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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.

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My garden

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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Sunday, August 30, 2015

We treated ourselves to a Filmflex last night - What We Do In The Shadows - had us laughing aloud all the way through. Wickedly funny!

During the week I finally found a Transformers: Monopoly game I could afford, the 30th anniversary retro reproduction version at Argos. Ordered it, and picked it up this afternoon.

The figures are tiny but very nicely done, and their supports are their faction brands! I played Starscream, of course, Ken OP and Kai Grimlock...

The game lasted several hours. It was gloriously bizarre. I managed to buy the two most expensive sites (Optimus Prime and Megaton) and build bases (and then repair centres) on them.

And poor Kai pulled the 'go directly to Optimus Prime' card, and ended up owing me all his money and having to mortgage half his properties to pay the extortionate rent. He even had to mortgage the sky!!

And then half an hour later, just as he was beginning to collect some funds again, poor Childe landed on Megatron and had to declare bankruptcy as he didn't have enough to pay the rent.

I ended up with just under 6,000 Cyberbucks in cash and property. It was embarrassing!

Great fun though. We need a rematch!

SO, upshot is I now have all three Tf games - chess, Risk and Monopoly. I am chuffed!

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Warning: photo of tarantula shed skin further down. 

Oh dear - nearly a week! It has been pretty hectic though...

Let's see. The usual shopping and gardening (lots of), swimming on Tuesday (6 lengths), Whitchurch Way walk on Wed, though we didn't get very far as Kai was feeling a little meeply, Thursday was more garden stuff (I've stripped, blanched and frozen the first of the sweetcorn) and despairing over the massive marrows now in the veg bed, far too much for us to eat, and yesterday we went to Severn Beach...

The last time we were here was Aug 19th last year, the week before Kai went into the BHOC for 'conditioning' in preparation for the transplant. This time the rain held off (actually, it was almost as though were in a little well of sunshine, with rain to the south, east and north of us and clouds over Wales) with a very pleasant cool breeze coming up the channel.

It was wonderful.

We walked out past the pipes, through the little wood to the path that runs alongside the road before turning back, and that was mostly because we didn't want to miss the train back to Bristol. They're only every two hours, so missing one is a pain. There's not an awful lot to do at Severn Beach, except walk along the shore or sit in the café.

There are murals at some of the smaller stops along the route: the one at Montpelier has this gorgeous fox!

Today is a pretty standard late-summer Saturday. I'm preparing some of the less perfect apples for freezing ready for apple crumble puddings over the winter, and I believe more of the sweetcorn is ready. We have plenty of blackberries too: I'll pick up some strawberries when I shop and we'll have fruit and ice-cream again for dessert. It became an instant favourite the first time I did it...

Rosa shed. First time in a couple of years (as opposed to Feather, who seems to shed after every other meal). She's quite a large spider, really.

And I transformed Dinobot. Youtube usually has the instructions!

Right - off to prepare apples...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Glad you managed to get out this week - the weather here was appalling.

Your spider appears to have 10 legs... :)

12:20 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Actually, eight legs and two pedipalps. (they're the things that pull food into the mouth, amongst other things....)

11:38 pm  

Sunday, August 23, 2015

More stuff...

Lazerbeak and Dinobot

Starscream t-shirt.

G1 Soundwave, Laserbeak and Ravage

Close up of the pattern.

I'll probably not wear the Starscream one, as I don't wear white, but I really like the black one! The lines are silvery grey and slightly metallic -looking, very stylish.

And I was so tired last night I spelt Sumalee's name wrong [wince]. Now corrected.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Auto Assembly 2015. 

A.k.a Joules goes to Birmingham.

And gets lost.


And is rescued by Jehovah's Witnesses.

So, just a perfectly ordinary Taylor family expedition then...

Look, it's not my fault Birmingham has no signposts! And all the people I asked for directions were strangers! It should have been easy to find the Hilton, it's supposed to be only a ten minute walk from the station, but everywhere was fenced off and I managed to walk around the back of the new Resort World they're building there instead. Stopped at the security desk and asked where on earth the Hilton was and the guy there took pity on me, ushered me into a works van, and drove me to the entrance! (Sometimes acting the slightly confused little old lady works wonders. The silver hair helps...)

Anyway... most of my photos failed, due to me not wanting to use the flash too much and the place being too dark for good non-flash photos, but here you go.


Dealer tables.

Wheeljack and Lockdown (I think) cosplayers


Four transformers, remaining in disguise...



Swerve's Bar...

It was enormous fun, I met up with Musa (from the States, who I rp with on tumblr), her friend Qweety, PurrV and several others whose names I managed to forget (I blame exhaustion). I picked up a Beast Wars Dinobot figure, and a Bayverse little Laserbeak figure, got autographs from James Horan (Prime Wheeljack), James Roberts (IDW writer whose skill and talent leaves me awestruck) and Sumalee Montano (Prime Arcee, who is an absolute darling!) All in all a fabulous day.

But then I had to walk back to the train station to head home. And I got even more lost. So I asked the only people I could see if they knew where I was: they said they could give me a lift right to the station as they were heading that way. And then I found out they were Jehovah's Witnesses attending a convention in an adjoining hotel.

Honestly, this sort of thing could only happen to me...

Anyway, they were quite interested in Auto Assembly, and that Ken and I write, and it was all very good natured and exceptionally kind of them, because if I'd had to try to find my own way there I'd probably still be looking.

I am now absolutely exhausted and heading to bed as soon as my hair's dried. May add more tomorrow but wanted to tell that tale tonight!

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Blogger thatwritingchick48 said...

Awesome! Sometimes the wander is as good as the experience this case, probably ran it a close second.

5:03 pm  
Blogger Sue said...

Darn, it appears my comment of yesterday has been eaten.
That all looks absolutely brilliant! Funnily enough, Carol and I did something similar albeit on a very much smaller scale in Alton on Saturday!

8:23 pm  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kai had his 12 month bone marrow aspirate, last one for a year, blood review and BMT clinic yesterday. A female doctor - one he's had before - did the biopsy, which was much quicker and less painful than the last one, to both our relief. It went well, the samples looked good to me, and although the wound is still painful it's healing quite quickly. His counts are fine, and Prof Marks says he no longer needs pentamidine! Very happy about that. So everything is going well, he's on course to get to fresher's week on the 21st Sept (although he does need his final chimerism blood test on the 24th, at 9 am, but the BHOC is just around the corner from the university so he can go on afterwards), and then classes start on the 28th.

It feels like coming out of a long dark tunnel into daylight.

Auto Assembly on Sat!

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Blogger Writer Chick said...

That's absolutely wonderful news. Here's to a clear final chimerism test!

Yes, a very long dark tunnel into daylight.

10:24 pm  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hm. OK, so the inflammation easing and being out of pain does not necessarily mean the problem is solved: the tendon's slipped four times this morning (it feels like something dislocates and I can't take any weight on my left leg. I can snap it back into place by sitting on my chair/the garden bench/the cubicle bench at the pool, but that's not a lot of help if none of those are nearby...)

However, swimming was great - managed six lengths today. Wondering if I can go on Thursday or Friday as well...

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Blogger Sue said...

Well done on the swimming. You are making me wonder about finding some time to go as well.

9:12 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Well, I'm really enjoying it and wondering if I can squeeze in two trips a week. Feels fantastic afterwards!

5:24 pm  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Just quickly...

So far, so fine. Went up to the doctor with Kai for his second (meningitis) inoculation, went shopping when we got back. The only pain was a slight dull ache from walking, but that's all. And that disappears when I sit and rest!

This is great! Looks like it works...



Blogger Writer Chick said...

Awesome news! That must be SUCH a relief. Yay!

1:43 am  

... ohhh kaaay... After an uncomfortable night, and a Sunday shopping trip that caused considerable pain (though somehow different from normal), and an afternoon where the occasional sudden move sent nasty stabbing needles through my hip, suddenly I can sit without pain, stand up without pain, and go up and down stairs normally (not one step at a time and hauling myself up using the banister and railing) which I haven't been able to do in months...

[g] It's quite magical. Fingers crossed it's the same tomorrow!

Oh, and Sat night we watched Big Hero 6 on Filmflex. It's adorable and brilliant and charming and highly recommended! Make sure you watch the end credits, and the scene that comes after them. Though the thought of the combination of those two franchises is a little... scary...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Result! Long may it last :)

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Blogger Sue said...

Oh good!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

So, steroid injection.

... OW...

I'm told it'll all be a little more painful for a couple of days, then on the third day - Tuesday - the pain should be gone. And should stay gone for six months. If it does come back I can have another injection: apparently this condition is pretty common, and steroid injections are the usual treatment. However, if I can keep up the exercise and lose a bit more weight, I may be able to fix it on my own, and once I'm out of pain I can get back to the miles of walking we used to do. Fingers croxxed!

Fluffy pink hibiscus...

Pretty blue hibiscus...

Cucumbers gone wild!

I've been told to take it easy for the rest of the day, so probably going to settle with Age of Extinction while K&K go out for a walk. Nightingale Valley is the current choice.

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Blogger Sue said...

Fingers crossed they are right about Tuesday or that the relief might even kick in sooner.
Hibiscus looks so pretty and the cucumbers are amazing.

7:24 pm  
Blogger Writer Chick said...

Cukes look like they are twisting their necks to see what the world has to offer. The one on the lower right has already lost interest...

3:56 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

[g] That cucumber has realised that looking at the crappy, ugly fence is boring and what's over on the other side - the peppers and tomatoes and the rest of the garden outside the greenhouse - is far more interesting and appealing!

12:53 am  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My swim was lovely - only five other people there, two of whom left while I was in the pool (no, these events weren't related!) I expected to barely be able to do one length, having not swum for about twenty years; I managed four! (Stopped there as I didn't want to push it.) I might have time again later in the week before Kai's next blood review and appt. We'll see how tired I am tomorrow.

Then this afternoon I had a call from the BRI - they've had a cancellation and could I go in for my steroid injection on Saturday morning? Damn right I could!! [g] So, with a bit of luck, the pain will be gone by Auto Assembly (next Saturday).

All in all, a fine Tuesday...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

I'm a poor swimmer - I could never manage more than a couple of lengths even when I did swim regularly, so four sounds amazing.

And that's good news from the hospital!

10:19 pm  

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hot. Hothothot. The washing is drying as it's hung out, and the first two loads are already done and back in. The great thing is it's not humid! Actually really pleasant, for once.

Unless, like me, you had to do two lots of shopping. Oh joy.

Anyway - Kai's ECG went fine yesterday - appt was at 9 am and we were home again by 9.30. Then he and I bussed up to Broadwalk, where he traded in his old Encore bass guitar for a 5-string Ibanez at Cash Generator, and bought a webcam from Wilko so he can chat on skype to his German friend. (And presumably to the ones in South America too.) After lunch: -

(Food porn for Lutra! Tomatoes, salad leaves, cucumbers and chives all home-grown.)

- he and Ken went to Goblin Combe, and walked the whole distance, about five miles. They had a wonderful time, but are a bit tired today.

I dug up the tigridias and potted them, and they seem to have survived: this one was flowering today. Fingers crossed for a really nice display next year!

Cucumbers in the greenhouse. Doing much better this year!

I've picked the third marrow, now, with several more coming, and I do believe there will be some sweetcorn ready to eat very soon...

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Blogger Writer Chick said...

Lovely tigrida.

I planted a cuke in a pot (ah, apartment living) but it's slowly succumbing to chlorosis. Probably, the pot isn't big enough, and it has to share with a dianthus and several garlic bulbs.

The dianthus is in its second year only because the pot is, in fact, small enough to come inside during the winter. Heavy, and I am definitely getting too old to lift it, but I have a wheelie cart and that works.

I see I'm wandering again today, too.

4:55 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Cucumbles do need quite a lot of room to grow and ramble and climb, I'm afraid. Good onya for trying though!

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Quick catchup...

Kai's had his first inoculation - DTP/P. One down, six to go... He's aching and headachey and his arms hurt. The good news is he can have his MMR end October, so as long as he's careful between now and then he should (fingers tightly crossed) be OK.

Slogged up Talbot Hill to the pool at 8 this morning (that's a morning's exercise in itself!) - only to find they'd had an accident earlier and the pool was shut for draining and refilling. [grump] Not sure now whether to try again tomorrow, when I have other things to get done, or leave it til next week. Maybe see how tired I am.

Yesterday was the day of adorable fluffy clouds...

... and my first blue hibiscus flowers.

Up to ep 54 of Jupiter Moon. Only another 96 eps to go...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

It's annoying you have to do so much walking before you can actually exercise. I hope the pool is open next time.

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Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

I'll ring to check before I leave next time!

6:10 pm  

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