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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

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Currently miffed at:
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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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Friday, June 27, 2014

Lunch on Wednesday. Pasta, tuna, spring onions, cucumber, cherry toms, red Leicester and Cheddar cheese, sweet pepper (and pineapple chunks for me).

Much gardening got done on Wednesday. And a little of next!Poppy was written while Kai was having his platelets on Thursday. Unfortunately I'm now a bit hampered: went out to get a little shopping when we got back from the hospital and the rain had washed mud onto the path at Sainsbury's. I slipped and landed heavily on my left knee, which is now horribly swollen and hurting rather a lot...

Need to take it easy for a few days. There's nothing seriously damaged, and ice packs are helping, but I don't want to make it worse. Got too much to do.

Currently have the Glastonbury Festival playing on BBC3. Pilton's only just up the road but the prices! £210 a ticket this year.

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Blogger Lutra said...

Excellent combo for lunch. What's in the glass?

2:17 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Pineapple juice from the tinned pineapple pieces. Pineapples are expensive to buy and a pain to prepare, so I take the easy option.

2:54 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...

Yum! When it's really hot the pineapple juice is delicious with cold soda water.

2:59 pm  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This was my lunch today. Half a Galia melon, peeled sliced pear, kiwi fruit, red and white grapes (halved, because of reasons), and homegrown strawberries and raspberries. Never let anyone tell you diets are dull and boring!


And as guessed, Sunday was mostly gardening. All the plants I bought are now in the ground, I have my first tomatoes ripening in the greenhouse, and the sweetcorn is OK, although I seem to have managed to plant the block on a fox run, as four of them (in a line) have been trampled and probably won't survive. I planted 36 though, so should still have plenty come up.

Monday's appointment was nice and quick, and we're stocked up with meds, now, for the next month. Tanked over to The Range for Sodastream canisters and diet Coke syrup when we got back, so stocked up on drinks now too.

My second planting of mange tout and dwarf beans are looking good - hoping to plant them in the veg bed tomorrow. We were hoping to get out today, but Kai's having problems coping with the very hot weather, so will give it a miss for now. I have some client stuff to do, and am yoyoing between here and garden (have already hoed the veg bed today).


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Blogger Lutra said...

Lutra gratefully acknowledges the food porn, which she peruses while nomming her dinner of beef ravioli in home-made vegetable sauce(y ...thing) with cheese.

Lutra would also like to express the happiness evoked by the freckled flowers.


10:46 am  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Summer Solstice!

Ken and I went to Clevedon for a meal at the Little Harp for his birthday (a bit belated but still...) He had gammon steak with chips and summer fruit cheesecake with double cream for dessert, I had British Ploughman's followed by a toffee sundae - all extremely tasty. On the way back we stopped at Golden Acres, which was buzzing, and picked up four drought tolerant (I hope!) alpines, a pale mauve and maroon dianthus, a flat leaved parsley (mine is in the wrong place and has to go), a very pretty little dwarf abutilon - and a heuchera Midnight Bayou that I've been lusting after for months for only £1.99!!

Out by Failand someone has planted two fields of poppies...

(Not the best pic, the bus was moving pretty fast)

This is the lily I bought when out with Kim last year (I think it was). It got completely eaten the first year, but this year... freckles!

After dinner we watched the Live Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar that I picked up in Wells ages ago. It's fantastic! Better than the original in most places.

Tomorrow will be mostly gardening...

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Friday, June 20, 2014

I am so sick of bloody football...

Thursday appointment actually went reasonably well. The platelets were ready, the biopsy was quick (and Kai just had entonox, which seemed to work fairly well), and while all that was happening they got two units of blood ready too, so hopefully he'll now be OK until more platelets end next week. He certainly feels a little better today, even though his back is still hurting.

It's hot. But not too unpleasantly so, and the temperature drops significantly at night, so sleeping isn't a problem with the windows open. Ken leaves work a little earlier on a Friday and his new office is fairly close, so the bus home usually only takes a few minutes. We went down to Sains to pick up a few bits and pieces, then after dinner watched Time Runners, which I thoroughly enjoyed! Intelligent sf - wonderful change. Though possibly too intelligent for many, going by the stupidly low rating it's been given.

Remember I said I bought some cheap lily bulbs in Wilkinson's? They've all sprouted and the first is flowering. Pretty, neh?

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Blogger Sue said...

Timerunners sounds very interesting, I shall look out for it.

5:53 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

I think it was £3 in Sainsbury's...

10:59 pm  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

[GRUMP] Well, the thing that I was hoping might become a thing, isn't now going to become a thing because I'm not American enough...



Blogger Writer Chick said...

What?! Frag 'em!

12:58 am  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

Danged things... >:-(

7:42 am  
Blogger Sue said...

Ohhh, what a shame and for such a reason!

9:30 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...


10:27 pm  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Sunday was Sainsbug's and Tesco shopping, then over to Go Outdoors where I finally managed to get a pair of comfortable sandals. After dinner we watched Swordfish, which, despite it starring John Travolta, I finally picked up in a charity shop because Hugh Jackman. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Monday's appointment was fairly quick. Unfortunately they weren't able to get enough sample from the last biopsy: poor Childe has to have another after his platelets transfusion on Thursday... Got back and shopped, and after dinner watched The Croods, which is quite fun!

Ken's birthday today. He had to waste it, and lose a day's pay, at a mediation meeting (long story involving his long-worked-on book on St Anne's Well and an incompetent copy-editor). I actually had a lovely long lie in, then got washing done, hoed the veg bed and slope, sprayed the difficult weeds front and back, generally pottered.



Blogger Sue said...

Swordfish doesn't generally get very good reviews but I've seen it twice and rather like it.
Shame about Ken not being able to properly enjoy his birthday but I'm glad you had a lie in at least.

6:19 pm  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Took Kai to the Showcase to see X-Men: Days of Future Past yesterday. It took us a while to walk there slowly (it's been weeks again since Kai had any exercise: we have to time it so that he's had both blood and platelets no more than a week ago, otherwise he has no energy and just can't walk) but there were only two other people at the 2.30 showing, so the risk of infection was very low. We thoroughly enjoyed the film, and it was great for Kai to be somewhere different.

And this -

- was in the foyer...

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Blogger Lutra said...

Optimus Prime riding a dinosaur.

What could possibly be objectionable about that? :)

12:40 pm  
Blogger Writer Chick said...

I'm with Lutra. (Hello, Lutra, totally unknown American here.) I'd like two, I'd waterproof them, and sit them in front of my door.

11:46 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Not going to argue, I'm just not a fan of the dinobots.

Beast Wars Dinobot, however, is a completely different matter...

12:41 am  
Blogger Lutra said...

Hi, Writer Chick! That's an excellent idea!

2:25 pm  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

[Babelfish not working - imagine 'catch up' in Greek...]

Sunday. Kai had said he couldn't sleep properly because he was so hot, so on Friday I bought him a 4.5 TOG duvet. He is very happy with it, finds it very comfortable. So on Sunday I checked the one we're using - 13.5 - and the spare one - 10 -. No wonder I keep waking up every ten minutes to shove the downie off because I'm roasting! So today I bought us a kingsize 4.5 TOG duvet, and together with the new pure cotton bedding from Wilkinson's (in a gorgeous rich teal) had the best night's sleep I can remember. Bliss!

It was blood units on Monday, so a long day again.

Tuesday was shopping and some garden work (the weeding is a nightmare this year).

Wednesday we were hoping to go see X-men: Days of Future Past but Kai couldn't wake up in time. Will try to see it another day. I planted my sweetcorn instead - legs absolutely killing me afterwards and still aching now.

Today was platelets, and they were waiting for us! Nice quick day: we were home by 12.30. Tesco shop after lunch, then Hotel Transylvania after dinner. It's a light and charming film, with a few very funny moments.

I am very tired. Will try for an early night.

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Blogger Lutra said...

Oh, so that's what the odd words at the beginnings of the posts are about! :)

2:27 pm  
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1:02 am  

Saturday, June 07, 2014


Where are we? Still Saturday?

Thursday ended up being horrible. The platelets were ready, which was good. But the biopsy took well over an hour (although half an hour of that was trying to get the sedative to take effect) and was really brutal. Kai had nearly the highest dose they're allowed to give and entonox and said he could still feel what was happening.

However - once it was over and he went back to his seat in the unit, he had his sandwich and meds - and then completely zonked out. The puncture wound (largest he's ever had) wouldn't stop bleeding - not much, but it's still a worry - so we got him through to the alcove with a bed, and he fell asleep. For several hours. And can't remember a thing after leaving the procedure room until I finally go him home at 7.30.

We think it was a delayed reaction, and he actually had far more sedation than he needed. Going to have to get that put on his records on Monday as we don't want it happening again.

Friday... what happened yesterday? Shopping, definitely. And some cleaning and tidying. And a little client work. Kai was still aching and not wanting to move too much, so took it easy.

And today I had a treat! Ken and I got the bus to Keynsham for a look around all the charity shops (picked up a couple of DVDs and shirts) then back via Pets at Home for crickets for Rosa and Toys Я Us to check the Transformers figures. The ones for the new film are already there. Nothing appealed. I mean, Bay killed off Megatron, Ironhide and Starscream, and the new OP looks mostly like the old one. And Hound looks more like Kup. [grump] I can see I'm going to loathe the film. Especially as I'm not at all fond of the dinobots.

That's about it. I've no doubt forgotten lots, like the foxes visiting most nights but Kai still feeling rough. Maybe after blood on Monday he'll feel a little more like posting vids. And I now have a lot of sweetcorn ready to be planted out but I'm worried the foxes will trample on it. (Not doing much in the veg bed this year. After having all my peas/beans/mange tout seedlings sprayed with fence paint I haven't found the time to get any more on the go, and it's getting a bit late now.) And I'm rewatching Beast Wars bit by bit (and loving it. And the 20 minute eps give me a chance to take a break and put my feet up with a coffee or fruit juice.)

Heh. Might try for an early night tonight...

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014


On Tuesday we got the taxi to the BHOC in time for Kai's scheduled 2.45 bone marrow biopsy - only to find that he couldn't have the procedure as he has to have platelets first as a precaution against haemorrhaging, and of course he didn't have platelets on Monday as they thought he was OK. [sigh] Partly my fault for not querying it, as I know that... So lots of apologies and he'll have it after platelets on Thursday instead.

Today it was my turn: up to the doctor for a quick check. My kidney function is absolutely normal, the BP is (slowly) coming down, and she's happy with progress. I just need to carry on eating correctly and taking the tablets, and go see her again in a month.

And that's pretty much it. Interspersed with shopping, of course, there's always shopping...

Oh, except that the fox kits have broken my cold frame again. I think I may have to just dismantle it, I've never grown anything successfully in it.

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Monday, June 02, 2014

The Poppy Tales 

Next chapter of The Poppy Tales - Celebrations (New World 2 part 17) now posted: link above.



Sunday, June 01, 2014

I can't remember what it feels like to not be tired.


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