Tuesday, 22 June 2010

No Drunken Punchup Ensued

We had lots of visitors at the family paintball site this weekend. I spent most of Saturday and Sunday standing behind a chipboard counter saying: 'fifty-pee' or 'a pound, please,' as thirsty hungry men came in for sustenance. We were hosts to a company that puts on 'big games', this one was called Wedding Day.

Don't you just love people who engage?

I guess these chaps had their own narrative to play to.

While everyone was in the woods blasting I was able to wander around and take some photos:

The Bride (once her bachelors have done?)

Nice to know.

Lots of people camped but this was the über tent


Aftermath II (site transport became the victim of a technical hiccup)

If one must go out to work it might as well be in a place that looks like this:

Looking out across the car park to the Solway
on Monday morning.

Yesterday (Monday) we had normal customers: a family birthday party. So I spent the day out in the woods ensuring safety, unjamming guns, and getting very shot.

*All pictures go large with a click, extra large with another.


Carole said...

My husband and sons like paintball wars. It looks like big business for you. It is a nice location to work, but your shower must get quite a workout.

Eryl Shields said...

It doesn't quite pay the bills yet, Carole, but we live in hope.

The shower is one of the things we will replace as soon as some money is made, it keeps rebelling!

Sausage Fingers said...

Eryl, Congrats on the new business, I wish you and your crew much success. We will try to stop by and blast a few caps yankee style. Cheers.

red-handed said...

Help for heroes? I'd rather help the villains.

Kass said...

It would have made a lot more sense if people had shot each other at both of my weddings.

Alesa Warcan said...

@red handed: Help for heroes is a charity supporting the wounded in the UK armed forces.
Hello Eryl, nice to hear from you!

I'm sure the burnt site transport added to the ambiance. : p

Impressive grocer's apostrophe on the help for heroes sign. But what does it mean? Are the three things on that separate? Curious. : j

Pat said...

I didn't realise it was a business venture. Then I'm totally for it and what an amazing spot. I'd love to camp there. Am I sparky enough?

Pat said...

Kass made me laugh:)

Kim Ayres said...

Did you wear the wedding dress we did that photo shoot in?

Titus said...

Ah! I love people who engage! Those two chaps made it for me.

Looks brilliant fun, and I'm wondering if you have a minimum age limit?

The Weaver of Grass said...

Brilliant fun but hard work, I guess.

savannah said...

i got lost in paintball land, sugar! i read this earlier to the MITM and we were looking at the photos and links and somehow i didn't get back to comment! anywho, hurrah for the entrepreneur and much success to all y'all. xoxoxoxox

Eryl Shields said...

Sausage ~ are you coming over to visit the motherland? If so I'll be devastated if you don't come down this way.

Red ~ I have found that there's often no discernible difference between the two.

Kass ~ you made me spurt laughter!

Alesa ~ it certainly added something, the chap who owns the fishery next door went bananas.

The sign makes no sense whatsoever does it? I saw it in context and still had to ask: there was a target range and it cost £2 to have a go, all proceeds went to the miss-spelt charity, and there were prizes for those who hit the target most. The top prize was won by a boy who couldn't have been more than about 8 who got 24 out of 30.

Pat ~ you are the sparkiest person I know! It is an incredibly lovely spot and we would love to have you camp on it.

Kass's comment made me laugh too.

Kim ~ I didn't, but I really should have shouldn't I. It was too early in the morning for me to think of things like that.

Titus ~ they made it for me too, at the end of the day when they were both covered in paint splats and their top hats were all dented one of them said to me: 'I've been Pollocked!

I think the youngest we tend to allow is about 12, mostly because the guns are heavy and the masks and overalls are a bit too big for little ones.

We're going to have a ladies day soon though, so if you fancy having a go...

Weaver ~ the hardest part is making sure everyone is safe and having a good time. Though I think for Stevie the marketing, which is relentless, must be pretty arduous.

Savannah ~ I do that all the time when there are links to follow. XXX

angryparsnip said...

Eryl. ...
Your blog is always interesting and I must say you have the best comments.
I think paint ball looks like good fun, a way to get out some aggressions maybe ? Love the guy's who dressed up.
Now back to your commentators, I am popping over to Kass's site and request all the info on what sounds like one heck of an interesting wedding... or two ?
Many many so many years ago on a ski trip to Badger Pass my older son dressed up in his Tux and spent the day skiing and snowboarding. Needless to say he was a big hit and we got to hear people talking about the kid in a Tux flying down the hill.

cheers, parsnip

Golden West said...

Hi Eryl,

Looks like a rollicking good time there! All best wishes on your venture - I've always believed that those that take the risks reap the rewards.

Yes, my "oldsters' are all in their 80s - my dad is 84, Auntie is 83 and Uncle is 87. They delight in each other's company and always have. They are wonderful to be around - so positive and happy in life. Their mom (my beloved grandma, born in Hungary) lived to be 89 - the day she passed on she'd just planted her seasonal vegetable garden - going strong right up to the end! This summer my parents will celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary - I love that we all live so close and that my daughter has the benefit of knowing them all.

Titus said...

"I've been Pollocked". Genius!

Ah well re the age, it was really the boys I was asking for.
Me? I'm a War Pig, and not safe when engaged in competitive sports. Seriously.

Rachel Fox said...

If you want to make money you could probably sell video footage of the 'ladies' on ladies day...some people like women and guns (any kind of guns).

Eryl Shields said...

Parsnip ~ you just have the best family! How old was he when he skied in his Tux, did he want to be James Bond?

Yes, Kass is a dream commenter.

Golden ~ it's so unusual for generations of the same family to still live so geographically close. My family is so spread about that seeing them all together takes months of planning.

Titus ~ how much do I want to see you engaged in competitive sport now, from a safe distance?

Rachel ~ ye gads! I do want to make some money, but I don't want to make it that much. How do you know these things?

Lulu LaBonne said...

Kass made me laugh too

What a brilliant-looking place, and fun with it!

angryparsnip said...

I don't think he wanted to be James Bond ?
My kids are kinda different but I rather like them.
I am thinking he was first or second year in High School, maybe 15 or 16 years old, he is now 31 (all pictures and records were burned in the fire ) he just decided to dress up one year and wore suits or white shirt, ties with vests. He looked quite dashing.
I had some rule about clothes but mostly brush teeth, wear deodorant wear clean clothes and cover your bum...

Snowboarding had just started, no real lessons at first... they just said these runs are yours and don't kill yourselves. I was still skiing then ( blown out knee to come ) and as I was on the lifts I would see all the four friends zooming down the runs and laughing.
Your pictures from this post helped me remember some of those good times
Thanks so much. I had a lovely time remembering.

cheers, parsnip

Anonymous said...

Somewhat different from teaching Roland Barthes to health care students. (Or is it?)

Eryl Shields said...

The main differences between paintballers and health care students are that the former are universally cheerful and they never ask: 'but what's the point?'

steven said...

some of the edgier, grumpy colleagues i work with are in for a paintball war. the nice people versus the meanies. i'm in. i'm so damn peacable it's time to let out a little narstiness!!!! cool story and even better pics. steven

Eryl Shields said...

Steven ~ do let us all know how you get on. I think letting rip, safely, is a good thing to do on occasion. A girl-friend of mine (very sensible, calm mother of two who makes beautiful handbags for a living) recently tried firing a paintball gun and couldn't believe how liberating it felt!

Elizabeth said...

This is so different from my world
but my (married!) son would LOVE IT

Eryl Shields said...

It is a rather strange world, Elizabeth, and one I could never have imagined myself living in. Most men do seem to love it!

The World According To Me said...

Yep I love it when people engage! Looks like you had a grand day.