Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ron's Diorama

Ron, whose cabin I featured in a previous post, is a man of many talents.  One of those is constructing beautifully detailed dioramas, like the one below:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gradually Restoring Photos

When Photobucket unexpectedly changed its terms of service, prohibiting what it called "3rd Party Hosting" retroactively unless users were willing to pay $399 per year for the privilege of doing what had heretofore been free, as long as users put up with Photobucket's endless stream of advertisements,  most of the photos that I had placed on this blog were replaced with Photobucket's placeholders.

I have, however, begun to replace some of the more recent posts and pages with photos hosted on Google Photos.  This will be a gradual process, but I hope eventually to restore all photos.  Please bear with me, as this will take a bit of time.  I welcome any and all suggestions, comments, and support as I do this.  Thanks!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A (very temporary) switch in Allegiance!

At the end of June, my children and I returned to Southeastern Pennsylvania for the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation's annual French & Indian War skirmish.  This is always a fun event, with two skirmishes around the historic farmhouse for the enjoyment of public and participants alike.

This year, however, was a bit different; the Indians did not attack!  Due to a combination of a big Revolutionary War event and family obligations, none of the interpreters who have portrayed the Lenape in the past were able to make it.  This means that the conflict devolved to the French Regiment de la Reine against British colonial Rangers and militia.

Unfortunately, the French numbers were low, with only three regulars and one Québécois militiaman to fight a force of about ten British Provincials.  I was wearing my blue suit - an outfit that could be mistaken for a French Companie de la Marine soldier if you squint - I became a "frog" for the public that day. My children occupied the plantation farmhouse, and screamed or fled at the appropriate moments. All in all, despite the lack of Lenape attacks, the public enjoyed the skirmishes, and so did we.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Photobucket trying to gouge its users

I apologize for the current look of the website.  It appears that Photobucket has abruptly changed its terms of service, and is now restricting photos stored on its servers - no longer permitting what they call 3rd party hosting, unless users upgrade to an account that costs just under $400/year.  I will gradually attempt to replace the photos, but it will take some time to download and replace them.  Please bear with me.