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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]
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!
Friday, April 30, 2010
<- Wendy's Mum's Orchid in the meadow.
Today has been much like yesterday but with less gardening. Tomorrow is Arno's Vale May Day Festival: Ken will be manning the BCAP stall for a while. (Forecast is for rain, of course...) We may go along, although Kai has homework, and I have a new(ish) site to construct (not to mention continuing with Heart. And on that subject, there will be a Haadri blog update once this one is posted), so it will, as ever, be busy.
Acer, paeony and juniper around Roeg's Pool.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Two full days of client site updates and gardening. The first batch of mange tout seedlings are planted, and now sprouting are leeks, butternut squash, baking potato plants in the potato planter, and rows of spring onion, carrots and radishes in the veg bed. Two Galia melons and one watermelon have been potted on, cat mint, coriander, flat-leaved parsley and a couple more Galia melon seeds planted. Wendy's mum's orchid is about to flower. And we've eaten the first of the year's asparagus, and it was delicious!
And it rained, finally. Within an hour the main water butt was half full, and it's raining again now, so both will be full by morning. Of course, typically, we're forecast rain for at least the next three days (naturally, it's a bank holiday weekend) so I will have to go slug-hunting at least twice a day...
Today was Kai's parent/teacher evening - all satisfactory and very quick: I was out by 5.30 and home by just gone seven (the traffic has been horrendous today, even for Briz. Roadworks all over the place don't help).
I'm sure there was something else but I can't remember what... Eh well. Going to flop with an ep or two of 24 now...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Right, where were we? Oh yes...
So yesterday morning I had just finished the client site revisions and was about to start on answering emails, when Ken rang to say he was out early and did I still want to get up to Broadwalk (while I was there last week I found 24 complete season one for £12.99, and ummed and ahhed a bit but decided to leave it - until I got home and worked out that it would cost me the same to rent it from Lovefilm...) Which I did, and the boxed set was still there, so I grabbed it (along with some other shopping).
Arrived back to find Ken fuming. To explain: a while back a series of writers' workshops were held in Brislington, specifically to learn to write a script to be delivered by an actor in one of the locations in the area (primarily Sandy Park Rd, if I remember correctly). I'd wondered about going along and giving it a try (I've never tried a script) but never managed to find the time.
Unbeknownst to me, Ken wrote a rather nice piece about one of the ghosts of Arno's Manor Hotel, and it was chosen as one of the 18 five minute skits to be performed as part of the Brislington Festival. Only it can't be performed at the Hotel, as they have a very large wedding on that day, so the organiser moved it to the Black Castle across the road. (This is, effectively, our local and a magnificent building.) Problem is, the ghost in Ken's piece is specific to the Hotel and the script will not work if transplanted. But withdrawing it at this late stage (and it was late, the programmes were due to go to print today - perfect example of regrettable lack of organisation, unfortunately: the winning pieces were chose six weeks ago and Ken's only just heard...) would cause problems.
Now, the Black Castle the pub was the inspiration for the Black Castle - Peridien's Verdish home - in Haadri, so, Ken asked, could we rewrite the piece somehow using that fact...
And we have. Well, Ken did the writing and I fed him info. It's worked very well, and seems to have been favourably received, so we're now waiting for a final verdict.
Anyway, that all took until 2 a.m., so while Ken was working on it I watched the first four eps of 24 season one (most enjoyable!): intensive work for Ken, but worth it. I should be able to post it on the Haadri site later.
Today was, once again, hot and sunny - we've had no rain for weeks, which is very worrying as my main water butt had only about a gallon left in it. Then it occurred to me that since there was so little water left in it, this would be the ideal time to clear it out and get a replacement tap. Cue a FirstDay SouthWest bus ticket and a trip to Almondsbury Garden Centre. (Did the usual and checked out the charity shops down the Gloucester Rd on the way back - no joy today.) Back with some different tomato seeds for next year and the new tap, which we fitted. Hopefully now the forecast rain at the weekend will materialise and be prolonged enough to refill the butt...
Then it was a quick trip over to Tesco, followed by greenhouse watering as sparsely as I dared, dinner, and an exhausted flump for an hour. My feet are killing me!
Tomorrow I need to get the mange tout in the ground - Kai helped me construct the frame for them at the weekend; client site stuff done; and then back to Heart. But tonight I'm going to watch a little more 24 - too knackered to be creative!
Oh yes - and Kai arrived home yesterday with a letter advising us about a school trip to Germany in October: £420 [wince] but a wonderful opportunity. We packed him off to school this morning with the confirmation form and a cheque for the deposit, but he forgot to hand it in. I'm miffed about this: places are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis and as the trip is being shared by the GCSE German students and the A Level History bods, there may be a lot of interest... Hopefully he'll remember tomorrow.
Second oh yes - I do believe the third White Egret Orchid tuber has sprouted - there's the faintest suggestion of green just under the surface of the soil. Will see how it goes, but I'm very hopeful.
Monday, April 26, 2010
T.A.R.D.I.S. Immortality. Clones. Needz moar tiem...
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The pile of wood ash was quite small, and scattered perfectly over the veg bed (I checked and the soil was a little on the acid side, so that will help balance the Ph value). Quite a lot of the late afternoon and evening was spent making the frilly bits for the jellyfish lampshade for the bathroom: I finally decided to sew by hand rather than use the machine. I think they'll work quite well. I still have to make the long unfrilly bits, but they're a lot simpler and shouldn't take anything like as much time and effort.
Haven't touched the IAVMT client updates I was supposed to do today: will tackle that tomorrow, and also think about another new (sort of) site that needs to be created. The client site work seems to be slackening off a little, which is actually a good thing, given how much else I'm trying to do.
And on that subject, there will be an update (finally!) over on the Haadri blog shortly
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Family day in the garden - what I'd call a day off, what I suspect most people would call hard labour... [g]
But we got masses done. K&K spent most of the afternoon pruning back the buddleia, which hasn't been touched in about three years - hell of a job, but it looks much better now. I cut back some more ivy, added barley straw mix to Roeg's Pool (the algae problem is pronounced already), potted up the strawberry seedlings into the planter, potted on the courgettes, earthed up the baking potatoes I have on the go in the potato bag, planted my dill seedlings against the wall in the square, drizzled slug repellent gel around the top of the floor-standing pots in the greenhouse and put down some organic slug pellets (safe enough inside as nothing else can get at them - something's been nibbling at two of my tomato plants and I can't have that!) and kept everyone fed and watered.
And now we're having a bonfire to get rid of all the prunings. (Rather, K&K are, I'm not fond of fire.) Not particularly good practice, but we don't do it very often (once every couple of years or so, at a guess). The smoke was wondrous impressive, thanks mainly to the moisture in the ivy leaves, despite drying out all day in the sun. So thick I couldn't see through it. (I'm sure the neighbours weren't too chuffed!)
Tomorrow I have to get the IAVMT revisions done. Tonight, however, I shall carry on with Heart - made good progress last night (despite being knackered. Got a second wind around 2 am).
Friday, April 23, 2010
It has been manically busy and exhausting and I'm too tired to write, so here's a picture of a cat taking up most of the settee...
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Bused up to Broadwalk after the Sainsbug shop: arrived back with a good DVD haul, including Crazy Moon for £1 to add to my Sutherland collection. The afternoon was primarily taken up with wrestling the new artist site into shape and uploading. The content is very sparse at the moment, as she didn't send me very much, but the site is clean and minimal, as she wanted.
And this evening we watched District 9, which remains the best film I've ever seen, and still had me in tears even though I knew what was coming...
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
[sigh] There goes my silent sky...
It's been a busy couple of days, a whole load of client site stuff (one of which has required me to learn CSS drop-down menus: that was fun...) and a fair bit of general garden/greenhouse work too. Not to mention the mundane stuff - shopping, washing, watering spiders, feeding pets and people...
Was quite dramatic this afternoon - the most horrendous growling and yowling and hissing came from just outside, and when I went to see what Tyjer was up to, he had an interloper on its back with his fangs in its neck in a proper nasty cat-fight. He saw the other cat off then sat on the wall daring it to come back. (No, of course I didn't intervene. I'm not that fond of pain.) He's been a little subdued since, but isn't hurt as far as I can see, and with a bit of luck that'll have put the other cat off coming back.
And these are my Butterfly Wings Orchids, doing rather nicely. They're odd things: put them in the sun and they wilt: keep them out of the sun and they're fine. They already have buds: I'm itching to know what colours/patterns I'm going to end up with!
Back to the rockface. If I can quickly create fourteen simple pages in the next half an hour I can upload the new artist's site and call it a day...
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Cloudless blue sky.
Cloudless blue sky with no contrails.
I do feel sorry for the people affected by the ash cloud, honestly I do. But oh, the soul-stirring serenity of the silent sky...
Monday, April 19, 2010
It's no good, I'm going to have to update earlier. I'm too tired now to go into any details. Suffice it to say it was a very good and successful trip into town, Kai has his strap button on his classical guitar, a new pair of shorts, a new long sleeve t-shirt and UV sunglasses, Ken has new jeans, and I have two pairs of the cheapo Primark trousers I wear for working. And everything in the greenhouse and garden is looking great.
Going to go fall over now...
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I'm Tyjer and I approve of this bedding (though not of mum making flashy things in my eyes)
A quick run-down...
Doctor Who. Have we inadvertently strayed into Boy's Own territory here? Where's the subtlety of the previous series? Amelia is obviously meant to be some kind of humanising force for the Doctor, which is OK, I suppose, but why? Did someone think he'd become too powerful, and needed to be shown to be fallible?
And I still have no time for the pepperpots. How anyone can find them scary completely escapes me. And next week we revisit the quantum angels, and I'm desperately afraid the PTB are going to ruin what was the most terrifying, memorable and effective episode ever, Blink (though Ken says that's not possible, as that ep is already existent and nothing can change its power. I'm not sure I fully agree...)
Afterwards we watched and really enjoyed Push. A most intriguing film, if somewhat confusing.
Today has been busy. We swapped the winter downie (duvet) for the summer one - hence the new bedding - and washed it. It almost completely dried in today's sun, too. K&K made a start on clearing away the ivy from the last part of the wall that needs remortaring: Ken's hoping to get a fair bit of that done this year. I planted out the first of the lettuces and got the allocated patch of the veg bed ready for the mange tout, and did some more in the greenhouse, then indulged in a little much needed orchid maintenance. They're happier now they've been fed.
Tomorrow is Kai's last day of the Ostara holiday - next month he has exams (for which he has been revising over the break). He's not looking forward to them particularly, but also seems fairly calm about the whole process - always a help!
I'm behind with the client site updates and revisions now - need to tackle them tomorrow...
Later edit: mentioned to mum the episode with the cat trying to get in through the catflap - a while after I'd posted that blog update it came back, sparking another bout of furiously snarling and scrabbling Tyjer, and when I checked the flap after everything had calmed down again I found that Ty had almost, accidentally, managed to turn the dial to both ways open, so now I'm bodge-job blocking it up from the outside at night until we can find a better alternative. Mum joked that the word had got out that the Taylor place was cat heaven, and now all the neighbourhood cats want in...
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Clash of the Titans 3D at the Showcase de Lux.
That was... not good. With a couple of exceptions the acting's either wooden or ham, the characters shallow and unappealing, there are plot holes you could drive a Kraken through (and in any case the Kraken is from Scandinavian myth, not Greek) and enormous liberties have been taken with the plot. Although since that's true of the original, there's already a precedent. The 3D was distinctly dodgy, especially in the action scenes where trying to actually focus on anything made my eyes water. The CG was mostly OK - Pegasus was excellent, and Medusa beautifully realised - but relied on far too heavily at the expense of any decent characterisation or plot. All in all a waste of money and a beautifully sunny afternoon. Eh well. You never know 'til you've tried.
Although - I suppose it might be fun to ride a scorpion...
Friday, April 16, 2010
A little food porn for Lutra - Prawn Provençale on organic Basmati rice with home-grown salad greens and organic red pepper (I've obviously been watching too much Masterchef).
The day was pretty much as usual - client site stuff, a quick Sainsbug shop, then into the garden/greenhouse for a bit (have butternut squash, watermelon and Galia melon now on the go). I did watch the last two eps of 24 season two first thing, though. I enjoyed it, but unfortunately the plot is really rather similar to season eight, which I'm watching on a Sunday night: I've found the two stories - and their characters - occasionally muddling in my mind.
A bowl full of sunshine...
And I've started this year's dandelion wine.
Tired now. In fact, I fell asleep during The Mentalist and missed the dénouement. Haven't done that before...
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Up at 6.30 to make Kai's 8.30 orthodontist appointment - not easy after getting to bed at 2.30. But we were first and got out very quickly, which was good. Then it was over to Mickleburgh Musical Instruments (walking the back way, past Bristol ice rink and along Jamaica St, where Kai had never been) to ask about having a strap button fitted to his acoustic guitar (or alternatively a soundbox strap, which they didn't have). We arrived just after they'd opened at 9 - and they can fit the button while we wait, so planning to go back on Monday to have the work done. Then he can play that guitar standing up.
Then it was over to the Showcase de Lux for tickets for Clash of the Titans 3D for Saturday. (Actually arrived before they opened at 9.45. I'm not used to being in town so early!) Finally a quick trip over to Wilkinson's before the bus home.
A little client site work, then into the garden and greenhouse to start off a few more seed varieties (more mange tout and dwarf beans today). As you can see, the greenhouse is really quite full at the moment: much of what's on the staging will be transplanted into the veg bed when it's big enough (and the weather's a little warmer), then I can see about getting some melons on the go. Aiming to try for watermelons as well as Galia this year, if I have the space, although grown in pots they don't reach enormous sizes anyway.
I think we've appointed Kai head gardener. He's been doing a fantastic job all around the garden this holiday - and it's good exercise, fresh air (well, as fresh as Bristol gets, anyway) and sunshine too.
We've had a cat trying to get in through the catflap tonight (we have one of those adjustable ones - completely closed, in only, out only, or both ways open. It's always completely closed at night) Tyjer of course has been going completely nuts, scrabbling at the flap and yowling and growling - which is actually quite alarming. It's now 2.25 am, and all's quiet, so hopefully that's it for tonight.
Suppose I ought to bed. Need to be up early tomorrow...
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Tyjer's first trip to the vet. Kai carried him for me (the carrier with him in it is too heavy for my hands) and we saw the vet who was so kind during Raptor and Quyn's last days. He admired Tyjer, gave him a quick check-up and said he's in fine health (although he has some tartar buildup on his teeth, and the only way to get rid of it - barring a clean under general anaesthetic - would be to brush them. Which I baulked at to start with, but actually he might let me ('cause he loves his mum), so will investigate tuna flavoured cat toothpaste later...) but a little overweight. I guess this is because he spent most of the Arctic weather curled up asleep in the warmest spot he could find, but now he's out and charging around the garden he should lose it again. But I'll keep an eye out anyway.
Then he gave beastlie his inoculation booster, which is what we went for in the first place. No problem, although Tyjer is a bit off this evening, would rather sleep than guard the house. I also picked up a broad spectrum worming tablet (yep, just one!) which was absolutely minute and which we managed, after squishing it into some tuna and after five goes, to get him to swallow. Not that he refused, and he didn't protest when at last it did go down - it just wasn't the tuna he was enjoying so much so he let it drop out of his mouth each time. Kai finally persuaded him to eat it.
So all in all a surprisingly easy and stressless event. But then, he is a very laid-back Bodie cat.
Kai worked in the garden this afternoon - the meadow looks amazing, weeded and all the old stuff dead-headed - while I got some client stuff done. Still haven't quite managed to finish the bathroom, but it's getting closer.
Monday, April 12, 2010
... and so should I...
Sunday, April 11, 2010
... needz moar sheeeps...
But the bathroom is looking great (and you know I've lost it when I start raving about our snazzy new loo-roll holder...) Still have a couple of last minute things to do - hang up the volitans, fix the towel hooks to the door, make the lampshade - then I'll take photos.
Don't think I mentioned, but the second White Egret orchid shoot is just showing above soil level!
Sainsbury's sell their own economy white rum in plastic bottles. Useless but bemusing factoid of the day.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Knackered again. But I finished the paintwork while K&K went adventuring on the Somerset Levels - well, finished apart from tidying up where the gloss paint on the vent has run down the wall, dammit. But otherwise it looks very nice up there, not the best paint job in the world but not too bad, very clean and fresh.
I was interrupted mid-ceiling, however, by the male blackbird going frantic in the garden. [sigh] Tyjer had brought home one of their fledglings. Poor little thing was shocked, missing a few feathers, and dragged one leg when it tried to escape me, but otherwise didn't seem to be too badly hurt. I threw Tyjer indoors and popped the birdling into a box to see if it would recover - which it did in about an hour and half, and went back to mum and dad. (Tyjer really is a gentle cat. He brought in a slowworm yesterday, and hadn't even punctured the skin. I'd rather he didn't do it, of course, but if he has to, at least this way I can try to rescue them.)
Tomorrow I need to clean the grouting, and get the stray paint off the tiles and floor before we put up the new shower curtain. Unfortunately the new towel hooks will have to wait because the door is hollow and requires special 'winged' rawl plugs, which aren't that easy to find. Hoping Proper Job does them. Otherwise it may mean a trip to Screwfix up the Bath Rd...
Friday, April 09, 2010
There are occasionally moments when I wish I'd never started on the bathroom...
Not content with the light fitment being unchangeable, I now can't get the shelf brackets off the wall. They have invisible fixings, which should mean they should slide and pull off the base, but neither Kai nor I can get them to work. Will see if Ken can tomorrow.
On the other hand, it is looking much nicer. And I have a few new things for the room - including a kitschy mirrored soap dispenser with diamanté sparkles on the front which Lutra said looks like a dalek drag queen. Which is actually quite cute, so I think we'll keep it. The name, I mean...
Kai helped me in the garden in the afternoon - cleared out the bottom of the greenhouse and tore down (most of) the dead Russian vine that had been strangling the elder tree. Did a fantastic job too, without damaging the tree.
In the greenhouse I have French dwarf beans now starting, and the first Romanescu broccoli seedling has appeared. I have leeks and courgettes on the go as well: marrow and sweetcorn need to be started at the beginning of next month. I'll need to pot on the peppers soon, too. It's all go.
And the fritillaria are beautiful. So chuffed I've finally got some! Fascinating pattern on the flowers...
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Shower wall and radiator wall now painted, although radiator wall will need another coat, dammit. We decided to swap the colours (darker on shower wall, lighter everywhere else) and the lighter paint doesn't cover as well as the darker.
And Ken investigated swapping the pendant ceiling rose for the ancient flush-to-the-ceiling fitment that came with the house - only to find this ->
What the hell is going on there? I mean, I know the house is about fifty years old now, but that wiring isn't even standard for then, surely. Did the electricians just use whatever spare wiring they had left over or what? [grump]
Ken put the old cover back on carefully and backed away slowly, probably the wisest option. One day we'll be able to afford to have the house rewired: we'll let someone else sort it out then. In the meantime I'll have to have a non-floating jellyfish lampshade...
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Early morning magnolia stellata.
Kai helped me carry the charity shop stuff up to St Peter's Hospice this morning, then carried home some of the shopping for me, which I really appreciated as it was all a bit heavy. And given what a fine day it was, and that he hasn't been out out yet this holiday, he and Ken leapt on a bus to Clevedon. Last time we were there Kai spotted an extension of the hill fort walk that looked most interesting, and this afternoon they explored it. It sounds great, and the next time I'm there I may investigate it myself.
While they were gone I carried on in the bathroom. Took hours. But all the glossing is now done - and what a bloody performance it was too - although I will have to do a little touching up tomorrow.
And Marie sent over the revised Heart cover. Ye gods, it's fantastic...
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
It took most of the afternoon, but the window, sill, radiator (and the skirting board of the radiator wall) and the bath panel are now painted. Looks lovely - feels much bigger and brighter in the room already. Planning to do the rest of the glossing tomorrow, and hopefully the shower wall (and maybe the ceiling, if I can buy a pendant rose and Ken can fit it. Otherwise it'll have to wait until Thursday). If all goes well I might even have the whole thing finished by the weekend - which would be great!
And Kai is gradually nibbling away at the mess in his room: it's looking better already.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Monday shopping trip to Tesco - oh joy...
Although I did spot Canadian cooked (frozen) lobsters at half price (£5) while I was skimming the aisles. Kai's never had lobster, and it's been donkey's years since I had any, so I treated us, just as a garnish for the cod loin we were having tonight. (It was a very small left-handed lobster, and a little overcooked, but oh, so tasty. Kai loved it. Ken opted not to have any - he loves fish but isn't too fond of seafood; I'm the opposite, while Kai loves both equally. Sprog gets the best of both worlds...) I've never prepared lobster before - sold live ones, yes, when I was working for Loch Fyne Oysters up in Edinburgh, but never dismembered my own. Was surprisingly easy.
On arriving back I dived into the bathroom prep while Kai started on his room. It took me two Muse albums (Black Holes and Revelations and Resistance) to properly and thoroughly clean the windows/sill/surround, and another half an hour to untangle and repot the sweetheart vine - which does fit in a small pot inside the silver one I picked up at Cadbury's: looks great! Ken has prepared the radiator - planning to get that painted tomorrow, along with the skirting board along that wall - and washed the ceiling and the top part of the walls for me (I can't reach without standing on a stool, and I can't do that in the bath itself). Hoping to have the bathroom finished by next Monday.
So, a very useful Monday, although I've done no client stuff, writing or answering emails, which are now all stacking up. Will have to tackle some tomorrow morning before I start on the bathroom...
Bed soon - early start after waking up to some very strange dreams and a pretty busy day: tired now.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Family day working in the garden!
Kai weeded and hoed the veg bed, cleared grass from the rockery, and helped me empty the dead strawberry planter in preparation for my tiny tiny Sarian seedlings (when they're a bit bigger, obviously); Ken weeded the bed behind the greenhouse - my magnolia stellata is in flower, and I have cowslips, lily-of-the-valley and foxgloves coming up there - and transplanted a clump of comfrey to a better position; I planted spring onion, carrots and radishes, cleared the potting table and washed a whole load of pots and planters. And Tyjer sat sentry on Dave-next-door's fence, keeping an eye out for swarms of ravenous worms and deadly needle-bees...
It's all coming along very nicely out there. Oh, and I have four large paeony shoots now above ground at the back of the rockery - looks like it survived the winter just fine. Will have to keep an eye on it this year: last year pests got at the flowers and almost destroyed them.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
That was busy. Early shopping (went out with a list of four things, came back with half the supermarket), dealing with email, then a couple of hours in the greenhouse (Brussels sprout Maximus, broccoli Romanescu, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, mint, basil, lime basil and dill all on the go, and I've transplanted my tiny tiny Sarian strawberry seedlings into little pots).
Then the new Doctor Who... I wasn't looking forward to it - though to be honest, I tend not to look forward to any of them. If I expect to be disappointed, then I can't be. Disappointed, that is - but I was very pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the episode. Matt Smith looks to be a good successor to David Tennant (though I'd rather watch a few more eps before finally deciding). Boring outfit though. I was disappointed to see the flying pepperpots and the cybermen are making a re-re-reappearance, though... This post is full of 'though's.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Normal sort of day - even if, with Kai home, it felt like a Saturday. Lot of client stuff done, greenhouse plants coming along (though no sign of another Egret sprout yet), Tyjer grumpy 'cause mum didn't make it sunny all day and I wouldn't leave him in the greenhouse - where it was beautifully warm - when I went out to close up for the night. (He tried to grab my ankle then hissed at me when I carried him out. Five minutes later he was twining himself around my legs purring an apology. He's really very cute...)
Forgot to say: the on/off handle of the main water butt has snapped off, meaning I can now only turn the bung with a pair of pliers (not great for my hands). I assume the plastic perished in the Arctic weather. Bloody nuisance though - it's full, and I rely on it to keep the other butts, which are closer to the greenhouse and veg bed, filled for use. Not to mention we can't afford a replacement at the moment. Eh well. It's an inconvenience right now, we'll manage.
Off to the loom...
Thursday, April 01, 2010
(Lutra) Ok, my mission today is to get everything off my phone cos I think I'm going to have to upgrade very soon. Unfortunately it looks like the data port is failing, which means re-charging is iffy, and the headphones don't work anymore [sigh]
Time... such a trial.
Well, we finished Ken's cupboard (and it was seven years: we found newspapers from 2003 in there...) before dinner. Chucked out a whole lot of rubbish, found a few interesting pieces to go to charity shops, and everything is now both tidier and more accessible, in both study and cupboard. Time to turn attention to the bathroom.
Today it's beautiful weather. Still a biting wind, but not constantly, and the sun is warm. And in the greenhouse ->
That's the first of the Egret Orchid tubers sprouting! This is excellent - although now I do have to make sure I give it the right growing conditions...
And these little darlings are fritillaria! I've been trying to grow them for years with absolutely no success, so to find that these two (completely forgotten about) bulbs have sprouted is wonderful. I'll try to get a decent photo when the flowers are a little more open.
And in other news - from this evening Kai is home for his two week Ostara break. Haven't actually planned anything yet - much depends on the weather - but the holiday will do him good. He's already agreed to help me in the garden for a couple of hours.
Back to the loom...