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... I'd write my autobiography, but no-one would believe it....
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.
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...
DO - Dendrobium Orchid. Smells of wisteria, so beautiful...
RO2 - Rescued orchid no 2. Phalaenopsis. This is the one I rescued from the wall along the road middle of 2021.
PO. Pink orchid. Phalaenopsis. This is the one I bought at Cabury Garden Centre on special, late 2021. It's much happier here!
TWO. Teeny weeny orchid, Phalaenopsis. Rescued from Tesco end 2021 (I think).
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Hm. 2,726th blog post...
Into town today, primarily to the bank, and wonder of wonders managed to get everything I went in for, which included new (Egyptian cotton) sheets and (ditto) pillowslips, as ours are a little old and thin now, a 2009 calendar (kittens and puppies together, the least offensive of the cheapies at Wilkinson's. Though I have to confess they're rather cute...) and a pair of little cheapie bins from Hawkin's Bazaar for bird-watching.
And while I was out Ken used his Yule pressie to take this pic of that bloody squiggle acrobatting it onto the thin thin branch where I thought the feeder would be safe...[sigh] Nifty camera though - excellent zoom.
So, the bed is all made up with new sheets and downie and pillows and pillowslips (and you might remember how much I love new bedding). Actually looking forward to going to bed tonight.
My copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel arrived this morning: watched it after dinner, and there was a distinct excess of drooling. Though Lutra says she prefers Chauvelin:
I just wanted to slap him [REG] as the Pimpernel. Really? Why? Arrogant, sarcastic, superior shit [g] my sympathies were with Chauvelin. LOL! Have to admit he was deliciously nasty. But no, REG captured the book SP perfectly. Did I mention I have all the SP books? There are 10 of themAlthough I've just checked and there are actually 18 SP books. Oh noes!! I haz not all of dem! I must hunt them down...
So now we have Beeb 1's New Year Live prog on the TV while we wait for the chimes. (Normally we'd watch Jools Holland, but Top of the Pops was on earlier with Duffy, and I had to turn it over as her voice actually made me feel ill. Yowling cat wasn't in it. She's guesting on JH, so we're giving it a miss.) There will probably be fireworks outside later, but we may give them a miss: it's been below freezing here all week, and it's much more pleasant inside...
So - 2008. I won't be sorry to see the backside of it. Problem is, there's not much to look forward to for 2009 either. Yet anyway.
Health and Happiness to us all. Prosperity is likely to be in short supply.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I haz a burd tabel... (The upside-down bowl is to deter that damned squiggle...)
Monday, December 29, 2008
No bird table today either - will try tomorrow...
Films. Lots of films. Bussed up to Broadwalk: found the RHS hardback Essential Gardening Techniques in Works (exactly what I was looking for!) and another three DVDs from Pink Planet (Bram Stoker's Dracula, to replace the now-aging video, Volcano, because Kai likes it, and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves just for Rickman's wonderful Sheriff of Nottingham. Well, you wouldn't buy it for any other reason, would you? It's a dreadful film!)
Also found the Transformers special two-disc set (for a fiver) and a kingsize 13.5 TOG downie at half price (ours is ancient and getting holey) at Sainsbug's, which I'm rather pleased about.
Then tonight we watched Superman Returns. Looked like a recap of several of the previous films, but it was OK I suppose. Nothing really new. Glad I didn't pay to see it.
Back to the loom...
[Very Big Evil Grin] So Lutra and I were skyping, discussing films and fanfics and things, and I mentioned that my consistent favourite actors (as opposed to the occasional and variable ones) are Richard E Grant (since I first saw him in Warlock), Alan Rickman (Die Hard) and Nic Cage (Con Air), and Lutra asked if REG and Rickman had ever been in a film together, and I did a quick skim and said I thought not - but oooh, wouldn't that be just gorgeous, they're such beautiful opposites character-wise... and she then came out with those awful words...
[ignoring the ping]At which point my spelling just went to pot...
WIRTE IT!!!! I deman you no ingorer hte ping![bg] I've been promised a deliciously slashy fic for my birthday. [grins at Lutra] Now you HAVE to write it!!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
No bird table, shopping instead. Bird table tomorrow, perhaps...
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Parents safely home, order restored, we're absolutely exhausted, and Ken's back is killing him. Looking forward to a good night's sleep.
It's been good though, a lot of fun, and the folks have really enjoyed it. We've done really well in the DVD department: Jesus Christ: Superstar, Blood Ties (the complete boxed set), AD*BC (which we watched this afternoon. It's a rock opera starring the Boosh crowd, a deliberate and very funny rip-off of JC: S) and the director's cut of Ghost Rider for me, The Wall for Ken, and Sunshine and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (for his time-travel collection) for Kai - along with the DVDs I picked up from Pink Planet. And since play.com have The Scarlet Pimpernel (the TV Series starring Richard E Grant as Sir Percy and Martin Shaw as Chauvelin) for £1.99 p&p free, and since I seem to be on another REG kick, I have the first film on its way. Insane I know, but I shall try to find time to watch everything over the holiday. Such a chore... [g]
We're having a loooooong lie-in tomorrow, then hopefully assembling my bird table. It's bitterly cold, but the forecast is for sun for the next five days, so it would be good to get a few things done in the garden.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Knackered. I think I'm too old for this now...
But it's all good. Much eating large amounts of food and watching of DVDs has taken place, and the weather has been traditionally gorgeous here.
Though I must confess it'll be nice to have my own bed back tomorrow.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
... mecha in Dr Who. That's it, it's officially now gone to the dogs...
Labels: Dr Who
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Folks arrived just fine, and were able to park outside the house (which may not sound like much but other people always leave their bloody cars and vans parked right outside my house and it really pisses me off when family and friends have to try to squeeze in halfway down the road and lug stuff back. One in particular, despite having plenty of space outside his own place, insists on parking across my gate with his hideous van...)
Mum and I got the new bus up Talbot Hill to Broadwalk (lovely little ride with a lovely friendly young driver, and biscuits and sweets for all passengers today!) where we trawled the charity shops, I failed to find raspberries (managed to pick up another punnet of strawberries), but did find Love, Actually at Pink Planet DVDs (picked up City of Angels and the live-action Spawn to take advantage of their buy three for £10 offer). So tonight we all watched Love, Actually which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
Now I think I've remembered to take everything necessary out of the freezer ready for tomorrow... There's always the microwave if I need to fast thaw anything, I suppose.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
[bleary eyed] Up at 8.30 (to go shopping) after four and a half hours sleep (my own fault, I should have gone to bed earlier!) Tired now, but everything's ready. Well, almost. Although both Sainsbug and Tesco had sold out of raspberries, which is a mini-disaster (I bought strawberries instead but they're never so good in a Pav...) I suppose I could try again tomorrow but it's unlikely they'll have got more in overnight.
However, Kai's feeling and looking a lot better today, still coughing and spluttering, but nowhere near as bad as yesterday. This is good.
Early night tonight I think...
Monday, December 22, 2008
Poor sprog is poorly - actually feels pretty rough and doesn't want to go to bed as he won't be able to sleep. So I'm letting him stay up 'til I go up...
But it was a good day. Managed to get everything we went into town for, and the orthodontist was delighted with Kai's dental hygiene. She's whapping off a letter to our dentist for the extraction: I need to ring for an appointment in the New Year, then for the ortho appointment for two weeks later. Kai's resigned.
The Yule market had gone from Castle Green, but the ginormous Ferris wheel was still there (sorry about the photos, that's what happens when I use the wrong camera setting. Though actually I quite like the squiggles...)
Kai loved it, although he was a little wary of it to start with (you could spin the capsule you sat in by turning the wheel around the central pole) - and it was a bit cold, and he forgot his gloves. But it was the first every fair ride I went on as a child (at Bournemouth, I believe, and was hooked afterwards) and it's always been a favourite, turning lazy circles in the sky.
Kai's been having fun on Google Translate, translating English phrases into Japanese then back into English. My favourite so far has been 'To be or not to be, that is the question', which ended up as 'In Oregon, but it is a problem, please.' (um, yerrss.)
And now Love Actually is on - such a great film, and nicely distracting for Kai. Tomorrow will be the third bad day of the cold, so I'm expecting it to start going by the evening. Certainly hope so, my folks are up the following morning...
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Joyous Solstice!And happy nineteenth anniversary to us!
Hm. A somewhat messy Pavlova: a trial to see if I could still make them after a break of about ten years - I just threw the raspberries on. Tasted great though, right texture an' all; I reckon I can risk it for dessert on the day...
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Nice loooong lie-in - actually until 11, and even then Ken had to wake me up. Ended up only doing the Sainsbug shop (Kai came with me to help carry) as they had almost everything I needed. Weighed a ton, crammed rucksack and four heavy bags...
After dinner Kai announced he wanted to watch a film - so we did, Iron Man on FilmFlex. Crackin' film, I'd forgotten how much I liked it! We have it for 24 hours: will watch again tomorrow. (Apparently there's an Iron Man 2 in the offing, but it has a release date of 2010, so a wee while to wait yet.)
And now K&K are watching V for Vendetta. Another good film.
And, before I go to bed - 'alf-inched from Romyra's Lj....
Romyra finds the most interesting quizzes.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Kai's home from school now until Jan 5th - but he arrived back feeling poorly, coughing and snuffling, and he has a slight temperature. I'm hoping it's just the stress of the last month rather than another cold (surely he should have some immunity after the last one!)
Didn't manage much, though Ken cleaned the kitchen floor for me, bless 'im. Will finish the kitchen tomorrow in between Sainsbug and Tesco shops, then I'll only have to go to the butcher and pick up last minute things on Tuesday (paté, lettuce, cream, strawberries, milk, bread, that sort of thing). Everything else is already pretty much done/bought. Not bad really, given I've been so horribly disorganised this year.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
It's a year ago today we lost Quyn. I miss him.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
OK - tooth now refilled. Or rather, half-refilled: she only removed half the old filling and replaced it and the broken bit of tooth (although it's been done in composite, so it matches the rest of my teeth). I'm not quite sure why, unless it was to a) save money or b) from a desire not to cause me any more pain, because despite two fairly substantial shots of anaesthetic it still hurt, and I mean wincing and yelping hurt. And given that I once accidentally poured boiling water down my arm when I knocked over the kettle and didn't do much more than swear very quietly, it takes quite a lot to make me yelp.
I just don't get on very well with anaesthetics. Bloody annoying it is...
But anyway - tooth is fixed, and she's confident it should be OK now. It certainly feels much better not having a gaping hole in the side, although I'm a little wary of biting down on it just yet. The great thing is the anaesthetic wore off quickly and it all feels fine.
The rest of the day - client stuff, email answering, shopping and queueing at post office, though not for very long, I obviously got the timing right.
Tired now - and legs aching again. Eh well, it's all good exercise!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Well that was a day and no mistake.
I FirstDayed it up to Wild Oats in Redland, looking for the elusive organic sea food sauce (a.k.a. Marie Rose sauce): we love the Simply Delicious variety but it's been discontinued. "No," said the assistant, "we only stock vegetarian products here." [headdesk] Sea food sauce is mayonnaise with other vegetarian ingredients - why don't 'health food' shop assistants know that!? Do they think it has bits of fish and prawns and eels and squids in it or something? They said the same up at Harvest last week, too. Reminds me of the time I asked Ken to get me some pearl barley for a stew I was making, and the Tesco assistant asked him if it came in a tin or a jar...
Then again, the sauce does seem to be very easy to make - from the BBC cookery pages:
3 heaped tbsp mayonnaise 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce few drops of Tabasco sauce few drops of soy sauce squeeze of lemon juice celery salt and freshly ground black pepperI shall have to experiment (though not to the extent of making my own mayonnaise. I can, used to make it regularly, but I can't be arsed these days.)
Anyway, bought a three seed loaf and a bag of organic wholemeal flour, and found a large pizza plate in the Kitchens shop around the corner that will do perfectly as a plate for cooking Pavlova. Walked almost the length of Whiteladies Rd/Park Street hunting the last few Yule presents, then staggered off to the PO delivery collection place just up from Temple Meads, to try to pick up the parcel they failed to deliver yesterday. Failed to deliver because I wasn't out, as they claimed, I was upstairs. I heard no bell or knock, just came downstairs to find the card on the floor. Apparently this is a bit of a headache here at the moment as some couriers aren't even bothering to knock, just putting the card through the door and scarpering.
It hadn't arrived back at the depot yet, so I asked for it to be redelivered on Friday. I thought it must be my birdtable, but when I got home I found that that had been delivered (and left in a safe place) while I was out - which is probably just as well as it's bloody heavy! So I assume that the undelivered parcel is from you, Sue.
The editor of Soul and Spirit magazine emailed back, saying she loved my Imbolc article and please could I write one for Ostara/Easter! Dead chuffed about that - it's awfully nice to be wanted. Of course I said yes...
Then it was a matter of wrapping presents ready to go in the post tomorrow. I'm due at the dentist, not at 9 am as originally set, they've changed it to five past three instead, which is much better, so will go up to BroadWalk early and use their PO. And then check out the mini-mall for a few more last minute things, and do a Tesco shop on the way home after my appointment.
The week before Yule is always hectic.
My legs are aching now though - it was a lot of walking. And this evening Kai needed seven different genres of music mp3s for his music presentation: I had five of them already, and finally managed to find the last two - SATB choir and steel pan band - online after he went to bed.
Oh, and we're transferring WaveWrights from Claranet to Soho Hosting (five times the megs and password protection thrown in for half the price of Claranet, and the tech support has been excellent so far). If we're happy with it, I shall also transfer Haadri over when the sub falls due next year. Will report back here when we know how good they are!
I suppose I could think about having an early night - certainly tired enough... (Have cat patting at my leg asking to be fed, but he's just thrown up so I think it might be better to leave it til the morning. He doesn't agree of course.)
Monday, December 15, 2008
I'd like to rewind the day and start again, if it's all the same to you. Or even if it's not. One of those insanely irritating days where if a thing can go wrong, it does go wrong.
[splutter] I've just seen the new Mr Muscle advert... No, sorry, I don't care how sexy they try to make it, household cleaners just don't do it for me...
Sunday, December 14, 2008
A useful day. The Imbolc article is finished and polished, ready to go off tomorrow. K&K stripped all the twigs and unusable small branches off the goat willow remains: Kai has all the long sturdy branches stacked against the wall in his den ready to be suspended between the ivy-tree and the ivy-covered greengage to make a natural roof (we're going to let the ivy grow over it) while I have plenty of the smaller ones to make into wigwams to support my mange tout, peas and dwarf beans next year.
Sprog has also finished his music homework (part of his BTEC, so quite important).
No doubt I am severely behind the haddocks but I fell over this by accident. I knew it existed, I just didn't know it was so readily available!
Boreded Ceiling Cat makinkgz Urf n stuffsBlithely stolen from the LOLcatbible.
Right. Um... Haadri I s'pose...
[bemused] We watch the BBC's Countryfile most weeks - their articles are always interesting, and they do a detailed weekly weather forecast which can be very handy. This week, along with a feature on tree-dressing, a visit to a free-range turkey farm and a worrying article on fuel-laundering and its devastating effects on the countryside, they had a cookery feature. Along with the three bird roast - a pheasant inside a duck inside a turkey - they had a new slant on traditional veg...
Stuffed Brussels sprouts, anyone?
Oh, sorry, sprout canapés, must get the terminology right. Lightly cooked (I assume they were cooked, they didn't look raw), cored, and stuffed with chestnut purée, or sweet chilli mixed with crème fraîche (there was a third but I forget...) then decorated with caviare and two long chive leaves in the case of the latter, and two curls of lemon skin for the former. Looked really nice, but I wouldn't have the patience. Life's too short to stuff a sprout.
As for the week's weather - the usual mixture, but with primarily south-westerly winds it'll be warmer. We'll try to take advantage of the clear spells - I still need to weed the veg bed...
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Rather a nice day. Almost finished the Imbolc article, and we watched The Little Vampire (which I picked up for £2.99 at Sainsbug's) - it's an absolutely charming film, funny, playful and just so cute (with the added bonus of Richard E Grant, of course, a favourite actor of mine). We loved it. Think we'll watch it again with the folks over Yule.
Then later (after an unusually offensive Harry Hill's TV Burp, not a programme I particularly like but Kai finds him funny) we all sat down for Night of the Demon... Still as shiver-worthy as I remember, and Kai was impressed. Ye gods, that film is older than me!!
Back to the loom.
Aaaaaaand the BCP site is finally done: the RSS xml page was surprisingly easy (even if the validator is a fussy bugger). Just hope it works properly for everyone...
I can have a glass or two of wine now. (erk, nearly 2.30 am....)
Labels: client sites
Friday, December 12, 2008
Blowing a gale, pissing with rain... this country has a lot of weather. Then again, according to that documentary we watched, we're right where six different weather systems meet. (Or have I already said that?) Still, at least it's not so cold tonight.
Then again, we haven't been able to see the full moon spectacle tonight. Annoyed about that...
Kai's room is beautifully tidy - at last! - and the Tag Cloud is now in place on the BCP site. Just the RSS to do now.
And the rest of the Imbolc article, mustn't forget that.
... back to the rockface...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Remember me mentioning the fine fat wood-pigeon visitor to the garden that I kept threatening to make into dinner? Here it is, perched on the birdbath, and looking particularly fine because the light is reflecting off the ice in the bath onto its breast feathers and giving them a pearly shine...
It flew away when it saw me pointing the camera though.
The BCP Directory is finally done. RSS feed and Tag Cloud left to devise, then it's finished.
Tonight was Kai's school concert, and since he was in it I went along with him. It was - mostly - very good, and there are some fine musicians and singers at John Cabot. (There are also just a few wincingly bad ones, alas,) It was a fun evening, and we were offered a lift home by the B sprog's mum, which was much appreciated!
Kai's on an inset (day off) day tomorrow: he's promised to do his room...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
And today just vanished...
Did manage to get a good thing done though - we've been getting robot mailing list applications on the Heartsown site, so now there's a captcha there. Should help a bit!
Ken has Kai's cold. Ken almost never gets colds. He's managing with the cold medications I keep in, just in case. Luckily the First Defence is still working for me.
And we've watched Death Note Vol 3 disc 1. L and Light, handcuffs and chains, eh? Kinky...
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Wendy emailed this: I hadn't seen it before and it tickled me...
SOME TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING 1. Avoid alliteration. Always. 2. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do. 3. Employ the vernacular. 4. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. 5. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary. 6. Remember to never split an infinitive. 7. Contractions aren't necessary. 8. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos. 9. One should never generalize. 10. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." 11. Comparisons are as bad as clichés. 12. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.Early night tonight.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Monday shopping - but into town this time, for Bio-D washing liquid etc. fillups, SodaStream exchange cylinders, corks from Brewer's Droop, and Yule presents (did quite well on the latter, actually: found what I was looking for for my mother, along with a few other bits for others). Didn't get back 'til nearly two pm though, and was knackered (rather a lot of walking was accomplished today), so I haven't managed to get much else done. Well, washing and cooking, and a nap, but tonight I have a load of client site stuff, and I really need to finish the Imbolc article...
Exciting life I live, ne?
Sunday, December 07, 2008
It was cold last night. Got down to around -7°, I understand. I had to make a hole in the ice over Roeg's Pool with a saucepan of boiling water and plonk in a tennis ball to try to keep it open...
Saturday, December 06, 2008
After a much appreciated long lie in, K&K cut down the goat willow while I went shopping/put a wash through/cleaned the fridge/showered/made stir-fry pork for dinner. Not sure which of us is tireder.
There is a cricket driving me nuts, it WILL NOT stop singing. Kai caught it and dropped it in Rosa's tank yesterday, but so far she hasn't managed to catch it. A week now it's been giving me earache. It's a brown one, they're supposed to be silent...
The other thing I meant to comment on last week was Canary Wharf underground station. I had to go down four (very deep) levels at Westminster Station, which was unnerving, and the Jubilee Line has a seven foot high barrier all along its stations - I assume to stop people falling or being pushed into the track - with sections that slide open in line with the train doors. All very civilised and quiet (and also quite comfortable; not many people). But Canary Wharf station itself is a nightmare of steel girders and corrugated foot plates and grey concrete struts, ugly as hell and incredibly, noisily echoing. Has to be the most unfriendly station I've ever been in, and that includes Harlem, NY, in '84 (though that was an accident) and Glasgow's clockwork orange in the late 70's (pick a station, any station...)
Creating worlds tonight.
Friday, December 05, 2008
[sigh] So sprog definitely has a cold, poor thing, and I'm still First Defencing it off.
No response yet to the Friday thing. Hopefully Monday...
Labels: medical matters
Thursday, December 04, 2008
[grumble] Got up particularly early after four hours sleep to watch a news item and then they delayed it by an hour...
Still, the Friday thing is finished and emailed, and I've done one of the client-site things that came in. Will try for an early night - need to be up early tomorrow too.
... I think Kai has brought home a cold from school - sinuses are prickling most horribly. Just as well I stocked up on First Defence...
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
[grin] Tried the quizzes on Lutra's blog...
You are Mace Windu
Click here to take the Star Wars Personality Quiz
I liked the art one.
19 Abstract, -14 Islamic, 1 Ukiyo-e, 10 Cubist, -13 Impressionist and -23 Renaissance!
Abstract art uses a visual language of form, colour and line to create a composition which exists independently of what may appear to others as visual realities. Western art had been underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. It allowed the progressive thinking artists to show a different side to the world around them. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a 'new kind of art' which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. Abstract artists created art that was diverse and reflected the social and intellectual turmoil in all areas of Western culture. People that chose abstract art as their preferred artform tend to be visionaries. They see things in the world around them and in people that others may miss because they look beyond what is visual only with the eye. They rely on their inner thoughts and feelings in dealing with the world around them instead of on what they are told they should think and feel. They feel freed from the tendency to be bound by traditional thought and experiences. They look more toward their own ideas and experiences than what they are told by their religious upbringing or from scientific evidence. They tend to like to prove theories themselves instead of relying on the insight or ideas of others. They are not bound by common and mundane, but like to travel and have new experiences. They value intelligence, but they also enjoy a challenge. They can be rather argumentative when they are being forced or feel as if they are being forced to conform.
Back to the rockface...
Managed to get half the Imbolc article written last night, so today has been spent on the Friday project. The time hasn't been as productive as I'd hoped, but it's OK. I do need to get a whole lot more done tonight though - and the client site stuff is piling up as well...
Send in the clones.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
[bemused] Ken recently wrote an article (Winter's Gifts) for Soul and Spirit magazine, and suggested I see if the editor might be interested in an Imbolc feature (and possibly subsequent fire festival articles). So I whapped off a brief proposal and intro sample this afternoon - and half an hour later got an email back saying yes please, 2,000 words by the 16th of December... So that's what I'm working on tonight. I should be doing at least two other things, but I still have until Thursday afternoon, and Imbolc is easy to write about.
(This is, incidentally, nothing to do with the London visit.)
In other news... my ceropegia and kiwi plants are now repotted - my chilli pepper plants' leaves have suffered with the freezing weather, as has my basil, alas - and I've organised the feeders on the medlar. It's a veritable avian restaurant out there!
Also ordered the RSPB birdtable and their recommended cleaner (and got the robin card holder for free and the diamond-shaped robin/wren nesting box for £3.27 instead of £10.49), so my little birds will have new toys after Yule. Ken suggested keeping a pair of binoculars in the kitchen/my room, so I can try watching from indoors (because the meadow is just far enough that with my astigmatism I can't clearly see the wee things without a little help).
Back to the rockface...
Monday, December 01, 2008
Oh for... Anyone else finding that every time Blogger does its autosave thing, it creates a separate draft copy of the post you're writing? I've just had to delete six drafts. What the hell have they done to the software now? [grump]
But I had a terrific day. Kim arrived just after lunch: we went out to Cadbury Garden Centre in the end, as the Banwell one is, apparently, very small. T'was great: I've restocked my organic peat-free potting compost (a 60 litre bag), bought two more bird feeders and some table food for after Yule, a pack of cabbage collars and a box of grease bands (to protect the apple tree - and maybe the greengage, that might work - from ants, earwigs and coddling moths), a Yule present for Ken's folks, and a new matching pot and saucer for my ceropegia. And in the smaller, independently run garden centre next door to Cadbury I found bags of the greenhouse fixings (saved myself a trip out to Almondsbury) - and a lovely birdtable, price reduced in their sale.
I really liked it - it was simple, a sensible size, and the roof was supported by the central post, making it easier to see the birds. But the table surface was rough (and hence would gather rotting food fragments and be difficult to clean) and the drainage holes were in the base, rather than the sides. So I rather reluctantly left it, and will probably be ordering the RSPB table instead.
I could not believe the sunset on the way back - it was a pure Kafraxis moment, dyeing the whole countryside the most glorious red-gold. I've never seen anything like it - and I didn't have my bloody camera...
is the top half of a till receipt from last week, when Tesco had Ken's organic hazelnuts on special and their tinned organic toms were a lot cheaper than Sainsbug's. It's not often you find a till receipt amusing but this one had us chuckling - read it aloud for the best effect...
And as for this week's [ spooks ] -
... bloody hell...