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I live to write. It's not wise to get in my way.
August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]
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.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
I like moles, in the abstract. They're native, they're fascinating, they have amazing hands and the most beautiful fur. You could even call them cute. In the abstract.
But when they uproot my jasmine it's an entirely different matter. That mole has got to go!
Ken rang Wyevale yesterday, to find, rather to our amazement, that they stock a humane mole trap. At a quarter of the price of the online one we found. Accordingly, this morning I decided a mole-trap-hunting expedition to Wyevale was called for...
So I took Kai off to school - only to pause outside the park at the distinctive sound of a woodpecker! We couldn't see it, but heard it three times: two other passers-by stopped to listen too. Quite an exciting start to the day. I dropped Kai off with Matt and Tom then picked up some fruit juice cartons from Sainsbug's (apple, and tropical, both organic: Kai takes them in for his breaktime drink along with fruit of some kind. It's been organic clementines the last few months - he loves them, but they seem to have finished now. The school has a policy of no chocolate, biscuits, cakes or fizzy drinks for break - has to be fruit and fruit juice. Kudos to them, say I! ... where was I? Oh yes...)
While I was in Sainsbug's (the shopping was really to get some change, although we did need the juice) it occurred to me that since I was catching the bus rather than walking - it's a good two miles to Wyevale, all hills - I might as well get a FirstDay hop-on-hop-off all day ticket and dive into town as well, get Rosa some crickets (we're out, and we don't really want a hungry tarantula prowling the tank) and see if the Chinese supermarket had had any sushi rice in since my last visit...
It was actually rather pleasant, been a while since I've been able to take my time and just wander around Wyevale by myself. Picked up some moss for my orchid branch, the mole trap, some cheap 'kids' seeds for Kai to try (indoor cress and tomatoes), and a couple of birthday presents (we have Adrian, Kai, Carol, Mum Taylor and Dad Taylor one after the other over the next three months. Oh, and Lutra of course, but we tend to swap un-birthday parcels...) They had lots of pretty shiny, sparkly, chimey and fragrant things there too. But no snowdrops. I'd really love some snowdrops for around Roeg's Pool...
Came home via Tesco, shopped, lugged everything back, sat for twenty minutes then headed into town.
Heh. No crickets - delivery Thursday.
No sushi rice either - or nori - though I did pick up the cooking sake. I'm going to need to go in again.
Arrived back in time to video the 2pm episode of Vampire High and saw Ken off to collect Kai. They'd been mooting the idea of taking some of the archaeological finds from the garden into the Museum to speak to the expert there: Ken took advantage of my FirstDay bus ticket to take Kai in after school. Heh. Never has a £3.50 bus ticket travelled so far! (I love FirstDay. Excellent value for money.) They're currently at the central library on College Green seeing if they can find out anything about Mr Edwards of the train gravestone - as much to avoid the start of the rush hour as anything: Ken's rung to say the bus queues are horrendous...
So, quite a satisfyingly busy day so far (though my legs are aching like gods' know what). However, I haven't yet managed to get any more Dreams text done - have to start that after dinner... Have a whole load of emails I haven't answered too. I need that 60 hour day!