Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Full Moon

'Tis said that the full moon is when all the loons and crazies come out to play.

Yes, I'll be out and about (that would be "oot and aboot" in the Great White Up) to dance in the moonlight, howl at the moon and consume mass quantities of mead and ale.

No, not really. Though we actually did that once or twice way back in the day. There was always that place out in the boonies in Vermont (pretty much the entire state) where we could gather, light a bonfire, quaff adult beverages and indulge in all sorts of risky behavior.

Yes, I liked mead, back in the day.
Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The alcoholic content of mead may range from about 8% ABV to more than 20%. W
I recall liking mead a lot, perhaps more than I should have when I was a feckless youth. However, those days are long past and I lead a more sedate lifestyle these days. Haven't had a drink of mead in years. I wonder if they sell it locally?


Anyhoo, things have been a bit drear and drab in these parts lately. My bad. (Do the kids still say that, I hated that phrase when I first heard it. Don't know why, don't mind it at all now.) I do get all melancholy from time to time, it's my nature.

The lead in photo was taken Monday night just after moon rise. It was still fairly light out and I hesitated before rolling out the Canon. After all, the full moon was on Tuesday, not Monday. However, knowing New England as I do, I reckoned that it could be cloudy on Tuesday and moon shots would be iffy.

Well, Tuesday just after moon rise looked like this...

Kind of cool and eerie looking but not much of a view of the full moon. I'm glad I took the shot Monday night!

Zoomed back you can see my neighborhood, all softly lit and rustic looking. I really like the way this camera takes photos. Good job progeny! (Recall that this camera was a birthday gift from my chilluns.)

Not much else to talk about this fine day. I found a most interesting World War II reenactment video. Germans, Americans, tanks and aircraft. The rattle of machine guns, the thump of cannon and the "mournful mutter of musketry." This is something else I did in my halcyon days. Miss it I do. The cost I do not.

To quote XBradTC, "here's your daily dose of splodey..."



It's how they "play army" in Indiana. The Old AF Sarge approves!

(Yes, some of the Germans are saying stuff in German. War stuff, perfect German it ain't. Better than in some movies though. Oh yeah, the uniforms and equipment get high marks for authenticity, no farbs on this battlefield! Though some of the bolt action crowd need more range time, my grandmother could get rounds off faster than that! Of course, she was a hunter of some note.)



  1. Hey!! Really neat! Don't know that T-6s (NOT SNJs, in this case) and TBMs ever engaged German infantry--and I did see a PPsH on the German side --maybe a souvenir from the Eastern Front? Nice Sherman, and pretty good mock up of a Tiger, too. Fun watching.

    1. The PPSh-41 was popular with German troops on the Eastern Front. In fact, the Wehrmacht, which always seemed to suffer from a shortage of German manufactured equipment, actually adopted the PPSh-41 -

      After the German Army captured large numbers of the PPSh-41 during World War II, a program was instituted to convert the weapon to the standard German submachine gun cartridge – 9mm parabellum. The Wehrmacht officially adopted the converted PPSh-41 as the "MP41(r)"; unconverted PPSh-41s were designated "MP717(r)" and supplied with 7.63×25mm Mauser ammunition (which is dimensionally identical to 7.62×25mm, but slightly less powerful). German-language manuals for the use of captured PPShs were printed and distributed in the Wehrmacht. (Wikipedia)

      The "r" in the designation stood for "russische" or Russian, a standard German practice for captured weapons adopted into German service. I have a rifle with Wehrmacht markings designated as a G-24(t) ("G" for "gewehr," German word for rifle, well, one of the German words for rifle, and "t" for "tschech," the German word for Czech) which was known in Czechoslovkian service as the Vz-24.

      The Tiger mockup is built on a T-34 chassis.

  2. Re-enactors go to extremes to make sure stuff is right... Good on them, but dang, that's a lot of bucks!!! Neat pics too!

    1. Back in '84 I got into WWII reenacting. $500 for the initial kit, minus the weapon. I know this expense of which you speak!

      (Thanks Cajun.)

  3. The spooky moon is perfect or this Saturday.

  4. Cool Moon.
    My Bad started in the 1990s...just so you know.

    1. Another gap in my knowledge. Filled.

      Thanks Susie!


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