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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...

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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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Friday, August 31, 2012


Starscream's breakdance lessons were not going too well...

Took Kai for a proper haircut today - Jeff at The Zone. Looking good! (Photo? Not a chance. He hates having his taken almost as much as I do.)

No snake, alas. Her current mum was off work with a bout of food poisoning today.

Hopefully early next week, when she's recovered.

Poppy calls...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

let's dance...

Let's dance! ->

Poggled. Up 7.45, wash on and out, lounge cleared, corner cleared, table cleared, floor hoovered, Kai's floor and chest of drawers cleared to take the clocks from the corner, table moved to corner to hold vivarium, drooping asparagus tied up. Then lunch.

Two and a half hours of client stuff, then the promised feedback for a friend, then more client stuff. But hopefully that's most of it all done so I can have tomorrow mostly to myself. Fingers crossed anyway.

Hopefully can start tackling next Poppy tonight!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Later edit: snake arrives Friday. Kai has had a look through uni prospectuses and made a short-list. And Transformers: Prime season 2 is out in a DVD boxed set on the 20th November (mine is already pre-ordered). [g]

Feeling lucky punk?

"You feeling lucky, punk?"

[blink] It looks like we're getting a snake...

One of Ken's workmates rehouses snakes with her partner. They rehoused four last weekend and had just one left. And it seems we're going to be its new carers. She's a Madagascan ground boa, three foot long, and is coming with vivarium and all equipment included. And apparently she's very tame and perfectly fine with a puppy bouncing around, so hopefully she won't mind Tyjer. As long as he doesn't think she's a very big slowworm and try playing with her. Heh. Luckily the vivarium has a lock...

[happy grin] I've always wanted a snake.

I need a name...

In other news: Suddenly, autumn. Woke up at 5.57 to yet more rain (couldn't get back to sleep but have had a fairly productive morning so not complaining). Tyjer has given up trying to go outside...

hibernating cat

We watched the latest Lovefilm, The Man From Earth. Terrific. Must have. We seem to be having a run of introspective, thought-provoking films at the moment. Makes a change from giant alien transforming robots with sexy voices, I suppose! [g]

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

oh, pretty snake! [plans visit...]

7:54 pm  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012



Busy. Client stuff. Attempting an early night...

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Monday, August 27, 2012


Hearts of Steel Starscream

The Hearts of Steel Starscream? ->

Ken said "buy him".

[gulp] So he's pre-ordered. £60. Plus another £15.50 p&p. And I'm afraid to check how much the import tax will be...

But he's gorgeous. And while (to put it in perspective) £75 represents four days' worth of meals for us all, as collectors' items go that's not hugely pricey. I mean, I could be addicted to expensive jewellery. Designer handbags. Exclusive wines. Manolo Blahnik shoes...

OK - that's all a bit unlikely. But you see my point.

Anyway... October. Can't wait!

(And Sainsbug's had a Prime Wheeljack. He's now put away waiting to be wrapped for my birthday.)

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Blogger Lutra said...

No, I don't get shoes, either. Mind you, I did sort of collect black leather ankle boots in my yoof. Back in the 80's there were a lot of them about...

So there's a tf that's actually going to be put away this time? :)

1:35 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

[bg] Yup.

1:36 pm  

Sunday, August 26, 2012



Hearts of Steel Starscream...

(Do want. Do want so hard...)



The Poppy Tales 

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


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Saturday, August 25, 2012


Wheeee! [happy grin] The season finale of Rescue Bots (two awesome eps back to back: doesn't matter what the continuity watching Prime fight is always a treat) and ep 17 of Tf: Prime (equally awesome, worth the wait, and now I need a Prime Wheeljack figure. Wasn't too keen on him when he first arrived but he's definitely grown on me. Miko was marginally better here too. She's still a selfish irresponsible brat and it's still all about her, but she showed a little more maturity. Fingers crossed the writers build on it...)

My week is complete.

And I'm three pages into next Poppy and it's coming along swimmingly.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

[sigh] I may have to move him from his post right in front of me - he's far too easy - and too much fun - to play with...

Say hello to Mr Null Ray

"Hi. I'm Starscream. Say hello to Mr Null Ray."

Staying Alive

Staying Alive ->

(Lutra says "This version has a sense of humour, clearly...")

... I wonder if he'd perch on Armada SS's shoulder...?

Later edit: He does!

um, yerrssss



Blogger Lutra said...


2:14 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...


Tch', time to dust the desk...

2:15 pm  

Thursday, August 23, 2012



As I said - posable.

Or, as Lutra said - "swoop, dive, wheeeeeeee!!"

And even be very silly if he feels so inclined.

Been a day of client stuff and Tesco shopping, where to my intense irritation I found an itty bitty teeny weeny Cyberverse DotM Soundwave masquerading as the Tf:P Soundwave! Who the hell do these idiots think they're fooling? Problem is, now this... sacrilege is packaged and on sale, there will probably never be a genuine Cyberverse Prime Soundwave and my collection will remain incomplete... [grump]

On Skype, talking about Dartmoor and Exmoor, and the horses that live there: -

Lutra: wow, this takes me back to my horsey girl days.
Flare: LOL!
I had so many books about horses. Used to pore over them for hours at a time : ) I think I still have most of them in a box somewhere.
I loved riding but was never really *into* horses in a girly way. Preferred spaceships.
ROFL! says it all, really

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

I'm sure it's obligatory for all girls to go through a horsey phase to some extent. Then there's My Little Pony...

9:38 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Yes, well, my opinions about MLP have already been expressed...

I loved riding. Learned in college then went on to ride on the hills behind Stirling uni (the Ochils) for the first two years I was there. Bara was my horse (the one I always rode, I mean, not my personal possession) at the stables I went to. Delicate mouth - had to be ridden with a hackamore rather than a normal bit.

Broke my heart when he died. It was three weeks before they dared tell me.

9:54 pm  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Revoltech SS

Revoltech G1 Starscream...

I know, I know, I'm not supposed to have him 'til my birthday...

Beautiful design, wonderfully poseable, and the stand means he can be posed hovering. It is somewhat amusing that the stud on the stand that holds him in place fits into a hole in his backside, however...

[sigh] Soooo tempted to say that's probably why he's grinning before Lutra says it in the comments....[smirk] (Oh look I gave into temptation.)

Spent the entire day going back and forth between the park and the house (with two shopping trips to Sainsbug's) as today was the environmental group volunteers' visit to help with the Community Garden and other APAG members were either on holiday or otherwise engaged. And I couldn't do anything to help, physically, because of the hand. BUT! Between 10 and 3.15 they cleared the entire space of the remaining turf, all the weeds and remaining rubble, and barrowed down six or seven loads of leaf mulch from way back at the top of the park to spread around the plants. It looks amazing! There are a few photos and a big thank you over on the APAG website. (And then I got distracted and forgot to take a final pic when the work was done. Maybe at the weekend.)

But I'm knackered. Lugging two loads of shopping and then standing around in the sun all day do not agree with me. Hopefully trying for an early night.

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Blogger Marcus 'Badger' Birchill said...

Yes, yes, you said it before I did!

1:06 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...

Tch, that should've been *my* comment...

1:07 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

[smirk] Beat you to it....

1:09 pm  

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Poppy Tales 

Thirteenth part of New World - Scraps and Splinters pt 3 - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Later edit:

[pissing self laughing] Go here and read the comments...

Thanks Sue - made my day!

[sigh] Another Monday. Wish there weren't so many of them...

But I am two and a half pages into the next Poppy chapter, so all was not lost.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Later edit:

I wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't been looking down...
'Con Subaru

A very discreet Decepticon brand on a silver Subaru parked outside of Sainsbury's. [g] (The guy in it said it was OK to take photos...)
'Con brand

Cyberverse Wheeljack

And then I found an itty bitty teeny weeny Cyberverse Wheeljack in the shop...

And then I found an Animated (Voyager) Starscream on amazon us for slightly more than half price (£9.47) and Ken said just to go ahead and grab it while I could.

[g] My day is complete...

My protoform Starscream arrived...

[blink] Since when did we start getting Sunday post deliveries? They stopped years ago.

Um, it is Sunday, isn't it?

Heh. Kai has just pointed out that it's Starscream. He's hardly likely to let a simple thing like the lack of Sunday postal deliveries stop him!

Anyway - he's dramatic!protoform Starscream

Graphic-novel-accurate and as usual an impressive piece of design.

But, as I said, not pretty...

protoform Starscream face

He came in root mode and I don't feel like transforming him today. Will do it some other time and photograph then. His cometary protoform looks like this...

Edit: just realised the back of his head and his eyes are translucent red plastic: his eyes glow with light behind him. [g] As Lutra says, spiffy!

And I've had confirmation my Revoltech SS is on his way from Hong Kong, though he'll take longer to get here and I can't have him 'til next Feb anyway.

Then I can take a photo of all the Starscreams together. (Fingers crossed I can get the Animated version by then!)

In other news... Ken's lifted the massive reed plant out of the reed bed pool at the top and set it to drain of any living things for a week, then we'll compost it. It just grows too fast for me to keep it under control. The square is actually now quite mature, with the bee-friendly plants well established: with a proper pool there it will encourage more wildlife.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

So, when do you start building the extension for them all...? :)

8:01 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

[sigh grin] Ken asked me the same thing...

12:25 pm  

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Poppy Tales 

Twelfth part of New World - Scraps and Splinters 2 - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Last visit to the dental hospital! Have my retainer (it's tiny but very effective) and unless anything drastic goes wrong that's it. Nice feeling...

We watched Iron Sky on Filmflex last night... wow... Lots to say about it but too tired tonight. Suffice it to say we loved it - so many homages you could blink and miss one, wonderfully funny earlier parts and ending up as the most ferociously biting satire I think I've ever seen. I was gobsmacked. Terrific stuff.

Going to attempt a little Poppy, but it's been a highly stressful week and I'm not sure how composted I feel...

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

So off we tanked to John Cabot to pick up Kai's A Level results for this year...

(Did you hear the YAY!!! at 11.30? Can you feel the pride?)

Psychology - B
Computing - B (he wants an A and is considering retaking the module that let him down earlier)
Mathematics - A
Physics - A

[HUGE grin]

Chuffed? Oh yes...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Excellent! Well done, Kai!

7:06 pm  
Blogger Sue said...

Oh very well done indeed. Excellent results.

7:25 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Cheers! Kai says thanks. [bg]

12:27 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...


Excellent job, Kai. Ah, it doesn't seem that long ago you were off to primary school... :)

(... Joules, how long have I known you? I'm trying to remember how old our respective sprogs were when we first started chatting!)

12:44 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Um... I was still writing Pros stuff at the time, so it's before 1999...

12:58 pm  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

It must have been about 2000, I think - we met on the group in very late 1999, and I think Lutra joined us a few months later :)

11:18 pm  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sunrise this morning. Ken's photo of course, I wouldn't be up that early unless I'd stayed up all night...



Blogger GoodTwin said...

Wow! Beautiful...

10:52 pm  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Busy again. Client stuff, shopping, a little gardening...

And a little buying. Since I've been forced to admit I'm a cross-continuity Starscream addict and am obviously collecting all the different versions, I was idly looking at ebay (as y'do. Well, as I do anyway) when I found one of these. For 99p (plus postage). So I put in a bid and got him. This is very much how he looks in the first IDW movie-related graphic novels, and while he's not in the least pretty he is an intriguing character.

Then it occurred to me I really only need the G1 and the Animated versions for the basic collection to be more or less complete. And as luck would have it, ebay had the Revoltech G1 Starscream for just over twenty quid - P&P free - from a Hong Kong seller. Ken said "buy it for your next birthday". So I did! (If you visit the link take a look at the other views of the figure. It's non-transformable, but since I don't transform mine anyway (except for the tiny Cyberverse ones when I'm using them for comics) this is not a problem. The design is lovely and so wonderfully poseable!) I can wait...

So that leaves Animated. There's a nice, reasonably priced one at amazon us, which has gone on my wish list there, but I'll have to wait to afford him.

Soooooo, then I thought I'd check out the other rare SS's... I would really love the Shattered Glass version, but since that was a true exclusive at the 2008 Botcon I'm unlikely to ever be able to see one, let alone buy it. Pity, as it's a lovely design.

Then I found the Hearts of Steel Starscream...

[drool] I don't like steampunk but this - this is just gorgeous. Apparently TFC toys have developed a prototype, but given the series he comes from ran to just four comics back in 2006, whether it will ever become a reality is very much open to debate. But oh, I'd love one...

... then again, if anyone ever manages to make an IDW Thundercracker I wouldn't say no, either...

IDW TCIDW TC alt mode

And then I found this... [sob] It's never-ending...

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Monday, August 13, 2012

... Where'd Sunday go? Honestly, I really must stop losing days...

Catch-up time.

30th Olympiad Closing Ceremony... "bold, brilliant, bonkers - and British" to quote whoever said that of the Opening Ceremony. Loved it! (Well, except for the fashion sequence, and I think the Annie Lennox bit will be a little too obscure for a lot of people...) The whole event was wonderful - even if it was almost impossible to find anything else to watch for the two weeks (anything worth watching, that is). I have both ceremonies recorded for posterity.

K&K went to Glastonbury on Saturday - and actually managed to climb the Tor.

View from Glastonbury Tor

The view from Glastonbury Tor over the flood-plain of the Somerset Levels, looking north - from left to right, the 'hills' are: Maes Knoll, Steep Holm, and Brean Down.

In the garden: removing the ivy tree has really opened up the meadow, but upset the birds as they used to use it to perch on before feeding. However, with the new tree coming on, the apple tree now accessible, and my plans to prune the greengages to make them more attractive to the birds, I think they'll recover. We'll also be able to grow more native wildflowers without everything being choked, too - a great bonus. There's a lot of work still to do, though - removing inches-thick ivy stumps from the ground, and killing off what's left of the rooted stuff. It's going to take a couple of years at least, and that's without trying to keep the ivy on the wall under control...

Things are doing well in the greenhouse, however. With the late, warmer weather my tomatoes have suddenly exploded and it looks like I'm going to have a pretty good crop (although I'm ripening up a lot of them indoors to be on the safe side). Next year I'm going to try staggering the cucumber growing though, as they both fruited at the same time and I've had to ditch two as we just couldn't eat them in all in time! I'm also going to try cutting back on the cherry toms and growing more peppers - they've worked quite well this year and given the rocketing price of organic peppers...

In the veg bed - my sweetcorn are all at different stages of development, despite all being planted at the same time. [sigh] Anyone know how to hand-pollinate maize?

At the front: I've started poisoning the grass in preparation for actually, finally, after 20-odd years, getting the garden into some sort of order. The Morello cherry is staying (will prune it once the leaves start dropping: I am slowly achieving the 'weeping' shape I want), as is the cotoneaster and the cyclamen and geraniums. But we're going to move the skimmia and the pieris, both of which are being swamped in the back garden, and my two sage plants (which are absolutely huge and swamping everything around them!) to the front to provide colour and interest (and in the case of the sages ground cover that will keep the grass from coming back). I'll keep an eye out for other plants to go out there in my travels to garden centres over the next year - a lavender would be nice to attract bees...

My little prunus (the one Ken bought me very, very cheap as it looked like it was dying and he thought I might be able to revive it) is now far too big for its location and needs to be moved. I'm a little worried about this, as (as I said) it's now quite large, positioned close to the edge of Roeg's Pool, and I am very fond of it. I don't want to lose it. Going to be a ticklish operation. Also, I can't decide where it should go. We have more room at the front - but I'd like to replant it somewhere I can sit and enjoy it as it goes through the seasons, and that means at the back... Hm. Might consider moving the honeyberries, currently not doing very well on the slope at the top, and put it there... Will have a think.

Dialogue from Rescue Bots ep Little White Lies:

Boulder: "Birthday... is that the human celebration with the lit-up tree?"
Blades: "Birddays are when you set the dessert on fire and reassemble a donkey. The lit-up tree is Arbor Day."
Boulder: "Ahhh..."

[bemusedly trying to imagine reassembling a donkey and grinning at the arbor day pun] Delightfully surreal.

I really should be out making a start on clearing up the meadow - but it's raining again. [g] So it's off to make a start on the next Poppy chapter instead...

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Poppy Tales 

Eleventh part of New World - Scraps and Splinters - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


(Actually it was posted last night but by the time I'd coded it the three different ways necessary for the three different places it's posted I was going cross-eyed and my bed was calling. Well, screaming, really... Yesterday was a bit busy.)

Off to see if the next Tf: RB is on Yt yet before I go tidy up around the new tree - an amelanchier lamarckii from Sue - that is now replacing the ivy tree in the meadow...

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Blogger Thorne said...

For some reason, I want to suggest 'Borealis'. No idea why.
Even if it /is/ shared by a particularly saccharine toy, the name is still cute, though - go digging through foreign languages? ^^;

11:55 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

I do like the name - but what toy are you talking about?

3:06 pm  
Blogger Thorne said...

Nrgh. Toy. Character in a cartoon. :/
And I didn't even catch it after. Braaaains...

1:05 am  

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Busy today. Hairdresser early this morning (the usual fantastic job from Jeff - need a photo to go with my biog on our agents site so may try in a day or so) and I've booked Kai an appointment for the end of August. He's not exactly chuffed but I'd like him to start the school year with it properly cut for once. Then down to Sains, for a few bits and pieces, where Ratchet insisted on coming home with me..

alt mode TfP Ratchet

So now I haz a Ratchet!

A distinctly grumpy one - but then, he is anyway. Transforming him was a nightmare, with his alt mode fighting us all the way, and his right shoulder ball-joint is very weak and dislocates easily, so he won't be spending much (any) time as an ambulance...

Back and a page and half of next Poppy while skyping with Lutra (her stapedectomy went well and she has improved hearing already! YAY!) then a couple of hours of client stuff followed by a little gardening. Will carry on with Poppy after TfP ep - Rock Bottom, quite a favourite - in half an hour or so.


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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

... ow...

Hand still aching and painful from yesterday's poking and prodding, so taking it as easy as possible today. So a little client stuff, and shortly, a little more Poppy 6.11.

In the meantime, have a flah!

Indoor hibiscus

(Indoor hibiscus from Brackenwood. Looking for an appropriate pot for it now.)

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Blogger Sue said...

Partly to say wow, that looks great and partly to check I'm still logged in :-)

6:40 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Yes, and yes! I'm dead chuffed with how it's coming on...

7:05 pm  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

That's perked up nicely!

7:09 pm  

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

[sigh] Physio says I've been doing too much (overexercising hand). Have a new set of exercises to do twice a day every other day. Other than that to continue as I have been. The teno is going to delay recovery a bit, which is not good news but not unexpected.

Ken's author's advance copy of Celestial Geometry arrived, and it's beautiful. Hardback, heavy, gorgeously illustrated, with that delicious new book smell. You don't get that from a Kindle!

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Trip up to Broadwalk for bird supplies, then back and tackling client stuff. Have I mentioned how much I loathe Wordpress? It's eaten a file. I mean, I created it, saved it, and now the app can't find it. Well, it can when I want to delete it, but not if I want to add anything to it. Or see it. It was the second of five I created today, so it's not as though I fumbled the first one. I've deleted it once and recreated it, with the same result...

Will have another go tomorrow.

On the plus side, I have all the notes ready for the next Poppy Tales chapter, last week's Rescue Bots ep is now online at Yt, and the return of TfP is just 18 days away (well, 19, assuming some kind spark uploads it asap after it's shown). Itching for the second season on DVD - it's a nuisance trying to not let spoilers slip to K&K...

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

The usual Sunday. Shopping, gardening, blanching/peeling/chopping greenhouse tomatoes to freeze for the winter...

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

GoodTwin and Sue over to visit today! Much fun was had. I now have enough sunflower seed to keep the birds going through the winter, and we managed to get to Brackenwood garden centre (despite two missed turns and a wrong one!) They had a bit of a sale on so I now have a white-with-burgundy-middle dianthus, a pretty trailing begonia, and an indoor hibiscus.

Many thanks, both, for a fantastic day!

Tired now. Need to answer a few emails and see if I can at least note down some of the story for the next Poppy chapter before I close down.

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Blogger Sue said...

We had a great time too and I shall be putting my bargain plants in the ground today.
And if you are seeing this, I've made an effort to remember my password and get signed in so I can comment!

10:29 am  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

I'm putting the wrong turn down to being ingulfed in police & football crowd - well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it :)

Fantastic day as usual :)

10:46 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

[g] It was a great day!

Sue - can you reminder your login so you computer automatically does it? I have it linked to my Google account so I can log in without having to do anything.

GoodTwin - no argument from me! That was a little alarming...

2:18 pm  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

My computer is left logged in but every so often (2 weeks? 3?) it'll insist on having my password again; I think Sue's is the same. What's slightly more aggravating is Google's insistence on each occasion that they must have my mobile number in case I lose my password - they're not getting it, I tells ya! - and when I ignore their prompts it gives me an error message, although still lets me in.

7:27 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Ah, in that case I don't know what to suggest. Except writing it down and keeping it handy!

That mobile thing annoys me too - I occasionally get it when booting up my Google homepage. I skip it - they're not 'avin my mobile number! Even if I could remember it! (though since I only have it on when I'm out it wouldn't do 'em much good anyway.)

12:59 am  

Friday, August 03, 2012

The Poppy Tales 

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

Link to the accompanying short Calming Blue is within the chapter.


angry tomato

Angry tomato says "Up yours!" to the weather...

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

So we've all gone down with some sort of summer lurgy. [bleurgh] Not really bad, but scratchy dry throat and bunged up sinuses. I think Ken might have brought it home from work, he says several peeps have it...

In the meantime, Kai found this. Had me in stitches!

Kai's comment? "Rational thought is currently hanging by a thread out of the window..."

TPNK bit (Calming Blue) done, but can't post it until poppy610 is also finished. Four pages in - should be able to finish tomorrow.

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Blogger Lutra said...

Ah, yes, The Avalanches. (They're Australian!) It was apparently murder for the group trying to work out royalties for the album this came from, seeing as it was made up entirely of samples from old tapes and records they'd found. :)

12:36 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...

And the clip is a hoot!

12:36 pm  

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Repeat of yesterday. I need a holiday.

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