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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

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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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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Still tidying up, but have now forwarded all my Eudora mail to my Thunderbird client (will be using it from now on - it has drawbacks but once you get used to it it's fine) and will make a start on replies this afternoon. In the meantime, with today's lovely weather I've emptied the manhole cover of spent earth and weeds, refilled it with the potato compost and planted stonecrop in it; made a start on dismantling the birdtable; and moved the feverfew to the front garden.

Have some photos!

The front, with obligatory cat. Not exactly looking great right now, but wait til spring (the garden that is, not Tyjer)... *g*

New feeder - snazzy, ne?

[grump] Can't get the spell checker working...

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Blogger Lutra said...

Veritable smorgasboard of a feeder :)

2:45 pm  

Friday, November 29, 2013

Yesterday was fun. 10.30 appt for Kai: the cultures they took last week all came back negative, so that's good. He didn't need any transfusions, although he'll need platelets, at least, on Monday. I tanked over to the pharmacy to pick up his meds myself to save time, and was somewhat staggered to see just how huge the hospital is (I'd only seen oncology and haematology before). So we were able to head home at 2.30, in time for me to get to my 4 pm appt to ask about this skin problem (it's fungal. I have ointment). While I was on my way up there Computer Geeks rang the mobile to say computer was ready for collection.


So charged back from dr, grabbed cheque book and business card, tanked to bus, tanked from bus station to Citibase, only to find door locked and no-one at reception - which meant Nick had to come down and open the door for me. Sorry about that. But he's done a fantastic job: the new machine is a huge jump in quality and speed and all (well, nearly all, some of the stuff on the old one was so prehistoric it was completely incompatible with todays software) the old data has been migrated to the new machine (and he's even put a clone of the old in its own folder on the new, just in case!) He had to take remote access at one point to correct a very stupid mistake of mine (misread a site and managed to d/l malware. Me! After all the suspicion and paranoia I bring to the virtual world the first thing I do on the new machine is get it wrong! I am so embarrassed...) which is always bemusing, but it's now running smoothly.

I am very happy. It uses Windows 7, which I can't say I particularly like but I'm getting used to it, and I've just got ftp to work, which means I can delay learning FileZilla until another day. The old machine has also been MOT'ed, and is now usable: I'm giving it to Kai to explore and experiment with.

I still have to get my online spellchecker working, which I'll worry about tomorrow. For now, everything is fine!

So have some Prime Transformers!

Cyberverse Shockwave, at last...

Seeker armada. They're so cute!

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Pretty good day all round then! Getting caught out with malware is embarrassing but happens to everyone occasionally - one random click is all it takes, I know!
I'm putting off the evil-day of Windows 7 (or 8) for as long as possible :)

10:41 am  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Computer is with the Geeks, and if the sudden mysterious emptying of my webmail inbox is anything to go by, they were working on getting everything up and running earlier this evening. Hoping I can collect it tomorrow...

Of course, that included your email, GoodTwin, before I could reply, but the 15th would be great, as long as you're sure. If you could pick me up from outside the house - or better yet stop for a few mins to see the garden - perhaps we could head off to Cadbury? They'll have all the Yule stuff out, and the cafe is pretty good.

Kai's feeling a little better after Monday's blood transfusions, but is so tired he's sleeping a lot of the time. Still no news re: the cultures they took last week, which is probably a good thing.

Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

My computer is struggling tonight - you don't realise how much you rely on the mouse until it stops working, and you have to negotiate all the menus with the keyboard...

15th it is. And yes, wherever you'd like to go. The car needs an outing :)

12:17 am  

Monday, November 25, 2013

Arrived at the BRI for 10.30, finally got home at 9.40 pm... the day unit was short-staffed and everything was delayed. Kai needed platelets and two units of blood - always makes it a long day. Now watching Energon second disc.

Computer Geeks can do just about everything I need so will contact them tomorrow and see when I can take the old stack in. Should have everything by the weekend, fingers crossed.

Thanks for suggestions: I can plug in mouse or tablet but can't be bothered given the length of time it'll be needed.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Stack is now refusing to work, and this family laptop is sloooooooooower than pouring treacle, won't load skype or Eudora and takes 10 minutes to boot up (not to mention that this tiny, non-ergonomic keyboard hurts my hands and the B button needs 2 - 5 presses before it works. Kai used to use this one to run Auran and his Lego trains: to be honest I'm surprised it still works at all...) BUT I can check and reply (painfully slowly) to webmail and connect to the net, so it will do until I can replace the stack.

So, quick update: Kai is feeling a bit better, but now the steroids are wearing off his appetite has decreased, so now I need to find good things he likes to tempt him with, and his tastes keep changing. Going to be interesting.

Went to Tesco for the Sunday shopping - and found a Cyberverse Shockwave! So now no longer looking for him. (They had an aerial Eradicon as well so picked him up. Now have three Vehicons and three Eradicons - enough to make the small army and armada needed.)

And that's about as much as I can manage. Off to set up the new bird feeder. Photos when I have my new machine.

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Ten minutes to boot up? I think mine takes about twenty :) It's not bad once it's loaded though. Are the ergonomic keyboards USB? Could you plug one in to use?

9:44 pm  
Blogger Thorne said...

I feel your pain, as I am also using a laptop while my PC is in the shop having it's innards replaced.
However, I have my keyboard and monitor plugged into said laptop - is it possible for you to do that?

4:37 am  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Well, I was going to go and see Gravity in 3D, but when I went in to say I was heading out Kai was looking ill and his temperature is up a bit, so I'll see about going tomorrow instead, when Ken's here to keep an eye on things.

I'm also going to have to buy a new stack. For the last few days this one has been taking longer and longer for the initial fan to settle down before getting as far as booting up: this morning it refused completely and I had to turn it off at the switch. It worked on the second go, but I can't delay sorting it out any longer: I'm lost without it. Nick at Computer Geeks (as ever my first port of call) emailed me over a pdf of their current offers, and a basic stack (2.7 GHz, 4 gig RAM: my current one is 3.39 GHz and 1.75 gig RAM) looks like it will do the job. They will also migrate all my current stuff over to the new machine, which is a relief, as last time I had to do it it took days and I lost some data in the process.

So if I disappear completely for a couple of days, that'll be why.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nebuliser today, and they took some cultures just to make sure there's nothing unusual making Kai feel so poorly. (They seem to think that it's the combination of the meds and withdrawing from the steroids, but just to be sure...)

Skin's rubbed and weeping - and itching like hell - on the top of my left foot. And I'm tired. Going to try for an early night. Loads of emails to get to tomorrow again...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

And winter came in with a vengeance! It's bloody cold out there today...

So we stayed in mostly. The bird feeder has arrived and it's very snazzy, but really needs two people to put it up so will do that at the weekend. Cleaned out my stack (damn it needed it!), got a load of client stuff done, put a small wash through, cleaned the landing, Kai's room and the bathroom, and found the Cyberverse Shockwave figure on ebay - but only from the States or Australia, and while the figure price is very reasonable, the postage is obscene. Going to wait a little while: I never thought Prime Starscream and Soundwave (both Cyberverse and Deluxe classes) would appear over here and both did. And now that the aerial Eradicons are selling here Shockwave may appear after Yule. If not, I'll have to resort to ebay again...

Kai is feeling really rough and completely without any strength, along with getting the odd aches and pains. We were kind of expecting it - it's the withdrawal from the steroids - but we'd really hoped it wouldn't be too bad given how well he's coping with the rest. He actually asked me to take his temperature today, just to check, he felt so ill. Then again, having barely had a day's illness ever before this, I think he feels it worse than he might otherwise do. I just hope that it goes soon.

Did I mention that I've managed to get Star Trek: Into Darkness for £9.99? It should be £13.99 but the box had been mispriced. They let it through at the cheaper price though, which was good of them. And I found The Wolverine for a tenner too. Now just need Iron Man 3, though I'll probably have to pay full price for that. That's OK, I can't be lucky all the time! We want Thor: The Dark World too but that probably won't be available before Yule. Something to look forward to in the New Year. So Yule is going to be an amazing film fest. I suppose I'd better get in lots of popcorn!

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Blogger Lutra said...

(Apologies if this posts twice. Something glitched while I was trying to post the comment.)

I live in Australia! Get stuff posted to me and I can forward it on? Might be cheaper?

9:52 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

That's very sweet of you, but it's OK. I can wait...

11:32 pm  

Monday, November 18, 2013

That was a very long day...

Kai needed both platelets and blood, as we thought, so I went Yule shopping. Did quite well too, got nearly everything I was looking for. Unfortunately the heat and scurry has made my skin problem flare up again - sore weeping patches on my torso and the tops of my feet. Doctor next Thursday - hopefully I can get it sorted out.

Kai kept trying to find the pelt I like last night...


Not quite.

But then he did! So I saved it.

And then he found a really pretty matching mask, so I saved that too. Now I just need to find the antlers I'm after and I'll be all set.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

So, last night, I start getting Kai's evening meds ready, and realise to my absolute horror that he only has two ciprofloxacin tablets left: he has to take two twice a day. (This is what happens when I try to keep on top of things when I'm ill...) Cue a frantic call to haematology, where I spoke to Lucy (the lovely night nurse who was in charge of Kai when he was first in there for tests), who spoke to the doctor and assured me they'd have a pack for him in the morning. So I'm at the bus-stop at 8.30, at the BRI just before 9 - only to find that the fire alarm is ringing in the haematology and oncology unit and no-one can enter, at least along the link corridor from the main buildings. (The BRI is built on the very steep St Michael's Hill - known locally as cardiac hill because walking up it is likely to give you a heart attack. Gradient is 1:4 at Marlborough St, 1:6 for the hill itself - and as a result and the way the hospital was built, the main entrance is on level 2 and you go up to Lower Ground 2 (LG2) for the haematology unit. It's extremely confusing until you get used to it). So I hiked a short way up the hill to the main oncology entrance in time to see the fire engine pulling away: it had, luckily, been a false alarm. The ciprofloxacin was ready for me, so I was able to get back in time to give him the morning meds just a few minutes late. We'll need more ciclosporin this week, but I can organise that on Monday.

Run on sentences - we lubs dem...

Tired now.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Children in Need Friday...

... bwahahaahahahahaaa! We turned up the TV volume to 30 and bopped along to it.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Kai's appointment this morning was actually quite quick. His platelet and red blood cell count is reasonable, so he won't be having any transfusions til Monday (at which point he'll probably need both), but we need to increase his morning dose of ciclosporin to 100 mgs instead of 75 until told otherwise, so I'll need to check how much we have and ask for some more next week. However, he is now booked in to have a nebuliser treatment next Thursday and every four weeks thereafter, which he's not looking forward to. We're getting to know all the doctors now: the one today isn't one of my favourites. It would help if I could understand what he says, of course, but over and above that he's... dismissive. Not rude, just impatient. I hope we get the female one next week, she's lovely (and fun!)

We got back in time for me to bus up to Broadwalk to pick up birdfood, and I found another Eradicon at Wilkinson's: I have two now, which almost counts as a Seeker Armada. I'll keep an eye out for a third...

My birdtable is finally about to bite the dust. Expire. Fall to bits. It's done extremely well (they aren't supposed to last more than a couple of years) but the weather and the rain have pretty much rotted it through, and repairing and repainting it would cost more than buying another. So I've ordered one of these, which should last a lot longer.

I also found this, used but in very good condition, for £33 (+£2.80 p&p) so - despite the fact that it really is the weakest and naffest of the three parts of the Unicron Trilogy - for completeness sake I've ordered it. Treat to myself for doing the spreads for the other author.

Then, of course, I find that Shout!Factory have agreed with Hasbro to release the DVDs of the whole Trilogy... [rolls eyes] Eh well. It'll only be a little bit cheaper, most likely. However, it will mean I can get the third part, Cybertron, for a more reasonable price than I've seen it elsewhere (I think someone was asking over a thousand quid for it...) Even better, there's a good chance Shout! will also release Tf: Animated Season 3, which has never been released anywhere yet! Very pleased about that.

The Forest last night... I kind of got adopted by two fauns, and another stag, who spent about ten minutes experimenting on me (he's the one with the butterfly pelt).

He must have tried at least ten different enchantments for masks and a couple of pelts - it was quite amusing, he kept galloping off, then coming back with another one (I guess there was a tree with enchantment-granting mushrooms just out of my pov).

This is the African mask. I'm not at all fond of any masks, but definitely not this one! However, different masks can alter the sound of a call, so I dutifully called with every mask I got. (I imagined the other player busily writing down the masks and the vocal effect they had!)

This one is quite interesting, but not as pretty as my original, so I reverted back to that one before closing down.

Cold is still being miserable...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quickie, very tired and miserable cold is miserable...

Last couple of days Ken and I have done a fair bit of gardening (as my nagging back and legs are letting me know in no uncertain terms) - I shall try to take photos of the front in the next couple of days, although things aren't really going to look like much until next year, and I'm still trying to find a nice BIG pot to take the honeysuckle and jasmine I plan to train up around the porch. I dug up what few potatoes I managed to grow (about enough for four meals. They've been pretty much a failure every time I've tried over the last three years - think I'll give up!) and Ken weeded the grass out of the veg bed and emptied the small compost bin onto the area I use most. That will be nicely replenished ready for planting next year.

Kai has taken to staying online til about seven am then sleeping most of the day - it's not too bad given it's winter, and we're not objecting at the moment (I used to do it myself. Well, stay up all night, anyway. Oh, if only we'd had the 'tubes when I was younger...) He knows that will have to change once he's a bit better, but for now, it's not doing any harm and he's chatting to friends on skype and enjoying the Forest. He has power and control there, whereas here his body has, essentially, betrayed him. It's not exactly a lot of consolation but anything that helps...

On the subject of the Forest - the fountain which feeds the pool, from above,

And from ground level.

Heading over there shortly for a few mins before going up to fall over...

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Normal Monday appointment at the Haematology Day Unit: Kai needed platelets, which meant a shot of piriton, which always makes him sleepy. Add to that the tiredness associated with decreasing the steroids, and the fact he only got about an hour and a half's sleep last night, and he really isn't up to much at all at the moment.

So we watched Pacific Rim, which the assistant was putting onto the dvd display as I got over to Tesco to buy some Sinutab (as I have managed to get myself a cold) so I bought one. Loved it...

Got enchanted with another pretty pelt last night and learned how to bounce in a circle. It's all fun!

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Got most of the client stuff done yesterday, after Ken and I did the usual Sunday shop a day early. Today we've done some more to the front garden -

It's autumn in the Forest! Everything's gone reddish...

I rather like this design.

This isn't bad either!

And much dancing was done...

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Friday, November 08, 2013

[sigh] Kai's appointment yesterday was for 2.30. By the time they'd faffed around with blood tests and a ridiculous delay in getting the two units of blood he needed, and then a panic as the pharmacy had closed and we thought we weren't going to get his repeat meds (and he'd taken the last aciclovir that morning) it was 9.30 when we got home...

But the meds did finally arrive (they've swapped the itraconazole syrup - which he hates the taste of - for tablets, and upped his cyclosporin to 75mgs twice a day instead of 50, and on the plus side he's now down to 5 mgs of prednisolone (the steroid) per day from the original 60mgs and once we run out we stop), and he feels a fair bit better today - walking yesterday left him breathless.

Not done much today. I have a whole load of client stuff come in and I just don't feel like doing it. Going to have to though. Maybe after Prometheus, which I picked up from Head yesterday, along with Deathly Hallows 1 & 2 (for £10).


I spent a lot of time being red in the Forest last night.

Kai and I watching the sunset from the bridge by the pool.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

HEEEE! I growed up overnight!!



Blogger Lutra said...

[wipes tear away] they grow up so fast...

Oooh, awesome flowery antlers!

8:41 am  
Blogger Sue said...

Hee. Go you!

9:48 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Thank you!
The purple flowers appear when you eat the purple flowers you can find in the forest. You get red ones if you eat the poppies - but I prefer the purple. They're very pretty. Not sure how long the enchantment lasts - maybe until you take on a new one? I'll find out later.

1:38 pm  

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

A quick quickie... Kai's appt went OK on Monday - had platelets but will probably need a blood transfusion on Thursday as his count is borderline. I've now managed to catch up with the client stuff (except for what arrived this evening) and Ken and I have made a start on the garden: most of the plants that were ready for the front are now in the ground, and today we planted the two fake blackcurrants up at the top out the back, one on the slope behind the bench and the other next to the elder. They'll be great there, the bees love the flowers. We've also planted an acanthus on the slope, and I'll probably put another one out the front. That still leaves me with several to give away - GoodTwin and Sue, like one?

Kai fancied watching Vampire Hunter D this evening. I only have the dubbed version, which irritates me intensely as the dub is really bad. However, Kai quite liked it. The sequel, Bloodlust, is a much better anime and my version has both subbed and dubbed soundtracks: might see if he fancies watching that tomorrow. We did decide that this year when he can't do much is a great opportunity for him to watch the insane number of films we have on DVD, and I shall take some time off to watch them with him. He hasn't see the vast majority, and we have some I think he'll like.

And as for Yule... My 'to buy' list currently comprises: Wolverine, Star Trek 2, Thor 2 (assuming it's out by then), and definitely Pacific Rim (again, if it's out by then)... and there were others, but I'm tired so will add them another day.

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Blogger Sue said...

The acanthus looks a darn good all rounder. I'm not sure at the minute where I could put it so if other people are more keen then please let them go but if you have one left over then, yes please and I'll figure out the logistics later :)

9:53 am  

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Usual Sunday. Finished spreads. Watched the third ep of Toast of London (very strange and surreal). Hoping for an early night as Kai's appointment is at 10.15 in the morning...

An interesting sleeping stag...

The front garden after pruning away a good half of the cherry tree. As you can see, my efforts at killing off all the grass, moss and weeds have been fairly successful. We make a start on getting it all planted up from this week...

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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Wendy came up to visit today. Dawn (of the Chepstow trip) had given Ken half-price tickets for the Bishop's Palace at Wells, and as it seems the season tickets will no longer be accepted as FirstDay SouthWest tickets at weekends from tomorrow, and since I'm still trying not to bring any risk of infection into the house, we both went to Wells for the day...

It was fun! The weather wasn't too bad - at least, we were indoors for most of the rain and it was sunny as we walked around the Palace gardens - and the cup of hot toffee apple drink and slice of lemon cake (quite possibly the best I've ever tasted) was lovely, as was the jacket potato with prawns and avocado and a delicious side salad at Pickwick's Caffe. No charity shop finds, but I do now have a really good beech chopping board for the kitchen.

Arriving back we tried the new pub on the Bath Road, the Lowdekka, but it was packed, and noisy, and pretty horrible, so we walked back to the Black Castle and chatted for an hour or so before Wendy had to go for her train. It was a highly enjoyable day - [GLOMPS Wendy] Thanks!

Kai's daily breakfast...

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Friday, November 01, 2013

My blasted skin is playing up again, have a quite nasty itchy rash that weeps if I scratch it. Going to have to get up to the doctors (again). What is wrong with my skin at the moment?! I've never had anything like this before...

The Forest is still misty and eerie and everyone is still more companionable than they were. And the dancing music is still wonderful. (Kai says it's the normal plinkety plinkety music played backwards through a filter, which makes sense.)

Trying for an early night. I'll leave Kai's last aciclovir upstairs with him, save me staying up.

Wendy's up for the day tomorrow - hoping to head over to Wells...

Edit: and then I found a Youtube vid with the music! The quality isn't perfect, but the first is when you dance alone, the second snippet is when you dance with someone else (the plinkety plinkety as I described it to Lutra) and the last is the eerie Hallowe'en music...

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