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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.

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17.03.09 - Argent

25.07.08 - Raptor

18.12.07 - Quyn

02.12.06 - Ryme

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My garden

Currently miffed at:
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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...

The Updates Blog

The place to stay notified of WaveWrights' Fiction updates: Zone, Darkside, DarkRealm, Matrix, Vault, Safehouse 13...

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:

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 SP fied..::]

... this is Terra? How the hell'd I end up here...?

(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)

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Monday, September 21, 2020

I'm beginning to think the little peeping spike on AO is going to be a flower spike...


There is now no stopping RO...

Gantz: Perfect Answer is amazing!


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Things I forgot last post... 

The orthotic insoles arrived middle of last week - much earlier than expected! Going to be interesting wearing them...

Sat pm I heard high pitched squealing from the garden: Kai was bent down fending off Tyjer. Went out to see what he'd caught... We know we have mice in the compost bin - it's a great place for them, safe, warm, food always available (we did have a rat or two at one time but the foxes ate them) and Tyjer does occasionally catch one. Only they are usually babies, tiny little things. This one was full sized.

I picked it up - forgetting what I learned 50-some years ago when I had mice as pets - and instead of picking it up by the base of the tail, I lifted its body into my hands...

It bit me. Four times on three different fingers. Gordon Bennet, they have strong jaws! (Luckily not sharp teeth, so it didn't break the skin, or I'd be in a much worse state. The bite sites are still red and painful today.) Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! It did finally let go when I lowered it to the logs and plants behind the compost bin and released it, but I won't be doing that again in a hurry.

We watched Gantz a week ago, and loved it, so I looked for the sequel - Gantz: Perfect Answer. It's not easy to get hold of, but I found a copy on amazon from a German seller... [sigh] Yes, the subtitles were in German: I had to send it back and get a refund. Found an English version from the States, which arrived yesterday, so will watch that this afternoon.

And Legends of Tomorrow season 5 has just arrived - will probably start that this evening after dinner.

The last thing I wanted to happen in the current situation did, and a chunk of filling cracked off a back molar. Luckily the tooth is pretty much all filling, so nothing hurts or is sensitive, just a bit sharp to my tongue. Dentist recommended getting some pharmacy-bought temporary stuff, and I have an appt for 24th October. Won't bother getting the tooth refilled: if she just grinds down the sharp edges that should do. It worked with the same tooth on the other side, after all.

Kai and I have booked our flu jabs for this Thurs...

Decided that rather than waste the fruit in the garden, we'd have a go at making apple, pear, plum, and medlar wines. Have ordered the equipment, now waiting for it to arrive.

Yesterday K&K got an awful lot done in the garden. I now have a wonderful paved platform in front of the greenhouse, and we've decided where my small, new raised bed - for the fruit bushes (the raspberries were great this year!) - is going to go. Everyone's too tired to do any more today though, so Kai and I are hoping to carry on this week (before the rain starts again on Wed).

And RO finally flowered...

I was right about the colour!

... y'know, I'm now not entirely sure GO, TO and AO are phalaenopsis. Going to have to check that...

I think that's all for now. Catch you later - please stay safe!

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

I think the 'simplify everything' comes from the FB users who just want to type words and not learn anything about how the technology actually works. These are the people who know all about how to use computers/smartphones but really just know how to press buttons.

5:44 pm  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

And I thought that would happen - for some reason comments publish on your last post, not the one I commented on...

Anyway, onto this post :)

Ouch to the mouse bites - I'm bemused because I've picked up lots of mice to rescue them over the years and never been bitten (I think a baby nibbled me once, but I barely felt it). Perhaps mine have been slightly more traumatised before I got them.

The paving looks good and should make life so much better. Well done K&K!

We have cats, and I'll email in a moment... :)

5:50 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Oh, I know. If I want to reply to comments as me I have to log in to google, close down this page and reopen again. Bloody annoying.

The cats are gorgeous - but oh boy does Leo look hefty!! Def needs to lose some weight, I think.

Kai did a lot more this afternoon: the raised bed for my fruit bushes is installed and half filled with soil, and the turves have all been dug out around the whole growing area, ready for paving. Tomorrow is the last day before rain and Autumn proper, so we're going to carry on as long as we can. I'd like to get my fruit bushes in. Photos as and when!

We are going to be very tired though. Bad enough today! But it's worth it.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Gawd 'elp us, blogger's new create/edit function looks like bloody Wordpress... [headdesk]

At least it still accepts typed-in html. Why is there this urge to - supposedly - 'simplify' everything? Are people not expected to think for themselves any more?

And - oh joy - because I'm using my own heritage template instead of their new one, I can no longer go directly to a chosen page. Now I have to page down, and page down, and page down, and page down... I have 5,167 posts, including this one. It'll take forever to get to the first one. Unless there's some function I haven't found yet... And - oh fun - all my labels have vanished from the labels list... No, take it back, they are still there, just not displayed until you start typing.

... grump...

Anyway... What have we been up to? Well, Ken and I have finished the first season of Space 1999. It grew progressively more irritating, with decent stories that should have been developed over two eps but were hurried into one. We'll see if the same happens in season 2.

Kai and I spent this morning in the garden pruning back foliage to make space for the new railway track he's planning. It should look pretty good when it's done, and adds yet more interest to what is already a pretty interesting garden. Oh, and we still have our colletes hederae bees! I thought they'd moved on, but they're still with us. Even better, the ivy growing along the wall has a whole load of flowers coming, so there will always be food for them (we're keeping that ivy).

There was a dragonfly over Roeg's Pool this afternoon... (Don't ask me how that worked, I couldn't see a thing I was doing, just pointed the camera and hoped for the best!)

And a frog in the pool. Not sure what that plant is but it's happily growing so we'll leave it and see what happens.

Ken started moving pavers to where I'd like them around my growing area - it's going to take a while, but I'll try to photograph it when it's done.

Kai's driving is getting better and better. When he'll be ready to drive on the main roads I don't know - not going to push as it'll only be stressful for him. We did find out last Sunday that Derpy has an alert when she overheats, but also cools right down in ten minutes with the hood up, so that's useful to know.

Orchids, of course.

RO is now just teasing. It's been like this for over a week and is just refusing to open to show me what colour it is. I'm still guessing white - or possibly a very pale greenish white. Hoping to find out soon.

I know there was more I wanted to say, but it's been another very long busy week and I'm tired. Will add to next post if I remember!

Wishing everyone a good weekend. Please stay safe and well.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Forgot to mention that Kai and I went to Whitehall garden centre Sunday before last - looking for the last two white planters (they only had one, alas, and they're really hard to find atm. Ivyline white Lisbon 15 cm pot, in case anyone accidentally finds one!) While there, something small flew over my head. At first I thought it was a sparrow, though it flew rather weirdly for a bird, but it landed on one of the hanging things and we saw it was a long eared bat!! I did try to photograph it but it flew off before I could get my phone focused on it. But yes, a bat! Gorgeous little thing.


Haven't had any for a while...

Ken and I watched the last Rurouni Kenshin film on Sunday and I remembered how much I like Kenshin's theme. Hunted for it to buy, but it isn't available anywhere, so Kai downloaded it from Youtube for me (my Yt converter won't cooperate, gets to 99% then just cycles endlessly). Wonderful piece of music.

I found this on tumblr: the poster said it was like Thorin celebrating at the end of Lord of the Rings (it's actually a Bollywood dance sequence dubbed to hardstyle music - or vice versa, you know what I mean...)

I liked it. A lot. I went in search of the original...

So then I explored hardstyle. OK, I'm twenty years behind the times but soddit, I wait for music to find me rather than go looking for it. That being said... I did hunt Yt for more Wildstylez tracks, as I rather like his music (his solo stuff is better, for me, than when he's working with other people). And I found Timeless. (Both available for download on amazon, btw.)

I adore this track. It makes me want to drive along a deserted coast road in full sun, windows wide and blasting it into the air. (Or race asteroids, though that's a bit impractical at the moment.) It gives me chills. It makes the hair on my arms and legs and the back of my neck stand on end. It's wonderful.

Can't really follow that with anything...

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Friday, September 04, 2020

OK, let's try to get up to date...

[sigh] I typed that ^ 39 hours ago and then the day descended into the usual chaos.

Let's try again.

Don't know how many people heard about the pilot cheering people up by making smiles in the sky with his vapour trail, but we saw it ourselves from the garden back in June (? I think. Mid lockdown anyway.)

© Kai Taylor 2020

Lithops flower, and the new orchids...


Medical: had a phone call from orthotics - I have a pair of shoe inserts coming (in maybe 8 - 12 weeks) which should help fix the foot. Fingers crossed. It'll be winter, at any rate, and I'll be in trainers, luckily, as the inserts can't be worn with sandals.

We've carried on watching a lot of films/series. I found the first ep of Space 1999 on Youtube, so we watched it (on the TV, it's nice having access to Yt on the bigger screen), and enjoyed it so much I bought the complete boxed set. Note, if anyone ever does this, whatever you do DON'T screen it in the order on the box. The second ep there is actually ep 14: the first three should go Breakaway, Earthbound. Black Sun. After that it's not so important, but not watching the start in that order leaves you hopelessly lost. (One day I'll get around to pointing that out in an amazon review...) It's OK, but tends to lose its interest after a bit.

Then we FINALLY got around to watching the Death Note/Death Note: The Last Name that Adrian recorded for me back in... 2009? Thanks Adrian - it's fabulous! So much so that I had to buy the followup, L Change the World which we all loved (although there's a very annoying flaw in the production at 1 hr 21 mins in, where the action becomes horribly jerky. I was sent a replacement DVD when I got back to the seller, but alas it has the same flaw. It's watchable - the jerkiness only happens when the action is fairly fast onscreen, and quite a lot of the end of the film is quite static or takes place on a moving plane, which is jerky anyway - but frustrating. Fingers crossed someone brings out a better version.) Have ordered the fourth chapter - Light up the NEW World; there's a fifth chapter, New Generation, which isn't available to buy yet...

I found the two Death Note figures I was missing - the shinigami Ryuk and Rem - on ebay, so have those coming for Yule.

Then thought I'd try and get some of the films the main actors in my favourite live action anime productions star in... I'm fond of the Rouroni Kenshin films - Rouroni Kenshin I: Origins, Rouroni Kenshin II - Kyoto Inferno (both of which Ken and I have watched in the last few days, now planning time for the third film, Rouroni Kenshin III The Legend Ends - though in fact it doesn't as there are two more films planned for release in 2021...) and the lead actor, Takeru Satoh (who has the most beautiful mouth I've ever seen) is also in Inuyashiki, so picked that up. Cracking film! The same company had The Wandering Earth for sale: I love the story and have been hoping to find the film for a while. Ignore the reviews on the IMDb - this film is fantastic.

Tatsuya Fujiwara - Light in Death Note, is in Rouroni Kenshin II and III - and also in Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler, which is rollicking fun. Ken'ichi Matsuyama - L in Death note - is also in it, as well as in Gantz and Kamui, both of which have arrived and will be watched soon.

For a change of pace - In this Corner of the World, which is beautiful and desperately sad but with a sort of hopeful ending, Studio Ghibli's Grave of the Fireflies, ditto, and Melancholia, which is hugely depressing and fatalistic. So to cheer ourselves up we then watched Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw - such fun! Then again, with Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Ryan Reynolds, four of my favourite actors, in the same film it couldn't really be anything else...

Caught the first 15 mins of The Librarian III: The Curse of the Judas Chalice on the SyFy channel, and decided it looked so much fun I'd order the boxed set of the three Librarian films - The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines and the aforementioned Judas Chalice. They sound like a melange of Indiana Jones and Warehouse 13, with a dash of Dr Strange thrown in, and should be interesting!

And we still have the whole of Deep Space 9 to work through. Maybe start that in October...

Talking about October... my hair hasn't been cut since last December and it's driving me nuts - in my eyes and in my mouth and up my nose... Finally decided to risk The Zone, and have an appt for Sun 4th Oct - earliest Jeff can fit me in. Tempted to say to cut it to an inch long all over, but would probably regret it on leaving the building.

Drove Tyjer to vet for his annual boosters (or, as Ken said, Tyjer's passed his MOT and Derpy's been to the vet...) and check up in August, and he's fine. Getting older like us all, but no new problems, which is great.

Started getting the garden ready for the winter (yes, already. It's cold and everything's more or less finished!) Kai and I planted the saffron crocuses I ordered back in the spring, and have covered the higher raised bed with weed suppressing fabric - and pricklestrip over the crocuses - until next year.

Ken had annual leave end of last week/beginning of this, and we bussed out to B&Q for the afternoon on Tues. Everyone was being very sensible, socially distancing and wearing masks, but it was exhausting. Still, we had 156 grey pavers delivered yesterday - Kai, bless him, wheelbarrowed them all from the drive to outside the greenhouse, took ages and he's knackered today. Going to be great fun getting them into place, but once it's done I'll be able to assemble my fruit bush raised bed, and we'll have a platform for the telescope for those rare clear nights. Still waiting for the paint and shelf makings to be delivered: we're redecorating Ken's office, since he may be working from home for a while longer.

Interesting ride back. Everything was fine until we got to the top of Union Street: then, after the driver had indicated and started pulling away, an incredibly stupid young woman - no mask, of course - with a pram and a couple of young kids, started hammering on the side of the bus, and the windows, demanding to be let on (legally, once a bus has indicated and started moving away they aren't allowed to stop.) She carried on screaming insults and battering at the driver's window, recording him on her phone - then tried to reach into the cab.

Then she spat in his face.


He started the bus alarm (never heard it before, it repeats - 'Warning, this bus is under attack, ring 999' over and over again) and once she was out of the way, back on the pavement with her kids, he drove to the next bus stop, pulled up, and rang the police.

Once he'd confirmed that they were coming, we could all get off the bus and he stopped the next no 1 for us all to get on to continue our journeys. I was on first - and the stupid bint was on it, still no mask, grinning her head off. So I backed off, told the assaulted driver she was there, and she got hauled off and pulled to one side to be questioned by the police, shouting rubbish about him being rascist and hate crime and how could they do this when she had her kids with her? (The rascist bit confused me, as I thought she was just white with a bad fake tan, but apparently she was mixed race? You'd never have known...) Anyway - our poor driver now has to go into 2 weeks self-isolation, and we were nearly an hour late getting home.

Hope she was charged with assault.

I'm reading through the Orczy Scarlet Pimpernel books. I already had five of them: found there are 13 in total, so have hunted ebay and got another five of them on the way...

I think that's most of the news, though I've probably forgotten something. If so I'll edit later or add it to the next update. In the meantime - I'm going to treat myself to a vodka and tonic while listening to Wave Anime Radio on Radio garden Tokyo.


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Blogger Sue said...

Wow, such excitement! I hope she was charged as well but I doubt very much it will make her think harder next time. I presume you and other passengers had to give witness statements? As for the racist thing, that's nonsense. If you couldn't tell on seeing her close up then a driver, concentrating on easing out into traffic is hardly going to notice and form a judgement.
I had a similar thing a few years ago - but very much more low-key. A lad on the bus was arguing with the driver that he'd been short-changed by £1.00 and refusing to get off the bus until he was given his money. He made such a fuss that the driver called his control who in turn called the police. At which point a man came from the back of the bus, slapped a pound coin into the lad's hand, said 'There's your money now get off' or words to that effect. The lad got off, the bus moved away but then the police caught up with it so the bus had to pull over again while they came and spoke to us by which time the man in the back was practically apoplectic because he was so inpatient to get where he was going.
I've been watching The Librarians which I presume is connected to the films you mentioned. Warehouse 13 was exactly what I thought when I watched the first episode. The series is hardly gripping but entertaining fun.

9:39 am  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

So much pretty! You do so well with your flowers.

It's hard to believe some people can be so stupid, and I certainly hope she was charged. Obviously one of the 'me me me' generation.

The (4) series of The Librarians are a spin-off from the 3 films, which we haven't seen either. Still finding it great fun.

We saw some new cats on Wednesday - one is the biggest, fattest cat we've ever seen and needs a serious diet - and pending vet check we'll probably be taking them on - more as it happens!

5:24 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Yep, and if we like the films enough, I may buy the series' too, though we may have to wait until next year to watch.

Yep - stupid.

The cats sound interesting. Will there be photos?

And thanks! I'm learning about the orchids as I go along, but I'm still doing the garden thing where plants that should only grow a few feet high just keep going until they're small trees...

5:49 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Oh, and no, we didn't have to give statements. As the driver said when I offered, 'we got about 18 cameras, I think they'll have captured everything!'

5:50 pm  
Blogger GoodTwin said...

hee - this is us, of course there will be photos. Leo (big, fat!) and Roma are 9 year old brother and sister and very fluffy. So not only will they need diets, they'll need grooming. We've never been without a cat in the house before and are feeling quite excited.

5:55 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Brilliant - I shall look forward to seeing them!

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