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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
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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...?

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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...

    






























































There is now no stopping RO...


































Gantz: Perfect Answer is amazing!





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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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3 Comments:

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.

5:44 pm  
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... :)

5:50 pm  
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.

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

Brilliant - I shall look forward to seeing them!

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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.

... ohkaaayy...

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...

Later!

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Blogger Sue said...

I caught a bit of Constantine on a Batwoman crossover episode and yes, I thought it was a strange accent too. I did watch the first few episodes of Legends a while back but it didn't click with me. Maybe I'll try it again - if I can clear the decks of various other things and find the time!
Well done on the rescued orchid.
I use Notepad ++ at work (although not for coding) and yes, it's great.
Glad the temperature has finally cooled down, although we haven't had nearly as much rain as was forecast. Still, might be able to do a bit of gardening tomorrow between showers - if they appear at all.

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

The first season got better as it went along - single villain and a great ending I did NOT see coming. Second season I found less than memorable, even with John Barrowman in it, first time round, but enjoyed it much more second time. Third season was good, quite compulsive, fourth season I'm hooked - and I just adore what Rory has become (that's Heatwave Mick Rory, not Rory Pond...) The only mildly irritating thing is that just every now and then they have a a crossover ep, with green Arrow, Supergirl and the Flash, and we don't follow those, so much of the ep and most of the charas are unfamiliar (though it was fun to see Russell Tovey as a superhero in S3W8 - the Ray, apparently, still not sure what his superpower was...) But we just watch and let it wash over us. There's usually enough clues in the ep that we're not completely lost.

Anyway - LOVE it. Looking forward to season 5, but cautiously, as it may not live up to expectations...

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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...


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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!

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

er, was that two weeks...? waves in the direction of Briz...

My excuse for the last week has been the heat. Waaaayyyy too hot to think or do anything. Not quite sure what happened before that - work, Mum - and possibly not much else.

Glad to hear Derpy has survived lockdown and that you and Kai are getting back to it.

We're in the middle of thunderstorms - blessed cool rain! The bun and pigs have been so hot over the last few days I've been seriously worried about them, even though they've all had fans running out there.

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

It's been ridiculously busy and I must try to update tomorrow or I'll forget everything that's happened...

Lucky you - the thunderstorms here just made it hotter and more humid. Though it's a bit better tonight, there's a tiny coolish breeze, and the humidity's not quite as bad. Still too hot to be comfy though!

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Just back in from an hour sky gazing with the telescope. Jupiter is magnificent, two dark cloud bands and four moons visible, Saturn looks like an eye (the rings are VERY clear tonight, and tilted towards earth) and two moons are visible - and we can see Comet Neowise (photos at the bottom of that page), which is what we went out for! Kai's first comet: he's dead chuffed! (My third, but all comets are special: this is the first through a proper scope.) It's faint, but you can see the tail with both bins and scope. Magical...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Later edit. Again.

Dr thinks the problem with my foot is morton's neuroma. Bussed - masked the whole time of course - over to South Bristol Community Hospital for an x-ray last Mon, just to make sure it's nothing skeletal - it isn't, all that showed up was the healed metatarsal I broke dancing barefoot at a disco at Uni - so now have to wait for another ultrasound scan, which could take months as they're backed up with everything else that's happening. In the meantime picked up a pack of supports (expensive given I only need the one, but they do work and I can wear them with sandals, so that's a big plus). Good news is I can, just, get on my driving shoes, so can restart Kai's driving lessons hopefully this weekend. He's now very keen to start driving properly, so will make it a weekly thing (if not more often if I can find somewhere safe for him to practise...)

Forgot to say we also watched Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 and 3, all of them amazing, inclusive, and with wonderful lessons to (unconsciously) teach the watcher. Very glad I bought them!

And I treated Tyjer to one of these after reading that cats are reluctant to drink out of bowls as in the wild it means the water is stagnant... or summin... Anyway, although we haven't seen him use it, from the number of times I've had to top it up, and the contents of his litter tray, it looks like he's enjoying it!

Oh dear, it's getting longer and longer between posts...

Sorry about that. I guess I'm still trying to recover.

Anyway... It's all much the same as it was before - Ken's still working from home, and may well be into next year if the warning of a second winter spike of Covid-19 comes true, Kai's working on projects and helping me weed, when my back permits it. Front's not too bad, but the back garden... I shall be seeing about getting a couple of guys from the Neighbourhood Group to come help in a month or so, it's beyond us now. If we can get it down to a copable level - and block the foxes from coming back - Kai and I between us should be able to keep it under control, certainly over the winter.

We've been watching a lot of stuff...

The Jungle Book - the 1967 film, a lot of fun, and the 2016 Jungle Book, also a lot of fun. It's difficult to compare the two as they're quite different, but both are enjoyable.

Moon 44, which is... bearable, I suppose. Didn't help that the sound cut out at minute 30 and didn't resume until minute 32, which meant we missed a vitally important bit of conversation, but ah well...

Carousel, which, quite frankly, we all found instantly forgettable - with the obvious exception of "You'll never Walk Alone" (didn't know it came from this!). Pity, but there we go. There weren't even any particularly likeable characters in it.

Revolt, which despite feeling like a pilot to a series, was actually not at all bad.

Possession... interesting. OK. Quite a good plot. OK watch.

High Life, which is absolutely extraordinary. Not an easy watch, but a damn fine film.

Ken and I have been working our way through Legends of Tomorrow; we're about to finish season 1. Kai has opted out, as he remembers most of the first two seasons, which is all we had until I bought season 3 and 4. He'll watch the end of season 2 with us before we start season 3. By the time we've finished (and I still need to pick up season 5) it'll be time to start Deep Space 9 (now have all seven seasons. Should keep us going 'til Yule...)

You remember last August we had Anglian replace the soffits, fascia and guttering (to stop the black mould spreading into the house)? They did a fantastic job. Even through last winter's storms it stood fast, no leaks, not even drips. Well, since then BND has had workmen on at least two occasions working up ladders at the back of the house, and now, suddenly, the space between his gutter and ours is leaking. And he's accusing us/Anglian. It's obvious his cowboys have caused the damage. He could have had it fixed - I clearly heard the last workman say he could seal it with some mastic, but noooo, the toxic old bugger wants to blame us. As it happens, it's less than a year since the work was done, so Anglian will probably repair it for us, but I have made a third complaint to the police anyway, as I don't see why he should get away with his appalling behaviour (he's also taken to standing up on the slope at the top of his garden glaring at Kai and I while we're working, I assume as an attempt at intimidation. I just ignore him, but it disturbs Kai). We have a PC Ayers calling at some point. In the meantime I've moved the voice recorder app on my phone to make it easier to record him - with due warning, of course - if he starts anything. I think it's about time to find out the costs involved with taking legal action against him. We've had six years of his crap and I've had enough.

On a lighter level...


2020 fission... uh, vision... uh, fashion...

Mask by Kirsteen Wythe on Etsy. Hair hasn't been cut since last Yule - will see if I can get an appointment before 2021!

Hopefully there'll be an update sooner next time...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

I think I have the same problem with my foot caused by an ill-fitting lining in my shoe a while ago. I quite literally feel your pain... :) But good to hear they're looking into it, even if it does take a while.

I'm sure Anglian will fix your problem (if only they could fix the source of your problem!) and might be able to tell you what went wrong - i.e., was it sabotage? Good luck with that - and why, pray, do you need to tell him if you record him? Abuse directed at you in your own property should be good enough reason.

I'm having to look into masks now (not very happy about it). Work will provide for me while I'm there, but if we want to go anywhere else we'll need our own. Shops were disappointingly empty today but I've got some material with the intent of making my own :)

6:20 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Ow symps!! Not at all nice.

Unfortunately, recording someone without their knowledge, unless you're a spy or undercover cop, is borderline illegal and cannot be used for legal purposes. But he now has a third complaint against him in his police record, and I'm very tempted to cancel Anglian and make him fix it it himself, since his effing cowboys caused the damage. I'm certainly not paying for anything.

You can get used to masks surprisingly quickly, but always carry plenty of tissues as they do get a bit hot underneath. Ours are double thickness and we put triple thickness washable filters inside, which makes them hotter but gives us better protection. Haven't come this far to be careless now.

Fingers crossed for the Oxford vaccine...

9:27 pm  
Blogger Sue said...

Symps to both of you for foot issues. Not nice. Good luck with the guttering, whatever you decide to do.

9:28 am  

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