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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:

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 SP fied..::]

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

(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)

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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Poppy Tales 

Twenty ninth part of New World - Unresolved - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Well that was a good day!

It wasn't raining - most of the day anyway - so we got some essential garden stuff done. Ken finished disassembling Kai's log scramble (which was more of a rotted wood death trap by now!) and we moved the honeyberries there from the slope. Sue's wiegela is now on the slope, along with my latest acer and a stray sumac we found sprouting in the middle of the ferns by the mahonia. All things that will help hide the wall once the rest of the ivy has come down (it's half way there already with the winds we've had recently). And I've pruned the worst of the holly, and cleaned the birdtable and the hangy things under the hanging feeders. Took us an hour and a half in total, which was quite enough in that cold wind. Everything now has time to settle before the worst of the winter weather (because I'm sure there's worse to come in January...)

Kai is feeling a lot better today, and I'm coughing less, which is all good.

Next!Poppy now two pages in. Determined to get it posted for New Year, so will be working on it tonight - after Tf: Prime eps 21-23 (last three tomorrow). Oooh, it's good...

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Fun day.

Though Kai now has a cold. Let him sleep in today - til three. Did him good. After he'd woken up we played a game of Transformers Risk - great fun! In a three person game two play 'Cons and the other person a 'Bot - so Megatron (me) and Barricade (Kai) took on Optimue Prime (Ken). Heh. I won. Ended up owning more than half the zones on the board (only with one mech to each, but that's all that's required). Most enjoyable, though we think we could improve it with some nifty house rules (later, when we've tired of the original).

Tch'. I should have taken a photo...

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Blogger Lutra said...

LOL! There is no game that can't be improved with house rules. :)

Yes, you should've taken a photo! Next time...

11:50 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Definitely next time.

11:51 pm  

Friday, December 28, 2012

A successful day. Ken came with me: up to Wild Oats and then to Phil's for provisions, and then into fopp where we found Hawkwind's Hall of the Mountain Grill CD at a ludicrously low price. Ditto Bowie's London Boy CD (an old favourite of mine from way back when dinosaurs ruled the earth). And while we were checking out the DVDs the assistant put on something that almost had me dancing in the shop! I asked what it was, was told Django Django, and promptly bought it.

Tomorrow we're going to play Transformers Risk. We'll have these three CDs plus the new Muse CD we gave Kai for Yule as soundtrack and have a music and game day...

The rest of the day was successful too. Found the perfect food processor in Robert Dyas - Gino D'Acampo (I thought he was a chef rather than a line of cooking equipment...) - £24.99, half price. It doesn't fit where the old one did so I've had to have a bit of a shufty around, but that's fine, I'm re-orging anyway before New Year!
Little Defender

And look! A baby Stronghold at the bottom of Park St! ->

So cute! I really wanted to take him home with me...

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Blogger Lutra said...

That is a very cute baby 'bot, but you have no room. :)

11:39 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

... He'd fit in the garden - though I'd have to knock the wall down first...

11:41 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...

ROFL! Awesome, problem solved! :)

11:42 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

*grin* We has the tools, the technology, and the imagination....

11:43 pm  

Thursday, December 27, 2012

So I ventured out to Sainsbury's for shopping after lunch, to find they had loads of stuff at half price. We now have three new teal bath-sheets and a new kettle (the old one had developed a leak).

But I'm shattered. Lurgy plus the stress of Yule and soddall sleep this last week has left me completely knackered. Planning an early night. Tomorrow I search for a new - cheap - food processor, as mine has finally died... That being said, it was given to me by my mother on the occasion of my first marriage and I do believe it was second hand even then, so it must be... um... about 30 years old? Fair enough, I only ever used it three or four times a year, mostly for making batches of beefburgers, but it is a useful thing to have, so replacing it is a good idea.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Adrian bought me my food processor before we married so it must be about 22 years old. It got a fair amount of use for 3 or 4 years, then sat unused until about 4 years ago when I had to start mushing Saki's food. Now it gets used vigorously twice a day, and I'm wondering how much longer it will hold out...
Although I do already have another one, somewhat smaller, which I bought for those occasions when I have to take Saki somewhere with me over a weekend, so I won't need to run around and look for one.

11:19 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

I think it's closer to 35 years, to be honest. Heavy, clunky and old... But it did the job. We're off hunting for a new one tomorrow.

12:00 am  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New food addiction - wasabi coated peanuts! Whoa! HothotHOT! Strips the skin from the roof of your mouth, blows out the sinuses, and really clears the head, with a lovely sweetness underneath...

We bought Kai a raspberry pi (plus clear case and extra long charging cable) for Yule - only to find out he also needed a SD card and an hdmi cable. So off we tanked to Tesco, who were open today, and picked up what was required.

Then on the way back he told me it won't work through a monitor, only through a TV.


So we're now looking for a small, cheap TV for him...

And then we watched How To Train Your Dragon, which is adorable and an absolute delight. The lurgy and last night's indigestion are also much better, so all in all a good day!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Presents! Loads and loads of Transformer loot!

Megs and OP, of course.

Megatron and OP Prime


Wheeljack Lancia
Wheeljack root mode

And Carscream - who is actually a very nice piece of design. Beautiful alt mode and the root mode is also surprisingly attractive. Also an absolute bugger to transform. Kai had to do it for me as it required the relatively strong use of two thumbs and (he complained) at least three hands. The instructions were in Japanese but luckily the visual guide was in universal...


Unfortunately the photos haven't come out that well, but you get the general idea...

Root mode

Side on he has similarities to Drift...

Very nice light-up eye effect when the light is behind him!


Altogether I'm quite impressed - even if he isn't a jet (he does have little wings that flip out in alt mode to make him a sort of flying car though...)

I also have TF Hearts of Steel: Evolution and Megatron: Origins from GoodTwin and Sue (really been wanting to read both of them, so dead chuffed), 'Bot and 'Con sigil keyrings from Sue and Repo: the Genetic Opera from GoodTwin. [GLOMPS] and thanks to you both!

Also have the Tf: Risk game! That;s going to be fun - never played Risk before...

Roast duck with all trimmings for dinner - was tasty.

Doctor Who special did nothing to endear him to me.

Lurgy still not gone and now ribs are hurting from coughing. But it was sunny again. We've now had a 23 year straight run of sunshine on xmas day, ever since we got married... It can't last...

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows shortly.

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Blogger Lutra said...

I spent a lot of Repo TGO hiding behind my hands but, the Graverobber is a very arresting character, and I've had his song (Zydrate Anatomy) on my playlist for, wow, 2 years now. :)

11:56 pm  

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Poppy Tales 

Twenty eighth part of New World - Erratic - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


I haven't had time to do it properly - had planned to make a proper backdrop and a manger and fill it with energon straw, and have Prime SS kneeling with his servos raised in delight and Arm SS's servo on his shoulder. Maybe next year...

Transformer nativity

Transformer nativity. [grins merrily] If there was a hell I'd have a first class ticket. Just as well it's a myth.

ST-3V3 loved his wings so much he's refusing to take them off. Makes seeing my monitor even harder than it already was...

ST-3V3 the angel

(Ignore the coyness, it's fake...)

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

It's... different... :D

8:14 am  
Blogger Lutra said...

[giggling] Very... seasonal. :)
D'aww, baby-bot!

12:59 pm  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Busy day - two lots of shopping with Ken (Sainsbug and Tesco), organising the freezer and trying to get ready for the next few days. Then it was Operation Bumblebee 1 & 2, Loose Cannons and Crossfire, and then Let The Right One In - which is... interesting...

Still suffering the lurgy: really hope the worst is over now though. Fed up with sneezing and coughing.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012


Midday news report yesterday.

BBC commentator: "And fears that the world would end today have proved unfounded..."
Me: "That's the Beeb for you. If it had ended, they'd just say - 'And it appears we were wrong, and in fact the world has now ended'."
Kai: "And now, the weather."

Still laughing...



Friday, December 21, 2012

23rd Anniversary!

We were going to go to Wells, just Ken and I, for a treat, then I thought I didn't really feel up to it, so we'd just go into Bristol instead. But today I feel really bleurgh, so I'm just going to stay in and take it easy (well, until my dr's appt at 5.20). We'll order in a curry out tonight, and watch the last four eps of Tf: P season 1 in preparation for starting season 2 tomorrow.

Yeah - that's a good plan...

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Blogger Sue said...

So sorry you are feeling rough but at least even scaled down plans can be a treat.
Happy Anniversary to you both and I hope you start to feel better soon.

8:18 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Many thanks. It ended up being quite nice - Ken came up with me and we went round the charity shops and had a very nice hot chocolate and latte in the new cafe up at Broadwalk.

Doctor's was quick and painless too - the annoying leg pain I'
;ve been getting is just sciatica, and I need to contact Sam the physio for exercises to help.

12:28 am  

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Well that was satisfying.

Spent much of the day tidying. Y'know, the dreaded housework. Properly too - taking things off shelves and dusting underneath them, then dusting and polishing them before putting them back in different and more suitable places.

And we racked and bottled the white cooking wine. And while tidying I found a bottle of elderflower and a bottle of Galia melon wines from 2009 - going to risk opening them over Yule. (Might be 'orrible but you never know...)

And made lists of things still to buy - mainly fresh veg, I have the main meals now.

So, nicely organised!

Only hassle is I'm trying to fight off the traditional Yule Lurgy. It leapt out and surprised me late yesterday evening. One minute I was fine, ten minutes later sinuses were stinging, throat was sore and stomach was hurting. [sigh] Oh joy. Feeling rough today but if it doesn't get any worse this will be fine. Fingers crossed.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A bit of a catch up...

The weather was lovely yesterday, with rain forecast for the rest of the week, so I took advantage of Ken's FirstDay ticket and went to Keynsham to have a look at the charity shops and see if I could find a Yule card for Kai (they're dreadful< this year, the 'Son' ones).

There'd been an accident just up by the big Toys Я Us store at Flowers Hill - a woman was lying in the road with two cars parked up nearby and traffic reduced to one lane. I'm not exactly unsympathetic - that's her Yule spoiled and probably that of her nearest and dearest, but honestly! Given the appalling standard of driving in Bristol, anyone who tries to cross a road as chronically busy as the Bath Road without using one of the (admittedly badly placed) pedestrian crossings is just asking for a Darwin Award.

It also meant I had to walk home from the Park and Ride as the bus back from Keynsham had been instructed to turn off right at the crossroads there instead of continuing down into Brislington...

Complained to the Surgery reception about their error and I have another appointment - on Friday. Bugger. That's our anniversary. But it would be good to be seen before Yule, so I'll just have to put up with it.

Hoping to start next!Poppy tonight.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

[growl] I had a doctor's appointment today. Except when I got there they said it had been last Monday, the 10th. I was certain it was today, but I left the house in a rush and forgot to grab my appointment card. Made another (not til second week of Jan though) and walked home. And then when I checked my card it WAS today and someone had screwed up their end. Ken has an appointment tomorrow morning, but if he gets back in time for me to get the bus up there, I shall go back and complain (and demand to be seen earlier).

Yet another reason to hate doctors/surgeries/hospitals...



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Remember my photo of the swollen river?

swollen river

This is what it usually looks like.

normal river.

You can't see it here but there was a shag in the distance...

Shag         Shag

It's been a normal Sunday, quiet, dull, and less than rivetting.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friends Visit! 

GoodTwin and Sue came over for the day!!

And GoodTwin brought this! And the ensuing hilarity was heard up and down the street. It's most enormous fun - though that being said, it's always an awful lot of fun when we get together. Especially when surreal things happen, like Yugoslav President Tito being mistaken for one of the Jackson brothers. And me mistaking Heartbeat for Hart to Hart.

And only managing to answer the sport questions by luck or accident! Rollicking good fun.

Thank you both - I had a wonderful day!

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

And all achieved without the benefit of alcohol...
My sides still hurt... :D

1:06 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Blimey, so it was.

But who needs booze with friends like you?

1:29 am  
Blogger Sue said...

If I'd had alcohol just think how much more sense I'd have made.... Marvellous day!

8:59 am  

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Poppy Tales 

Twenty seventh part of New World - Time Out - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Waking up at 5.13 am (after getting to bed at just before 1) is good in one way - I've already done a good half of what I had planned for today - but in another... I'm tired already and may need a nap later...

Corollary to yesterday's vanishing Yule tree - the tree may have reappeared, but now half the decorations have gone missing. So it's a bit minimalist this year, with a couple of holographic silvery garlands and no snowflakes out here. And the main tree is teal and silver instead of the usual red and gold. But it looks pretty, and will do fine. It's not like Kai's a child any more and needing lots of sparkly things.

So - Poppy!

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Blogger Lutra said...

Butbutbut... you always need sparkly things!

9:18 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

The trees and the garlands are sparkly. That'll have to do.

10:30 am  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

hee, I'm with Lutra - "ooooh, sparkly..." :)

6:14 pm  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Search For The Missing Tree... 

I swear there's a mischievous black hole in this house. It eats my emery boards, hides socks and other assorted things - including apples sitting at the front of the fridge (though to be honest I blamed that on his not replacing his retinal batteries often enough) - from Ken, and, lately, Yule trees. Last year it was my silver one, though since I was planning to get a black one anyway that didn't matter. But this year the main green tree, the one for the lounge, went missing...

We hunted, honestly we did, all three of us. It wasn't in Ken's cupboard, where it usually lives; it wasn't in the shed; and as we found out today when we turned out the airing cupboard, it wasn't in there either. We were about to brave the freezing weather and turn out the shed fully when Ken said he just have one last look in his cupboard...

And there it was. In its bag. With Kai's fibre-optic tree. It had reappeared.

There's a reason for the sub-title to this blog...

Eh well. The airing cupboard needed sorting out anyway.

In other news... I've created a new blog. Serious blog is serious - a more professional journal for work-related stuff. It's very plain at the moment - will jazz it up a little as time goes by. It won't be updated every day - possibly once a week or whenever I have something to say.

All the Yule cards are now written, enveloped and stamped - just need to get to PO to post them.

We had a jay at the birdtable this afternoon...

Jay            Jay

Going to decorate the tree while dinner cooks!

And then I absolutely must tackle Poppy...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012


So, yesterday...

The dinner was at the Chelsea Arts Club, a lovely characterful old building in, naturally, Chelsea. I was able to chat to a few of the other authors there, Phil Gooden (a fellow lingauphile - though since this was an authors' event I suppose it could be said of all of us!), Bill Laws, who is very funny, Sue Stockdale (I need her books!), Jane Struthers, Elizabeth Holmes, Lyndon the photographer, and Liz Dean, who we've known for our entire published life (it was wonderful to catch up). And of course it was great to see Chelsey and Charlotte again!

The food was terrific. There was really too much choice, but I went for the best (rich, creamy) leek and potato soup I've ever had, confit of duck leg on beetroot and wilted greens with silky creamed mash potato (shaped to look like a boiled potato on the plate. That threw me for a minute when I tried to cut into it) and orange-flavoured carrots ("Must be a Heston Blumenthal thing", Ken commented. I don't know, but I'm going to find the recipe - they were delicious!) with a fantastic Tiramisu as dessert.

A thoroughly enjoyable event! Even the travelling - although long - was fun. There's nothing quite like flowing along a motorway in brilliant sunrise sunshine, frosted fields on one side, a sea of morning mist on the other, with Pink Floyd's Keep Talking on Kood -

I love this song. The fact that that really is Stephen Hawking speaking just makes it more awesome...

Riding at night is always inspiring...

And synchronicity struck again (of course). This

Porsche spyder

is a Porsche Spyder (Bluestreak's alt mode in The Poppy Tales). I've never seen one in real life. Gorgeous car!

However, a day away from my desk has left me with the usual backlog and I'm still catching up...

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Blogger Lutra said...

[drool] Mmm, hungry now...

12:16 pm  
Blogger Sue said...

Read the list of authors, did a double take. I have Jane Struther's Book of Christmas by my side at this minute. Sounds like a fun day!

5:46 pm  

Monday, December 10, 2012

Back. Enjoyed. Shattered. Details tomorrow.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

It's frightening how quickly Yule is approaching. We planned to write out cards and put up the decorations today - only we can't find the tree. Which is stupid. It's only a small house, it must be here somewhere... I may have to turn out the airing cupboard, a job I hate.

The rest was the normal Sunday.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Yes, we noticed it approaching like a herd of elephants as well. And are possibly even less organised, although thankfully we don't have too much to organise.

5:07 pm  

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Haircut - he had to take off about four inches from the back: it doesn't half grow quickly. Then we did the Sunday shopping. Early, so I can have an easier day tomorrow. Author lunch in London on Monday.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

And the final Starscream has arrived (well, the final one to date anyway). This one is a stealth bomber combiner from the Beast Era (Beast Machines, to be exact. I haven't watched it yet but I suppose I'd better make a start. Maybe after Yule...)

Starscream and BB (who is a bit of a lug, and all he can say is 'Roger' which apparently Starscream can interpret as whole sentences). BB's wings jerk up when Starscream, who slots into the back, is pulled out. No comment.



Japanese manufacture...



Blogger Lutra said...

[snerk] No comment, indeed...

(Apparently) completed collection! Party timez! :)

10:50 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Not til Yule. Carscream is all wrapped up and in the parcel pile.

10:51 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...

Well, I look forward to the pics from that then. (Akshully, I think I'm looking more forwarder to you trying to find a place for them all... :)

10:55 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

They'll just all fit, although it'll be a little cramped.

10:56 pm  

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I haz a armlet...



Blogger GoodTwin said...

She's beautiful - I'm looking forward to meeting her!

6:13 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

I'll try and tempt her to eat this weekend so she'll be sleepy and placid when you arrive.

10:57 pm  

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

SqwerlScream arrived!

His sword slips into his alt. mode's tail...

He's just so cute!

And then my Transformers: Prime season 2 boxed set arrived... My week is complete.

Also, I introduced Feather to Tyjer yesterday (Ken stayed to grab cat if he made a move). They were both quite interested in each other for minute or two, then Ty decided she wasn't worth looking at any more and wandered off. Though he did see me put her back in the vivarium, and later on went to peer in at her with his paws on the glass.

... I think Feather was sizing him up as lunch though...

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The Poppy Tales 

Twenty sixth part of New World - Captive Audience - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


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Monday, December 03, 2012

[grin] Meet mimobot Penscream...


Yes, he's a Starscream pendrive. A 16 gig pendrive. He was ridiculously cheap on ebay, and as Ken says, you can never have too many pendrives...




[sigh] The new bedding is lovely, soft and warm and cosy. Unfortunately Tyjer thinks so too.

Unfortunately he leaves masses of ginger hairs behind. I have to de-lint the downie twice a day.

Next!Poppy finished, just need to be coded and uploaded. Which I shall do after Grimm...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Pendrives are so much more interesting than they used to be :)

And you can always count on a cat to find the warm, comfy places.

8:09 am  

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Pretty much a normal Sunday. Next!Poppy is nearly finished - hoping to post tonight but it might need to be tomorrow.

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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Lazy blogging...

The Cyberverse tales - when Bayverse met Prime.

Megs and OP

Megatrons and OPs






Twin Bees

They do get on really...



Blogger Lutra said...

It seems, to my untutored eye, that the only ones that seem to have any sort of consistency over the continuums are OP and 'Bee.

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

And you'd be absolutely correct. You can ALWAYS recognise them, no matter the continuity.

12:18 pm  

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