Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wellington Girl demonstrates the proper way
 to create a regiment
After eight years in NZ I still haven't got used to Christmas in the Summer time. There's a lot to be said for it, however. For one thing, the most delightful and yummy things are just coming into season.

What a weird and wonderful year it's been. It's now exactly twelve months since I started this project, and I'm amazed I've managed to stay the course. It's been a bit of a shock to the family too. I don't think anyone expected Dad's occasional whimsical murmurings about playing with toy soldiers again to go quite this far.

The 17th Santas prepare to advance. I don't fancy their
chances somehow.
Wellington Girl decided to celebrate the occasion by making a regiment of her own. They fought valiantly at tea time, but the odds were overwhelming.

Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year to all those who have enjoyed this blog, and a special thanks to those who provided me with so many words of encouragement, and much else besides. There will be many more good things to come, I promise, in 2016!


There just might be some Hinton Hunts in amongst that lot!


  1. Great stuff Matt, the 17th Santas look delicious :)

    Merry Christmas, it's been a joy following your progress and I look forward to more next year.

    1. They were, and there'll be more for the big event!

  2. A Merry Christmas to you and yours , Tony

  3. All the very best Matt - your blog has been a regular bright-spot in the day - thanks very much!

  4. Merry Xmas Matt.........Are you going to give us the oresent of a new gem of your paintbrush?

    1. Cheers, Roy. I'm certainly hoping to get the Bavarians finished over the holiday!