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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.

Currently working on:

Currently chuffed with:
My garden

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

Currently maintaining:

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...

The Updates Blog

The place to stay notified of WaveWrights' Fiction updates: Zone, Darkside, DarkRealm, Matrix, Vault, Safehouse 13...

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, July 31, 2012

Well I never! A week without a Monday! How'd that happen?...

It's been hellaciously bitty today. Dribs and drabs of client stuff coming in - and not quick and easy stuff either. Had to get to Post Office (and then forgot to take the Lovefilm return with me so will have to go back); managed all of one page of Poppy; tried to make pancakes and either the spray oil is no good or both our frying pans have gone home, so will need to get that sorted; and I thought I'd make us a treat tonight for dinner - venison casserole.

I couldn't eat it. Didn't like the taste and found it very dry. (Ken later asked if perhaps it reminded me forcibly of liver, which I absolutely loathe and which makes me nauseous - he does have a point...) Won't bother again.

[grump] So now going to put my feet up and indulge in a little Bayverse Tfs for an hour - RotF I think. Only the transformer bits though. Got tired of the human bits a long time ago...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Oh, I could do without Mondays...

I can't stand liver either. It's just one of those things which you love or hate, I think.

10:16 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...

Mmmm... pate, liverwurst...

1:12 pm  

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gah, tired again...

Have a pic of Breakdown and Dreadwing.

Breakdown and Dreadwing

I now just need Knock Out, Wheeljack and Soundwave - oh, and Airachnid, I suppose. And maybe Hardshell the Insecticon, if they bring one out - in the Cyberverse (itty bitty teeny weeny diddy figures) Prime collection and I'll have the whole cast (at least, the whole cast as they've appeared so far. There's rumours Shockwave will be guesting in later season 2 eps - starting again on Aug 24th!! Can't wait. And who knows who they'll bring in in season 3...). Knock Out is going to be available in October, Wheeljack is available now (although I haven't found him yet), but the only Soundwave I can find is his alt mode from DotM (a Mercedes for those who don't know/have forgotten). [grump] That's no bloody use!

Currently two pages into Poppy 6.10 and a para or two in its accompanying short - Calming Blue - for the Things Poppy Never Knew section. Will continue tomorrow, too tired tonight.

Edit: Hm. Looks like it may be possible to find a Wheeljack packaged with his spacecraft, the Jackhammer. That would be fun! (Though probably prohibitively expensive. I'd be happy just with the figure.)

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pics because tired.



Poet's Walk

The Poet's Walk path.


Wols at Weston! (Raising money for the owl sanctuary - £2 to have your photo taken with owl on wrist.)

Eagle Owl

They ranged from the huge Tango, the European Eagle Owl (look at those talons!)...

Screech Owl

... to the tiny Chico (the Tropical Screech Owl, smaller than my hand).

Warm but pleasantly breezy day - we had a lovely time.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Wols! excellent.

11:34 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...

Oooh, wols! I'd spend 2whatsits on that :)

12:54 am  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ten Years Old Today!

(The blog, that is, obviously not me...)

Later edit: Olympics opening extravaganza tonight - fabulous. Loved it.

Essential reading for foreigners planning to visit the UK...



Blogger Lutra said...

Happy Birthday, Zone! Balloons an' fairy bread all 'round! :)

11:57 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Almost afraid to ask, but what's 'fairy bread'?

1:09 am  
Blogger Lutra said...

Buttered bread with sprinkles, usually 100s & 1000s :)

5:55 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Bread and butter with 100s and 1000s?!

... ick...

9:11 pm  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

Yum... :)

11:31 pm  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Poppy Tales 

Ninth part of New World - Repercussions - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A week or so ago Kai asked if he could buy the game Terraria. (His friends were urging him to do so so they could all play together.) Well, at £5.99 we weren't going to say no, so he downloaded it and has been thoroughly enjoying it.

Then he asked if he could install the server on his machine - free, and would give the three or four of them playing more access. On establishing it wouldn't affect our machines, we again said yes.

It sounds like fun.

Terraria unicorn

This is a screen cap of Kai (in the top hat. He likes being eccentric, and has collected shades, a goldfish bowl, a bunny hood, a plumber's hat, a ninja mask, and a flower. Just for the hell of it. And possibly for the kudos, as he tells me they're quite hard to find. The white things on his back are his wings. [shrugs] And why not, indeed...) This is the area known as the Hallows - he got there after defeating the goblin army and conquering 'the Wall of Flesh'. I didn't ask - where everything you meet deals huge amounts of damage. Which is probably why the unicorn has Decepticon red eyes...

Four pages into next Poppy and still going strong, despite the heat. Supposed to hit 29° tomorrow. Oh joy.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wheeee! I have my mouth back! I can now talk and eat and smile without mangling the inside of my lip!

He had to grind off a couple or three millimetres of tooth in order to make it the same length as the others, mind you, which was a bit of an experience. Though the tooth is dead, so I didn't need any anaesthetic. He took off a bit of the overlap at the back too, so everything feels smooth and level. I now have to wear the brace only at night until I go for my retainer in a couple of weeks.

Hopefully this is now the end of the problems!



Monday, July 23, 2012

Another hot cloudless day. Kai had the dentist, so after we bussed up to Broadwalk I left him to it while I picked up some birdseed at Wilkinson's. When we got back it was a little more garden tending - and then I got a phone call from the dental hospital asking if I could go in tomorrow instead of next week. Which would have been OK except I haven't worn the brace for the last week and half as it was ulcerating my lower lip... [sigh] Just have to tell them that tomorrow.

First two and a half pages of next Poppy chapter written!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012


- The last time Kim and I went out I picked up this lily from the Morrisons at Cribb's Causeway - 50p reduced from a fiver. First flower! Very pretty. They had some reduced at The Range on my way back from Boots yesterday, £1 instead of Asiatic Lily£4.99, so I bought one of these. ->

It's unlikely to flower this year but fingers crossed...

We'd planned to go to Weston this afternoon, but with the online timetable bearing absolutely no resemblance to the actual timetable that fell through. Will see what the weather's like next Saturday and try to go then instead.

So after my usual Sunday shop we got going in the garden. Ken mowed and hoed while Kai trimmed the grass around the beds and fruit cage, and I pruned the Snow in Summer spireia and weeded the (still struggling) chamomile lawn I'm (still) trying to establish. It all looks much better out there now. Though there's still far too much to do...



Saturday, July 21, 2012

So bloody tired...

Had to get up to Bishopston ironmongers this afternoon, after doing quorn cheese and leek escalopes for lunch. We tried some quorn mince a couple of weeks ago in a spagbol. I wasn't too impressed (the texture is horrible) but it's cheap and very low fat...

Unfortunately it violently disagreed with Ken. At the time we thought it might have been something else he ate, hence the escalopes today.

It wasn't something else.

So after slogging down the Gloucester Rd in the sun and coming home on a very full bus I ended up trying the pharmacy in Sandy Park Rd, who said the best (and really only thing) was Peptobismol. Only they didn't have any. Which meant a trudge over to the Boots in Avon Meads and then back to the house. Legs are killing me.

But it's worked. And I'm never using quorn again.

Am I awake enough to get some Poppy done? Don't think so but will give it a go...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

We tried Quorn just the once, years ago (a form of sausages IIRC). I hated the taste & texture; I'd rather just eat vegetarian if the aim was not to eat meet.
Hope Ken feels better today.

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

Ken keeps asking for us to have at least one vegetarian day a week - and I often do, but I'm such a carnivore it's a bit of a trial... Quorn is cheaper than minced beef and 75% less fat (they say) so I thought I'd give it a go.


Apparently a surprising number of people are allergic. And Ken now tells me it's out of patent (the food equivalent anyway) and manufacturers may start putting it in other foods. Not that I buy many processed foods, but it may mean I'll have to scrutinise ingredients from now on...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Neither of us had any reaction to it, but I'd still rather avoid it. 8-(

6:25 pm  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Ken has made a start on the cosmetic household repairs we've been putting off and attacked the lounge windows - um, I mean, he's stripped off the flaking paint, sanded the frames, painted with primer, and will be painting tomorrow with the 'natural twine' gloss I picked up from Wilkinson's at Broadwalk this morning. It's a pleasant very light fawn, and will go nicely with the other colours in the lounge.

Kai did some weeding for me - heuchera bed (I can comfortably fit two more plants there: will be looking for colours I don't yet have), Roeg's Pool, the mange tout/bean bed (not that there's much there at present, it all got devastated by gastropods and too much rain...) and around the cerinthe in the bed behind the greenhouse (two plants have self-seeded and two of the seeds I planted have come up, so fingers crossed there'll be a pretty display next year).

I've had to trim back some of the tomato foliage in the greenhouse so the forecast sun we're due to have over the next week can actually reach the fruit: everything has gone tall and leggy with the awful weather. I do have some tomatoes coming, but it's not going to be a great harvest this year. The cherry toms have done better: Sungold tastes wonderful, and there's a handful of Black Cherry nearly ready to try...

Poppy coming slowly. On the subject of Tfs I wondered if a Transformers garden was a possibility. Sadly, not really. There's a new tomato called Red Alert, which I shall be trying next year, a begonia Inferno, and a beautiful sunset coloured iris called Skyfire, but that's as much as I've found.

Back to Poppy...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Heh. Finally finished the client stuff (until more comes in, anyway) and can make a start on the next Poppy chapter.

Transformers: Prime still hasn't resumed showing. No explanations given, no notice of when it will resume, no nothing. Lovely customer service from the creators.

However, in the meantime I have brought myself up to date with Transformers: Rescue Bots on Youtube - and I'm enchanted. It's set in the same continuity as Tf:P, but instead of bots as heroes the four are... well, rescue bots, serving the same functions as human rescue services. It is a little kids' show, but that doesn't mean it's simple or dumb. It's a cartoon in the traditional sense, with simple but very attractive animation and pretty pastel colours, precious little violence, no expletives whatsoever and of course no 'adult' material - but it has the most adorable cast, with believable characters, and s-f homages everywhere! The town is based on A Town Called Eureka (if the girl skipping over a rope that's turning itself in the background of the first ep wasn't a clue, the police chief Charlie Burns even says it's a testing ground for new tech), and the chief scientist, Doc Greene, is a delightful amalgam of Henry Deacon (of Eureka), Isaac Sumdac (Tf:A), and Doc Brown (Back to the Future).

This of course opens up the story to just about everything, from a Dinobot (called Trex - yes, a Tyrannosaur) to a wonderful villain (Tim Curry!) planning to take over the town with his 'Morebot', who can replace all of the bots but causes complete devastation while doing so.

And the humour! Light, innocent but hysterically funny - I was in stitches. Much of it would go over the heads of the target audience but make it immense fun for their watching parents/carers.

The series focusses on life lessons such as the value of friendship and the necessity of honesty and tolerance, but it does so in such a low-key and gentle way you hardly notice them (compared to Armada where everything is spelled out in such a heavy handed way it makes me cringe).

It's on the 'must have as soon as available' list...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Too busy. Update tomorrow.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

greenhouse cat

Greenhouse cat knows the warmest driest place when the weather is sulky...

Physiotherapist is very pleased. He can now manipulate my thumb/hand much more without the pain I had to start with, and has given me a series of exercises to do three times a day (or two if it's painful). I have another appointment in three weeks, by which time he's hoping I can start on getting some strength back.

So, OK, obviously following orders sometimes works!

Apart from that it's been an APAG day. With a little shopping. And this evening Kai and I watched Blade Runner (the director's cut, of course): Kai had been discussing neural nets with his teacher, who had recommended he watch the film. It's been a fair while since I've watched it too, I'd forgotten how bloody good it is. And of course it is the source of that Tennant Dr Who quote (can't remember the episode) that always sends a shiver up my back - "I have seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion..."

Back killing me again today. Fed up with this.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Bella spends quite a bit of her day in the wabbitat, on a blanket on top of the guineapig hutch. Outdoors, but dry and snug. :)

Glad to hear the hand is better - keep it up!

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

Cats. They know which side their belly is patted...

11:20 am  

Monday, July 16, 2012

Client stuff most of the day - except for when my pre-Nemesis Prime Starscream arrived...

2 Starscreams, what more could you want...


Physioterrorist tomorrow.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

A pretty normal Sunday. For once it didn't rain, so was able to dry washing outside.

And I found these at Sainsbug's -

Skyfire and Megatron

- Skyfire and Megatron! So cute...

Megatron Skyfire

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The Poppy Tales 

Eighth part of New World - Meetings and Greetings - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).



[bemused] This is the Jazz who lives around the corner by the park. A metallic baby pink Jazz.

This is Bayverse Jazz.

And this is the original G1 Jazz.

Of course, we can reconcile these. After all, Jazz is the consummate spy and saboteur - what better disguise than a... metallic... pink... thing....

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Forgot to say: yesterday morning Tyjer brought me a sparrow, carefully held in his mouth. Speaking quietly, I told him he was a good boy but to drop it, as we don't hurt the little dinosaurs. As usual he turned his back, but walked slowly (instead of running off as usual), with me following, up to Roeg's Pool - where he let it go. It flew off up to the roof, and looked to be fine. So I petted him and gave him a treat as a reward for releasing it: rewards work better than anything else with Ty!

Still researching for Poppy. I have most of the Consulates placed geographically now - and bloody hell am I learning as I go along! History, politics, geography, all the things I never had the chance to take before. And of course, being me, I never take the easy option: decided to place the South American Consulate in Peru (which I know soddall about) and wanted somewhere fairly remote (i.e. not a major metropolis). The name of the Ucayali area sounded suitably authentic - and then I discovered that it is one of the places whose ecology and native peoples are under threat from oil companies - there's a pretty horrifying report here.

This makes it ideal for my (literary) purposes, of course, but doesn't do my blood pressure any good. Then again I find myself angry a lot of the time these days. The short-sightedness, selfishness and stupidity of the human species is so bloody depressing.

[sigh] I take back yesterday's curse. I love my drive for accuracy and perfectionism, really...

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Client stuff first thing - then I spent the rest of the day researching for the next Poppy chapter.

Curse my pernickety perfectionism! Curse it, I say! Hours and hours of work to get a relatively simple but important part of the story accurate.

Lutra, bless her, helped me hugely [hands over kinetic kudos. Just be careful they don't take your fingers off...] So, the next Poppy chapter - Meetings and Greetings - is now well under way. Given it's quite a complicated part of the story I won't be hurrying. Hope to post on Sunday, if possible.

... following a link from deviantArt I discovered Transformers: Rescue Bots. Oh ye gods they are absolutely the cutest! Though since they're designed for young kids (I'm sure I saw 4 - 9 yr olds mentioned somewhere) they should be. It's set in the same continuity as Tf: Prime, which gives it an immediate appeal for me anyway, but AWWWWWWW! Just adorable! I wish they'd had things like this when I was a child... [yes I know, second childhood an' all that...]

Not to mention it has echoes of Town Called Eureka, Steve Blum voicing Heatwave, and Tim Curry as a mad scientist!

Later edit: Watched the first ep on Youtube and was in stitches. Hugely funny, and it's all perfectly innocent fun. Sometimes one forgets that that is possible...

Back to Poppy...

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

[sigh] Up at seven to take advantage of the few hours of sun to dry two washes outside. Forecast is for rain from this afternoon right through til Sun - and even then it's due to be showery. I WANTS MAI SUMMER!!

Tf: Armada pt 2 boxed set arrived today - now have to watch it all on the TV screen to check it's OK (before leaving feedback? Maybe...). Oh noes! [hand to forehead] What a trial!!

Just out of interest I watched a couple of eps of the sequel - Tf: Energon - on Youtube last night. Amnesiac Starscream with emerald green eyes is cute, but not cute enough to make the dull story worth following. (And as for that horrible kid... bleurgh.) So won't be bothering with that one.

More client stuff.

Back still horribly painful but not as bad as yesterday. Being careful today.

Poppy calls...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

The rain is distinctly boring now. I can live without sun, but dry would be good.

At least you'll get plenty of rest if you have to just watch TV for a bit :)

10:49 pm  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


It's triggered the old sciatica as well, and pain killers aren't working. Well, they probably are and I'd be in agony without them, but still...

Client work most of the day.

And there's something I keep meaning to say but keep forgetting, dammit. Will try to write it down when/if I recall.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

WAIIII! I haz a Armada Starscream!!
Armada Starscream 2

Well, I have one, at any rate - the post-Nemesis Prime Starscream. My pre-Nemesis Prime version is on its way from the US. Because, you see, they're both Starscream (even if the blue one is wholly erroneously packaged as Thundercracker) and I need both... (and then I can have them... *fight* each other [beg])

He's... large. Seven and a half inches, roughly, which is partly why the pic is pretty crap, I have to hold him at a fair distance to get a full body photo and he's heavy and my hand doesn't like heavy. He's also very top-heavy - which may have something to do with the batteries, 'cause he comes equipped with sound: press that golden bit at the front (his cockpit, - ooh er missus!) and you get the sound of machine gun fire. (Make of that what you will!!) To get him to balance standing you have to tilt the body well down at the front, then you can't see the face. Which is a pity as Arm SShe's probably the prettiest Starscream across all the continuities. The figure's face isn't bad but doesn't really do him justice.


And I like his face...

(Image on right is screen cap from Tf:Arm ep 47)

When the other one arrives I shall stand all my Starscreams together for a group photo. Heh, a flock of Starscreams.

Or should that be a murder of Starscreams? A backstab? A shriek? Hm...

In other news, it was mammogram day. Bleurgh. They have a snazzy new machine that squashes even worse than the old one. But they also have a snazzy new procedure, with just one very pleasant, patient nurse (rather than the three who were wittering on about last night's TV to each other that were in the room last time). All much less stressful.

I don't know why my back is on the verge of hurting but I'd like it to stop now, please...

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Blogger Lutra said...

A whine of SSs? A plotting?

"fight" each other, eh? [snicker]

11:41 am  

Monday, July 09, 2012

Let's try that again... (needz moar sheeeeep)

Fourth part of Things Poppy Never Knew - Back Again - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


Warning - more spider related pics further down

We watched my most recent Lovefilm yesterday - In Time. Most intriguing, and a rollicking good watch (pun not intended but acknowledged). We thoroughly enjoyed it, and will pick it up at some point - it would repay re-watching.

I oiked Rosa's old skin out of the tank this afternoon and took a couple of photos - of the skin, not of Rosa. She really does have quite impressive fangs...

I really wouldn't like to be bitten, no matter how tempting it is to stroke her (that fuzz is soft as mouse fur...)

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Sunday, July 08, 2012


Yes, Rosa finally shed again. It's been several years, but now she's in a smaller tank and eating more regularly she's grown.

In other news - Lo and behold, Armada Starscream appeared on ebay at a price I could afford.

So I bought him.

[happy grin] Dead chuffed about that...

mutant tom

Mutant tomato is mutated.

Unfortunately it was also mouldy, so had to be ditched.

Is that enough line breaks to make spider invisible?

Always quite alarming to find spider like this!

Pushing old skin off...

Half way there...


Lovely spid!

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

[itches slightly...] Thanks for the warning - I don't mind looking at them providing I don't come upon them unexpectedly. I had a spider casually wander across my desk on Friday; wasn't very large but somewhat alarming nonetheless...

Lovely might be a stretch, but even I can admire such a clever creature. :)

10:56 pm  

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Well that was productive...

Into town with Kai today (he needed some new clothes for school). Took the opportunity to get up to Wild Oats and Better Foods before heading back down to Primark. Arrived back distinctly weary but got everything I went for so not too bad.

Bot shots

Thundercracker and Lockdown, who appears to be an amalgamation of at least two different continuities. Nice design though.

And a couple of other random things I've seen recently...


No, is my cactus. You no can haz.

Dolphin dispensers

Lies, fibs and untruths! They do not dispense dolphins. Only loo roll.

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Blogger Lutra said...

Even if it did dispense dolphins I'm guessing the container is very small so it would be cetaecean cruelty.

1:09 am  

Friday, July 06, 2012

Is it ever going to end?

There was a squirrel upside down stealing the sunflower seeds from the veg bed feeder this morning. Bloody cheek! It had jumped up to the mesh 'saucer' and from there up to the feeder. Will have to raise or lower the saucer so it can't do it again.

Kai is home until next Tuesday (inset and intake prep days today and next Monday, I think) and did some trimming of grass around the fruit cage and veg bed for me. A foray in the rain over to Tesco netted me two more Bot Shots, Thundercracker and Lockdown (photos tomorrow. By the time I got back home at 5 pm it was so dark and grim we had to pull curtains and put on lights). And I'm a page into the next Things Poppy Never Knew.

Not a lot of news from the garden. The sweetcorn are grimly hanging on, but I don't think they're going to be very successful, it's just too cold and too wet for them. I do have two Swiss chard plants that look as though they might survive, which is something. My strawberries are rotting or being devastated by gastropods: I've managed to rescue enough for Kai to take in his packed lunch on three days, but the rest... Luckily the blueberries are doing OK. We're now eating cucumbers from the greenhouse (and very nice they are too!) but the tomatoes desperately need sun to ripen, and the forecast is for another two weeks of rain and very probably more after that.

I'm not going to bother trying to get anything more on the go this year. Fingers crossed the jetstream behaves itself next year. [wanders off to price up polytunnels...]

This had me in stitches...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

I reckon we should start knocking up an ark in the back garden - we've already got all the animals...

11:28 pm  

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Later edit: I gave in and ordered Tf: Armada part 2 DVD boxed set at a just affordable price from amazon us (the vendor was one of the few who shipped internationally: the blurb said Like New and all original artwork - presumably the art cards that come with some sets - included). If I ever see part 1 at a sensible price I'll pick it up just to have the complete series, but it's not all that great so I can live without it.

[g] Just need the Armada Starscream figure now!

Well that was successful.

Tyjer is now fully inoculated (and has lost a little weight, which is good), my thumb spica splinty-thing has arrived (and while not particularly comfortable, it certainly serves its purpose of keeping my thumb completely immobilised. The rest I'll just get used to), and Cartoon Network are reshowing Transformers: Prime season 1 eps at 1.30 every day. Not in the right order, of course, but that's OK as I have it and know it backwards anyway. Point is I was told to relax with thumb/wrist/hand wrapped in a cold pack for at least twenty minutes every day to help bring the inflammation down - so now I can do that while (re)watching a programme I love! Win all round I think.

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Blogger Lutra said...

Good for Ty :)
Oh, and yay for splints!

11:24 am  

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Later edit: Old Enemies, New Friends, part seven of New World, now posted in The Poppy Tales (link above). Enjoy!

first orchid

First orchids of the year.

Unfortunately one of my plants died. Fortunately I had two the same, so all was not lost.

New Bot Shots! Left to right - Topspin, Brawl, Bumblebee.

Topspin Brawl Bee

Still a few more to collect...

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

[blink] So I had Robots in Disguise on in the background as I was working on the next Poppy chapter - and I had to stop and rewind to check I'd heard correctly...

"You might do better with limericks. Your imagery is derivative, it lacks semiotic cohesion..."

Would you believe Optimus Prime to Skybite (a predacon with pretensions to poetry, at least in this ep)? And this series is supposed to be for little kids?

... must be the dub...

Also working on the next Things Poppy Never Knew (well, I usually do a Stronghold/'Beat bit after they've been hurt or separated or both). Not sure how soon the chapters can be posted though - hands and shoulders are aching summin chronic at the mo and I'm trying to rest a bit.

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Usual Sunday - wash (which I managed to get dry in the four hot cloudless hours between downpours: gods know how I'm going to get washing done this week as the forecast is for wall to wall rain...), shopping, planting my new heucheras and finishing uploading the rest of The Poppy Tales to AO3. Not a bad day's work.

Tomorrow starts with client stuff...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

I had no idea what heucheras were until we saw some at the garden centre today... :)

Think positive - wall to wall rain is good for the garden...

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

I have a deep fondness for heucheras - fabulous colours and nicely pest-repellant plants. Just wish they weren't quite so dear...

As for the rain being good for the garden... all my carrots and onions have rotted in the ground, and even with me patrolling four times a day the slugs and snails have devastated everything that was above ground except for the sweetcorn, and even that is looking battered and waterlogged. This year is a complete washout - pun intended - in the veg bed, and with the way food prices are going up we're going to be considerably worse off than before. At least everything in the greenhouse has so far survived, although it was late starting so won't be as prolific as previous years.

So no, not a lot positive for us personally about the rain. Just hope it's replenished the blasted aquifers so at least we won't have drought problems next year.

12:08 am  

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