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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.

... 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.

The Poppy Tales

(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 since 2007 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...

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).

My IMDb ep summaries

Arthur of the Britons
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
Jupiter Moon
Transformers: Beast Wars (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Transformers: Beast Machines (part)
Vampire Princess Miyu
Nathan Barley
No Heroics
Undermind (3 eps)
Will Shakespeare (Tim Curry version)
12 Kingdoms
Trigun (ep 8)
Hyperdrive (season 2 ep 3)
The Café

For later:

Missing Earthian ep
Missing Haibane Renme eps)
(And possibly Marine Boy...)

Silver birch at Eastwood 


"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)


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.

In Memoriam

17.03.09 - Argent

25.07.08 - Raptor

18.12.07 - Quyn

02.12.06 - Ryme

Currently enjoying:
Transformers - IDW, Prime, Animated, Rescue Bots.

Currently reading:
Various Transformers books and graphic novels.

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Currently chuffed with:
My garden

Currently miffed at:
Nestlé, Nonpres Tinyhands Fart, Toadface Farage

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Blog Pics
I've gathered some of my pages of photos together: the page of links is here. I'll be adding more as time goes by!

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 


A gift for me! Butch by the very talented Sylverthorne. Click pic for larger image.



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 


Another gorgeous Valkyrie gift for me - Benten the Albino Alsatian! Click thumbnail for larger image.

Radittsu, an oekaki for my birthday 04 



Oekai by Bakayaro Onna - Radittsu at his sexiest...

The Zone Plant from
The Zone 



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..::]
::PALEOMAP Project
Absolutely fascinating.
:: Skymap
Check out the night sky where you are!
[::..Useful Sites..::]
:: GreenNet
First stop for environmental matters
:: 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...)

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

   Dj: June Special
   CD: Ambivalence

Cyber City Oedo 808

   All 3 eps on Video, dubbed
   Dj: Cyberage 1-3
   Illustrated Book 2 (Benten's) in Japanese

From Eroica with Love

   Manga Vols 1, 9, 11

Mirage of Blaze

   DVD Vol 1 (eps 1-4)

R.G. Veda

   English Manga: Vol 1
   Japanese Manga: Vol 1-7 complete
   Tarot Pack
   R.G.Veda video

Twelve Kingdoms

   Anime Vol 1-12: complete

Under the Glass Moon

   Manga Vol 1, 2
Vol 3 needed

Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust


   Vampire Hunter D Book 1

New Vampire Miyu

   (Studio Ironcat) Manga Vols 1 -5 (complete)

Yami no Matsuei

   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.

[::..Joules SPfied..::]

... this is Terra? How the hell'd I end up here...?

(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

After yesterday, today was a bit of a letdown, although I did manage to get good use from Ken's Firstday ticket and get up to kitchens (for a new salad spinner - the transforming one finally fell apart - ice-cube trays for freezing home-made stock, and a decent garlic press). Haven't accomplished much else though.



Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday. I don't like Mondays.

Actually that's not strictly true. This Monday was surprisingly productive - the usual wash, watched eps 2 and 3 of Onna's 'magical girl' anime DVD (comments when I've watched the whole thing, but it's very strange. Though whether that's because I'm completely unfamiliar with the genre I don't know. Lutra tells me that having one of the main characters die off in a very early episode is a sub-genre, so at least there's precedent for that...), repotted two orchids, cleaned the waterball (the pump is now too noisy for the bedroom so it's sitting amongst my orchids making them feel all loved-up), made stock from yesterday's chicken carcase (with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme - and three fresh bay leaves - picked from the garden) and got shot of a whole load of client stuff. All before lunch.

So not a bad start to the week. I have the proposal to work on tomorrow - really want that sent off by the end of the week.



Sunday, January 29, 2012

Next part of The Poppy Tales - Affaires - now posted - link above!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

[sigh] So I had to get down to Sainsbug's yesterday, and while I was there I found they had Breville steamers in the end of season sale, £20 instead of £50. I opened one and had a good read of the instructions, then came back to discuss it with Ken, who thought it sounded good (as did I) and the price was excellent: he then went back to pick one up. Got it home, took it out of the packaging - only to find there was no instruction book inside (or warranty card). Well of course there wasn't - this is us we're talking about.

So I went back this morning and explained to customer support what had happened, and they happily took a booklet out of one of the other boxes (and kept the box back). I used it tonight - it's very good, with a 'keep warm' option. It has a timer option too, and is very efficient - will need to cut down the cooking time. The old steamer has done us proud but was second hand to start with and is definitely on the way out.

This evening we watched the latest Lovefilm rental, Zookeeper. We expected not to really enjoy it, but actually it's a delight, a little predictable but funny and charming, beautifully avoiding a cheesy ending. One to get when I find it cheap!

Back to Poppy...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

We had a pair of robins in the medlar, earlier! Fingers crossed for birdlets later.

I finally managed to get the OP pic onto my Deviantart account last night. That was fun. Now need to learn how to associate it with the overall Tf categories...

It has been manic here this week. And for some completely unknown reason I can't get IE to load (no great problem except I've been using it to download vids from Youtube). It was working fine yesterday - today, nothing...

Starting Poppy4.5 tonight.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

[g] So the pic is finished and now posted over at WaveWrights, in the Galleries, which I have tidied up a little - ye gods, it hadn't been changed since 1999! Sooo last century. As ever, I'm a writer, not an artist, Jim, but I think it looks OK.

Muse is happy now and will let me get back to Poppy and the umpteen other things I'm supposed to be doing. Although Lutra did wonder what his back side would look like, nudge nudge wink wink...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We've finally been given our new green recycling box for the plastics and tetrapacks - saves me lugging 'em to Tesco and Sainsbug's every week.

My drawing muse doesn't bite all that often, but since finding the Transformers dance the Thriller vid on Youtube I haven't been able to get it out of my head (I blame OP's sexy li'l wiggle, myself), so of course muse had to stick his oar in and demand I draw a humanised OP dancing... [g] It's almost finished, and will be posted over in Wavewrights when it's done.



Monday, January 23, 2012

And the usual Monday. Roll on spring - I'm itching to start planting...



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Usual Sunday.

Poppy 4.4 - Intrigues 2 posted in The Poppy Tales (link above).

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

So, as a treat for the end of this lot of exams, Kai and I went out today, Firstday Southwest bus ticket to Trowbridge (the Town Hall is currently covered in scaffolding and plastic sheets, but that's what it would look like if they weren't there), via the beautiful little town of Bradford-on-Avon.


Fun ride, bouncing along winding roads barely wide enough for the bus. My father always used to say that the country roads in the South West were designed by rolling drunken Saxons wending their rolling drunken way...


We stopped for an hour at BoA, checked out the tangle of tiny streets called The Shambles that constitute the centre, and went for a walk along the river, where we saw a heron perched on a railway bridge pier and Kai caught sight of a kingfisher.


It's a lovely place, and we plan to go back in the summer, maybe take a picnic along the river. There's a path from the riverside walk up to the Avon and Kennet canal that we could investigate...

But of course, since I can't go anywhere these days without tripping over a Defender...


Snazzy silver too. Heh, and complete with its own canine defender.

Trowbridge was OK. A couple of malls and a handful of charity shops, where Kai managed to pick up the sequel to one of the books he's reading (James Patterson's When the Wind Blows) and I found a copy of The Forever War, which I read back when dinosaurs ruled the earth I was at uni and never forgot, so quite pleased about that.

Then it was a pleasant trip back as night was falling, Ken made fajitas for dinner, and we watched eps 19 and 20 of Heroes. All in all a very nice day.

And Poppy4.4 is three pages in, so hoping to have that online later...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Today was a day for Minis (lost count) and extremely sexy sportscars. A crimson Ferrari passed as I was waiting for the bus, then there was a gorgeous blue beauty (couldn't see the marque, alas, and I'm no car buff. Well, more of a one since the Tf thing, but still...) on the trip.

Mundane day. Up to Broadwalk, back, into town for skoosh and soaps, then a small (hah! No such thing) shop at Sainsbug's. Legs aching now.

But tonight's sunset was beautiful. I was on the bus on my way back, so Ken took a few pics for me...


This - Transformers dance to Thriller - is wonderfully daft and very cute. Lutra's comment was "Oh, someone had way too much fun with this [g]...." and it's true. (Tf's from right to left are Skyfire, Hot Rod (latterly Rodimus Prime), Perceptor, Ultra Magnus and Drift. I think. I'm not really up on the G1 charas. Then there's OP, of course, and the purple one at the end is Shockwave.) It's chuckleworthy though, and very well made.

Poppy4.4 tonight.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Well, 123-reg is now sorted out and the BCP site up and working, which is good.

I had planned to get up to Broadwalk, just to get out of the house, but the bus wasn't running at the stop up the road because the roadworks at the top of Talbot Hill aren't finished yet. (I swear that last week the note said it would only be Fri the 13th that was affected. It now says until today. Hopefully it'll be back to normal tomorrow...)

So it's been a couple of dull, January days with nothing much happening. Roll on spring...



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kai appears to have quite enjoyed his Computing exam, yesterday...

Having problems with 123-reg at the moment. Last week the BCAP Virtual Museum went down - took me a couple of days to convince them it wasn't working - and while it is now fixed, neither Ken nor I can get the email or ftp working. I have no idea what they've done. It wasn't us, we've made no changes to it since before Yule. That took up most of the morning.

This afternoon was the first of 3 or 4 visits to the dental hospital. Feeling a little... not worried, exactly, but not exactly sanguine about the whole thing, and having a couple of complete heroin heads on the bus was not exactly the best way to start the trip. Forget images of broken eggs, just use this pair as a reason not to do drugs. They had the attention spans of the average goldfish. (Harmless enough though, and so out of it they'd have fallen over it you just breathed on them.) And what happened when I got into the hospital (after the 25 minute wait to be seen, that is)?

They couldn't find my notes from my last visit with the consultant.

[headdesk] Well of course they couldn't, this is me we're talking about. Apparently they have a six-week backlog at the moment. Someone did go off in search of them but never arrived back (I think it's the Tf haunting continuing, myself: while standing waiting to make the next appointments I heard one of the staff say they didn't supervise 'Cons...). But at least my x-ray was on the system so I didn't need to have another taken.

So the first couple of minutes were taken up by me repeating what I told the consultant last time. Then the very nice young (what's that they say about age and policemen? Like that) doctor explained that this visit was just to take impressions of my teeth.

Ick. Foul tasting squidgy bright pink goo on both top (had to purse my lips for that) and bottom (had to stick out my tongue for that bit. No, no idea why), and then a line of something white along my bottom teeth which was to show the position of my bite when my mouth is relaxed. And all this just to make a denture that I sincerely hope will never be needed...

Anyway, I have two 90 minute appointments in Feb, for them to remove the old root canal filling, clear out any pockets of bacteria and the site of the old infection, and possibly do something that to me sounds like they're going to enlarge the hole to make sure the filling completely fills it. Or something. I was feeling a bit light-headed by then. What happens at the second appt will rather depend on what they find during the first, and whether the tooth can be saved, I think.

So another month of painkillers, oh joy.

Just keep reminding me it'll be worth it in the long run, to be out of pain for the next however many years...

For the uninitiated, 'Cons is the short form of Decepticons...

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Poppy4.3 - Intrigues - now posted in The Poppy Tales (link above).

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Oooh - a parcel arrived from Asia (with pretty floral and fruity stamps) containing a boxed set DVD of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, with a CD of the original soundtrack. I assume this is from you, Onna? I understand why you warned me about the cover. So much pink... Will make time to give it a go in the next couple of weeks... Thank you!!

K&K took advantage of the glorious (sunny but very cold) weather to ride on buses this afternoon. They ended up at Street, wandered around for an hour (apparently there are seven charity shops along the high street!) then bussed back. The plan had been to come back later, stop off at Farrington Gurney or Chewton Mendip and do a little skywatching, but as it happened the forecast for cloudless night skies was wrong. Eh well. Maybe next time.

Poppy4.3 nearly finished.

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Friday, January 13, 2012


Tyjer is not a lap cat - unless I'm under the lion, then he can ignore that I'm there...

Kai had his Maths exam today. He says it was fun... [grin] That's my son!

We finally have a touch of winter - forecast is for sub-zero temperature over the weekend. I've tried to protect the few plants in the greenhouse - French tarragon, Vietnamese coriander and my lemongrass - but not sure it'll work. We'll see. It's already bloody cold out there!

Finally caught up with the client site stuff - 'ooray! Can play tonight. Poppy4.3 hopefully.

Finally, Sue sent me this - it's absolutely beautiful and it made me cry...

When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird's wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling
streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drink
a holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother who never taught you
death was life's reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and a million, million light years
of being.

J.L. Stanley

Not often I say it - but I wish I could write like that...

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shopping. Broadwalk then Tesco. Fascinating stuff...



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

... ooops... Got so engrossed in a fic last night it was 2.30 am when I realised I hadn't written up the blog, and by then it was really too late...

Anyway - yesterday was weird. Woke up at 5 am after a mostly sleepless night (faaaar too hot) and couldn't get back to sleep, so headed off to do the Sainsbug shop before Kai had even left for school. So early, in fact, that the deli wasn't yet open and the bakery hadn't finished the first batch of loaves...

Got the next demi-jon of wine on the go when I got back, then more client stuff. Then in the evening the very long Tf:A fic.

Kai says his Psychology exam went OK. Tomorrow he has Physics...

Today's been... odd. Ever woken up and felt as though reality has slipped sideways just very slightly? Like that. Haven't managed to get anything useful done, even though there's some client stuff I really must tackle very soon. Maybe tomorrow will be more sensible.

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Officialdom, the next part of Consular, now posted in The Poppy Tales (link above). Enjoy!



Sunday, January 08, 2012

Ken dug the new heuchera bed for me - on the patio area, between the mahonia, the big fern and the grass beside the steps - a small space but it will give them the partial shade they prefer. When I planted them I found that one of them isn't a heuchera at all - it's a tiarella Iron Butterfly. That's fine though, as it likes fully shady conditions, so it's now under the mahonia. The other two are heucheras Plum Pudding and Ginger Ale. Kai has moved the native lilies that were in the space to his grove, where they should do well.

He and I pruned the bay tree as well - looks better now, though it still needs a little more attention. Next is the buddleia and the wisteria...

Poppy4.2 - Officialdom - should be ready to post later tonight. (And sort of on that subject, the Defenders are back. Even saw a new one, deep maroon with COUNTY stencilled in white slantwise on the passenger door...)

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

We actually managed to get a little gardening done today, and pruned the cherry tree at the front. Well, except for one major upward reaching branch, that will have to go next year. Weather's supposed to be fine tomorrow too: I'd like to make a start on the buddleia, and the bay tree needs a good going over too.

Kai is revising for exams - he has three next week and another the week after. Fingers crossed.

Poppy 4.2 half-written...

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Friday, January 06, 2012


[FUGE big grin] Ken says "Birthday present!" so he's now ordered. Take a look at the actual figure and enlarge it. He even has his trademark smirk!!

So that's with folks' pressie money. And Starscream was the one I wanted first, so I am dead chuffed. (Now just have to wait for the others I want - Megatron, Ratchet, OP but not the one they're currently advertising which looks nothing like him and is downright ugly (ignore me, I was looking at the wrong thing) Bee and Knock Out...)

In other news, it's been another busy morning with invoicing and sorting out some more books to go (we're desperately trying to streamline), and I now have some fiddly client stuff to get done before I can carry on with Poppy4.2. Oh joy.

[bg] Ken has just reminded me that WaveWrights is twenty years old this year. Happy Anniversary to us!

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Gah, still tired! Got the first bus up to Broadwalk to resupply mealworms and suet berry treats for the birds, back home, unpacked, then straight out to Sainsbug for shopping. When Kai got home we took down and put away the rest of the Yule decorations, then Ken and I went through a load of old videos to see if there was anything worth saving (about three tapes out of a couple of dozen). Still, it's made more space on the shelves.

Plotting Poppy4.2...

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Introduction, the first part of Consular (the fourth part of The Poppy Tales) now posted - link above. Need a new background tile but too tired tonight...



Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Slightly less busy day, but still productive. Poppy4.1 now well under way.



Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Yule card from GoodTwin

[blink] Cor. I didn' 'alf get a lot done today...

Up early. Read Nefarious (terrific story, that). Made stock with the duck carcass and the last leeks from the garden (though got a bit wet digging them up as the weather in the UK is frightful at the moment), put a wash through, did some major orchid care, including moving two up to the bathroom to see if they improve, took down and packed up my tree and the cards. This is GoodTwin's ->
Tyjer as a kit!

Then watched Dark of the Moon this evening, for reference for Consular. Tired now...

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Lie-in, shopping, then Kai and I went out to Hurrans this afternoon. They're having their post-Yule sale, and I managed to pick up three heucheras at half price to start my collection! Chuffed about that. Will take photos tomorrow, and try to decide where we want them to go. I'd like a bed of them eventually, I think. They do look splendid when all grown together.

I also bought another swingy thing for underneath the other seed-feeder, as I'm getting a lot of wastage from that one as well. £9.99 but it'll pay for itself fairly quickly.

Other than that, we haven't done much. Kai is back to sixth form tomorrow: he has exams later this month, so not looking forward to that much. I have Tf withdrawal symptoms, so will probably start the day off with a film. Or Darkness Rising perhaps. [bg] Only three months til I get the whole series!

Will probably start the next Poppy Tales ep tonight.

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Tidy up day today. Sort of. Have archived nearly five thousand emails from last year and deleted them from my hard drive: that'll speed up the weekly scan! Need to do the same with last year's photographs - maybe Tuesday when I have the house to myself again...

It strikes me that Yule and New Year were rather sombre occasions, though with the global financial position I suppose that's not entirely unexpected. Hoping things pick up this year, though I'm not too hopeful.



Happy New Year!
Wishing us all peace, health and happiness for 2012



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