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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...
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Thank you, everyone, for your sympathy and kind words and thoughts. It's no consolation, of course, but we take a little comfort in knowing we gave him a pretty good life, with his own garden, soft beds (and sofas) to sleep on, good food and cat milk and tinned salmon and tuna for his meds, and lots and lots of love and pettin's.
It'll be an interesting party at the Bridge. Young Jason will want to play with Tyjer, Mink will bounce all over him, Tharg - the most laid-back, huge silver tabby I've ever met - will roll over on his back and smile at him, Ryme will try to mother him, Raptor will run rings around him, Roeg will be curious and try to make friends, Quyn will sit at a slight distance, tongue lolling, tail wagging, happy to have someone else to protect, and Argent - Argent will either challenge him to a duel or sit and debate the strangeness of humans with him for hours...
A lot more has happened in the last month or so, most of it good: will try to update early next week.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
(Crossposted to my Fb account)
Furbaby Argent passed early in 2009, and since as far as I'm concerned a house is just a pile of bricks without a furbaby to make it a home, we visited the local Cat and Dog Home that March, where we saw Tyjer for the first time...
A big orange tabby, we couldn't see his face as he was hiding it under a blanket. He wasn't overly friendly to start with, but seemed to enjoy being scratched behind the ears. He'd spent the first three years of his life in a second floor flat, with no access to the outside at all, with a single mum and her child. Apparently, when she was pregnant with her second, the first child was NOT happy and took it out on Tiger (as he was called then) - when we saw him his fur was covered with purple felt tip pen ink - but the mum was sensible and gave him up to be re-adopted (so kudos to her for that).
We had a visit from a staff member to check that we were suitable parents - on a quiet residential road with a 100' long back garden we ticked the location box at least. Her last question tickled us: she sat and regarded us sombrely, and asked, "And where will the cat sleep?" Kai and I looked at each other, then at her and said, "Um, anywhere he wants!"
We brought him home a week later.
We changed his name to make it more unusual, but not so far from the original that he'd have to get used to something completely new (Ken suggested Tiberius: never having been a great fan of William Shatner I nixed that. Besides, imagine going out to call a cat in for the night and having to shout "Tiberius! Bedtime!") He was very bright, somewhat wary (right up to the end he didn't like strangers, and took a while to get used to friends), protective and territorial (he absolutely would NOT allow other cats into his garden!) In later years he mellowed, and over the last year, while Ken's been working from home, has joined us for lunch, lying on his back between Kai and Ken on the sofa for pettin's, purring and kneading the air as Kai rubbed and scratched his belly. He got into the habit of joining me in this room - to guard me from anything out in the garden, I think, as he sat at the closed patio doors hissing at anything, like our resident foxes, that approached - and mewing at me to encourage me to go to bed when he'd decided I'd been writing long enough.
His hips started playing up a couple of years ago, and I've been giving him Metacam analgesic (three consecutive doses every four to five weeks, as overuse can cause kidney failure) and back in March this year I found we'd run out. I had to take him for a check up before they'd prescribe any more, so off we went. The vet (at Pets At Home) said he had a slight heart murmur and at least one rotting tooth, and given his age - 15 - it would be best to have them extracted to avoid any infections. So we booked him in for last Friday.
It went well, although he ended up having seven teeth removed, and on Saturday he was eating, and purring, and seemed fine. Then overnight Saturday to Sunday his breathing changed, and he was listless and not eating. We took him back on Sunday afternoon (had a check up booked in any case) and the vet (a different one) checked him over and took an X-ray. Tyjer's lungs were congested - either pneumonia or pulmonary oedema - so much that his heart couldn't be clearly seen, and his temperature was too high. He was given medication and antibiotics, we were given diuretic tablets for him (to be given every six hours) and booked a further appointment for Monday.
Even with the meds he got worse over Sunday night, and by Monday morning was just a shadow of himself. When we took him back to the vet his temperature was even higher and his breathing audibly raspy. I decided further intervention would only cause him more distress, and the vet agreed with me. I was able to go into the room and pet and talk to him while he was put to sleep, and it was quiet and calm and he drifted peacefully away.
We brought him home, and interred him in the garden he loved so much, on the shady side of Roeg's Pool, curled up in a box as though asleep with catnip leaves scattered over him. Later on I'll plant some ferns there.
Tyjer, 2006 - 19.4.21, united with Jason, Mink, Tharg, Roeg, Raptor, Ryme, Quyn and Argent. We'll see you at the Rainbow Bridge when the time comes.
I miss him.
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
Just a quick update.
Kai's birthday today - quiet, but he says he's enjoyed it. Favourite lunch and a curry-out for dinner, and a surprise card from Kim with a bar of chocolate! We gave him cash: his interests are now so specific it's almost impossible to find anything he's bound to like (and the white plushie Among Us figure I preordered has been cancelled as the peeps making them hadn't got the Among Us creators' approval. Ooops.)
His first Covid jab is booked for this Saturday at Stockwood, same place as mine, and Ken got his this evening at Supadrug in Broadmead (he got the AstraZeneca vaccine, so only a 5 minute wait before he was allowed to go. I had to wait 15 mins with the Pfizer one.)
We finished watching The Orville season 2 and it just gets better and better. Can't wait for season 3 (though the pandemic has delayed production so no idea when it'll be ready to view). We've also now finished Black Mirror season 4, which is very good. Next up is probably The Sentinel, which has FINALLY been completely released on DVD and which I got for my birthday. Looking forward to it!
About it for now. Hope everyone's safe and well and getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Welcome to frog bonking season!
Yes, Roeg's Pool is seething with frogs. I anticipate a lot of frogspawn later...
Well, pretty much as usual it's been manic here. But good manic...
Back before Yule I decided that my Isogel pillow had finally become too uncomfy for my neck, so took the plunge and ordered a Tempur classic pillow. Was unimpressed when it arrived - heavy, and a bit like pressing down onto thick mud (except not wet), so wasn't expecting much - but wow. Can't remember the last time I slept so well. It's amazing, unbelievably comfortable! Never going back to anything different now!
We've had the coffee table in the middle of the lounge for years, and I was getting a bit fed up with it being always cluttered. Plus I needed more surface area for my plants, especially the citruses while they're growing up (which they are doing very well). So I googled side tables, and found this beauty -
- at Dunelm. It's perfect, and looks a lot more expensive than it actually was. VERY pleased with it! (And the coffee table is now empty except for Kai's computer tools and a box of tissues. I'd be happy to see it go but I suppose it is still useful.)
A few weeks ago I was tidying up, and noticed a folded piece of newspaper tucked away on a bookcase. So I opened it out...
It's the double page Daily Mirror newspaper moon map, released back on Friday 18th July 1969 just before the first lunar landing, that I'd cut out and kept.
Ye gods. It's survived, and I bought some acid-free backing paper and conservation grade sticky stuff, and Kai and I finagled it into a glass frame.
And that takes me back. I was 10, and vividly remember (watching or hearing, can't remember now whether we had it on TV or the radio) that "small step", then going out into the garden and waving at the moon...
I feel old!
Anyway, after putting that up, we thought we'd populate the stairwell, so the next one to go up was the Open University poster I ordered a year or so ago - Earth from Space. It's double sided, so it's in an acid-free plastic envelope so we can turn it periodically.
Together they look quite nice!
Next month I plan to dig out the Simon Drake poster I got when Ken and I went to see him at the Bristol Hippodrome - must be about 26 years ago now? - and get that put up too! Photo when done.
I had cause to physically go down to Sainsbury's a couple of weeks ago, and found a clock lying on a wall. Don't know about anywhere else, but around here, if you put something out on your wall it's an invitation for anyone who wants it to just take it, whether there's a note or not (I did it with a whole pile of very large plant pots I no longer needed and they were snapped up in about 6 hours!) Anyway, it was rather nice, so I went and did the shopping - took about 45 mins, I wanted to browse their clothing - and decided that if it was still there on the way back I'd bring it home with me.
It wasn't working, but with Kai that's not even a thing, so he fitted a silent mechanism for me, and there it is! It catches the light beautifully, and is so pretty! (All the round things are 'crystals', so it sparkles in the light.)
Then I was looking at pretty bedding on amazon, and found this...
Couldn't resist - and it's gorgeous. Jewel coloured and wonderful thick soft pure cotton, feels fantastic against the skin. Debating getting another...
The orchids are doing well. GO has a new flower spike (I had planned to repot it when it had finished flowering but that will have to wait now)
EO's current flowers are a lot smaller than they should be, so when it's finished I shall cut the whole spike off and let it sleep for a few months - it's been in flower now for about a year and a half and the rest will do it good.
RO is now down to one (perfect) flower, so perhaps not as long lasting as the others, but still an absolute beauty.
Tyjer is being his usual self...
We recently bought a decent DVD/Bluray multi region player - we now have one device instead of three! Much better - and have been buying the odd Bluray now we have a player that actually plays them. Ken and I watched The Purge (which I found up at Cash Converter in Broadwalk, along with Prison Break season 3: the two of them for £2.60. I like the two main actors in this - they were great together in Legends of Tomorrow so wanted to see them together in something else, and at that price it doesn't matter if I hate it!) The Purge is interesting - thought-provoking, which I hadn't expected. Won't buy any more, but it was good to see the first one.
Zodiac has great reviews, and with that cast I thought we'd give it a go. It's rather good!
We all watched Watchmen (the film) in preparation for Watchmen (the series). The series takes its cue from the graphic novel ending though, so I had to explain to K&K what that was. We still prefer the film ending, but the series is very good indeed.
And then there's The Orville. Bloody hell. I'd say Orville and Expanse are THE best sci-fi available today. Orville is superb. It's touted as Star Trek as it should have been, and yes, in part it is, but it's so much more... Half way through season 1 I HAD to order season 2, which arrived yesterday, so we'll probably start it tonight. Fabulous series.
(Also bought The Expanse season 4 on Bluray (was cheaper than DVD, no idea why), but we'll have to watch season 3 first as it's been a couple of years...)
And then it was my birthday, and I got a fantastic present - my first Covid-19 innoculation at Stockwood Medical Centre! Surprisingly easy and quick, completely painless, and apart from feeling a bit more tired and achey than usual I feel fine now. Hoping K&K can get theirs soon too.
The other presents were fantastic too - Alpahville and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, and a moon lamp and organic chocolates and The Lathe of Heaven, a gorgeous little Chokin pot from Kai, and robot soap (yes, you did read that right, thanks Sue!), and a bottle of Prosecco from Kim, who I discovered had her first jab in January, as she's a key worker with the Brandon Trust, so fingers crossed we can start going swimming again when Jubilee Pool reopens end of March!
And today Kai and I planted garlic and Dutch irises in the garden and saw the biggest bumblebees ever in the heathers: I have a good dozen tomato shoots on kitchen window/in the greenhouse during the day, while Ken went for a walk with Dawn and to pick up some oxygenating plants for the pools, to encourage the frogs and any newts that are still here. The daphne up at the greenhouse has only just started flowering and the perfume is filling the back garden already - absolutely beautiful. Happy garden. Happy owners!
Will try for a rest tomorrow!
Monday, January 25, 2021
Yesterday morning... (OK, starting from yesterday and working backwards!)
Last night I thought to myself - it's about time you reported Luke Jones (of Fixit) to the gov dept responsible for tax (after all, we paid the costs of the work to build our drive into his personal bank account, which I believe is somewhat illegal if, as we assumed, he planned to not declare it), so logged into google to check on the status of the so-called company...
I found this...
I read it - jaw dropping further and further open and eyes widening as I did so. I had to read it twice. And then - imagine me pogoing around the house fist-pumping the air and singing Justified and Ancient as loud as I could - all virtually, of course, it was 2 a.m. and although Ken's on two days annual leave he's not sleeping all that well atm, didn't want to wake him.
These are the relevant bits. (The site is public and I've provided the link so I don't think this is illegal).
We probably didn't start the ball rolling, but my complaints to Citizen's Advice, their referrral to Trading Standards, and my CCJ against them must all have helped. We may never see the money we're due, but the sacks of shit won't be able to scam anyone else - for at least 10 years in the case of Luke, and never for that vile little bully his father!
I've been grinning fit to burst all day.
And I used the first saffron (all six threads) I picked from my crocuses - back in the summer, even though they shouldn't really start producing until next autumn - in the rice for tonight's teriyaki chicken, and it worked beautifully! Lovely yellow colour and a subtle but very pleasant taste. A good investment, it appears. Chuffed about that!
Muse had a new album out (back in 2018. Why we only find out about these two years after I will never know...) So I bought it... Simulation Theory (which I keep calling Simulation Therapy...) You know how much I love Muse, and this is the best yet. When it arrived I played it three times straight through (seriously, usually once is enough!) and had to resist playing it a fourth time. I've played it again, pretty much every day, usually more than once. I'm addicted. It's fabulous! I think Thought Contagion is my favourite...
Although... Algorithm is bloody good too...
Ah, of course! I keep thinking it's Simulation Therapy because that's what it is for me - therapy. The whole album makes me me feel GREAT!
So, having got that sorted out... It's been a month of making mental connections. Not sure I've ever mentioned how much I absolutely loathe those hideous more than life-sized nutcracker soldiers that seem to be in every xmas decoration and tableau in the US for the last few years. I can't stand the things! But I couldn't work out why. Well, they're pretty ugly, but my reaction was a lot more than simple dislike.
Then I remembered.
Waaaaaaay back, when dinosaurs ruled the earth and I was just a wee kiddie, we watched a Doctor Who episode that scared me rigid. All I could remember was toy soldiers chasing the Dr and his companions through a wood made of letters. A couple of years ago I found a Dr Who twitter channel, and described it, asking if it really existed or if I'd had a nightmare. The owner said no, it's a real episode, part of The Mind Robber. It was good to know I hadn't dreamed it, but then I left it - until, with a Christmas24 channel film on the background, I realised that OF COURSE those hideous nutcrackers reminded me of the toy soldiers in the episode! Why it hadn't clicked before I don't know - but anyway, I found the DVD on ebay and bought it, and we watched it a couple of weeks ago. It's actually not bad, as ancient Doctor Who series' go. And the toy soldiers are still really creepy!
This is fantastic news!. Swimming is the thing I've missed most of all with the lockdowns. My health has suffered too - normal exercise just doesn't do the same... I shall be back three weeks after I've had my first Covid-19 jab.
We've been catching up with the watching stuff, of course...
Johnny Mnemonic was released in 1995 - Kai's birthyear - and the film starts on Jan 17th (or 15th? I though the screen said 15 but everyone else says 17...) January 2021. Kai had never seen it, so we watched it on the 17th. Rollicking good fun, if very violent, and it's aged quite well.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse... wow... just wow. I was expecting something fun, but this is extraordinary. Really good.
Unfortunately the same can't be said for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie - which is absolutely dire. Such an embarrassment (for everyone who was in it too...)
We watched Avengers: Endgame in preparation for Spider-Man: Far from Home. Which is... OK. Not brilliant, though quite a bit of fun.
The Planets is an amazing watch. It strikes a really nice balance between the science and comprehensibility for the masses. (Muse's The Void, which is on Simulation Theory, is the intro music too. Nice choice!) I could have done with a tiny bit more science, to be honest, but it's still beautiful and compelling.
And it's gorgeous!
I picked up Pokémon Detective Pikachu because Ryan Reynolds is in it, not expecting much - but it's another surprise, really good and gorgeously made (although you do need to be familiar with Pokemon for it to make sense - we are because Kai went through the craze when he was little).
Voyage of Time: Life's Journey was a xmas present from (ach! Sue? GoodTwin? really sorry, I can't remember!) It's a fascinating film, nothing actually new in it, but beautifully made and quite haunting. Prospect - xmas presesent from (again, Sue or GoodTwin) is very good, obviously low budget but extremely effective regardless. I'd recommend both!
Another one I picked up ages ago is Kick-Ass 2, but I've been put off watching it because it stars Jim Carrey, and I can't stand him. Ken and I decided to watch it, just to get it over with, and... it's... exceptionally violent, and the gutter humour is off-putting, although fitting in-film... and... OK, I didn't even recognise Jim Carrey, and he was rather good, so looks like he's aged well... Can't really say I enjoyed it, but I'll probably watch it again at some point - it's kind of compelling...
I bought Mune: Guardian of the Moon for Kai for Yule and it's utterly sublime. Stunning. Went straight onto the Best of the Best shelf. It's like nothing I've ever seen, completely original (as far as I can tell), and gob-smackingly beautiful. LOVE it.
Kai decided to get himself Netflix back before Yule. I mentioned that I'd read about Love, Death and Robots and that it sounded good...
GOOD?? Wow, I sometimes amaze myself with understatement. It is absolutely brilliant. And clever. And uproariously funny - in places - and viciously satirical - in places - and tear-jerkingly distressing - in places - and overall... wow. Worth getting Netflix just for this. Really hope a second season materialises.
Way back just after the dinosaurs extinction, I watched a thing called Search. Well, I watched a couple of eps of it, anyway. I remembered liking Doug McClure. So I hunted through the IMDb and then amazon and found both the original pilot, Probe, and the SEARCH series, and in a fit of nostalgia bought both from mum T for me for Yule.
Ken and I are currently hauling through it, but it's aged horribly. The rampant sexism is teeth-gritting cringeworthy - which does at least make it a somewhat interesting social document. But I can't recommend it to anyone.
I'm about half way through Guns, Germs and Steel (another pressie from Sue/GoodTwin... it's no good, you're going to have to sign your names on presents!). It's very good, if very depressing, but excellent for world-building background info. Also inspires questions, always a good thing!
And I think that's probably it for the moment. I've been busy, of course - we have a new book proposal to go to Chelsea tomorrow (details if it gets taken up) - Ken (who was eligible for a free flu jab so finally got one on the 9th) is still working from home, but trying to go out for walks for exercise with Kai as often as time and weather allow. Kai is currently fending off a cold, so not at his best, but is still busy with online friends and his own projects. Can't do much in the garden until the weather improves, but then we have all the planting planned out. I should have a bit more time to devote to the veg this year, we have no major house-thingie things planned!
And finally - this is my Ryuk mask. Ai lubs it!!
Later, everyone. Please stay safe and well.
... off to listen to Simulation Theory again...
Saturday, January 02, 2021
It's 2.1.21, and it snowed!
Not enough to really settle, but it was pretty while it lasted.
More later. Just wanted to say that.
Wishing everyone a safe and healthy 2021.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
It was raining when I wrote the earlier bit. Then it stopped, and I looked out the bedroom window, and there they were - the sky had cleared. So Kai lugged the telescope out, and we had a good look, and he took a load of photos just using my little point and click camera, so not the best quality. But there they are...
Saturn above, Jupiter below. If you squint, you can make out two moons - one of the three we saw at 1 o'clock, and one, very close to the planet, directly opposite.
Hoping it's clear tomorrow so we can see the closest approach, but if not, at least we've seen this. Best anniversary present ever.
Quick update, as I forgot to say earlier...
It's our 31st wedding anniversary tomorrow (for some reason I keep thinking it's the 32nd...) and it's also the occasion of the closest conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter for 800 years. We checked last night and we can see them above the houses on the other side of the road from outside the greenhouse - as long as there are no clouds. So whether or not we'll be able to actually see the moment is open to question. I've been pestering the weather gods with appeals for a couple of hours of clear sky just after dusk... please keep fingers crossed.
EO's new sprig is coming along nicely.
AO's flower spike is also doing well (it refused to allow me to get it to spiral around the support, but that's how it goes when your orchid has a mind of its own...)
One contented, warm and well-fed cat!
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Well I never!
I do enjoy being pleasantly surprised/proved wrong. Two young engineers arrived at the PDSA around lunchtime today: first I knew was when one phoned as we were finishing lunch (vegan 'pulled pork' - made from a tin of jackfruit and a completely delicious home made sauce - in a toasted bun, lovely!) and introduced himself. I went out to the top of the garden and had a nice discussion with him: he said he'd see if the wiring would make it possible to move the light to the side of the big building there - thus pointing parallel to our house, not straight at us - and angle it so it made life easier. I said that would be absolutely ideal, crossed my fingers, and left him to it.
And he did! We now have a little star instead of a floodlight and a mellow glow hitting the PDSA courtyard there as the light is angled down. Obviously we can still see it, but the difference is amazing. Our wildlife have their nature reserve back, and we have our privacy.
I am very happy! Going to drop round there tomorrow (or Sat if it's raining too hard tomorrow) with a card, a thank you note to the manager, a donation and a box of chocs for the staff. They certainly deserve it.
And Kai took his bike in to the new bike place on Sandy Park Rd - he qualified for the new council/govmt £50 voucher to get one's bike serviced: a one-off thing to encourage people to bike instead of drive that has been taken up widely across the city - and a couple of hours later was able to collect it! Apparently they did a great job and he was able to ride it home.
So for once it's been a very successful day, and a major source of stress is gone.
Would be nice if everything went as smoothly, but I'm not complaining!
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Kai and I went outside a couple of times to check it wasn't coming from anywhere else, and I gestured angrily towards BND's house - which I guess he saw on his security camera, because after that the TV (or more likely speaker? I don't know or care how he's arranged his living room as long as it doesn't bother me) volume dropped right back down to normal. Well, the TV is still a little loud, but not enough to cause stress, so we're ignoring it. I suspect it's because Suzanne's hearing isn't so good, I vaguely remember him barking something like that back when we were still letting him speak at us...
Now we have a new problem. Back in 2010 the PDSA at the back of us had a security light installed. It wasn't blinding, but it shone directly into the garden, so I contacted them and asked if they could do something about it. At the time they changed the angle a little, and while it was far from perfect, it did alleviate the glare by enough to allow us to skywatch without too much hassle. Well, on the 24th November they had a new one installed - higher up the wall and absolutely blindingly glaring into the back of the house and all of the garden. It casts shadows through the bathroom and landing windows, floods the garden with an appallingly brilliant white light, and leaves us feeling like we're living under a prison floodlight.
I rang them omn the 25th, explained the problem, and asked if they could do something about it. At some point the engineers turned it - very slightly, nowhere near enough to make any material difference. So I wrote to the manager, dropped it off this Mon, and on Tues had an apologetic email saying they'd referred it to the engineers for them to deal directly with us. Yeah, sure. I'll believe that when I see it.
Well, if they haven't got back to us by next Mon, I'll get their contact details from the PDSA - and probably contact their HQ as well, as this is just ridiculous. We have no privacy and no chance of skywatching (tried to watch for Geminids on the 13th, couldn't see a bloody thing), our wildlife have no security, our quality of life has gone down and my stress levels way up. After all we've done for them, too!!
Very unhappy. Will let you know what happens.
Media... we had a splurge on films. I found The Loft cheap on amazon (bought it for Wentworth Miller, one of my favourite characters in Legends of Tomorrow - we already have Equilibrium, which stars my other favourite LoT actor Dominic Purcell). It was... interesting. Very unpleasant characters but the story was intriguing.
Revolver is fun but has a strange ending. I think it could be taken in several different ways - a method of harmonising character traits, perhaps, or psychological control over 'enemies'... An interesting, open-ended watch. Thanks Wendy - we rather enjoyed it!
Also have to thank Wendy for sending me Her. Kai wanted to see this as well, and... wow. It's one of the most complex, emotionally brutal and oddly uplifting films I've ever seen. We absolutely loved it, and for me it's now a yardstick by which to measure future films. Superb. Not an easy watch, but an I-can-run-out-of-superlatives-SO-easily triumph of cinema.
(Made the mistake of seeing what else the director had done... Jackass?? WHY!!???...)
Kai took out a subscription to Netflix (it has stuff he really wanted to see) so we all settled down to watch Over the Moon, which is beautiful (I caught the main song on tumblr and was intrigued...) Adorable, whimsical, gorgeously animated - yes, we thoroughly enjoyed it.
What I didn't enjoy was going down with a week's dose of gastroenteritis a couple of weeks ago. No fun whatsoever. Would very much like to NOT get that again, plskthnx.
We're currently working our way through Jonathan Creek (got to the end of Season 3 of Deep Space 9 and decided to take a break until after Yule, as we have quite a pile of new films to watch over the season). Such fun!
Then this happened - I cried.
There's more, of course, but nothing too important. We're pretty much ready for the celebrations, and Ken has our anniversary and the next day off, so a short week next week. Our tree and lights went up last week of November - house is very pretty - and all cards have been sent off. Now just planning to take it easy. We're lucky, we don't have visitors over Yule anyway and don't usually go out much, so the tiers/lockdown don't really affect us much.
I did treat myself to something though - My Little Prime (or Optimus Pony, if you prefer...)
The tail moves through 360°.
Big Bad Toy Store, of course. So cute!
All for now. Please stay safe and well, everyone, and we hope you have a relatively stress free Yuletide.