have just returned from the UK, having spent Christmas and New Year with our
son and his family.
was our first visit to the UK since December 2019, due of course to Covid
was also the first time since then that I have been separated not only from my
computer, but also our wargame
will explain why I have not posted on the blog for three weeks
is not a bad thing to have a complete break from our normal weekly routine
includes, of course, not only the 1813 campaign but also the wargames table.
I found that I really missed the weekly routine, though not so much the
Wargaming and campaign
fact it was a relief not to have to meet the weekly deadline to post on this
blog and the 1813 campaign blog.
the past 16 years our weekly routine has been dominated by Wargaming and our
hill walking group
and I have been walking in this part of Spain since we moved here in 2006
gained a comprehensive knowledge of the local walks we formed a walking group
through the local U3A
is mostly British ex pats, but also Dutch, Belgian and German.
no Spanish members. This is not
intentional on our part, but none have applied to join.
the years Jan and I have developed a pretty strict weekly routine
we lead the hill walking group
we visit the local town (Jalon) for the twice weekly shop
I post the weekly walking blog and also the U3A and Jalon Facebook
I plan the next Monday walk and send an email to all members
we visit the larger coastal town (Calpe) for our second weekly shop
I collate replies and prepare a map of the Monday walk
wargame fits in between the daily routine
afternoons we spend an hour or two Wargaming
a game is completed I then spend the best part of one day updating the campaign
next day I set up the next game
above had resulted in a busy, but not hectic, weekly routine which suits us
both very well
is a good mixture of physical and mental activity
year ago I started a new project, which has been very time consuming
start the walking blog in 2009, and I take about 20 photos on each walk for the
couple of years ago a friend suggested that I make YouTube videos of them
first it was intended to be an annual review, with about two photos from each
gradually it extended and I am now making 6 to 10 videos of each month
present I am up to 2018 and have done 131 visdeos.
really enjoy making the videos, which are then available to friends and family
and I also watch one most days.
this resulted in even less time for our Wargaming activities
months ago Jan went to see our doctor about increasing back pain
confirmed a couple of herniated discs
is not life threatening, but it is very painful
doctor confirmed she must take it easy until she can see a specialist
meant she could no longer do our weekly hill walking, at least until her
was a serious problem, because the walking group are our main social group
didn’t want to stop the hill walking group, but I decided to start a second
would meet on a Thursday, and do easier three hour low level walks on good
has been very popular, and now has a membership of 20
Jan it offers both regular exercise and a new set of walking friends
it does double the amount of time I spend on administration.
main casualty has been the 1813 campaign and this blog
do try to fit in as much Wargaming as before, but it is very difficult
find that we have to make a real effort to Wargaming each afternoon
I never seem to have time to update the campaign.
have always maintained that we find the time to do the things we really want to
is, of course, always a matter of priorities
at present Wargaming has slipped from equal first priority to poor fourth
is no chance that I will abandon my Wargaming entirely
it may take a few months before I can find sufficient time to do it properly
my present rate I should complete the backlog of the walking videos in about
will still have to produce two or three videos each month, but that will only
take as many days
should then have sufficient capacity to give the Wargaming the time it requires
problem is, of course, entirely self created
I do enjoy all four projects and I am reluctant to give any of them up
I am confident that I will be able to solve it by better time management
plan to keep both this blog and the campaign blog going
hope to post here each week, and at least once a week on the 1813 campaign
will be the first to know if I fail to do so
New Year one and all