Saturday, 23 May 2015

"Betties Grace"

Quite a few of the rivers in Bodstonia are quite shallow and wide. Not shallow enough to be forded on horse.  This poses no problems for canoes or rafts but for the larger types of boats,   even ones with shallow keels, These rivers are virtually untraversable.
Not only this but Inland the wind is not regularily strong enough to power craft with sails and boats so equipped have proven quite unrealiable.
To overcome this Problem the Good folk of Bodstonia have built themselves several Horse powered flat bed paddle boats.
 
 
They are propelled along thanks to the power provided by two horses. Very Little effort is required  from them as the power from the horse driven turntable is transmitted to the paddles by some clever internal gears.

As the rivers upon which These paddle boats are employed are quite shallow, steering is done by the means of Punting poles, which again, requires Little effort from the punters, the boats being flat bedded in design.

Here we can see one of the Bodstonian paddle-boats, the "Bettie´s Grace" as it ferries a Pair of  hunters back from thier day out..it was successfull, they have a brace of rabbits with them.
Also onboard are  Jedediah and Jonathan Johanssen. Maybe they are going into Bodston town to buy some small bits and pieces.

"Bettie´s Grace" is owned and run by the Edgewell Brothers, Bobby and Billy.
"Bettie´s Grace" is one of the larger Paddle Boats and is capable of carrying a full  Company of the  Bodston Fusiliers and all thier baggage mules.
 
 
 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Bodstonian Fire Brigade

As Bodston slowly grows it was decided that the "Bucket Brigade" (see below) was no longer enough on it´s own so a  decision was made to aquire a fire fighting apparatus, a "fire Engine" of the type made  by a Mr. Ignacious Thomas Burns and build a "station" to house it and other such Equipment such as ladders etc.
Here we see the opening day of the new "fire Station" which will hold the "fire engine" made by Mr I.T.Burns. The sign, visible along the high street, proudly proclaims the B.F.B, Bodstonian Fire Brigade.
A Suggestion was made to add a small bell Tower which could be used to raise Alarm but this was quickly dismissed as the Oak Bell is only a short distance away.
A small set of rooms will be added at a later stage to house 3-4 volunteers,  so the "Fire Station" will be permanently occupied.


Bodstonians keep a bucket of water near the front door. Why? These buckets are intended for use by the "Bucket Brigade".
The "Bucket Brigade" is not a permanently organised Group but basically the neighbours and any folk capable of delivering assistance in the Event of a fire and  form a human chain, first using the ready filled buckets from nearby front doors and then use the empty buckets to collect water from any Close by source, Pond or well.

Although the buildings within Bodston are built  with fire prevention in mind, for example, a thick dividing wall which reaches above the roofs of  buildings sharing a wall to stop fire spreading along the Roof tops and the spacing between  houses is to be kept clear of anything that might assist or cause a fire, even a small unintended fire is still  considered an extremely dangerous Event and all who can are willing to come to assistance if and when necessary.


To assist in making water readily available to the fire engine and not to rely solely on a goodly number of citizens who could form the "Bucket Brigade", plans were drawn up to lay  clay pipes  from any deep wells which will run along the centre of the roads. These pipes will have access Points at the sides of the roads and  at regular intervals (the Maximum distance between two Points being no more than 50 "Protectors Yards" )
It was deemed necessary to have Access Points on both sides of the street  in the case of an Access Point  may be made innacessable in the event of a fire next to it.
Work has already started on the pipe laying and is expected to last another year, weather permitting, until the Project is complete.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Bookworms

Jeremiah  Cheeseman and Edward Binder have taken a trip  to discuss how  the Bodstonian Fauna and Flora should be included in Jeremiah´s upcoming book on the history of Bodstonia. 
According to rumours it will be quite a tome, covering all aspects of the plants and animals in Bodstonia. Alongside colourplates and drawings it will have descriptions of Where the plants grow, what uses and attributes they have, the   Habits and haunts of the animals. There will also be a section on the traditions and customs of the native Population. 
It´s  titel "The Compendium of scientific and traditional knowledge of Bodstonia".

William Coleman (with the puppy) and Anton Braunstone have come along for the ride.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Chaise

As part of his role as Colonel of the  1st Regiment of foot, the Bodston Fusiliers Jeremiah Coleman Surveys Areas of land to familiarise himself with them with a view to any possible Military Actions. In order to do this he uses a light weight one - horse Chaise.
This vehicle is capable of going "off road"  and has the Advantage of being covered, enabling Jeremiah work in the dry in case of rain and  add notes onto maps