well dusted.                                                                                                                                

                       Yes the early Spring and the Daffodils were nodding  their heads in approval.

 Eight months on it is rather misty over Fiddle Wood today,where our little garden sits and adds evergreen attraction to  its surroundings  all year round,and as you can see the tree is also on the mend.
Which proves, "You cannot keep a good Yew down,and it will rise again in splender."


To finish,
The Yew Tree seen in a past former times with part of a Rainbow over the sky of Fiddle Wood.

 Thanks for your visit BB

Monday, 5 December 2016


This is a mixed bag of info and presentation, because I often wonder upon other pathways but upon the whole I think all are  relevant because in hind sight they have a link with one another. Be they model kit or toy soldier or indeed the photographs shown too.                                                               


These days I find myself collecting model soldiers then painting them.I paid way over the odds for this kit,but it is well worth the money that I spent on it because it is hard to come by these days.                                                                      

                                                                 Sorry for fuzzy picture.

This Revell Kit has four figures so that is good whereas the 1/72 scale Dragon Kits have only has one so those buying them  means resorting to conversions. I trolled my way through old and newer kits but buying boxes just to swap a few heads over is not a good deal. As for these Dragon Kits  at over £17.00 each I do not recommend anyone buy them.                                                                                 

  However the larger sizes I do.                                             

The remains of one recently found somewhere in North Africa.

 The British obtained 30 of these in May of 1942 in N Africa and they where factory fresh and straight off the boat.These were manufactured in steel, and the cargo from that supply ship got even better because of the addition of jeeps. With these the mixed bag of L.R.D.G. along with the S.A.S. carried out daring guerrilla type raids on airfields and fuel dumps far behind the enemy lines.
David Stirling had a bounty of £20.000 placed upon his head by orders from Hitler. No doubt to be paid in forged British £5.00 Notes. My Brother in Law Arthur Cealy was in the S A S during this time period although he never spoke of it. I was not yet born when he married what would be my oldest Sister Grace in 1948. Many years later in May of 1985,he showed me his discharge papers from the British Army,and simply said,"I was there." On the paper was written, ' This man is employable.' and it was signed by his Commanding Officer.

David Sterling is seen here relaxed and standing alongside Paddy Main who is sitting in the jeep.
Sterling would be captured later  and Paddy Main would take command of the S A S.
However that is a whole new chapter of a true story book adventure perhaps for another time?

                              IN BRIEF:  THE IMATATION GAME

By 1941 ULTRA,was playing a Top Secret game of cat and mouse with the German U Boats in the Atlantic. What ships could Britain afford to lose and still remain in a position to win the Atlantic war. Then the war itself. It was down to higher mathematics  linked to ENIGMA,being read at Bletchley, (Code Named Station X), by Code Breakers. A handful of people in a tiny room knew where every U Boat was,and where every Allied Convoy was heading.
Intelligence is helpful, but of course the ultimate fact was that, that terrible war would be fought on every side engulfed in it by the people of those nations involved.

Bletchley Above

I make mention of this fact because if that Cargo ship bound for North Africa had been sunk the war in N Africa and elsewhere would have turned out very differently. True raids would have still taken place but with converted inferior machines. The Allies were in for a tough fight in North Africa and they knew it. So as we look back ,the "What If ?" Question,is always relevant.                                      

A Photograph of those times gives a little insight into daily life aboard these crates that skimmed well the sandy waves of a sea of sand.

Once the truck is onto the rolled out mats, ( one seen above on the left) ,it will be out of that boggy sand and away to wherever it was destined to end up.

The Lewis Gun from The  Great War,was always found to be reliable and one is fitted onto that truck in the picture above.

The Vickers Machine Guns were also mounted in the back of those trucks too ,along with 30 cal Browning Machine Guns,twin Vickers, twin Bren , and twin Lewis Guns.

Below the twin Mk1 Bren Gun  fitted with two one hundred 303 cal round magazines plus   collection   bags. Designed for aircraft protection, but it seems a few went missing.

It`s OK,It`s a Friendly! It is a British Bristol Beaufort flying low North Africa. By the position of the guys feet behind the Truck they were unconcerned about this low flying attack aircraft.

                           Preparing to set out above, while below catching some shade in the desert.

Although there is a jeep in the Revell 1/76 scale boxed kit I decided on buying 1/35 scale kits too,because the why? of it lay in the David Stirling photograph itself. This will be made much clearer by the end of this topic.

                                                              THE JEEPS

One of the most famous Pictures to come out of that war.  Sterling`s Lads. These jeeps were butchered down to make them lighter,and then loaded with Petrol & Water and lots of obsolete fire power,food and ammo. O`,yes the lads manage to slip into them too at a tight pinch.

The twin Vickers seen above were developed for aircraft defence in WWI,and were rapid firing guns designed for aerial combat  when a target might only be in the sites for a short time.

I managed to obtain this seven figure set for £14.50 free post on E Bay they are over £18.00 elsewhere. So I saved a little cash. However having 7 figures ment that I`d need 3 jeeps,and the Dragon kits cost a staggering £22.00 each. So I needed to look elsewhere.
So I bought three jeeps from TAMIYA,at £10.00 each,and they have two figures to a jeep. So yes extra figures,but it was the standing figure I needed from the first set along with the rest of the group.

With these jeeps I will now have the complete David Sterling and Paddy Main,
photograph modeled in 3D

With a saving of £30.

That is Good.



BRITISH ARMY NORTH AFRICA 1942 (E 12353)   Two fully loaded LRDG ( Long Range Desert Group) Chevrolet 30cwt trucks, 25 May 1942.:

                            As we leave these guys thanks for looking. BB