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Thursday, 21 December 2017

TAROT`S CHRISTMAS MUSINGS


Christmas! The most wonderful time of the year they say and I think I might agree. My indigenous world does not celebrate this amazing event in the same way, and it is a pity. Not even because of the religious aspect of the thing, but the sense of belonging; and that feeling of unity and community spirit: most of all I think it is the milk of human kindness which is so prevalent around this time of the year, and which (even if it is only truly manifest in films, and carols and elusive `spirit`) comes alive with delicious conviction and cheer, and warms the cockles of the heart like a hot, spicy mulled wine.

 

Work has meant I have not been round much this year, and in fact I have literally only had three days of this Christmas/Yule Tide celebration, in which to savour the festivities and call `my own time` to enjoy. I was tired and spent a delicious time snuggled in bed, reading cheap novels and sipping endless mugs of hot chocolate (with tasty mallows of course). In the evenings, there have been Christmas movies like the "Scrooge Christmas Carol" one of the all time best musicals ever **sings** "Thank you very much, thank you very much, that`s the nicest thing that anyone has ever done for me"  **la la laaa*  and "White Christmas" and "Sound of Music" all things I associate with this time of the year and which I would feel hard done by to do without entirely hehe. And yet I have played some games: Dungeons and Dragons of course, an absolute must. so a few good 12 hour sessions running through the evenings and half the nights too until the dawn sun starts to peek over the frosty mist strewn mountain tops. And I played a few table top board and miniatures games too: like a very close and tense game of  `Arkham Horror` and another equally intense and exciting game of  `Touch of Evil` and `Invasion From Outer Space` was such fun I don`t think I have ever squealed and laughed and cried so much in a single game hehe. There was also a cool game of `Zombicide Black Plague` and I played Nelson`s flag ship The Victory  in `Sails of Glory` (and managed to run it aground on the sand banks of the wash, while two French frigates pounded her with grape shot, while my crew scrambled to dislodge the hulk from the muddy obstruction). I only just escaped that one, flying with the wind in my sails as I ignobly routed from the board to escape the `gnat like` shelling of the two small Froggy vessels.

 

Oh I had such fun.

 

Only a couple of days, and so no chance to do the rounds and visit all my friends. Just a nice quiet few days before preparing to move on once again and get back to a new year of work and more work. Actually I love my work so that`s no hardship and I think it would be pretty fair to say I am married to my job, so there hehe.

 


I did manage to paint all Stevie`s new bases: a small job I promised I`d do for him and was delightful fun, as I lost myself for a few hours doing a line of 80 of the lovely detailed WTW resin circular bases; cobbles and pavements, which I think when combined on their round three a time stands look incredibly attractive. I got to play some of the new skirmish game being written as well and all I can say to that really is absolutely...... WOW! When these are finished in January, I think Dave and Sarah will be very happy with them, and the rules really do play a treat.



Stevie is up to his eyes at the moment and I feel for him. I`ve never seen him so tired and worn out. Finishing Mr. Dave`s WTW rules for the skirmish game (as I mentioned). Finishing his commission commitment with Fantasy Flight, and another with Impact I believe; while meeting the final deadline with Warlord for what will be his last work load of this year (not that he ever talks about his own work within the industry). I know he wanted to write a lot more material for TGC this December but found it an impossibility to complete his paid commission work.. promised work , and do pleasure (free) writing as well. In the end work had to come first, and pleasure a firm second. But the good news (for him) is that this concludes all his current workload and now finally perhaps the poor man can retire and call it a day hehehe. As for Hil (Hilary) his lovely wife and my best friend, my sister, and my second mummy all rolled into one: well, she`s been told to relax and rest her knee as much as possible, and so she`s been doing a lot of her personal hobbies and crafts this last while: pottery, candle making, embroidery, basket weaving, and her rather amazingly cool watercolour and acrylic paintings (landscapes and portraits mostly, and a bit of a penchant for painting farm animals). Of course, she`s also been on bee keeping courses as she plans to keep bees next year as well. Maybe she`s had the best of it, as she`s finally found time to pursue all the things she has missed for so long in her life, and it is high time she was able to find the hours to be able to enjoy her crafts properly.

 

Soon they will begin a new chapter in their lives, as they are preparing to make a big move, onto a wild rugged island a long way off the mainland. Cut off from the world, except from a  infrequent ferry, very few cars on the place and only a few shops. I don`t think the island`s small community even has internet access except from single general purpose communal wi-fi building and central hub. What a cool adventure and one I could see myself relishing, except for the wind the rain and the freezing temperature. I`m a creature of the extreme warm, and that adventure feels altogether far too c-c-c-cold for my warm lizard lazy bones **brrrrrrrr**



I know Stevie (in especial) is finding it hard to make everyone understand that this is a massive trip. It`s not just a case of "see you all in a few months" even rigging up a phone may be years down the way for them both.. way off in the future for anyone out there on this island in fact. It`s a different way of living and one they both are prepared to embrace with all their hearts. An adventure of a lifetime and one I know I for one wish them all the very best luck in the world in pursuing. May they find their dreams and make them come true.

 

hehehe, I can see it now: Mr Stevie and his new train set, custom built on shelves all round the walls of his workshop hobby outhouse. Cabinets and rows and rows of painted wargame figures (there is even one other serious wargamer out there it appears, so I wonder how long until they meet and become firm friends). Meanwhile I can see Hil running a knitting and weaving workshop and selling her scarves and jumpers to the summer tourists who visit the island like daddy-longlegs in a summer meadow. Oh it all sounds so idyllic. Isolated, but full of wild adventure. But most people (except family) just don`t realise how big a move this is, and assume its just like moving from a rented house into a new rented house or something. No, this is altogether far bigger and more serious. Once their current house is sold (and you have a month to vacate for the new owners to move in) you have a month to be packed, removal vans hired, drivers and carriers and ferry tickets booked: all legal documentation signed, witnessed and sealed, and only then when the keys are handed over.. only then does the ownership of their new home finally belong to them. If they forget even one thing.. a bag of nails, a roll of Sellotape, or a pair of gloves, and they will be stuck on an island with the mainland and access to proper shops, literally hours and miles and miles over the sea, way away and a good day`s journey to reach. So yeah, trying explain all this to their friends, is (as Stevie puts it) a little like trying to explain what a colour TV is like to someone who's only ever seen a black and white one). It IS happening, and soon. 


So where does this put me. It puts me giving my dearest friends in the world the biggest hug and kisses ever and wishing them all the happiness in the world, and knowing I will not be seeing them again for a very, very, very long time. It actually frees me up as well you see. They have been like family to me for so long now, and yet my own work offers me deep immersion abroad, and it has been getting harder and harder recently, for me to visit them both (and my other friends). With this move I too will accept a few career offers which will take me away from the familiar and see me become the career woman I suppose my many years of University study have all pretty much focused me to become all along. Now is the perfect time for me to embrace my own future and hold on for dear life; proving beyond all doubt, that it is indeed exciting times we live in.

 

So no more posts from me (except the very rarest off chances, if at all possible). It feels a bit like Mr Toad`s Last Speech or something hehe.

 

As for gaming. Well I have already said that Hil and Stevie are well sorted out and I`m sure they will travel across with all the things they need to be fulfilled and content (probably a big ship metal container just for their game and craft stuff alone hehehe). And me, gaming wise.. well I have gone another direction entirely. I hinted that I might a while ago, but this Christmas has seen me take the big plunge and make a few firm decisions. I have chosen to follow my love of Victorian skirmish gaming and rpg. Hil and Stevie have three of the old black plastic hard-case Games Workshop miniatures cases (originally used to carry Warhammer 40k armies) and they kindly gave them to me: easy to carry and will keep my own miniatures nice and perfectly safe in any of my own personal travels. They are so tough and sturdy I think the cases (and any miniatures snuggled safe within them) would withstand anything but a nuclear blast lol, and the soft protecting interior {individually sectioned} dividers would keep even the most delicate of models safe and sound.. I would warrant even from the case being thrown with force. So my special Victorian range, and my entire Victorian converted Horror Clix scenic models will be able to travel with me from now on, where ever I go. The cases combined will carry 300 miniatures and all my paints and brushes; so easily enough to hold my entire collection. So how fortuitous when I opened Jez`s Christmas present early and found the most suitable gift imaginable.. to put into one of the cases and carry away with me. Jez told Stevie who told me that I may open my presents early, and this is what I did, squealing with delight at each wonderful new surprise which availed me as I unwrapped the most glorious gifts imaginable. I owe a private letter for you Jez, which you will no doubt see later tonight.

 



 

Merry Christmas to everyone, and have a very Happy New Year.

 

Keep enjoying your hobby, play lots, play hard, but most of all.. PLAY.

 

This is me.. signing off from the `Nostramo` and wishing you all the very best.


 

Tarot.

 

40 comments:

  1. lovely words Tarot, heartfelt as always. I wish you all the very best for the future, which I'm sure you will completely bend to your will! :-)

    much love
    Andy x

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    1. Awwww, thank you Andy. You always were so sweet. Please have an absolutely fantastic week ahead, and a super New Year.. you and your lovely family. As for the future, I will try `own` the slice on my plate as much as I can hehehe.

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. MERRY CHRISTMAS Phil hun, hope you have a simply amazing festive week x

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    2. Merry Christmas and joyeux NoΓ«l, dear Phil x

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  3. We love you girl, always xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. Through happy tears, I smile.

    Miss you already T darling.

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    1. just remember me sneaking into the bedroom and tickling the soles of your feet from the end of the bed, and then you wont miss me that much *grins*

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  5. i have read all your old articles from over the years and was blown way by how good they are, my personal favourite is the two part chibi batrep one, which reads better than any normal D&D write up you would see anywhere. you will be very deeply missed tarot (lovely name btw) and im sure everyone will agree the same. but happy christmas and a massively successful and happy new year to you and to all of you.

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    1. Awwww Luke sweetie, that`s so nice of you to say. Bless you. Keep up the fun gaming and good luck finishing those cool Bolt Action Germans and Airborne Yanks.

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  6. Always a pleasure to read a posting from you T, hope the new career changes go well and will look forward to reading any future postings when you have time, or comments when you have access.
    Fully understand Steve and Hils move and we've already discussed keeping in touch with pen and paper rather than email or phone. Very much looking forward to reading the skirmish rules once there finished.
    Wishing you a very merry xmas and happy new year and safe travels

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    1. The absolute Merriest Christmas and Happy New Year Dave and Sarah, and all the little Dave and Sarah-lings. Its always such fun writing here and I`ve enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you for all the opportunities.

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    2. Your always welcome here T, and if your ever around at a show were attending, or even at the workshop itself pop on by and say hi, and thank you for the warm wishes, the clan wish you a merry xmas too

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  7. highlight of 2016 was meeting you at Colours Tar` and again at GenCon (east) 2017. Your laugh is like a hot trickling stream and your humour is like a warm blanket, and your eyes hold such honour and truth.

    You will be missed. But I`m VERY glad all your hard work and study has paid off and you can pursue the life you crave and so very much deserve, my dear friend. What is it they say in Elya: "Axe High, Friend Go I!"

    Merry Christmas to ALL. And Steve and Hils. Where ever your travels take you next year, you have my deepest warmest wishes - and my friendship.

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  8. Ever the gentleman, and ever the lovely friend. Your generosity of friendship has been a rock to me for a long time. Bless you dear Davey x

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  9. Merry Christmas Tarot, a wonderfully written piece with lots of warmth and love, as well as a tinge of happy sadness - just what you need to read at Christmas :-) Have a Happy New Year as well.

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    1. Hiya Simon, and thank you for your words. Yes happy and sad about sums it up. But yes, there is lots of `happy` there. Will miss your ever eclectic blog Simon, but I know it will continue to go from strength to strength. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your wife x

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  10. And so the end of an era approaches, with yourself, Stevie and Hils embarking on new and exciting adventures. You will all be sorely missed once you're 'off the grid', but as far as I'm concerned, this is merely a change rather than an ending. I AM rather difficult to get rid of, after all, so should I unexpectedly turn up on a windswept island or you see a familiar shape silhouetted against the horizon atop a dune, don't be TOO surprised. I move in mysterious ways...lol

    So happy that my gifts seemlessly slotted into your plans. It's almost like I know your thoughts... πŸ˜‰

    You all know where to find me and you can be sure that I will continue to do what I do until they prise the miniatures from my cold, dead hands.

    Best wishes to you all.

    Jez x

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  11. {{@@@ so should I unexpectedly turn up on a windswept island or you see a familiar shape silhouetted against the horizon atop a dune, don't be TOO surprised. @@@}}

    Now I can just SEE you doing that actually hehe.

    The presents were so perfect, you could market them as an advert to display what superlative perfection should be. Jez, I have wanted those Victorian ladies for so long I`d almost forgotten and given up hope of ever owning them. And the book, mmm I can`t wait to get into it (maybe tonight on my flight out).

    You have a small ting-y-ma-bob too, which will arrive with the guys stuff parcel.

    I have a small surprise gift for you as well, nothing much. Tomorrow (when Hil has time to move it from the pen drive I put it on, and send it) you will have your Vicious Match Girl story and photos, to add to your own post.

    Merry Christmas my dear very special friend.

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  12. I just realised, that photo of me and you T, I look ANCIENT and like I have no front teeth in my head, there DID you find that one - uuugh!! GRRRRRRRR!!! LOL.

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  13. Well, I think you can guarantee that I'll turn up on Stevie and Hils doorstep at some point, but you might prove somewhat trickier to find... πŸ˜‰

    As for the gifts, I listen and remember (which are apparently traits which men aren't usually renowned for), so it was my absolute pleasure to be able to fulfil your wishes.

    A gift? For me? Oooh, hoe exciting! Of course, you shouldn't have - but you knew I'd say that. 😁

    And you spent some of your valuable time crafting a tale for my little world too? I don't think there are adequate superlatives to describe what a wonderful person you are. But I think you know how highly I regard you, so I shan't fumble around trying to express myself here.

    Will miss you terribly, but it's 'au revoir' rather than goodbye.

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  14. A tremendous post and I echo, wholeheartedly, your feelings about this special the of year. My only criticism about the holiday period is that there never seems to be enough time to enjoy it fully. I have forgo several scheduled blog posts myself and resort to 'lurking' around the splendid weblogs that I enjoy the most, but felt that this one deserved a comment. It sounds as if there are exciting times ahead for all and would like to take this opportunity to thank you and wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

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  15. Merry merry MERRY Christmas Michael, its always so good to hear from you... and thank you so kindly for your lovely words. T`s off on her continuing adventures or I`m sure she would have replied to this herself lol. But regardless, from both Hils and myself - have a wonderful festive season my friend, and a great New Year.

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    1. Indeed Michael, a very merry xmas and happy new year to you and your family, and lets hope you have more time in the new year

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    2. And a very special Merry Christmas to you and Sarah, Dave mate. I will try my damned hardest to ring you over the next few days (before the real mad rush begins). Got two more guests arriving later today as it is LOL. Okay right, back to peeling spuds for me, or the whip lash will bite deep *wink*

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    3. And to you and Hils and family as well mate, try and find some time to relax at this busy time mate !

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  16. hehe, will do.... maybe with a little help from good old Jack *grins*

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    1. Would that be Daniels by any chance ! LOL

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    2. Bingo!!! The very same hahaha ^^, I don`t drink at all the other 353 days of the year, but Christmas Eve and Christmas Day itself, I make an exception and enjoy two bottles of chilled Cava all to myself, and a few (maybe any more than a few) whiskys - neat :-))

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    3. I mean *many more* see, drunk already LOL.

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    4. Enjoy mate, if it's what you enjoy then why not ! Wish I could have an occasional one but alas no more ! So have an extra for me mate

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  17. Will do mate *hic* I know you can`t and I feel you, :( Mind you....like you, the rest of the year I don`t miss alcahol at all, and happily stay teetotal.

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    1. Oh GOD I`m dong it again

      {{{{I know you can`t and I feel you}}}}

      feel FOR you I meant LOL.

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    2. DOING... DOING.... not dong omg what am I ON?????

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    3. Alcohol mate ! ROFL my brain filter had auto corrected any rate

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    4. And this is why you leave the imbibing to the professionals.

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  18. As I received a craft beer advent calendar this year, I feel it is my duty to drink it all to balance the fact that the two of you won't be drinking. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it, otherwise the Universe will spiral out of control and we can't be having that... πŸ˜‰

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    1. Your support of balancing the universe is truly stellar Jez ! LOL have a merry xmas and happy new year mate

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    2. Aaaaah Jez, the things you do for for us, brings tears to mi` eyes it does *sniffs*

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