After I completed my Wizard’s Tower diorama I announced that it was time for a break. I think I also mentioned that I have a major storage headache to resolve before I can even consider undertaking anything new. Well things have changed and I thought I would post an update on recent events which have led to this.
The first event of significance was the annual Table Top World Competition. In all honesty I did not know they ran one, I only discovered this when l browsed their website yet again to drool over their exquisite buildings only to be hit by their home page advert. After a little inner debate with myself I decided to take the plunge and enter the Wizard Tower. Fortunately I never took the trouble to look at past competition entries before I did. Had I done so I would never have entered. Some of the dioramas which people have submitted to this annual competition are simply stunning but with a top prize of 500 euros to be won and spent in their shop it is hardly surprising the standard is so high. Feeling somewhat embarrassed that I had now entered and not exactly put myself out to take better photos I decided to forget all about it.
Having done such a good job of forgetting about the competition it then came as quite a surprise to receive the following email from Ivan at Table Top World (the company is based in Croatia if you weren’t aware).
we have chosen your work as one of the few that we decided to grant a 30% voucher this year, since you where very close to entering the top 3!
Keep up the great work!
Here is your 30% coupon for our webshop.
Now the cynic in me immediately concluded that probably everyone who entered most likely got a similar email but then I decided to accept things on face value if for no other reason than it made me feel better. More importantly, given how expensive their buildings are (and even more expensive now due to import duty having to be added now the UK has left the EU), there was no way I wasn’t going to use the voucher!
Highly motivated to build a very large diorama (very large for me that is) I was determined to solve my storage problem, something which had been bugging me for some time. I’ve known for a while that our double garage held the key but it is well fitted out already and extremely tidy too so a quick win was never on the cards. Then I had a light bulb moment!
My car and the family estate are both kept in the garage but She Who Must Be Obeyed keeps her car parked on the drive. She does this because she drives our daughter to school on a daily basis (had it not been for lockdown my daughter would have passed her driving test and driven herself) and it is easier than opening the garage (yes you’re right, she is a lazy women!). The thing is her little car is much shorter than the family one. Short enough to enable me to buy and install a meter wide six foot high office style filing cupboard giving at least 5 meters of shelf space!
My daughter finishes school shortly and then has a four month break before hopefully heading off to university. The thing is she wont need driving to school any more and therefore SWMBO can “keep her precious car” (that’s the selling line) in the garage instead of the estate!
Brimming with confidence that I can sell this to SWMBO I have now placed an order for four Table Top World buildings and a few accessories that they do as well. I suspect it will be several weeks before they arrive and I need to wait for my daughter to finish school before I can buy and install the filing cupboard, therefore nothing to do for now but wait.
I’ll issue further news updates in the weeks ahead but all being well a new diorama and an accompanying Dio-Bolical Monday series will start later in the year. A series which will run far longer than anything previously so consider yourself warned. 🙂
PS – Although she doesn’t read my blog, which is just as well, Happy Birthday to my lovely daughter who is 18 today!