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Adventures in Orchids
Apparently I am now collecting them...
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
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...
Monday, October 26, 2020
Found this. Watched it. Kept saying - it can't get any bigger - can it? And then it did.
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 eas '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 Rayan 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.
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.
Monday, September 21, 2020
I'm beginning to think the little peeping spike on AO is going to be a flower spike...
There is now no stopping RO...
Gantz: Perfect Answer is amazing!
Sunday, September 20, 2020
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.)
© Kai Taylor 2020
Lithops flower, and the new orchids...
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.
Friday, August 14, 2020
OK, let's see if I can remember what's happened in the last couple of weeks...
Starting with medical. Bussed over to Hengrove Community Hospital for the ultrasound to my foot, and it's sortof good news. It's not a Morton's neuroma, so no risk of potential surgery. Apparently it's flexor tendinitis and bursitis (the tendons and fluid filled sacs cushioning the bones of my foot are inflamed. Usually affects shoulders, elbow, hips and knees, but of course I have to be different.) Dr has referred me to orthotics for further exploration, but even pre-lockdown appts took 20 weeks, so gawdknows when I'll hear anything. In the meantime pain relief gel has been recommended, but on further investigation all of them contain ingredients that I've been told to avoid (like ibuprofen) so it looks like it's a matter of just putting up with it for now. At least it's not likely to get any worse, and it may go away by itself, but given my usual luck that's not likely. We'll see.
Derpy... [wince] £397. And 7p. Mustn't forget the 7p. Though that does include £168 for the service and £45 for the MOT, so not as bad as it sounds. The horn unit wasn't working (had rusted due to lack of use and the awful rain we've had, so needed replacing). But she's now fine and legal - although there were a number of 'advisories' we'll have to get put right next year, like the left hand front tyre which is close to the legal limit for wear, and some rust that will need sorted. I'll start saving...
Remember RO (the orchid rescued from the skip up the road)? It finally has a flower spike!
That was two weeks ago. Today we have this:
I'm seeing if I can get it to grow in a spiral around that supporting spike...
In the house... A month or so ago I bought a new saucepan lid holder for the kitchen wall between the fridge and the cooker - so that wall is finally fully painted! The holder is metal and holds all five lids, which is great. Then one of the hooks (the one holding the colander) pulled out of the wall beside the sink, so I had the bright idea of buying grilles and hanging my kitchen utensils on them so they're handy. Found some on amazon...
... and Kai put them up for me! All very neat and handy. The hooks came from Proper Job. (The colander wouldn't fit so it's now hanging from the shelf over the pantry door.)
While on the subject of kitchen stuff, I bought one of these... nice pan, but the lid is appallingly badly designed: I burned my fingers on it. I've left a 1 * review on amazon to try to warn others, but if you read this and are tempted, please don't. Luckily the good, safe lid from the old pan (which I kept because it fits my wok) fits it, so I've ditched the new.
I've started photographing my old diaries and backing up the blog for the archives, so I'm correcting all the photo links as I go along. Unfortunately a lot of the info links go to sites that no longer exist, and I really don't have the time or energy to chase the new ones down, so they'll just have to stay non-functional. I've reached Jan 2004 so far.
Had a fright though. Found that some of the pages simply would not load from the archives no matter what I did (including taking the s off the https url) , so put a query on the forum, and had a helpful reply from one of the other blog owners. Simple cure - take the www off the url - but I had 18 years worth of corrections to make. Kai talked me through the find/replace of notepad ++ (which I'm not familiar with) and then overwriting the entire archive. It's fine now, to my relief.
Garden... I've started clearing the brambles and nettles from the square, but the green compost bin is now full and we have a prolonged spell of rain, so can't finish the job for a bit. Still, it's a start...
And finally, media.
It's been fun! Picked up Dolittle and Jumanji: the Next Level on a 'buy 2 for £8' (instead of £10 each) and they are the most enormous fun! Jumanji: the Next Level is actually a little better than the first film, although you do need to see that in order for the sequel to make sense. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter... yers, well... picked it up cheap on amazon just for the hell of it, and it's absolutely awful - but then, it's supposed to be, and we laughed all the way through it! A lot of fun but I doubt we'll ever watch it again and I can't really recommend it, unless you want to watch a deliberate B movie for comparison with other, better films.
And that brings us to Legends of Tomorrow season 4... I swear the writers made the conscious decision to just ditch any pretensions to realism near the end of season 3, because season 4 is completely insane, and HUGELY enjoyable! My favourite season so far! It's also very very clever: I am somewhat in awe of the way the writers have created such a massively complex and intricately detailed and consistent multiverse. I've even come round to liking Constantine - grew on me a bit like a most unwelcome fungus to start with but now I quite like the character. (I was initially annoyed because he sounded like an American trying - very badly - to imitate a weird English mix of accents - Welsh, Scottish and Cockney came initially to mind). So I looked him up. Turns out he's Welsh born, bred and raised.
Anyway. Flawed character (they all are to some extent) but that's part of his... 'charm'...
So that's about it for now. I'm off to pre-order Legends season 5 - out next month, can't wait - then just take this afternoon off. Ken's finishing early today, and Kai has gone out for a walk: I may go up for a lie-down and some music in an hour or so. It's too wet to garden...
Friday, July 31, 2020
It's been manic...
So, Derpy wouldn't start, but three hours recharging the battery did the trick and I took her down to Sainsbury's to get petrol: brake discs had a light covering of rust (Kai says) but using her again seems to have sorted that out. Anyway, she's now taxed and booked in for service and MOT 10th Aug.
Drove out to Whitchurch garden centre for thyme and oregano, potting compost, bamboo and steel cable (2.5mm) for supporting the wisteria - we want to train it (finally! been meaning to get it done for years...) along the front of the house at two levels, just below the bedroom windows and just above the downstairs ones. It will look gorgeous and smell wonderful. Ian, the guy who sorted out our redundant cables at the side of the house end of last year, is coming round next week to have a look and see if he thinks he can do the work for us. Fingers crossed!
Kai's first Sunday driving lesson in six months was... interesting. And a little hair-raising, but that was partly my fault for opting for right turns after such a long break. We went to the Temple Meads Showcase Cinema's car park for a quick midweek lesson last Wed, and he tried reversing. Not too bad, but there were a number of other people there - a girl taking an instructed lesson (both wearing masks, instructor had gloves on too) and driving slowly and carefully, a guy moving slightly faster, a nutcase going far too fast (there are speedbumps there) and a red van man, also driving a little erratically and speedily. So not the best place, but Kai managed OK. Aiming to get back to the industrial estate this Sunday.
I've had my appointment for the ultrasound for my foot!! Sat 8th Aug! Really quick. I'm pleased, although getting out to Hengrove on a Sat is going to be a pain.
Kai and I have started tackling the garden... not done too badly, although there's an awful lot more to do.
Media: we're about half way through Legends of Tomorrow season 3. It's completely bonkers but a lot of fun. Except for John Constantine, who is a pain in the arse. I was looking forward to his guest starring too. Alas, he's going to be a regular in season 4...
© Kai Taylor July 2020
Kai's photo of Saturn, taken through the telescope using my little point and click camera. Going to price up adapters - so he can use his own camera and get better definition - for Yule present.
There's more, but it's too hot (28° today, washing dried in 45 mins) and I'm tired after starting on the bramble pruning yesterday afternoon. More later. Stay safe, everyone!