I took a sabbatical from riding

And I have hesitated a long time to tell you all (as if anyone would be interested, really). You would think your life will quiet down once you get older….. well, not so. Time passes more quickly, or so it seems, but things have not become more quiet for Nina…

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Absence

Dear readers and Facebook followers. There are 2 reasons for being absent these past few days. First is some heavy migraine attacks lasting multiple days. The other is yet another ban from Farcebook, being squealed upon by some (probably British) expats in Robbie's Expats in Italy Farcebook page. I'll be…

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Monte Martano

The mountain across from our place is called Monte Martano and is almost 2000 meters high (6000 feet). You can actually drive up almost to the top, where all the big antennas are. There are gravel roads to the top, and the military fort up there. From the top you…

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Christmas under fire, 1944

The last Christmas of World War 2 By Kevin Prenger Here is a world war 2 book that is a little different from what we are used to. For once not about famous or unknown heroes, or battles and campaigns, or analyses of what caused which victory or defeat. No,…

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7th SS Mountain Division

by Ian Baxter7th SS Mountain Division Prinz Eugen At War 1941–1945 (Paperback) A History of the Division Another interesting book compiled by Ian Baxter on one of the German SS divisions. Lots of interesting archive photos make up the major part of the book. The 7th SS started in 1941…

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Raiders from the sea

by John LodwickThe Story of the Special Boat Service in WWII I picked up this book and leafed through it. Just a few, not too clear pictures. And a few maps. Hmmm… Then I started reading and to be honest, I only put it down when my wife threatened to…

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More flaps, less speed

Below is my post copied from my various webshops, forums and other internet places where I support my FSAddon Publishing activities. I am throttling down in order to fit things into my changed life and available remaining time….. Dear visitors, customers and friends, when I retired I had hopes of…

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IoW: The Battle for Arnhem 44-45

by Anthony Tucker-Jones Although the title should have omitted 1945 in my opinion, this is another very interesting book in the Images of War series. There is plenty of explaining text and drawn situation maps to make it more than just a picture book! I read a book written by…

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Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front

The Memoir of Dr Hans Rehfeldt – Volume I: From the Moscow Winter Offensive to Operation Zitadelle Written from the diary of a young German soldier in World War 2, this book is an extremely gripping account of what those young men went through. Never mind he was a German…

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The D-Day Landings

By Philip Warner True, this is not a new book. It was first published back in 1980. But the time of writing makes it all the more interesting, because back in 1980 there were still many survivors of the Normandy landings and subsequent battles and it is THEIR stories that…

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The Luftwaffe Kitbag

The full title of this book is ‘The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot’s Kitbag’ – Uniforms and equipment from the summer of 1940 and the human stories behind them – by Mark Hillier This book is like getting a little museum in your home! You know when you go…

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M7 Priest

(Images of War series) by David Doyle Admittedly I never looked into the history of artillery much, but maybe that will change after reading this book. I actually acquired it because I am a fan of the M4 Sherman in all its forms, and the M7 was based on its…

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6th SS Mountain Division Nord

By Ian Baxter Images of War series 6th SS Mountain Division Nord at war 1941-1945 Another excellent book in the Images at War series. As a scale modeler I really appreciate these books, even though the images are – logically – only in black and white. This particular book is…

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Book Review – Monte Cassino

From the Images of War series from Pen & Sword Books By Jeffrey Plowman The sub-title of this book makes it more interesting than that; Armoured forces in the battle for the Gustav Line. Yet another excellent book in the Pen & Sword Publishing Images of War series, filled with…

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Book review – Code Name MULBERRY

Code Name Mulberry By Guy Hartcup I I’m a big fan of anything to do with the landing in Normandy back in 1944, and have read countless books about it. In particular the building and use of the Mulberry harbors has always tickled my imagination. My all-time favorite book about…

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Visiting Model Expo in Verona

I had read about this model fair months before and planned on visiting, if only to understand the size of the scale model market in Italy. Since scale modeling is not exactly Nina’s hobby, I figured to stay an extra day so we could also see Verona. That was a…

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My old aeroclub

Founds this nice little video on the internet today, about the Aeroclub de Méribel. I was member for a few years and flew the BOPK with an instructor, learning taildragging, mountain flying and ski-flying! We had a small apartment across the valley and saw the Jodels fly overhead every day…

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