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Joules, trusted by... dozens... to make a drama out of your crisis...

Other sites:

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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.

The Poppy Tales

(Transformers fanfiction!)

Transformers mini-comics here.











I'm a Member of 

UK Veg Gardeners!


My IMDb ep summaries

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

For later:

Earthian
Dragonball Z (season 2, part)
(Someone else beat me to it!)
Robotech (s2 ep14 Triumvirate)
BBC Lion, witch and wardrobe
BBC Caspian and Dawn Treader
BBC Silver Chair
Beauty and the Beast (part)
(Missing Excel Saga eps)
(Missing Haibane Renme eps)
(And possibly Marine Boy...)


Silver birch at Eastwood 

Farm

"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)

Autumn...

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:
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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

Currently maintaining:
BCHS
BCP


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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 

Sylverthorne

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

Joules' 

Haddock

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...



Kood, my new mp3 

player.

Soundwave! (Kood's still moving in...)


Albino Alsatian Benten (c) MEBird 

2004

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

Radittsu, an oekaki for my birthday 04 

by 

Onna

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



I now have an Amazon wish list - find it here. But please be warned most of the things on it are yaoi. If you don't like yaoi, or don't know what it is, you probably won't want to take a look.




The Zone Plant from
The Zone 

blog 

plant

OrganicHTML (which alas no longer seems to exist...)
[::..My Regular Reads..::]
:: Astronomical Pic of the Day [>]
:: What is Space... [>]
:: Dark Roasted Blend [>]
:: BLDG [>]
:: Pruned [>]
:: Watchismo Times [>]
:: Fundies say the darnedest things [>]
(Warning. This site is likely to have you screaming with laughter, shaking your head in sheer disbelief, or weeping for the future of your species. Often all three at the same time. I disclaim any responsiblity for any harm suffered by anyone who visits...)
[::..Fun Places..::]
::HubbleSite
Stunning...
::PALEOMAP Project
Absolutely fascinating.
::The Hacker Dictionary
Hackers with Humour!
:: Carol's Place
My GoodTwin's Homepage!
:: Skymap
Check out the night sky where you are!
[::..Useful Sites..::]
:: GreenNet
First stop for environmental matters
:: MailWasher
Excellent anti-spam software
:: About Bristol
The essential guide - and beautifully user-friendly too!
:: The Forest of Avon
Our local community forest and places to visit
:: The Guardian
Online Guardian Newspaper.
:: ZSPC Colour Chart
Check how your text and background colours look together before releasing them on the world!
:: 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...
:: Union of Concerned Scientists
Exactly what it says. Fascinating - and worrying...

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...)

[::..Anime/Manga..::]
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

Owned:
   DVD
   Dj: June Special
   CD: Ambivalence

Cyber City Oedo 808

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

From Eroica with Love

Owned:
   Manga Vols 1, 9, 11

Mirage of Blaze

Owned:
   DVD Vol 1 (eps 1-4)

R.G. Veda

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

Twelve Kingdoms

Owned:
   Anime Vol 1-12: complete

Under the Glass Moon

Owned:
   Manga Vol 1, 2
Vol 3 needed

Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust

Owned:
   DVD

   Vampire Hunter D Book 1



New Vampire Miyu

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


Yami no Matsuei

Owned:
   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.
   Sketchbook


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


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

(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)

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Monday, April 30, 2012

That was an astonishingly productive Monday. I had planned a lie-in, but Kai slept through his alarm (6.30 am) and it woke me up instead. Then, a minute or two later as I was drifting back to sleep, Ken's radio alarm woke me up again. I'd just begun to drift off again when I remembered I hadn't done the chicken from last night's roast...

[sigh] So I got up at 7.30, made stock, cleared all the client stuff, did a little garden work, bused up to Broadwalk for shopping, Post Office and the dentist, walked back, made lunch, tended the birds, repotted Rosa (she's not been eating, and I wondered if it was because her tank is too large and the crickets escape her too easily. A Google search proved me right, so I dug a smaller tank out of storage and moved her. And the first thing she did was catch the cricket Kai gave her and eat it ravenously. Happy now), went down to distant neighbour for Kai to work a little magic with her computer and coincidentally accepted job of webmaster for Daneline (first thing I have to do is make that DDA-compliant!), went shopping to Sainsbury's, came back, archived all the Archaeoastronomy resource material on my C-drive (nearly a gig's worth, over 5K files) so I could delete it off my machine, made dinner and watched the latest Grimm. Tired now. Going to put feet up and watch some Tf Prime on DVD before I go fall over...

This is fun too, oh joy...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

It's amazing how much you can get done when you're forced to get up early :)

I'm still reading spider reports (hee, I just typed repots there - I obviously absorbed your post extremely well!) with fascinated horror. But I'm glad she caught her cricket; you really don't want a hungry grumpy spider...

10:49 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

[sage nod] Hungry grumpy tarantulas are not good for anyone... (At least I didn't post a photo this time!)

10:52 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...

Before I clicked on that first link, I wondered if it was going to be a site about vikings or dogs...
Hah! :)

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

The usual Sunday...

And weather. Cat goes out, runs around in belting rain for five minutes, comes in (leaving little wet pawprints everywhere), spends half an hour drying off, goes back out for a few minutes, comes back in (more wet pawprints), spends another half hour drying, then decides it's a waste of time, leaps on the bed, snuggles under his runner and sleeps the day away... Sensible kit.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Yep, it's been a bit excessive, all this weather. The wind has been a nightmare - one of the rabbit shelter curtains nearly disappeared overnight - and when I was out there this morning the whole structure was shaking >:-o

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Fourteenth part of Renewal - Machinations 2 - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above). Enjoy!

Ken went into town this morning, to pay cheques into the bank, visit the central library, and pick up a couple of skooshes from Robert Dyas since the Range hasn't been able to get any for a month. [bemused] Only, the bank's ceiling had collapsed due to a leak on the second floor. However, the bank being who they are, in the spirit of the true Brit, were carrying on their normal business on the steps of the building... And to make it even more surreal, the road outside (and several more around the area) were full of vastly expensive Italian sportscars and their owners and people lusting after them. The cars, that is. Or maybe the owners too, I don't know, I wasn't there. Apparently this is some strange vehicular event that happens every now and then. And no, we don't have photos, Ken didn't have his camera and forgot he has one on his phone...

After he got back I took Kai over to Go Outdoors to price up rucksacks - his is disintegrating under the bulk of the hugely heavy books he has to carry around with him. No joy, as they were too complex or too expensive or both. On the way back we passed the Defender that lives around the corner - and saw this:

Half Defender, half Ent

Yes, that is moss. Live moss. It becomes even more surreal when you remember that Poppy's surname is Moss...

This evening we watched my Lovefilm latest - Alice in Wonderland. Wasn't at all sure at the beginning that we were going to like it, but by half an hour in I found myself really caring for the characters and by the end it's gone on the must have list (though later, when I can find it cheap). It's more Alice in Wonderland: the Sequel than a straightforward adaptation, and the characters, set pieces and overall feel are amazing. I can see why a lot of people didn't like it, but we found it most enjoyable!

Back to Poppy. The next part is going to be fun, and a challenge, to write...

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Blogger Lutra said...

[solemn nod] Defender. Moss. There is no such thing as coincidence...

Re fic: [shakes fist at bad guys] Why you...! Don't even...! Grrrr!

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

[sage nod] So true...

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Meeting with J down at the park at 1.30 pm to roughly measure the new APAG community garden plot and discuss layout and what might be good to try for this first year. (Info will be on the website after the meeting on the 15th May.)

Then shopping. In the monsoon. Even my brolly didn't help much and by the time I got back the cardboard of the winebox I picked up had disintegrated in the rain that soaked through my rucksack. And it's due to continue like this for the next ten days or thereabouts (with the added joy of gale force winds on Sunday). I shall hit the next person who scoffs at climate change...

The next bit of Poppy is almost finished. I had planned to add it to the Things Poppy Never Knew section, but it actually contains some fairly relevant stuff so I've removed the adult-rated stuff and will make it the next part of the main narrative. Hopefully be posted later tonight.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

[sigh] One of the downsides of having a nature reserve for a garden: preparing veg for dinner (Somerset Chicken - my version, not the ones you can find online) I heard an avian commotion outside - looked out the window to see a hawk had downed one of the garden birds in the meadow (close to Wendy's mum's orchid, and easy to see because the meadow plants are only an inch or so tall at the moment) and was adjusting its grip before it flew off, bird in claw. I couldn't clearly see what it had caught - the bird was black-ish, so either one of the starlings or one of my blackbirds. I really hope it wasn't the latter. I am inordinately fond of my blackbirds...

Not sure which hawk it was either - we have kestrels, sparrowhawks and I believe buzzards around here now. Pretty sure it wasn't a buzzard - it wasn't big enough - and it looked bigger than a kestrel to me. So perhaps one of our pair of sparrowhawks?

We now have eight collared doves haunting the garden, and I saw three greenfinches at the veg bed feeding station while I was closing up the greenhouse for the night.

In other news: planted out two pumpkin seedlings, one in the veg bed next to the asparagus plot, the other in a cleared patch under the magnolia. Also planted out mange tout (and put the 'castanets' on their frame - individual aluminium fruit pie cases loosely tied together so they sparkle and make noises when tied to the frame, to help keep the pigeons away), and got some more lettuce on the go in the greenhouse. Moved the salad burnet, which had appeared under my sage, to its own spot in the main bed: salad burnet is great in salads and sammijs, tastes of cucumber without the associated flatulent properties some people (not us!) experience with cucumbers themselves.

I reckon if I can do at least one hour's worth of garden work a day I can keep my portions (greenhouse, fruit plants, veg bed and square) under control. Two hours would be better but not sure my hands would cope. We'll see.

Poppy later!

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We've had sparrowhawks take pigeons from our garden. There one second, swooped and gone the next. I hope it wasn't a blackbird either; numbers of starlings are down although you'd never know it from the number around our birdfeeder.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Garden Update!

It's all go in the garden. My apple tree is a mass of flowers (I love the scent of apple blossom - there's nothing like it), and the greengage has finished flowering and I'm waiting to see what the crop is like. My little pear tree, the one with the three different varieties that I planted last year, has also flowered - well, the two grafts that cross-pollinate have flowered: the third is a later-cropping self-fertile variety - and given that my garden has been full of bees this spring I'm hoping for at least a few pears come autumn! The tayberry is looking good, and the two raspberries are thriving too, as is the strawberry bed. Fingers crossed for lots of fruit: I'm planning to make a big stack of sweet pancakes for the freezer to have as desserts this summer with fresh fruit and ice-cream (cheaper and better for us than bought pudding!)

In the veg bed - most of my pak choi have survived, and about half the first batch of radishes: the first beetroot seedlings are showing above the soil and we have the first six asparagus shoots now showing! (Mmmmmm asparagus with dinner for a month - one of my favourite things about the spring!) Nearly time to get the first of the mange tout seedlings into the new bed and some French dwarf beans on the go.

In the greenhouse - all's well and surviving the horrible weather we're having, though I am having to dive in and out to adjust the door and louvre openings several times a day.

Photo from the AllSpark Almanac 2 - the galaxy according to Swindle! The creators have gone to insane lengths to make the whole continuum as complete as possible...

the galaxy according to the AllSpark Almanac 2

[bg] If you go north from the word 'realize' on the right hand page you'll find earth (just outside the Quintesson Pan Galactic Co-Prosperity Sphere. That's worrying...). Just above it is Tencton (with Tenctonese script below the English title!), and over to the left is Paradise. Just outside the periphery is Skaro, and there are other familiar names dotted around too - the Coriakin System, Yautja, Sarpeidon, Pern, Giedi Prime, Majipoor, Druidia, Eternia, Thundera, Z'ha'dum...

Fantastic fun!

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Blogger Lutra said...

Ooh, fresh beetroot, lovely!

I wondered why Tencton seemed familiar. Newcomers! Of course!
[headdesk] Omg, Thundera. I never thought to hear that one again...

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

ROFLMAO!!!

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Blogger Sue said...

Z'ha'dum? Ohh, don't want to be going there!
Nice touch, though :)

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

[bg] Z'ha'dum is nearly at the top of the right hand page: the next world up is Terminus.

Magrathea is on the left hand page - perhaps you'd rather try there?

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heh, Magrathea. My brother used to have that as a nameplate on the door of his first house. When he was packing up to move in with Gill, she suggested he might want to take it with him - until he explained where it came from and why it was appropriate to the interior of the house... :)

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

happy rhino



happy rhino



My AllSpark Almanac 2 arrived! (With one day to spare on the delivery date - I was beginning to panic that Royal Mail had 'lost' it, since they are still 'losing' our mail, and the price has now gone up to £1,026.89 new and £195.98 second-hand at amazon UK (or $500.00 new and $197.95 used at amazon.com)...)

It's wonderful, so stuffed with stuff it's like having seventeen overlapping windows open at the same time. It's going to take me days to read it all!

Hence the happy rhinos on pogo-sticks...

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Woohooo! [bouncing along]

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Oops, that comment was from me!
I reiterate: Woohooo! [bouncing along]

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

ROFLMAO!

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

hee, lots of happy rhinos!

Badger...? No, I won't ask :)

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Good riddance Monday - roll on Tuesday...

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

We had a couple of hours of sun this morning, before the rain set in again. Kai helped me in the garden, weeding the little chamomile bed between the greenhouse and the shrub bed and potting on some tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse (I think he enjoys the break from his homework) while I replaced the grease bands on the apple and pear trees, dug up the bramble that was thinking about taking over the bed with the magnolia stellata, cut off the dead shoots on the bramble by the woodland pool, and got the first couple of slug-pubs in the ground. I should be able to get the first of the mange tout, courgette and Swiss chard seedlings into the veg bed this week, and probably pot on the leeks and cauliflowers (yes, four seeds have germinated. I'm not very good with brassicas, but I thought I'd give them a go, just in case: we like cauliflower. They'll probably get eaten before they reach a decent size though...)

My blueberry bushes are doing well, and I have two different sorts of raspberry in large pots as well this year, a gift from a fellow APAG member. Not likely to get a lot of fruit from them, but we'll see. Even a little would be nice!

Off to see about another ficlet for Things Poppy Never Knew...

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Cauliflower, yum! Good luck with that :)

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thirteenth part of Renewal - Machinations - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).

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Friday, April 20, 2012

A day of shopping and tidying up. But I do now have just 1 gig worth of photographs on my C drive, instead of 8.7. That alone was worth the time it took.

Watched some more Tf season 2 (well, had it on the background to check that all the discs play properly). The episode A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court had me in stitches (it's on Youtube here). Kremzeek is daft (though Kai thought he was kinda cute), and Sea Change is jut WTF?? weird. I don't know what the writers were on when they wrote these two eps but I'd be tempted to try it just for laughs...

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hmph. Blogger have changed their control panel and interface. Why, I have no idea - what was wrong with the old one? I don't like it, but I've no choice, so I suppose I'll just have to get used to it...

Popped into St Nick's Hospice shop while out - and found Transformers Season 2 (G1, complete series in two boxed sets) for £8! With the special art postcards included - still sealed! [bg] Dead chuffed. (Not that I'm a G1 fan, but season 2 has characters I keep falling over when reading but know nothing about, like Tracks and Perceptor (whose alt form is a microscope. Very strange, that). And they're fun to have on in the background, for Peter Cullen's gorgeous voice if nowt else...)

One ep in particular - Microbots - had me LOLing (literally). It's a sort of spoof... um... take on Fantastic Voyage. In brief: a spaceship is found by archaeologists, Megatron recognises it as a Cybertronian ship fuelled by a power source called the Heart of Cybertron (heh, sounds familiar) and heads off to steal it (the power source that is). Placed inside his own body it gives him unlimited power. To prevent him overcoming the Autobots (and hence earth), Brawn, Bumblebee and Perceptor shrink down to microscopic size (well, microscopic to a transformer anyway, about half an inch high or so I'd guess. Remember that figure, and that Megatron is about 40 foot high), enter Megsy's body and remove the Heart of Cybertron. The bit that made me LOL was this -


"What's that?"
"It's Megatron's brain!!"


[snickering loudly] Explains a lot, that does...

In other news... Tyjer is no longer under house arrest, and went out happily this morning, but keeps coming in complaining about the rain. No pleasing some kits.

My orchid cactus has started flowering again. Keeping it well watered and misted really works.

Orchid cactus

I need to get my pak choi into the ground - if the rain would just hold off long enough...

Next Poppy well under way.

(I really don't like this new interface. Just hope it doesn't cause any problems with my ancient template...)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Watched my latest Lovefilm. Conan the Barbarian (2011).

... Just watch the trailer, it has all the good bits.

What a waste of time.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Twelfth part of Renewal - Complications - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).

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Monday, April 16, 2012

A new channel appears...

CBS Action. They're showing Kung Fu (ye gods, that brings back memories!) and - YAY! - Brimstone! Unfortunately we've managed to miss the first six eps, but I shall record what I can and hope they repeat.

Poor Tyjer is still under house arrest. Though he's being very resigned about the whole thing, luckily.

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If your weather is anything like ours today, Tyjer won't mind staying in... :)

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Early (for a Sunday) morning down to the park to help out with the APAG Easter Egg Hunt (should have happened last Monday but the weather was so awful we postponed it). We've held it every year for the past five years and the kids love it. Then it was the usual Sunday shop, this week's Tf: P ep - a recap and a bit disappointing, although it did answer some questions and give a bit more of an insight into certain elements of the plots.

After dinner it was the third ep of Once Upon A Time, which is fun, especially since I can't work out where they're going with it...

Still working on poppy5.12, and it's proving tough. Holidays can really muck things up.

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Blogger Sue said...

Oh hurrah for somebody else watching Once Upon A Time!
I only hope they don't drag it on past the season's end in the usual way of these things. It's nicely quirky enough at the moment but if they drag it on without a conclusion I shall get bored I feel.

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

I agree. Unfortunately there are rumours of a second season...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

I haven't seen Sunday's yet. Loving it at the moment, but I agree as well. I daresay I could continue to watch, as long as we're allowed to :)

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

[sigh] Tyjer came home with a baby blackbird yesterday while we were out. Ken got him in (the cat, that is) and the fledgling made itself scarce, and it looks like it's survived as the parents have been feeding it (at any rate, they keep disappearing into the big pile of cut ivy at the top of the garden with food in their beaks). So now Tyjer is under house arrest until Wednesday (the RSPB site says it takes blackbirds a couple of days to be able to fly, so hopefully that will be long enough). Needless to say he's not very happy about it...

Poppy coming along slowly.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

That seems early; I'm not even aware of any nesting around us. Hope it manages to survive!

Our bird box remains sadly empty so far this year - there's a tiny bit of nest material but no one has taken up residence :(

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Early, but true. We've seen the parents feeding one fledgling. And I've also seen another pair of blackbirds carrying nesting materials to somewhere further up the road. The winter was mild and the spring very early (and I feed them very well): we'll probably find them having a second brood in a few months.

Keeping fingers crossed for your birdbox.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Clevedon...

Wales and egrets
... and egrets! Two of them now.
(That's Wales in the background - Newport I think.)
egrets egrets

Beautiful...

Lovely day, but now I'm knackered.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tyjer under cherry tree
Tyjer under the cherry tree. (Photo © Ken Taylor)

Went to see Battleship this afternoon. It was pretty much as expected - predictable, formulaic, Transformers-lite (even to the score, though since it's in association with Hasbro and Jablonsky wrote the score for both that's not overly surprising), but nevertheless a fine rollickin' romp, real 'leave brain at door, shut up and enjoy your popcorn' film. One to pick up when it comes down in price!

Tired. Planning to go to Clevedon tomorrow, so should try for an early night.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Eleventh part of Renewal - Normality - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kai and I went to see Wrath of the Titans - yes, we forked out for the 3D version despite its dreadful reviews. Went in not expecting much, but we really enjoyed it! Much better than its remake prequel, Clash of the Titans, all round - the 3D was great, the acting good, the CGI wonderful. A very satisfying film, one to buy later.

The rest of the day was fairly relaxed. Kai helped me plant beetroot and white carrots in the veg bed, and I got marigolds, chilli peppers and two different sorts of salad leaves on the go as well. Oh, and put slug-gel down around all the shoots in pots and seed trays, although I haven't seen many gastropods yet this year, and the ones I have seen are all tiny. Not that I have any intention of letting them get big, of course...

Still watching Grimm on Monday nights (still fun), Touch (OK, if a bit forced in places I feel) and Alcatraz (which is moving at the pace of an arthritic snail on crutches, as Ken would say) on Tuesday nights. And season 4 of Sanctuary has now started on Friday night (I found last week's first ep disappointing, but then I'm not fond of time travel into the past sub-plots), so TV wise it's quite busy at the moment.

Hoping to post next Poppy later on tonight.

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Monday, April 09, 2012

I pop out shopping for a couple of things, I come back loaded down with three bags and a rucksack... It's not my fault the supermarkets are trying to woo their customers with all manner of excellent BOGOFs, specials and deals!

Poppy 5.11 coming along swimmingly, finally...

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

A nice relaxed day, with old-but-unseen films on TV (Happy Feet and Toy Story, both of which I mostly missed, in pottering about doing other things), and Kai helping me construct the growing frame for the mange tout up in the new bed. It's been very pleasant.

Transformers: Prime S2E8... Hm. Very interesting. I can see this going in any of several different directions.

Back to Poppy...

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Morning of the Talbot Allotments group seed swap. All my fault - I suggested it as a way of giving away all the seeds I can't use to people who might be able to use them. Off I tanked to the allotment shop for 10.30 with the three cucumber plants I don't have space for and a whole heap of seed packets...

Not all that many people turned up, but the ones who did were great and brought loads of seeds along to swap. I now have everything I need for this year and half of what I need for next year too! And all for free. Can't get much cheaper... Hoping we can do the same again next year.

I was also able to buy two whackin' great bags of potting compost for £6 (thanks Sheila for dropping it around in your car!) which is considerably cheaper than the garden centres. So I'm all set now - just need to get out to the greenhouse to get potting, probably tomorrow.

Oh, and I now have red onions, carrots and radishes showing above the surface, and the leeks on the potting table have finally sprouted. Time now to start the courgettes, butternut squash and marrows.

Got a Tesco shop on the way home - the supermarket is just at the bottom of the allotments hill

Talbot Allotments

and picked up Green Lantern going for half price. As usual there's soddall on tonight, and Ken has never seen it, and Kai and I saw it long enough ago for it to feel fairly fresh. Maybe tonight after dinner.

In the meantime, the Poppy plotting continues but my brain is squatting in the middle of the road refusing to move until it gets... something, it's not being very clear in its demands. No doubt all will become clear later. I hope.

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What a good idea! Hopefully enough people were satisfied to spread the word and repeat it next year.
That's a good photo - Briz isn't such a bad place.

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Keeping fingers crossed. There were seedlings too.

The photo is an old one, from last year, but it does show how convenient everything is around here. And although Briz wasn't my first choice of home (I didn't like it for years) it really does have just about everything you could ever want. Quite a good place to live, actually!

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Friday, April 06, 2012

Apparently Friday is the new Saturday - at least, that's what it's felt like all day. Client stuff, a considerable bit of tidying up, a fairly major shop, then recording the first five eps of season two of Through the Wormhole - intriguing stuff - while K&K started getting the ivy off the wall: realised this morning it's blocking all the light from my pear tree, so it has to go. There's nothing nesting in it and they found no insects...

Tired again now!

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

The main water butt is now completely full, and the rain was enough that the garden won't need watering for a few days, especially if it stays dull.

Kai's last ortho appointment at 10.20! All clear. Now he just has to keep using the retainer every other night.

And then we embarked on the Hunt for the Toilet Seat Buffers...

To explain... long term readers may remember the Curse of the Upstairs Loo - that the blasted seat keeps breaking, or the cat collides with it and smashes it, or it falls apart. A couple of years ago - or maybe longer, I'm not good with time - I bought a good and rather expensive one from Gardner Haskins, thinking that should solve the problem. Heh. Should have known. The two (yes, just two) rubber/plastic things on the underside of the seat are hollow and one of them has smooshed flat, which puts strain on the hinges and the thingie that holds it all in place (like the technical terms? [g]) So we decided to get FirstDay tickets and bus out to the big B&Q at Cribbs Causeway to find something to replace them.

(Well, first we tried to find some local honey, for my hayfever, but Better Foods had sold out, so I decided to try the St Nick's open market on Wed.)

B&Q didn't have them. Neither did Wickes. And then I remembered the Bishopston Ironmonger in the Gloucester Road...

So we leapt on a 75, got off at Horfield, found the buffers (last pack), checked out the charity shops, found my local honey (from Keynsham! Can't get much more local than that!) in one of the wholefood shops - can have a spoonful in my morning hibiscus and ginger tea - then leapt on a bus to get back to the centre. Except we got on a 20, which took us in the opposite direction up over Cotham Brow and down St Michael's Hill. Which actually worked OK as we got off at the hospital and the bus station is a two minute walk from there. Only, it would have taken less time to walk there from the bus stop in the Gloucester Rd than it did to get the bus...

Six different buses today. Must be a record!

After dinner we watched Space Adventure Cobra, the anime I had for my birthday to replace the video I taped many years ago. We MST3Ked it all the way through and much hilarity ensued. It was funny too. Not to mention completely insane...

I should do some more Poppy tonight but I only managed four hours sleep last night and it's been a busy day. Tired...

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It's no wonder I'm feeling tired tonight... :)

I shall have a day of doing very little tomorrow - it might help you as well :)

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

LOL! Indeed. Sorry 'but that...

Planning an easy day myself tomorrow. Might have a go at the second mini-comic. Certainly get the next Poppy sorted, if not finished...

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"...with a psycho-gun hidden in his left arm..."

Bwhahahahah! What?

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Yerrsss, quite. 'tis a powerful weapon, so 'tis...

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Happy rhino                  Soundwave box

Ken bought me an Eostre-come-surviving-the-end-of-the-financial-year present...

Transformers: Prime Soundwave... (the WANTEE!! one from Tesco)


alt mode



His alt mode - a UAV somewhat like this - and his primary Deployer Laserbeak. This slots neatly into his torso when transformed, and perches on his wrist when deployed (as in the series).



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I am staggered by the amazing accuracy - and the very impressive lack of kibble. These figures are just getting better and better!







alt modealt mode

In other news...

The rain did arrive this afternoon. It hasn't been heavy, but it has been persistent, and the main water butt - which we'd nearly emptied filling up the greenhouse butt and topping up the pools - is already half full again. If the rain continues overnight we'll be able to keep going for a few weeks.

Kai has been doing maths homework downstairs all afternoon, which has meant music! Including Weird Al's Running with Scissors (A present from Wendy some years back). Kai hadn't heard it before - he found it wonderfully funny.

As for the rest, it was the standard busy day. We're planning to watch the latest Lovefilm shortly - Read or Die. It's been a while since we watched an anime.

Tomorrow it's Kai's (hopefully) last ortho appointment. I have a few things to do in town, so we'll probably get FirstDay tickets and travel on buses for most of the day.

Poppy later...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Kai and I went to see The Hunger Games today...

It's pretty good - kept us engaged all the way through (though I felt the end could have been a little more angsty). Absolutely stuffed with familiar faces. One to pick up when I see it cheap!

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Monday, April 02, 2012

....zoooom and the day was gone...

But at least we started pruning the buddleia. It'll need cutting back to head height in the autumn, but at least it's a little tidier for now.

Ditto the wisteria.

Cold again. I may have to put fleece on the tomato seedling tomorrow night as well as their mini-cloches. Fingers crossed the sudden drop in temperature tonight doesn't do them any harm.

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Later edit: Forgot to say - Tesco had a Tf: Prime Soundwave (WANTEE WANTEE!!), the first of the next wave of figures, at a third off (which still makes him £17-odd, which is a little expensive for the budget at the moment). However, Sainsbury had their large Prime figures on half price (£11.49)! So I now have a Megatron and an OP - put away for me for Yule.

...

It's only nine months. I can wait. I've become quite good at waiting. After all, I had to wait almost as long for Ironhide last year...

Sunday catch-up time!

In the garden: I have about 10 paeony spikes coming up; my little prunus has flowered beautifully; and the greengages are in flower (smells of vanilla!). My Magnolia stellata survived the false spring and it flowering. We now have five collared doves and I'm wondering about getting a dovecote... And my garden is full of bees!

In the veg bed: I have red and white onions, carrots, spring onions and radishes on the go, and the cat-scarer seems to be working a treat. On the potting table I have pak choi, lettuces, cauliflowers and two different varieties of leek, but no sign of sprouting yet.

In the greenhouse: tomatoes now potted on, and cucumbers and peppers almost ready to be the same.

In the house (sorta): Kai's now on Eostre break for two weeks. Tyjer is happy with the longer, warmer days.

And as for this week's Tf: Prime - whoa! It's all getting rather complicated - not to mention brutal!

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All sounds hectic as usual. We seem to be taking the wildlife garden a bit too far with starlings attempting to nest in the roof but much as I love creatures we've had to block the hole off.
And I discovered a beautiful tree bumblebee was nesting in a piece of curtain I had out in the rabbit shelter - we've moved it elsewhere in the garden and hope it's OK.

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