I need to revisit Scotland.
As mentioned yesterday, we had a few rocky periods on the vacation, but even the unlucky sicko's were enthusiastic about the trip.
|Mrs J and Gary (pre-Fish and Chips)|
|Troops! Today we will dine in the Castle Keep or die trying! DAAAADDDD!|
The morning mess complete, the troops fall in and the assault begins. The light infantry composed entirely of 20 and 30 somethings, quickly takes off and soon is beginning the ascent. The heavy infantry brings up the trail and requires several stops during the ascent for a resupply of oxygen.
|And miles to go before we sleep|
|The King has deployed some skirmishers, but we will NOT be denied.|
|Well.....Except for a snapshot of Little Juvat and DIL|
Troops! Halt! Waterloo! The tomb of a Dragoon who captured the standard from which the Royal Scots Greys emblem was designed. Rest in Peace, Warrior, you've got a nice view.
Breeching the Castle's main gate was simple. It merely required the downloading of £13 per attacking trooper.
No great victory is without cost. (I'm sure that will go down in history as a pithy comment and be properly attributed to me! Yeah, juvat, right!)
Once inside, our attack recommences (after the requisite stop to resupply Oxygen).
We look upward at the Flag we must capture and are undaunted by the vertical distance remaining to be covered. However, we do perform a careful analysis of the amount of Oxygen remaining compared to the amount required. The Issue is in Doubt! (another Pithy comment by somebody or another)
Our Lead Element makes an Exciting discovery, a shortcut, obviously built by a very clever person.
Seizing the initiative, I leap upon the battlements and direct the fire of the main battery.
The response to my tactical brilliance by the troops was overwhelming. Brought me nearly to tears, it did.
The attack is going swimmingly as the troops rush around another bend in the cobblestone.
Only to find:
Upon Breaching, we quickly captured the King's secret weapon of mass destruction (at least in 1529).
This Behemoth (notice the full sized live people on the other side) was known as Old Meg and it commanded a spectacular
view field of fire.
|The attack commenced from our flat circled in the left center of the picture.|
The Batteries on this level clearly were the last line of defense as the Keep is in sight.
|The Royal residence when the Queen is visiting.|
Having captured the summit, we take a few minutes to savor our victory (and resupply ourselves with Oxygen).
One of the sights we take in is this bit of unusual architecture.
We interview a few of the vanquished defenders as to its significance.
Ourselves not being knowledgeable about navigation during the age of sail, they were happy to provide us with that information. Seems that Sailing Ship Captains would use the Sextant to determine Latitude, but would require an accurate chronometer to determine their position. So, the tower would drop a cannon ball at precisely 1300 every day. Captains would use that signal to make the adjustment to their chronometer and then would proceed on their journey. Realizing in the late 1800s that weather could interfere with the ships being able to see the ball drop, it is became accompanied by the simultaneous firing of a Cannon (now a 105mm Howitzer, my camera decided to take a break and go to sleep, just as the shot was about to go.) The tower is now called the Lord Nelson Tower in honor of something he did at some point in his career or something. I mentioned that it might be worth a visit, but was advised against it.
At this point, Mrs. Juvat and I decide to RTB as she needed to contact Bob, from Pakistan, to arrange a rendezvous with our baggage train. Eventually she will succeed, but not today.
Fortunately, the Oxygen level in the air seemed to be quite a bit more robust on the way down.