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Joules, trusted by... dozens... to make a drama out of your crisis...
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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]
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!
Monday, August 06, 2018
[Peeps over the battlements, sees no-one around, scuttles to update while it's quiet...]
So what's been happening? Well, K&K have carried on moving earth from front to back:
Back (what was the 'rockery')
It's been generally busy, as usual. Kai and Dawn went out for a day to the Kennet and Avon Canal (that was the Bath-wards trip mentioned in the last post) and then last Thurs they went to Chepstow. Lots of walking both days. Ken and Dawn went to a postcard fair yesterday, which I gather was quite successful.
Wed before last I met Kim at the pool: she can get there every other week, so we're seeing if we can make it a regular thing. I found I was having trouble keeping track of the lengths I was swimming (I have to count back crawl strokes (31) so I don't crash into the pool edge, and it throws me off) so have treated myself to a clicky thing that does it for me. Used it last Tues and it's great. Only managed 32 lengths though - not my fault, bus was late then got stuck behind a garbage lorry so I was 10 mins late into the pool.
Kai had venesection Sun 29th: his ferritin is now down to 1,325, which is fine - it's slowly going down, and his energy is slowly going up accordingly.
I've found hedgehog signs in the garden, so we've started putting out a small bowl of water (although I've filled the pools from the main waterbutt after the rains, it would be difficult for a hedgehog to climb out if it fell in any of them) and food tucked among the stones waiting to be used. It's really good news, as they're becoming scarce down here.
And our fox is still haunting the garden, so we're putting a bowl of food out every now and then, just to help. Oh, and we now have a flock of magpies as regular visitors, so I've started putting out the ground feeder with meal worms, sultanas and suet nuggets around lunch time every day (it stops them trying to eat from the hanging bird feeders). Nature reserve, we haz it.
On a slightly more worrying note, Tyjer's not himself at the moment. He's not ill, as far as I can tell, just off his food and his stomach's been upset the last couple of days. Going to see how we do the next few days and if necessary I'll get him up to Pets@Home (they have in-store vets). It may just be age (he's 14 now, and beginning to look old) and the heat: fingers crossed, anyway.
STILL haven't finished painting in the hall. Hoping to get that done this week.
Ken found a copy of the Finnish version of Vampires: used international BACS to buy it (it seems Finland doesn't have Paypal) and they've just confirmed the book is in the post!
Watching: picked up Pacific Rim: Uprising and had a Sat evening matinee. Thoroughly enjoyed it - great fun, fine acting, wonderful sfx! Fingers crossed for a third one. Kai fancied re-watching Lexx, and since I like the idea too we're now onto season 3 (Fire and Water), one of the eeriest and most effective s-f productions ever, as far as I'm concerned. My favourite, anyway. Last night we saw the first ep of StarHunter... Oh dear. Well, I'll watch a few more and see if it picks up, but K&K aren't keen. Maybe we should have gone with the ReduX version...
We've now settled in to having the main grocery shop delivered from Waitrose: their organic produce is mostly grown on the Duchy of Cornwall estate (I think - pretty local anyway) and delivery is free any day of the week if the order is over £60. The quality is great!
Though BND has apparently taken to moving his car off his drive and parking on the road whenever I latch our gate open for the grocery delivery vans - I assume to make it more difficult for them to park. Half the time they have to stop across his drive in order to make the delivery, so it seems pointless. Unless that's what he wants - another (self-inflicted) reason to whinge. Typical of his pettiness. Tempted to perhaps latch the gate randomly, regardless of whether we have a delivery scheduled or not, to see what happens...
Right. Off to feed the maggles, then make lunch, then I have to trawl through old photographs for an hour or so. Later!