As with many in the world the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has had an impact on the life of von Peter himself. Along with the rest of New Zealand he is in a four week – possibly longer – lockdown at Neu Schloss von Peter from which both himself and the good Fraulien von Peter herself are working from home.
But that is the least of it. Today – Sunday 29 March 2020 – von Peter himself and the good Fraulien von Peter herself are flying out of New Zealand for six and a bit weeks of travel through Europe. Included are a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest and a few days at the L ‘Hotel de Hercé – with a wargame of course – in Mayenne, France. Except of course we are not flying out today as international travel is now a very difficult – spot the understatement – and dangerous undertaking. Merde!! 😩
The current position is that this is more of a postponement than a cancellation. Time – as they say – will tell.
Above: such visions on the Rhine River are cancelled … at least for now
Of course being stuck at home for four plus weeks may facilitate some creative hobby activities with paint brushes and associated “things”. Then again living AND working in close confines with no visitors to break any tension the survival of von Peter himself and / or the good Fraulien von Peter herself must be the first consideration lest some form of mutual destruction take form! 😃
Smug bit: The residents of Neu Schloss von Peter have it a little easier than some whilst under lockdown. Living at the northern end of Paekakariki they are a mere block away from Queen Elizabeth II Park so have easy access to said park to walk the dog – the nefarious French sympathising (see Wagram II and 2017 – the last word?) Keela – and themselves. For evidence see the following two photos snapped the day before lockdown kicked in. And even better – such strolls are fully compliant with the lockdown regulations.
As a public service to fellow Kiwis looking for information on the NZ government response to Covid-19 all can be found here.
In his last post in this here august journal von Peter himself may have chided himself for not ordering a horse for his Saxon Light Infantry officers pack thereby leaving the mounted dignitary without a mode of transport. von Peter himself was of course wrong.
The pack comes with a horse. It’s just that in a packing error von Peter’s particular pack did not. Mr Calpe Miniatures will put this right when the next Calpe order is ordered so no harm done. Apologies if the doddering old fool von Peter himself has led anyone astray.
Toys, toys … where art thou toys? *
* With apologies to the great bard.
Planning way ahead von Peter himself has ensured he has piles of unpigmented figures etc to keep him busy during any lockdown period. Perhaps The dear reader has not been so careful in their warehousing and will need to get in some fresh supplies. As far as von Peter himself is aware at the time of typing the following manufacturers are still working and sending out their precious wares …
… and having temporarily shut up shop …
Admittedly not much of a list but then this is a free read so what do you expect?! 😇
And who knows. Even if those precious figures get despatched how long they will take to “get through” is an open question.
Of course even though von Peter himself has a truly praiseworthy stock of unpigmented figures and even a stock of backups of his most used paints he is bound to run out of something. Something critical that he won’t be able to replace under the current strictures. One can feel the oppressive inevitability of it all!
Take care of yourselves out there. The dear readership is small enough without putting any of them at risk! 😃
Until we meet again …
von Peter himself