Zone Doubt, a.k.a. 'Surreal Я Us'...
Joules, trusted by... dozens... to make a drama out of your crisis...
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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!
Monday, May 15, 2006
Wildlife Watch Chez Joules
The jungle, looking right from the patio: sumac framing the mahonia, behind it is greengage, hawthorn (in flower) and to the left the goat-willow.
Just as well I did - one of the little buggers was just finishing eating through the stem of one of my newly planted tomatoes, dammit! But I had my revenge - it was first under the scissors...
On a more pleasant note, up near the apple tree an Eyed Hawk Moth had pulled itself from its cocoon and was drying its wings on the underside of a horizontal fence beam:
I think it's pretty much finished now, just gaining strength before it flies away. Unfortunately you can't see the eyes - at rest, it only flashes those when threatened, and I don't want to alarm it, it has enough to do recovering from the metamorphosis - but there's a gorgeous photo here... We seem to get one of these moths hatching in the garden every other year: I can remember four going back over the last nine years (one year Argent caught it before I could stop him, unfortunately).
I'm hoping for an Elephant Hawk Moth too: we grow rosebay willow herb behind the shed to encourage them, and have had a couple hatch in previous years. Their caterpillars are amazing, especially in threat-posture.
And I still have a ragwort, for the cinnabar moth caterpillars!
<- There's a large caterpillar on Kai's garlic - haven't had time to check what it is yet.
Newts in the frewtnog pool ->
Not terrible clear - they're very skittish creatures and easily startled, but there are two of them in the photo.
In other news: 2AC 1.4.11 is nearly finished. I'm now undecided as to whether to leave the first book there or continue onto Section 5. I'd prefer the latter, I think...
(Have I mentioned recently how much I love my digicam...?)