The Royal Game

Being a parent desirous of stretching the mental horizons of my child, I betook myself to teach him that ancient, royal game of chess, capable, it is said, by no lesser man than Benjamin Franklin, of imparting “several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life.”

What follows is an abridged transcript of the game.

B. Adams vs. E. Adams, 17/11/2007 (Leeming Am-Champ)

After some initial instruction on the placing of pieces, their worth and allowed moves, the game began.

The party started with an awkward silence

B. opened with a stock closed game queen’s pawn, but the plucky blighter opted for an Indian defence that he, tossing caution to the wind, developed into the Modern Benoni, allowing B. a pawn wedge at d5 and central majority.

The risk, in the event, was not without calculation. A calculation that included Vezok the Destroyer.

Vezok cometh

And as Winter is to Autumn, so Decapitations are to Vezok.

Tis but a scratch

At which point Harold the Helicopter ™ was called in. Despite his expediency, the prognosis was guarded.

poncy but useful

…and from there, things never really recovered.

Is that 'food' mummy?

The modern game of chess was given birth in the age of the Enlightenment. It was system and theory, and direct control of the center.

The hypermodern game, fired in the crucible of two World Wars, rejected the received wisdom and revelled instead in the chaos of the open field.

Chess historians will note this date as the day Elisha Adams created the postmodern game.


One Sheet Box

This box is made from one piece of A4 paper, and uses no adhesive… there are a couple of fiddly folds but it doesn’t take long at all.

Stamp Sets: Watercolour Joy Wheel, Simply Said
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pink Passion
Ink: Pink Passion, Whisper White
Accessories: White grossgrain, aquapainter with bleach, Stampin’ Around handle

CC Time Again

It has been the Little Scrapbook Shop Cybercrop again this weekend.  I swear they seem to happening closer and closer together.  Where do the months fly to!


I set and prepared a sample for the digital challenge this month.  I don’t do a lot of digital scrapbooking but must say that I am very pleased with the result of this page.  There isn’t a lot of elements on it, but it took forever.  Worth it though.

All elements are available from Little Scrapbook Shop.

DebF – Date Stamps Volume 2
DebF – Debs GoTos – binder clip, kraft paper, stitching zig zag
DebF – Grey Afternoon – ornamental stamp
KSK – 4theboyz – red ribbon

Font also downloadable from LSBS – Ma Sexy.

Couple of Cards

The weekend has been absolutely crazy… I was looking forward to recovering today… but it’s 39 degrees.  I am not a fan of the hot weather!  Hiding inside in my air-conditioned house.

Here are a couple of cards I prepared earlier…

Stamp Sets: All About You
Card Stock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: White craft ink
Other: Pastels, Sponge daubers

Stamp Sets:Simply Said
Ink:White Craft Ink
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pixie Pink, green Galor
Accessories: Stamp n Write Markers


You know you’ve been spending a lot of time with kids when in the middle of relating a story to an adult about seeing a rescue helicopter at a recent picnic, you insert the chokka-chokka sound.