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I live to write. It's not wise to get in my
... 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.
Adventures in Orchids
Apparently I am now collecting them...
EO - Everlasting orchid. Phalaenopsis. I've had this orchid for at least 15 years and it just keeps flowering...
AO - Alien face orchid. Phalaenopsis . Bought 2018 - lovely little flowers, all different patterns!
RO - Rescued orchid
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).
Friday, November 30, 2012
So what happened today...?
Well, more next!Poppy has been written and I know where this is going now, so should be able to finish and post it tomorrow. Got a bit of shopping. Watched Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (picked it up dirt cheap at a charity shop) - well, when I say watched, I dozed off. But I can watch it any time and it completes the collection to date.
And am now role-playing over on tumblr (which is quite addictive, on the quiet) when I should be writing, but eh, sometimes a break is good.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
So, into town to buy coach tickets. K&K are off down to Devon for a day, then Ken and a fellow BCAP member are off to Taunton to scour the records office, and I've been invited to a yuletide client lunch in London by our agent - that'll be interesting!
Picked up some shopping while I was there - actually managed to find something for Ken for Yule! - and carried too much back, so shoulders are aching. Pretender Starscream arrived (that was quick and ye gods he's an ugly bugger!) so now just waiting for SqwerlScream.
Lurgy still lurking...
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
[headdeskheaddesk] So after the deluge, now we have freezing temps and black ice (or worse in areas that are still flooded) forecast for overnight. Oh joy.
The last 20 hours were insane. Or maybe it's just me. I checked e-bay before closing down last night - and found a Starscream I didn't have, Pretender SS (the little jet fits inside the humanoid shell. Don't ask, it's a long story). It's easy enough to find just the shell, but the one I found last night was complete (except for the helmet, which I had to buy separately, but it was cheap. "Crowns, helmets, what next? Tiaras?" said Ken... Starscream in a tiara... yerrsssss) at the excellent price of £9.99.
So at 5.30 this morning after three hours sleep I was online ordering him. Along with Flying Squirrel SS (I gave in...)
Of course, I've now found that the Beast Machine continuity had a version of SS too, and the only one I can find on ebay is extremely expensive. So I've put him on my search list and will see if another, cheaper one comes up...
Snatched a cycle's nap from 8.30 am because my eyes were so sore it hurt to read, but it didn't do much for the tiredness and now I've gone almost completely glaikit. Sorry folks, next!Poppy is going to be delayed yet again.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
[grump] So the bloody lurgy decides it's just going to sit there, not really doing anything very drastic, just being a snuffly achey pain in the aft...
I even took it out for a trip up to Iceland at Broadwalk earlier, to pick up party pack provisions for Boxing Day and Old Year's Night (the usual sorts of goodies - see previous entries for details), and then down to Sainsbug's to get normal shopping, but no, it's still refusing to shift one way or the other. Bum. Shall take it to bed in a bit and see if I can knock it unconscious while I sleep.
There's (yet another) cheapie shop opened up at Broadwalk, and I found a Cyberverse Bayverse Megatron there for £3.99 instead of £6.99, so I bought him. Now I have Bayverse and Prime (Cyberverse) versions of Megs, OP, Ratchet, Bee and Starscream: I could have them fight themselves!
They also had a magnificent Bayverse Voyager class Shockwave - who is very close in appearance to Prime Shockwave - at half price (£12.99) and I was so tempted... I resisted though. Might be regretting that now...
Other than that, not done a lot.
Oh, hang on - my Alternity Carscream arrived! He's in a most amazing snazzy almost completely clear plastic display box and the car itself looks gorgeous, but I can't have him til Yule, so there won't be pics til then. (Yes, Lutra, he's actually being wrapped!)
Heading bedwards soon...
Monday, November 26, 2012
[singing off-key] tell me why I don't like Mondays tell me why I don't like Mondays...
Labels: nowt really
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Gah. I hate it when lurgies lurk menacingly at the back of your sinuses and the top of your throat, leaving you not knowing if they're going to come to anything or just fizzle out, cackling cruelly...
On the way back from the usual Sunday shop we saw this:
It's Wheeljack disguised as a Fiat!
(Which is ironic if you think about it.)
[frowns suspiciously] I'm beginning to wonder about that road. First a Defender, then an MG, and now Wheeljack-in-disguise... What next? (If next time I go shopping I find a blue and red Peterbilt semi there I shall know it's 1) all true or 2) a conspiracy. Or something.)
It might be getting close to bedtime...
Saturday, November 24, 2012
We ran out of Sodastream gas, so I volunteered to tank over to The Range to get replacement cylinders. Took this on the way.
Twice as high as normal and it wasn't even high tide. 'Course, this would work better if I had a pic of the usual view to compare it to. Alas, I don't...
Kai has brought some sort of lurgy home from college: we're both aching all over, snuffly and cotton-woolly. Just hoping it's a cold not the flu.
Friday, November 23, 2012
It isn't raining! Oh day worthy of being marked with a gold star!
So we did a little garden tending - Ken emptied the small compost bin and dug it into what was the maize bed this year (and piled some on the asparagus island) while I pruned the medlar. Still masses to do - pruning the cherry, bay, greengages and buddleia, sorting out the mess up in the square (well, I say mess but it's actually not too bad. Won't take that long to tidy), weeding the grass out of the strawberry bed, using the deep root killer on the stray brambles, ivy, comfrey and teazels (need a dry windless day and no cat to get that done, the stuff is lethal) and I still haven't finished tidying the greenhouse. Clones, I need clones. Or Muncher. Though he's probably a bit big to fit in the greenhouse...
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Just a bit tired of rain...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Again. Maybe I should try growing fish and rice next year...
But my Transformers: Prime season 2 is in the post!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
[sigh] And Tuesday became the new Monday. Haven't been able to get a thing done today. Miserable weather hasn't helped.
Ken had a hospital appointment this afternoon - it's been several years since his last course of Hep C meds and a new version has been developed in the meantime. It has a high success rate and since the previous one worked well (knocking the virus down to a minimum even though it didn't quite get rid of it) we're keeping fingers tightly crossed that this time it will do the trick. (It's the third course. Not that we're superstitious or anything.) There's more info here. There are two new 'ingredients': the one they're recommending is telaprevir. Look at the side-effects and wince...
He's also lost quite a bit of weight: we found out recently that in people under 12 stone the previous course of treatment was almost 100% successful, so to give himself the best chance possible he's been dieting (though five months at a job he absolutely hated helped, as like me he loses weight when severely stressed).
The earliest he may be able to get on the course is January, so at least we can have a reasonable Yule. The course itself is 48 weeks, but apparently they check at the 24th week and if everything is going well that period may be reduced. More as it happens.
Labels: medical matters
Monday, November 19, 2012
Nothing much. Posting off Yule parcels (early to try to beat any potential rush and have them stand a better chance of not being lost), a little shopping, a little writing...
Labels: nowt really
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It's been a strange and busy day and I don't feel like writing much (have just ordered a new Starscream on ebay. He's not a jet. He's a car.... Yeah, that's what I said). So here's something brain bending instead. (Vivienne sent it me. It borked mai brian...)
Found another band to love - Broken Iris...
Beautiful. Really liked the other two tracks I checked out too.
We watched MiB 3 on Filmflex this evening - it's great! We were a bit wary after the disappointment of the second film, but 3 is terrific. Really well done. One to buy when the price comes down a bit.
Now I've watched all the way through the entire Tf: Unicron Trilogy I'm a bit lost. I tried Tf: Beast Machines but it left me cold. I watched the Megatron and his rubber duckie section of Tf: Beast Wars but it did nothing for me either. I suppose I'll have to wait for Tf: Prime season 3 or Rescue Bots season 2...
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Twenty fifth part of New World - Obsessions - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).
... I am very tired...
Friday, November 16, 2012
And Thursday vanished...
Mind you, yesterday was manically busy with client stuff, and afterwards I decided to watch the last seven eps of Tf: Cybertron...
In the main I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It's bright, cheerful, and doesn't take itself too seriously. The human kids are bearable, the CGI is attractive - and Starscream is wonderful, really dark and dangerous, a credible threat for once, and his final battle with Galvatron (Megatron) is epic.
But if nothing else, having now watched all of them, I can see how nepotistic - if not positively incestuous - the continuities are, and how much of Tf: C appears in Tf: Prime. The Omega Lock, the cyber keys, Megatron's jagged blazing purple sword, they all come from Tf: C. Heh. Nothing new under any sun...
I am puzzled, however. The first Cybertron Starscream I bought, the maroon and silver one, simply doesn't appear in Tf: C. Unless I dropped off at some point and missed him...
But on the subject, have a photo (it's a link to a page with a BIG pic - 2000px wide - and a key to which one is which for those who don't share my obsession. Which I have decided is my preferred collective noun - an obsession of Starscreams. Works on several levels...).
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
My big Starscream arrived.
Larger pic here.
That's Tf: Prime Optimus Prime and Megatron down on the left. Just in case you didn't know.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Another day of client stuff, and discussing his university choices with Kai this evening. Maths with everything!
Monday, November 12, 2012
Heh. Remember my plan to buy another Cybertron Starscream and redeco him in his original colours because I wasn't keen on the big (15 inch) toy that was available? I've since found out, by watching the series, that he does in fact become enormous (and exceptionally powerful) through taking the Omega Lock and its four keys for himself (I should also note that the toy's colours are actually correct). [sigh] So of course I have to have one...
Aaaaand as luck would have it, there was an affordable one on ebay - crown and all. He is now on his way to me.
Ken is now hoping I don't find any other Starscreams I don't have...
Part of yesterday was spent wrapping Yule presents ready to go off in the post (or be collected. GoodTwin and Sue, do you have any plans to come over before Yule? Just so's I know for posting!) The Gressingham duck we're having is already in the freezer, and yesterday we picked up steamed puddings (traditional for Ken, chocolate for Kai and syrup for me). Slowly getting there...
And I gave Feather her first baby rat this evening (well, actually, Ken was tempting her with it when she took it as I'd been trying for 15 mins and my back was aching, so he took over for me while I unkinked it). She swallowed it down in about a minute and a half, then retreated to her hide (which sits above the heat mat) to digest. Pleased about that - and I think she could manage slightly larger ones next time I have to replenish the stock.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Twenty fourth part of New World - In which Many Things Happen, not all of them bad... - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).
Saturday, November 10, 2012
And then I discovered that his arm-mounted guns and hip wings are removable - and the latter become weapons...
[happy sigh] He's gorgeous...
Friday, November 09, 2012
And yet more client stuff... Still aiming to take the weeekend off though.
Back to Poppy.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Pretty much the same as yesterday, mostly...
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Client stuff. All day...
Labels: client sites
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
I'm not fond of Guy Fawkes these days. Partly because the smell of smoke and gunpowder fills my nose and I can't smell anything else until it all dissipates.
This is another reason. ->
The remains of a three foot rocket embedded several inches into my heuchera bed. I found three of these in the garden yesterday. I fear for my greenhouse...
On a lighter note, this is the 'new' bedding. Gert lush, innit?
Beautiful colour and design...
In other news - recent Lovefilm/Filmflex watches have been Up (recommended by Lutra, enjoyed by us), The Cabin in the Woods (interesting idea!) and Dark Shadows (which was better than we expected but still not a patch on the original...)
The holes dug in the garden are being made by a quite magnificent fox who appears fairly regularly around 3 am - I've seen him twice now, once sauntering down the middle of the road (before turning and leaping over our wall) and once on the high wall at the back between us and the PDSA (their PIR security light came on and there he was in all his glory). He's large and perky and well-fed, and unfortunately there's no way I can take a photo of him...
Back to Tf: Cybertron. I'm up to ep 34 now.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Twenty third part of New World - Birthday - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).
Sunday, November 04, 2012
... Darkest Hour... it can't end like that. It CAN'T...
Labels: Transformers: Prime
Saturday, November 03, 2012
...And then I discovered his wings extend...
So now, when I lower my gaze, this is what I see.
This makes me happy.
This doesn't, though. I was a part of the Vulcan to the Sky campaign, so this is sad (but not entirely unexpected) news.
Ken wanted to check out the art show at Bath Guildhall, so we all bussed over for the afternoon...
<- Interesting spiral staircase!
This was my favourite picture - Kai and I passed along here on our canal walk. If I'd had £95 to spare I'd have been tempted. ->
Chapel and art centre next to a little pedestrian square. Interesting windows.
The little monument.
And this was another art gallery - more experimental than mainstream, this one. All in all we checked out four galleries and saw some very attractive artwork.
It was a fun day. Unfortunately I seem to be going down with some sort of lurgy, have painful throat and snuffly sinuses. Keeping fingers crossed it doesn't come to anything much - I hate throat ailments.
I forgot to say: the creature that has been digging in the garden is a quite magnificent fox - saw him at 3 am the other night. No wonder Tyjer is frantically spraying all over the garden to prove it's his territory!
Right - off to watch the last episode of Transformers: Prime, Darkest Hour (not Death, as was originally rumoured). I shall be sad to see it end, but season three is rumoured to start showing next spring, so hopefully not too long to wait...
Friday, November 02, 2012
And all went as planned, and Hearts of Steel Starscream is superb.
Find the page of pics here.
And the Primefest was wonderful. Kai watched them all with me (Orion Pax 1 - Triangulation but missing the ep Loose Cannons because Cartoon Network...) and thoroughly enjoyed them!
And now I'm knackered again...
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Lovely day with Wendy! Thanks - it was great!
Earlyish night planned - notification dropped through the door today that HoS SS has arrived and they're holding him to ransom for £19.09 (why the 9 pence? No idea...) and the sorting office opens at 7 a.m. so if I leave here around 6.30 a.m. I'll have time to get there, collect him, and get back ready to watch/record tomorrow's Primefest. (And we lubs run-on sentences.) Assuming all goes well there will be pics...