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I live to write. It's not wise to get in my way.
August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]
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.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The kite festival was wonderful. I took a lot of photos and have sorted them into a page, but haven't constructed it yet - hopefully tomorrow. I got back and was plunged straight into client stuff (and feeding birds and Feather), so it's been a bit of a long day.
Of course, it wouldn't be us if the days didn't have its fun spots. The guy behind us on the bus wouldn't stop talking and laughing (with himself), there was another guy at the bus station picking fights (I think, we stayed well away), the bus driver got inundated with far more people than he should really have taken on, and there was a couple of miles to walk (uphill) when we got there. But it was well worth it. Even Kai said so!
I took Tinyscream with me on his first outing.
He adored The Decorators (they are incredible) but got too excited with their precision flying and spoiled the shot...
More tomorrow. Tired now.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Morning shop, then Kai and I moved the paeony. We got most of the root ball - but five of the fat tuberous roots broke off in the move. I've planted them in a big pot - we'll see if they produce new plants!
It's quite possible that the main plant won't flower for several years (they sulk when moved) but it's now in full sun and has plenty of space, so we might be lucky.
Other than that - client work and a little tidying up. The evenings are already drawing in and it's quite cold out there once the sun starts setting. This does not bode well for a mild winter.
Tomorrow Kai and I are going to the Bristol Kite Festival. I've wanted to go since before he was born and finally decided to do it. There are several displays I particularly want to see and most of them are in the afternoon. Like this one -
I shall take my camera...
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Off to the sorting office to collect Dark Energon Starscream...
He's very pretty...
Same frame as TfP Starscream but different deco. Transparent wings and body, very cool. (Yes, I know he looks like Skywarp, and if I ever wanted to do a comic with both Seekers I could always pretend...)
I felt like being very silly earlier. Here is When T-Cogs Fail...
(Found the little scooter in the Age charity shop... yesterday? Day before?... for 50p and it's just the right size.)
And today Kai and I moved the juniper. The roots went very deep and we had to break a lot of them, so I don't know if it will survive or not. I really hope so, as it's a beauty and looks terrific there...
The 'rockery' today.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Early start, busy as usual. Knackered and heading bedwards soon.
Kai spent the afternoon installing a new power unit and graphics card in his computer.
Agent came back with a 'sorry, no' for the last proposal I sent in...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Had a lie in til 9 am... [g]
Client stuff done, and I've moved both my dianthus plants from Roeg's Pool to the new slope. The newer one should be fine, but the old one's roots went incredibly deep. I've dug up as much as I can, and will just have to keep fingers crossed it survives. And thrives, of course.
[bemused] I have a Linkedin account (it was recommended at the author's Yule Dinner in London) and they send me recruitment info every now and then. But I do find their selection amusing...
My Kreo Starscream arrived today. He's tiny and adorable and I've ordered another so I can have one on my desk and carry one with me. As a lucky charm if nothing else.
I should go pick beans and check the sweetcorn. Shouldn't be too long now before I can pick and freeze it!
This is highly amusing...
Monday, August 26, 2013
Up early, second wash going through. Found this -
- sitting on the quarantined pond weed in the bowl on the table outside the kitchen. Very debonair bug. Love the orange pompom antennae!
He's now in the fern.
Off to Clevedon in half an hour to try to fly a kite...
Sunday, August 25, 2013
[sigh] Later edits for corrections...
So, usual Sunday shop, then the garden...
Ken has made the slope of the 'rockery' a lot shallower: it's going to be easier to handle now.
I've taken up the acanthus spinosa and have - potentially - eight new plants from it. We'll see if they take.
Kai dug the holes for the wintersweet (the little tree with the four protective bars around it) and the physocarpus (the taller burgundy plant on the left). We found at least a pane's worth of broken glass in the first hole, which took four times as long to clear as simply digging the hole for the little tree should have done. Oh joy.
But it's coming together, slowly but surely!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Quickie because tired...
Yesterday started with me digging up and splitting the stachis up at the square (four plants if they all survive) and pulling up bay roots, followed by several hours of client stuff.
Today Ken and I went to Wells (finally!). It was great but absolutely heaving with tourists... We picked up a few goodies, and took a gander at St Cuthbert's Church, where the village fete was held in Hot Fuzz. There's a Green Man above the entrance...
... which is rather special.
I was not happy, however, to find when we got back that Kai had failed to take in my parcel, presumably sleeping past the postman's knocking on the door at 11.55 despite being woken before we left. I'll have to go and collect it (not risking redelivery after the mess they made of that last time) and because it's a bank holiday the earliest I can expect to pick it up is Thursday. Well, maybe Wednesday but to be sure, Thursday. This is one of the Starscream's I have ordered from ebay, either the little Kreo version or the dark energon TFP one with the transparent wings. Thoroughly miffed.
I found The Lovely Bones in one of the charity shops today, and we watched it after dinner. Amazing film! Beautiful imagineering...
I should probably have an earlyish night...
Friday, August 23, 2013
Found by Lin...
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
It said it was a a dwarf French bean.
I don't know what this is. I have tried several water plants in Roeg's Pool in the past, including a water hawthorn, but I don't recognise this one. It's pretty though.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Twelfth part of New World 2 - Echoes - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).
What have I been up to apart from being constantly tired? Ken and I moved the large heather from the rockery to the slope up at the top of the garden (I've given it lots of ericaceous compost to help it along): the chamomile plants between the rockery steps are coming along nicely: my sweetcorn cobs are ripening in the sun: and the rogue pumpkin plant (grew from a seed in the compost) has two massive fruits coming. Will photograph them when they're ripe, and maybe make jack-o-lanterns from the skin. The flesh I'll see if I can freeze - it's great with pork in casseroles - and we'll toast the seeds (delicious, as we discovered last year!)
We watched Jack the Giant Slayer on Filmflex - a fun film, a nice romp. Gravity looks good, and Elysium (same director as the truly excellent District 9) - we might try to see them at the cinema for the full cgi effects.
Kai is still chilling (and still delighted!) after getting his results: we're off to the Sunday market to get a new rucksack for him this weekend. And maybe some new trainers too.
And next!Poppy is three pages in and I'm hoping to finish and post it today...
Monday, August 19, 2013
Shattered. Proper post tomorrow. Off to bed...
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Up early and made a start on tidying. Old printer has gone up to Ken's office to see if it will work up there (if not we'll give it to Kai) and I cleared another shelf for figures. Pic is link to larger photo if you're interested...
Now ploughing on with next!Poppy...
Friday, August 16, 2013
So much for a lie in...
But I got a lot done, domestic- and garden-wise, and this afternoon Kai helped me plant my lawn chamomile in what I sincerely hope will be its last resting place, in between the steps from patio to rockery plateau. Ken fed Feather for me (I could grump, he's fed her twice now and it takes him seconds, where it takes minutes before she'll take it from me...) while I did the greenhouse and fed the birds. Kai has just chilled all day and really enjoyed the lack of stress!
Tomorrow - it's supposed to be mostly showery: I have indoor things planned (some rearranging in this room, mainly).
Thursday, August 15, 2013
And his confirmation letter (email) from Bristol Uni was waiting for him. (He needed two A's and a B, one of the A's to be in Maths.)
[BG] It was worth getting up at 6 after two hours' sleep to get there just after they opened. We're all surprised but delighted with the Psychology grade: he was sure he'd failed it again.
Proud? Damn right!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Dull and occasionally drizzly today. Did both Sainsbury and Tesco shops - and then gave up. Kai gets his A level results tomorrow and there's no way I can focus on anything until we know what he will be doing for the next few years...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
We've been busy.
'Rockery' back at the beginning of July.
'Rockery' today (Kai resettled the steps for me and added two to the originals - crackin' job.)
It's all coming along...
Sunday, August 11, 2013
K&K went to Weston yesterday for a day out - and it took them four hours to get back, thanks to the Fiesta traffic. Apparently the mass ascent was a record - 100 balloons!
Here are a few of them...
Today Ken came to help carry the shopping and treated us both to lunch at the Black Castle! It was extremely nice: I had the steak on a bed of sizzling onions, rare as is my wont, and it was cooked perfectly! Impressed I was.
When we got back we did a little more to the patio area - raked off a whole load of the dead stuff and Ken made a start on flattening/diminishing the slope above the patio. Kai has promised to help me with the frewtnog pool - and getting a path into the strawberry bed - over the next few days. There's still months of work left to do, but it is coming along.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Go HERE and press the button...
Friday, August 09, 2013
SO off we went to the Balloon Fiesta...
Firstbus run a Balloon Fiesta shuttle these days, £4 return, so we leapt on one at Temple Meads and headed off...
[grump] It stopped at the Long Ashton stop the normal Clevedon bus uses - which meant we had to walk what felt like miles, uphill, in blazing sun, to get to the estate and the natural amphitheatre where everything happens.
Lots and lots and lots of funfair rides...
A few balloons, although the mass ascent was at 6 (we didn't stay).
And then the bit I'd been looking forward to - which was a bit of a disappointment. The mini-shop only had half a dozen figures of the twenty or so that are available now: I asked, and was told they simply hadn't been able to get hold of any others.
And It wasn't even Prime Optimus - this is the big rig from the Bayverse films...
Though it is rather handsome, and Kai took my photo standing next to him (no I'm not posting it, I look dreadful).
But since we were there, we stayed for the Red Arrows, and that was glorious, and made it all worthwhile. Photos are here. I've put the main pic on the left, close-up on the right, where applicable (one of them you'll have to scroll sideways to see the whole thing). They do spend a surprising amount of time flying upside down.
Didn't get home until 5.40, but it was a fun day all told, and Kai enjoyed himself too!
Tired now though...
Labels: Bristol Balloon Fiesta
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Veg bed now.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
The Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Tour UK is going to be at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta this weekend! (Yes. I know it says Bristol Airshow. The Red Arrows will be making their usual show, and there'll be an RAF Typhoon flyover too, which is where the confusion has probably arisen. Bristol doesn't have an airshow - it's too small. Far too many people these days don't get their facts right... )
No prizes for guessing where Kai and I will be!
I know it won't be a patch on the cons, but I can never get to them. I'm still hoping I might be able to pick up a Cyberverse Shockwave, and, if I'm lucky, a Voyager class Smokescreen. Keeping fingers crossed!
OH! OH! OH! And the Cartoon Network says they'll be screening Beast Hunters in September!
Hence the happy bouncing rhinos...
In other news... We've bottled the elderflower wine (very disappointing, very weak. I had a lot of difficulty getting it to ferment), I've blanched and frozen a whole load of stuff now, and we're not too far off getting the front started. It's all go!
Oh, and Kai gets his results next week...
Monday, August 05, 2013
Did I say normal? Heh.
The doctor rang me to ask how things were going, and on hearing the rash is spreading, got me an additional urgentish appointment to see Dr Meadows on Thursday, after I've seen the nurse to have blood taken. The results of the swab she took on Friday should be back by then, and they can check that the antibios are the right ones.
It's nice they're taking such good care, but it does all feel like a bit of a fuss...
Labels: medical matters
Sunday, August 04, 2013
It must be autumn, Tyjer slept on the bed last night instead of under the landing window...
[sigh] So the wash and the ointment work great, on patches of skin already affected. But they aren't stopping the bloody thing from spreading. Much as I hate doing so, I'll have to take the course of antibiotics. Oh joy. They're the ones you have to take four times a day on an empty stomach. That's going to be fun...
Other than that it's been a relatively successful weekend. I've tried to take it as easy as possible, which I think has helped. Will try to get back to what passes for normal 'round 'ere tomorrow.
Friday, August 02, 2013
[sigh] Up to the doctor's again...
It seems I have impetigo. It started on my lower back and spread up to my sides (yesterday. I came in from the garden with what I thought was a heat rash, but which within hours had evolved into big weeping sores). Doctor has prescribed me an anti-bacterial wash, fucidin antibiotic ointment, and - in case that fails - another course of flucloxacillin, which I'm to start if the others haven't started working by Sunday. I have no idea where this came from, I've never had it before, but I suppose I should be grateful it didn't start on my face, which is where it usually makes its first appearance.
Ken took a photo of my back, but I'm not going to post it. It's extremely unpleasant. I have the non-bullous version, in case anyone really wants to google it. Horrible looking but it's supposed to heal without leaving scars. I'll believe that when I see it.
It's contagious. Oh joy.
The itching is driving me nuts...
Labels: medical matters
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Not bad going. Two washes put through, three lots of honeysuckle dug up and potted and the rest poisoned - as is the rest of what was still alive of the grass out the front - and I've started pruning the wisteria (a little later, should have been done last month, but since everything's late this year it should be fine. I'm hoping to put some vine eyes in the house wall to train it for next year, if I can get hold of good eyes, rawl plugs and some sort of tough exterior filler. Hoping to get to a hardware store over the weekend.) And it's not even lunch yet!
This mess is what the rockery now looks like...
The plan is to move the paeony further down the slope, move the wintersweet to the middle of the space, and plant my little silver and pink acer near to Roeg's Pool, roughly where the sedum is at the moment, a little way from my well-established red acer. I haven't been able to find out how big it will grow: depending on which one it is it'll be a maximum of four feet or twelve feet... we'll have to wait and see, but either way that will be a good place for it. The physocarpus will be planted between the two uprights on the left. Now we have to decide what's going to be grown under the new plants. I've suggested the lawn chamomile, which is doing well in its tray, but which will only cover a tiny bit of the space. We'll have to ponder...