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If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.


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(Transformers fanfiction!)

Transformers mini-comics here.


Adventures in Orchids

Apparently I am now collecting them...

There's room for one - or maybe two, at a pinch - more on that bedroom windowsill (the only one in the house that's ideal for them). Let's see what I find. Well, that didn't last long...


EO - Everlasting orchid. Phalaenopsis. I've had this orchid for at least 15 years and it just keeps flowering...





AO - Alien face orchid. Phalaenopsis . Bought 2018 - lovely little flowers, all different patterns!





RO - Rescued orchid photo to come when it flowers. Phalaenopsis. Rescued from a bin up the road in 2019. Classic!






TO - Tiny orchid. Phalaenopsis. Bought at Tesco 21.8.20. It just begged to come home with me. How could I say no?





CO - Crimson orchid. Cambria. Another Tesco find. This one may be going to live in Ken's room once we've redecorated and put up the new shelving; it prefers a cooler, less sunny windowsill. If so, I'll need to find another cambrian to keep it company.






GO - Golden orchid. Phalaenopsis. Saw this one when I bought CO and left it behind - then immediately regretted it as soon as I got home. Never seen one like it before. Ken, bless him, went back over to Tesco in the rain and bought it for me...


















My IMDb ep summaries

(completed)
Arthur of the Britons
Sky
Star Maidens
The Starlost
Space Rangers
The Sentinel (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Swamp Thing (part: season 3)
Gravedale High
Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Cybertron (part)
Misfits of Science (four eps)
Zoo Gang
Zodiac
Jupiter Moon
Transformers: Beast Wars (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Transformers: Beast Machines (part)
Vampire Princess Miyu
Starhyke
Nathan Barley
No Heroics
Undermind (3 eps)
Will Shakespeare (Tim Curry version)
Nightwalker
12 Kingdoms
Trigun (ep 8)
Rayearth
Hyperdrive (season 2 ep 3)
The Café

For later:

Missing Earthian ep
Missing Haibane Renme eps)
(And possibly Marine Boy...)


Silver birch at Eastwood 

Farm

"Autumnal - nothing to do with leaves. It is to do with a certain brownness at the edges of the day... Brown is creeping up on us, take my word for it... Russets and tangerine shades of old gold flushing the very outside edge of the senses... deep shining ochres, burnt umber and parchments of baked earth - reflecting on itself and through itself, filtering the light. At such times, perhaps, coincidentally, the leaves might fall, somewhere..."

(Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Act 2: Tom Stoppard)

Autumn...

I love this time of year. I love the colours, the sharp slant of sunlight on the trees, mosaics of acid-yellow and harts- blood, velvet and darkness and a haze of mist-grey over the hills. I love its immanence, its mellowness, the tang of frost just around the corner of the year...

Watching the little birds in the goat-willow in my garden, I realised something more.

I love this land with a fierce, possessive love, deep-rooted in two thousand years of history. From the frosted beaches and cloud-brushing peaks of the north to the wind-haunted meanderings of the rivers of the east, from the sensuous rolling patchworked hills of the south to the demanding dark moors of the west, this land seeps into bone and blood and synapse, mother of motley nobility, culture, individual freedoms. It can be known. It can be understood. It can be felt deep inside.

I love its effortless eccentricities, its vigour and vibrancy, its flawed perfections, its silent strength and tenacious resilience, its hard-won tolerances and intense and variable beauty, the profound energy in its sacred mythical landscape.

Home and more-than-home, the forces that shape and protect and bind, in me, as I am in the land. Love returning love in the stillness for those who'll only take the time to listen...

(Joules, Autumn 2004)


All photographs taken by Joules unless otherwise specified. All photographs © Joules A Taylor or other specified individual.


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17.03.09 - Argent

25.07.08 - Raptor

18.12.07 - Quyn

02.12.06 - Ryme


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Evil Squid
A Little Glossary of Taylorspeke
(in no particular order)

plit popints - n. Typo for 'plot points' typed on a keyboard with more than half the characters worn off...

[PING] (alt [ping]) - n. A brainwave. The text equivalent of a lightbulb going on blindingly over someone's head. Usually mine. And usually at the most inconvenient of times. [sigh]

TPTB - The Powers That Be.

wulmet - n. A person of little or no talent who somehow inveigles himself into a position where he is in power over other, far more talented people and uses his position to downplay them in order to try to make himself feel superior.

biteable - referring to an anatomical part vb, tasty.

Flatterfed - vb. 27.02.08: my typo for flattered, but since it's so cutely apt I thought it would fit nicely here. Lutra defined it as "the lovely warm feeling of satisfaction resulting from enthusiastic reviews..." (which I've been getting for my MB fics).

Composted - vb, 'compos mentis', mentally capable of working. Contrast with uncomposted or non- composted, not 'compos mentis', not capable of working, hungover...

Cumbles - n, cucumbers.

Kewp - how Ken says 'thank you'. We rather like Lutra's 'nanx', too...

Musekick - noun, music, without which I cannot work.

'feinne - noun, caffeine, essential for correct mental functioning, especially first thing in the morning. I prefer mine in the form of SodaStream Diet Coke. And on that subject...

Skoosh - verb, noun. To skoosh - to add CO2 to a sodastream bottle filled with water to make it fizzy, prior to adding Diet Coke syrup (or just drinking as sparkling water). A skoosh - a bottle of water that has been skooshed. Skooshy - something that has been skooshed, water, or that whipped cream that comes in tins you have to shake then upend and press the nozzle...

Shoogle - verb. To shake gently, for example, of roast potatoes in a roasting tin to ensure they're covered with oil. I have vague memories of this being a real Scottish colloquialism...

Stegasaurus - n, spider of the genus tegenaria. Why? No idea. I just find it easier, that's all...
Edit 08.09.07: Lutra thinks that Brian is a good name for a mini-stegasaurus. From now on, any 'Brian's in the posts may be assumed to be a tegenaria. Except where otherwise specified.

Viterals - noun, vitamins + minerals. Also a pun on victuals.

Splish - verb. A combination of slosh and splash.

Parrots - noun, paracetemol (from the old joke "Why are there no aspirin tablets in the jungle? Because the parrots eat 'em all...")

Maggles - noun, magpies. As opposed to non-magical people.

Flamewings - noun. Swifts. So called because the first time we became aware of them was an early summer evening when they were flying high, the light from the setting sun seemingly turning their wings to flames. Lovely little birds. We always know summer's arrived when we hear their high-pitched squeeing.

Murfs - noun, moths.

Peasant cut - noun, roughly cut up into big chunks, e.g. vegetables chopped in a hurry for a hearty stew or soup. By extension, anything prepared in a hurry - haircut, material, even a first draft of a story...

Giraffe - noun, a carafe (of wine, coffee or water, for example).

Shrumps - noun, mushrooms.

Splings - noun, Kai's spelling homework: by extension, any spelling.

Tyops - noun, typos. var toyps, typso, psyto, psoyt, etc. Usual result of a dose of the fingerials (see next entry).

Fingerials - (pr. fin GEEE ree yalls) noun, fingers that will not type what you want them to.

Haddock - noun, time, of which I never have enough. (Origin of this term here.)

Sleep - noun? vb? a.k.a. sheeeeeeeeep.... I used to know what this word meant...


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my computer gremlin Butch. click the pic to see the larger image

Butch, my computer gremlin. Click the pic for larger version, and read his adventures here...

Butch by the talented 

Sylverthorne

A gift for me! Butch by the very talented Sylverthorne. Click pic for larger image.

Joules' 

Haddock

This is MY haddock. It was caught exclusively for me by Talon. No, you can't have any. I need all the haddock I can get!!



A'lestrel by Valkyrie.

A'lestrel - a gift for me from Valkyrie...



Albino Alsatian Benten (c) MEBird 

2004

Another gorgeous Valkyrie gift for me - Benten the Albino Alsatian! Click thumbnail for larger image.

Radittsu, an oekaki for my birthday 04 

by 

Onna

Oekai by Bakayaro Onna - Radittsu at his sexiest...



The Zone Plant from
The Zone 

blog 

plant

OrganicHTML (which alas no longer seems to exist...)
[::..My Regular Reads..::]
:: Astronomical Pic of the Day [>]
:: What is Space... [>]
:: Dark Roasted Blend [>]
:: BLDG [>]
:: Watchismo Times [>]
[::..Fun Places..::]
::HubbleSite
Stunning...
::PALEOMAP Project
Absolutely fascinating.
:: Carol's Place
My GoodTwin's Homepage!
:: Skymap
Check out the night sky where you are!
[::..Useful Sites..::]
:: GreenNet
First stop for environmental matters
:: About Bristol
The essential guide - and beautifully user-friendly too!
:: The Forest of Avon
Our local community forest and places to visit
:: The Guardian
Online Guardian Newspaper.
:: Symbols
Exactly what it says
:: World Timeserver
For checking the current time around this world
:: Universal Currency Converter
Actually it's just a terran-global currency converter, not universal, but it's still useful...

So what is it with the haddock? Am I some kind of fish freak?

I'll leave that to others to decide.

The tale (or tail if you prefer) harks back to October 2000, when my GoodTwin and I, ably assisted by Sue, ran the first UK Professionals convention...
It's common knowledge that I never have enough time, and I was determined not to bewail the fact that weekend: hence I promised not to use the 'T' word...
Of course, that didn't really work (if nothing else I had to let the trainees know what times things were supposed to be happening!) so we decided a substitute word would be employed instead. There were several suggestions. Banana came very close to being chosen. However, I eventually decided that 'haddock' fitted the bill nicely. Ever since, haddock=time. Hence the title of my forthcoming autobiography,
My Half-Life in the Haddock Space Continuum....


Normally I wouldn't, but these were just irresistible...

How could I resist?

Just too adorable...

and to complete the rainbow...

These Too-Kawaii Kitties
were adopted from
Ghost's Anime Page (which appears to have disappeared, alas...)

[::..Anime/Manga..::]
Useful sites:

Yamato -
Fabulous anime figures

Anime Lyrics
A huge selection... evil popups

Anime still needed to complete series' I'm collecting... Many thanks to everyone who has helped me acquire the collection!
Ai no Kusabi

Owned:
   DVD
   Dj: June Special
   CD: Ambivalence

Cyber City Oedo 808

Owned:
   DVD
   All 3 eps on Video, dubbed
   Dj: Cyberage 1-3
   Illustrated Book 2 (Benten's) in Japanese

From Eroica with Love

Owned:
   Manga Vols 1, 9, 11

Mirage of Blaze

Owned:
   DVD Vol 1 (eps 1-4)

R.G. Veda

Owned:
   English Manga: Vol 1
   Japanese Manga: Vol 1-7 complete
   Tarot Pack
   R.G.Veda video

Twelve Kingdoms

Owned:
   Anime Vol 1-12: complete

Under the Glass Moon

Owned:
   Manga Vol 1, 2
Vol 3 needed

Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust

Owned:
   DVD

   Vampire Hunter D Book 1



New Vampire Miyu

Owned:
   (Studio Ironcat) Manga Vols 1 -5 (complete)


Yami no Matsuei

Owned:
   Viz Manga: English translation, Vols 1 - 11 (complete: I believe vol 12 is only available online)
   Japanese 3-DVD set
   Central Park Media: Descendants of Darkness Vol. 1, English/Japanese subbed.
   Sketchbook


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... this is Terra? How the hell'd I end up here...?

(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

I spoke too soon. The noise is back, louder than ever. Will explore the options open for dealing with noisy neighbours...

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Blogger Sue said...

Oh no. You have my sympathies. I absolutely loathe noise intrusion (no, really? says Carol), it really stresses me out to the point where I want to lash out. It's so selfish! Although on this occasion as you say, it is just possible he doesn't realise. But from all you've said, once he is made aware, he may not care anyway.
Fingers tightly crossed you can get something sorted very soon!

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Later edit: Well, the volume from next door is back to its normal, only-discernible-by-me-if-I-listen-VERY-hard level, so I guess the TV has been moved back to where it was originally. Goodgood.

Here we go again.

Well, it hasn't quite been a month, and it has been busy, plus I spent the last week suffering from a rather unpleasant dose of gastroenteritis and felt too ill to do very much, but that's now cleared up and I have a little time to spare.

Photos, of course.

I treated myself to a new miniature rose...

... and found that the original one was sprouting buds. (It's not supposed to do that until next year, even if it IS in the greenhouse.)

I think I mentioned I bought 30 or so saffron crocus bulbs earlier in the year (to see if I can grow my own saffron: Ken loves it and it's bloody expensive to buy). Well, the 30 have turned into 65, and I have the first flowers appeared (they aren't supposed to do that until next year...)

Then again, I seem to have this knack with plants. They seem to like growing for me. This is in Derpy's windowframe (yes, alright, I know she needs cleaning!):

Even the teazels are doing unusual things...

(At least, I've never known them do this before. Perhaps it's a natural thing for teazels?)

AO's new flower spike is coming along well...

And EO's latest flowers have finished - and the next flower spike appeared...

In other news, Ken's room is just about finished and looking pretty good - just needs a quick touch up of the doorframe paint, the new door, and a lampshade. Found one we like, but it's a bit small. May buy it anyway, for the time being.

I treated myself to an indoor fountain, which is absolutely beautiful, and I'm sure is doing my BP a lot of good.

Which is just as well, as BND has got himself satellite TV, and mounted the TV itself on the (hollow) chimney breast. Which means it echoes right through our house, overwhelms our TV volume, and disturbs Ken while he's working. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn't realise what he was doing and write to him advising him. Will let you know what happens.

(Oh yes, and he got someone in to fix the leaking guttering - not a cowboy for once, Apex Building Sevices summin, though which one I'm not sure, there are several of similar names around here. It seems to have done the job, and meant I was able to cancel the Anglian appt I'd made for the 25th Nov.)

Kai and I risked a trip to Keynsham before the lockdown - I had to buy some wholefood stuff for a couple of new recipes, and Conscience Foods is currently the easiest shop to get to - so we had a look through the charity shops. Picked up a few DVDs (saving three of them for Yule), but not much else and the weather was less than wonderful, so weren't there for long.

Kai's now completed the paving right around the greenhouse, and it's wonderful! Soooo good to have a safe, non-trip, solid surface to walk and work on. It could do with a little expansion, but that can wait, the basics are done. Photos when it's not raining!

That's the most important news. We're still working through DS9 (middle of season 3 now) and alternating with Jonathan Creek (just finishing season 2). I have a hankering to rewatch Swamp Thing (probably by myself, next year) and we still have the first couple of seasons of Continuum to dip into. I've bought and frozen the Gressingham duck for dinner on the 25th Dec: the rest I'll pick up on weekly visits over to Tesco. Yule tree going up this weekend!

Will catch everyone later - hope you're all safe and well and coping OK with the current situation, wherever you may be.

(While I remember - ongoing apologies for any typos in these posts. I haven't yet found a way to spell check in this new format.)

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

The teazels and Derpy's appendage are looking slightly alien... :) I think lots of plants are confused by the weather - I know I am...

Glad to hear things are still going smoothly, apart from BND.

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Alien... yers, that figures...

Heh, I'm still in T-shirts (though I have moved from shorts to sweatpants now)!

Hope you're all well and the two new furbabies have settled in just fine.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Found this. Watched it. Kept saying - it can't get any bigger - can it? And then it did.

... wow...

Watched it again. And again. Had to share...

Best with the soundtrack, but works fine without.



Oh dear... it's getting longer between posts again...

Soooo... starting with medical stuff. I yet again managed to kick the exercise bike support end and I think I fractured a toe. It's taken until now for the bruising to go and to stop hurting (I think I managed to do it just after my last post, but it may have been a couple of weeks before. Time is doing strange things at the moment... No, it was even longer ago: the first time I tried to wear old and comfy trainers was when I went for hair cut, and at that point I thought everything was healed. It wasn't, and wearing them made the problem flare up again.) Anyway, I can now wiggle my toes - to some extent, it's my right foot, the one with the flexor tendinitis and bursitis, because of course it is. Nothing's ever easy 'round 'ere. [sigh] At least I should now be able to wear my driving shoes again (instead of sandals, which is all I've been able to get on for the last 9 weeks...)

Hobbled up to get my hair cut on the 4th! Jeff took my temperature as I arrived - and it was lower than normal. Might have been because it was very cold and pissing down with rain, but anyway... He was in full face visor, I had to wear my mask, so not the most comfortable of experiences, but YAY! My hair is no longer all in my face.

I think I've previously said how much I like Ryan Reynolds as an actor, and how much I love the Deadpool films. Well, I found this and just had to have it. So it's ordered for next year's Yule present... I must be mad. But what the hell. Some people like expensive cars, or jewellery, or clothes, or shoes - I like custom action figures. Sue me, I dares ya!

It's been at least as busy as usual. We're redecorating and reorganing Ken's home office - the bookcases on the far wall are now gone (one in the shed, one broken up - Kai's put the long planks in the loft to act as supports for storage) and the old but sturdy and near perfect work station has gone to a young woman via Nextdoor (free of course.) Half the painting has been done, the new bookshelves put up on the wall, and it all looks cleaner and less cluttered. Still have to buy and put up the curtain rails (and make the curtain - hoping Dunelm has the fabric I want) and generally tidy up a little, but it's much better already. Photos, perhaps, when it's finished (with a couple of before ones - as you know, I photograph everything.)

In the garden... the egg that mysteriously appeared has just as mysteriously vanished...

The paving is coming on well. It's taking time, as Kai can't really work out there when the soil is wet, and it's rained a lot recently, but every little bit done makes it easier to manouevre around the growing section. Should all be done before Yule.

The holly trees around us are doing wonderful things at the moment - so many berries!


I found this at Tesco for £3 and treated myself...


I've not had much success with roses in the past, but the colour of this plant is fabulous, so I'm going to see how it does. It'll stay in the greenhouse until next spring, then move to the patio area: might pick up another couple of different colours to make a pretty display. It smells wonderful.

Thompson and Morgan had a special order on a month or so ago - buy one citrus plant and get another for 1p. I ended up buying one orange, one lemon, and one lime. Always wanted to try citrus fruit, and they'll sit happily in the greenhouse for most of next year (they're on the windowsill in the lounge at the moment with all my succulents and cacti). Fine down to 5° according to the instructions, so hopefully will do well. I just wish I had a conservatory for them, but... we'll see how we go.

We have been working through the backlog of things to watch. Now started on Deep Space 9 and enjoying it. I managed to find an English subtitled copy of Deathnote: Light up the NEW World on ebay: it was fun to watch but very confusing. Maybe another one you had to be Japanese to fully understand? Worth a second watch, anyway! Then it was Donnie Darko... whoa! That was... very good, but very complex and quite scary - though not as much as Coraline, which we watched last night. Nightmare fodder, that one. But very very good.

That's all I can think of for now, though no doubt there's more I've forgotten. Now I need to go move planters out of the way so Kai can move the slabs that are going to make a level platform for the telescope and lay a few for my potting bench - currently at the back of the greenhouse, needs to come to the front. The weather's not too bad today, sunny spells and quite nice. There's rain forecast for the rest of the week, so we'll get as much done as we can.

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Blogger Sue said...

Wow, that video is amazing! Ouch for your foot. The roses and the holly trees look lovely.
I'm having my first haircut in eight months on Friday - can't wait!
I bought my brother and sister-in-law a lemon and a lime tree last Christmas, they've been kept the in greenhouse and both have come on a treat.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

And, it's getting even longer for me to comment! :)
The video is incredible, not least for the time it must have taken to put together.

I've been trying for a couple of months to phone my hairdresser and found out on Weds from a work colleague that she'd changed her number. Then they announced another lockdown... I can see me not getting mine cut until January - a year between cuts, anyone? :)

Work has been manic this week; unexpected absence by a kiosk colleague has meant I've done an extra 10 hours. Iz pooped...

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Friday, October 02, 2020

Ye gods, is the busyness ever going to end?...

OK. So, in reverse order... we've had the plumbing system cleaned - Tom the Plumber drained everything, put a cleaning lquid through the pipes on Monday - we've had the heating on twice a day to activate it until he came back today to drain it and refill it with inhibitor to help keep everything clear in the future. Can be topped up every few years to keep everything flowing freely. He's replaced all the horrible old pipes in the bathroom with copper, fitted new bath and basin taps, serviced the boiler and replaced the tatty old hall radiator. He recommended us getting a new boiler (the current one was fitted when Kai was about 5 and isn't the most efficient in the world) but that will cost about £3K, and we'd rather spend the money on having the roof replaced, solar panels installed, and going all electric. Which will cost a lot more, but be much more eco-friendly. I'll start saving...

Anyway, that's all done and safe now, and should be fine for the next decade or so.

Yesterday - probably the last dry and sunny day for the foreseeable future - Kai and I picked the last of the fruit from the trees, put all the windfalls into the compost bin, and I pruned back the fruit tree branches. Hopefully next year I'll be able to save more fruit (pear branches broke this year as they were too long to support the weight of the pears, and an awful lot of apples were blown off in the high winds we had).

The clouds were very pretty yesterday...

There is an egg in the garden.

We can only assume either a random hen has visited or one of our foxes has brought us a present. Not entirely sure what to do with it, so we're just leaving it there for now.

Maybe one of our magpies will eat it...

I painted the areas of the bathroom that still suffer from occasional mould (the window wall mainly) after Tom had left on Monday. Looks great! Ronseal anti-mould paint blends in perfectly with what was already on the walls and made the job a lot quicker and easier. Happier with it now, and it's healthier for us all.

Kai constructed my soft fruit bed last weekend!

We've had to cover the open soil with rocks as we found yesterday the foxes had tried to dig holes. [sigh]

Did I mention Kai has finished putting up the wisteria supports in the front wall of the house? Two rows of long, strong vine eyes every 18 inches with 2.5mm steel wire strung through them (borrowed a ladder through the local Nextdoor community group - I joined a couple of years ago, incredibly handy! - for the top row, as our ladder wasn't long enough to be safe) and has been climbing up and training the fronds along it. It's going to be beautiful once it's properly established. Photos next spring, hopefully!

In the search for my missing spiral orchid supports Kai and I risked venturing into the left hand end of the shed. Didn't find them: I've had to order some less nice ones as I need them now - AO definitely has a flower spike coming -

- and I need to start training it in a spiral very soon. They should arrive this afternoon. However, we were able to clear out some rubbish (and get my Tf action figure boxes up into the loft, where they'll be a lot safer. Kept them as the figures are worth more with their original display packaging.) Will have another go at tidying it all up next reasonably nice weekend we get.

RO is doing splendidly! Quite proud of this as it's the first one I've brought on completely by myself.   

I've just had a 'parcel' delivered...

It's my orchid supports...

[Shakes head in... something...] Might be slightly OTT that...

Will get one in place for AO after posting this.

Kai and I had our flu jabs. Reaction hit me very fast and I felt awful for 24 hours - then it just vanished and I was fine. Lasted a bit longer for Kai, but it's now done and hopefully we'll be fine this winter.

Media... The Librarian boxed set arrived and we've watched 1 and 2 - rollicking silly fun, perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon matinée. And Legends of Tomorrow season 5 arrived, and Ken and I have been racing through it. We thought season 4 was bonkers: season 5 is even more so! Wonderful stuff.

Considerably less wonderful is that some of our post is going missing - stolen, we think. Ken has been collecting old postcards of Brislington for a possible book, buying mostly from ebay. Not overly expensive, but some are incredibly rare - and they haven't been arriving, even with proofs of posting (and one was sent recorded delivery). This goes back to two envelopes containing money sent to us (for work Kai did) earlier in the year from a technophobe acquaintance (who has now been convinced to BACS payments instead) which also never arrived. Envelopes containing Ken's postcards look very similar, and we're sure someone in the PO system is stealing them in case they also contain money. I've opened an official complaint with Royal Mail, as needless to say we are VERY angry about this. So far 5 postcards have gone missing, all of which are pretty much irreplaceable. Not to mention it does Ken's rep no good at all for him to keep having to request refunds from the sellers.

Will let you know what happens.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Mum had her radiator pipes cleaned a few years ago and it definitely helped the system function better!

I am bemused by your parcel. Was that seriously the smallest box they could find to fit?

The mail is incredibly aggravating. I wouldn't be surprised to find Royal Mail will deny there's a problem; we weren't getting mail at the office a few years ago because rather than separating it into the correct addresses and mailboxes they were stuffing it all into one - the one box that didn't even belong to anyone (it was an empty office). We had to get a key from the landlord to find several weeks' worth of lost mail in there. We complained to be told that the postman said he was doing it properly and they refused to take any action, despite having a witness (i.e. me) who watched the postman doing it.

As for the egg... nope, I got nuthin' :)

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

LOL! Well, the parcel came from Germany and the cardboard was INCREDIBLY difficult to fold up (even me standing on it only partially worked) so...

I've had a standard 'don't bother us' email from RM. I've emailed back repeating the problem and asking what action they plan to take. They've annoyed me now and that's never a wise thing to do.

As for the egg - us neither. I'm afraid to open it in case there's a dead, half-grown chick inside...

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Monday, September 21, 2020

I'm beginning to think the little peeping spike on AO is going to be a flower spike...

    






























































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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Things I forgot last post... 

The orthotic insoles arrived middle of last week - much earlier than expected! Going to be interesting wearing them...

Sat pm I heard high pitched squealing from the garden: Kai was bent down fending off Tyjer. Went out to see what he'd caught... We know we have mice in the compost bin - it's a great place for them, safe, warm, food always available (we did have a rat or two at one time but the foxes ate them) and Tyjer does occasionally catch one. Only they are usually babies, tiny little things. This one was full sized.

I picked it up - forgetting what I learned 50-some years ago when I had mice as pets - and instead of picking it up by the base of the tail, I lifted its body into my hands...

It bit me. Four times on three different fingers. Gordon Bennet, they have strong jaws! (Luckily not sharp teeth, so it didn't break the skin, or I'd be in a much worse state. The bite sites are still red and painful today.) Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! It did finally let go when I lowered it to the logs and plants behind the compost bin and released it, but I won't be doing that again in a hurry.

We watched Gantz a week ago, and loved it, so I looked for the sequel - Gantz: Perfect Answer. It's not easy to get hold of, but I found a copy on amazon from a German seller... [sigh] Yes, the subtitles were in German: I had to send it back and get a refund. Found an English version from the States, which arrived yesterday, so will watch that this afternoon.

And Legends of Tomorrow season 5 has just arrived - will probably start that this evening after dinner.

The last thing I wanted to happen in the current situation did, and a chunk of filling cracked off a back molar. Luckily the tooth is pretty much all filling, so nothing hurts or is sensitive, just a bit sharp to my tongue. Dentist recommended getting some pharmacy-bought temporary stuff, and I have an appt for 24th October. Won't bother getting the tooth refilled: if she just grinds down the sharp edges that should do. It worked with the same tooth on the other side, after all.

Kai and I have booked our flu jabs for this Thurs...

Decided that rather than waste the fruit in the garden, we'd have a go at making apple, pear, plum, and medlar wines. Have ordered the equipment, now waiting for it to arrive.

Yesterday K&K got an awful lot done in the garden. I now have a wonderful paved platform in front of the greenhouse, and we've decided where my small, new raised bed - for the fruit bushes (the raspberries were great this year!) - is going to go. Everyone's too tired to do any more today though, so Kai and I are hoping to carry on this week (before the rain starts again on Wed).

And RO finally flowered...

I was right about the colour!

... y'know, I'm now not entirely sure GO, TO and AO are phalaenopsis. Going to have to check that...

I think that's all for now. Catch you later - please stay safe!

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

I think the 'simplify everything' comes from the FB users who just want to type words and not learn anything about how the technology actually works. These are the people who know all about how to use computers/smartphones but really just know how to press buttons.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

And I thought that would happen - for some reason comments publish on your last post, not the one I commented on...

Anyway, onto this post :)

Ouch to the mouse bites - I'm bemused because I've picked up lots of mice to rescue them over the years and never been bitten (I think a baby nibbled me once, but I barely felt it). Perhaps mine have been slightly more traumatised before I got them.

The paving looks good and should make life so much better. Well done K&K!

We have cats, and I'll email in a moment... :)

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Oh, I know. If I want to reply to comments as me I have to log in to google, close down this page and reopen again. Bloody annoying.

The cats are gorgeous - but oh boy does Leo look hefty!! Def needs to lose some weight, I think.

Kai did a lot more this afternoon: the raised bed for my fruit bushes is installed and half filled with soil, and the turves have all been dug out around the whole growing area, ready for paving. Tomorrow is the last day before rain and Autumn proper, so we're going to carry on as long as we can. I'd like to get my fruit bushes in. Photos as and when!

We are going to be very tired though. Bad enough today! But it's worth it.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Gawd 'elp us, blogger's new create/edit function looks like bloody Wordpress... [headdesk]

At least it still accepts typed-in html. Why is there this urge to - supposedly - 'simplify' everything? Are people not expected to think for themselves any more?

And - oh joy - because I'm using my own heritage template instead of their new one, I can no longer go directly to a chosen page. Now I have to page down, and page down, and page down, and page down... I have 5,167 posts, including this one. It'll take forever to get to the first one. Unless there's some function I haven't found yet... And - oh fun - all my labels have vanished from the labels list... No, take it back, they are still there, just not displayed until you start typing.

... grump...

Anyway... What have we been up to? Well, Ken and I have finished the first season of Space 1999. It grew progressively more irritating, with decent stories that should have been developed over two eps but were hurried into one. We'll see if the same happens in season 2.

Kai and I spent this morning in the garden pruning back foliage to make space for the new railway track he's planning. It should look pretty good when it's done, and adds yet more interest to what is already a pretty interesting garden. Oh, and we still have our colletes hederae bees! I thought they'd moved on, but they're still with us. Even better, the ivy growing along the wall has a whole load of flowers coming, so there will always be food for them (we're keeping that ivy).

There was a dragonfly over Roeg's Pool this afternoon... (Don't ask me how that worked, I couldn't see a thing I was doing, just pointed the camera and hoped for the best!)

And a frog in the pool. Not sure what that plant is but it's happily growing so we'll leave it and see what happens.

Ken started moving pavers to where I'd like them around my growing area - it's going to take a while, but I'll try to photograph it when it's done.

Kai's driving is getting better and better. When he'll be ready to drive on the main roads I don't know - not going to push as it'll only be stressful for him. We did find out last Sunday that Derpy has an alert when she overheats, but also cools right down in ten minutes with the hood up, so that's useful to know.

Orchids, of course.

RO is now just teasing. It's been like this for over a week and is just refusing to open to show me what colour it is. I'm still guessing white - or possibly a very pale greenish white. Hoping to find out soon.


I know there was more I wanted to say, but it's been another very long busy week and I'm tired. Will add to next post if I remember!

Wishing everyone a good weekend. Please stay safe and well.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Forgot to mention that Kai and I went to Whitehall garden centre Sunday before last - looking for the last two white planters (they only had one, alas, and they're really hard to find atm. Ivyline white Lisbon 15 cm pot, in case anyone accidentally finds one!) While there, something small flew over my head. At first I thought it was a sparrow, though it flew rather weirdly for a bird, but it landed on one of the hanging things and we saw it was a long eared bat!! I did try to photograph it but it flew off before I could get my phone focused on it. But yes, a bat! Gorgeous little thing.

MUSEKICKS!!!

Haven't had any for a while...

Ken and I watched the last Rurouni Kenshin film on Sunday and I remembered how much I like Kenshin's theme. Hunted for it to buy, but it isn't available anywhere, so Kai downloaded it from Youtube for me (my Yt converter won't cooperate, gets to 99% then just cycles endlessly). Wonderful piece of music.

I found this on tumblr: the poster said it was like Thorin celebrating at the end of Lord of the Rings (it's actually a Bollywood dance sequence dubbed to hardstyle music - or vice versa, you know what I mean...)

I liked it. A lot. I went in search of the original...

So then I explored hardstyle. OK, I'm twenty years behind the times but soddit, I wait for music to find me rather than go looking for it. That being said... I did hunt Yt for more Wildstylez tracks, as I rather like his music (his solo stuff is better, for me, than when he's working with other people). And I found Timeless. (Both available for download on amazon, btw.)

I adore this track. It makes me want to drive along a deserted coast road in full sun, windows wide and blasting it into the air. (Or race asteroids, though that's a bit impractical at the moment.) It gives me chills. It makes the hair on my arms and legs and the back of my neck stand on end. It's wonderful.

Can't really follow that with anything...

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Friday, September 04, 2020

OK, let's try to get up to date...

[sigh] I typed that ^ 39 hours ago and then the day descended into the usual chaos.

Let's try again.

Don't know how many people heard about the pilot cheering people up by making smiles in the sky with his vapour trail, but we saw it ourselves from the garden back in June (? I think. Mid lockdown anyway.)


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Lithops flower, and the new orchids...







Pretty!



Medical: had a phone call from orthotics - I have a pair of shoe inserts coming (in maybe 8 - 12 weeks) which should help fix the foot. Fingers crossed. It'll be winter, at any rate, and I'll be in trainers, luckily, as the inserts can't be worn with sandals.

We've carried on watching a lot of films/series. I found the first ep of Space 1999 on Youtube, so we watched it (on the TV, it's nice having access to Yt on the bigger screen), and enjoyed it so much I bought the complete boxed set. Note, if anyone ever does this, whatever you do DON'T screen it in the order on the box. The second ep there is actually ep 14: the first three should go Breakaway, Earthbound. Black Sun. After that it's not so important, but not watching the start in that order leaves you hopelessly lost. (One day I'll get around to pointing that out in an amazon review...) It's OK, but tends to lose its interest after a bit.

Then we FINALLY got around to watching the Death Note/Death Note: The Last Name that Adrian recorded for me back in... 2009? Thanks Adrian - it's fabulous! So much so that I had to buy the followup, L Change the World which we all loved (although there's a very annoying flaw in the production at 1 hr 21 mins in, where the action becomes horribly jerky. I was sent a replacement DVD when I got back to the seller, but alas it has the same flaw. It's watchable - the jerkiness only happens when the action is fairly fast onscreen, and quite a lot of the end of the film is quite static or takes place on a moving plane, which is jerky anyway - but frustrating. Fingers crossed someone brings out a better version.) Have ordered the fourth chapter - Light up the NEW World; there's a fifth chapter, New Generation, which isn't available to buy yet...

I found the two Death Note figures I was missing - the shinigami Ryuk and Rem - on ebay, so have those coming for Yule.

Then thought I'd try and get some of the films the main actors in my favourite live action anime productions star in... I'm fond of the Rouroni Kenshin films - Rouroni Kenshin I: Origins, Rouroni Kenshin II - Kyoto Inferno (both of which Ken and I have watched in the last few days, now planning time for the third film, Rouroni Kenshin III The Legend Ends - though in fact it doesn't as there are two more films planned for release in 2021...) and the lead actor, Takeru Satoh (who has the most beautiful mouth I've ever seen) is also in Inuyashiki, so picked that up. Cracking film! The same company had The Wandering Earth for sale: I love the story and have been hoping to find the film for a while. Ignore the reviews on the IMDb - this film is fantastic.

Tatsuya Fujiwara - Light in Death Note, is in Rouroni Kenshin II and III - and also in Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler, which is rollicking fun. Ken'ichi Matsuyama - L in Death note - is also in it, as well as in Gantz and Kamui, both of which have arrived and will be watched soon.

For a change of pace - In this Corner of the World, which is beautiful and desperately sad but with a sort of hopeful ending, Studio Ghibli's Grave of the Fireflies, ditto, and Melancholia, which is hugely depressing and fatalistic. So to cheer ourselves up we then watched Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw - such fun! Then again, with Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Ryan Reynolds, four of my favourite actors, in the same film it couldn't really be anything else...

Caught the first 15 mins of The Librarian III: The Curse of the Judas Chalice on the SyFy channel, and decided it looked so much fun I'd order the boxed set of the three Librarian films - The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines and the aforementioned Judas Chalice. They sound like a melange of Indiana Jones and Warehouse 13, with a dash of Dr Strange thrown in, and should be interesting!

And we still have the whole of Deep Space 9 to work through. Maybe start that in October...

Talking about October... my hair hasn't been cut since last December and it's driving me nuts - in my eyes and in my mouth and up my nose... Finally decided to risk The Zone, and have an appt for Sun 4th Oct - earliest Jeff can fit me in. Tempted to say to cut it to an inch long all over, but would probably regret it on leaving the building.

Drove Tyjer to vet for his annual boosters (or, as Ken said, Tyjer's passed his MOT and Derpy's been to the vet...) and check up in August, and he's fine. Getting older like us all, but no new problems, which is great.

Started getting the garden ready for the winter (yes, already. It's cold and everything's more or less finished!) Kai and I planted the saffron crocuses I ordered back in the spring, and have covered the higher raised bed with weed suppressing fabric - and pricklestrip over the crocuses - until next year.

Ken had annual leave end of last week/beginning of this, and we bussed out to B&Q for the afternoon on Tues. Everyone was being very sensible, socially distancing and wearing masks, but it was exhausting. Still, we had 156 grey pavers delivered yesterday - Kai, bless him, wheelbarrowed them all from the drive to outside the greenhouse, took ages and he's knackered today. Going to be great fun getting them into place, but once it's done I'll be able to assemble my fruit bush raised bed, and we'll have a platform for the telescope for those rare clear nights. Still waiting for the paint and shelf makings to be delivered: we're redecorating Ken's office, since he may be working from home for a while longer.

Interesting ride back. Everything was fine until we got to the top of Union Street: then, after the driver had indicated and started pulling away, an incredibly stupid young woman - no mask, of course - with a pram and a couple of young kids, started hammering on the side of the bus, and the windows, demanding to be let on (legally, once a bus has indicated and started moving away they aren't allowed to stop.) She carried on screaming insults and battering at the driver's window, recording him on her phone - then tried to reach into the cab.

Then she spat in his face.

.....

He started the bus alarm (never heard it before, it repeats - 'Warning, this bus is under attack, ring 999' over and over again) and once she was out of the way, back on the pavement with her kids, he drove to the next bus stop, pulled up, and rang the police.

Once he'd confirmed that they were coming, we could all get off the bus and he stopped the next no 1 for us all to get on to continue our journeys. I was on first - and the stupid bint was on it, still no mask, grinning her head off. So I backed off, told the assaulted driver she was there, and she got hauled off and pulled to one side to be questioned by the police, shouting rubbish about him being rascist and hate crime and how could they do this when she had her kids with her? (The rascist bit confused me, as I thought she was just white with a bad fake tan, but apparently she was mixed race? You'd never have known...) Anyway - our poor driver now has to go into 2 weeks self-isolation, and we were nearly an hour late getting home.

Hope she was charged with assault.

I'm reading through the Orczy Scarlet Pimpernel books. I already had five of them: found there are 13 in total, so have hunted ebay and got another five of them on the way...

I think that's most of the news, though I've probably forgotten something. If so I'll edit later or add it to the next update. In the meantime - I'm going to treat myself to a vodka and tonic while listening to Wave Anime Radio on Radio garden Tokyo.

Cheers!!

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Blogger Sue said...

Wow, such excitement! I hope she was charged as well but I doubt very much it will make her think harder next time. I presume you and other passengers had to give witness statements? As for the racist thing, that's nonsense. If you couldn't tell on seeing her close up then a driver, concentrating on easing out into traffic is hardly going to notice and form a judgement.
I had a similar thing a few years ago - but very much more low-key. A lad on the bus was arguing with the driver that he'd been short-changed by £1.00 and refusing to get off the bus until he was given his money. He made such a fuss that the driver called his control who in turn called the police. At which point a man came from the back of the bus, slapped a pound coin into the lad's hand, said 'There's your money now get off' or words to that effect. The lad got off, the bus moved away but then the police caught up with it so the bus had to pull over again while they came and spoke to us by which time the man in the back was practically apoplectic because he was so inpatient to get where he was going.
I've been watching The Librarians which I presume is connected to the films you mentioned. Warehouse 13 was exactly what I thought when I watched the first episode. The series is hardly gripping but entertaining fun.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

So much pretty! You do so well with your flowers.

It's hard to believe some people can be so stupid, and I certainly hope she was charged. Obviously one of the 'me me me' generation.

The (4) series of The Librarians are a spin-off from the 3 films, which we haven't seen either. Still finding it great fun.

We saw some new cats on Wednesday - one is the biggest, fattest cat we've ever seen and needs a serious diet - and pending vet check we'll probably be taking them on - more as it happens!

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Yep, and if we like the films enough, I may buy the series' too, though we may have to wait until next year to watch.

Yep - stupid.

The cats sound interesting. Will there be photos?

And thanks! I'm learning about the orchids as I go along, but I'm still doing the garden thing where plants that should only grow a few feet high just keep going until they're small trees...

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Oh, and no, we didn't have to give statements. As the driver said when I offered, 'we got about 18 cameras, I think they'll have captured everything!'

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

hee - this is us, of course there will be photos. Leo (big, fat!) and Roma are 9 year old brother and sister and very fluffy. So not only will they need diets, they'll need grooming. We've never been without a cat in the house before and are feeling quite excited.

5:55 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Brilliant - I shall look forward to seeing them!

6:03 pm  

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