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... 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.


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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

(completed)
Arthur of the Britons
Sky
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
Zodiac
Jupiter Moon
Transformers: Beast Wars (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Transformers: Beast Machines (part)
Vampire Princess Miyu
Starhyke
Nathan Barley
No Heroics
Undermind (3 eps)
Will Shakespeare (Tim Curry version)
Nightwalker
12 Kingdoms
Trigun (ep 8)
Rayearth
Hyperdrive (season 2 ep 3)
The Café

For later:

Missing Earthian ep
Missing Haibane Renme eps)
(And possibly Marine Boy...)


Silver birch at Eastwood 

Farm

"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)

Autumn...

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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My garden

Currently miffed at:
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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 

Sylverthorne

A gift for me! Butch by the very talented Sylverthorne. Click pic for larger image.

Joules' 

Haddock

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 

2004

Another gorgeous Valkyrie gift for me - Benten the Albino Alsatian! Click thumbnail for larger image.

Radittsu, an oekaki for my birthday 04 

by 

Onna

Oekai by Bakayaro Onna - Radittsu at his sexiest...



The Zone Plant from
The Zone 

blog 

plant

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..::]
::HubbleSite
Stunning...
::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...)

[::..Anime/Manga..::]
Useful sites:

BBTS -
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

Owned:
   DVD
   Dj: June Special
   CD: Ambivalence

Cyber City Oedo 808

Owned:
   DVD
   All 3 eps on Video, dubbed
   Dj: Cyberage 1-3
   Illustrated Book 2 (Benten's) in Japanese

From Eroica with Love

Owned:
   Manga Vols 1, 9, 11

Mirage of Blaze

Owned:
   DVD Vol 1 (eps 1-4)

R.G. Veda

Owned:
   English Manga: Vol 1
   Japanese Manga: Vol 1-7 complete
   Tarot Pack
   R.G.Veda video

Twelve Kingdoms

Owned:
   Anime Vol 1-12: complete

Under the Glass Moon

Owned:
   Manga Vol 1, 2
Vol 3 needed

Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust

Owned:
   DVD

   Vampire Hunter D Book 1



New Vampire Miyu

Owned:
   (Studio Ironcat) Manga Vols 1 -5 (complete)


Yami no Matsuei

Owned:
   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.
   Sketchbook


[::..Joules SP fied..::]


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

(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

Yes, I'm still here...

Something GoodTwin - or Sue - said on their thoroughly enjoyable visit earlier made me start thinking about why I just have to have music playing all the time (even if it's just in my head). I think it goes back to the first piece of music I ever remember hearing - Telstar - when I was age 4 (or maybe 5). I fell in love with it, and have needed music ever since. Windmills of Your Mind, Born Free, Ring of Bright Water, Bright Elusive Butterfly of Love to start with, then The Monkees, Tyrannosaurus Rex (and later T. Rex), Focus (saw them at Exeter Uni when I was in College), The Adverts, The Cramps (saw both in concert at Stirling Uni), and from there it just exploded, from rock to punk to heavy metal to classical to anime tracks to oriental to trance and beyond. Latest finds are G├ąte and Einar Solberg (Kai's recommendation - am buying cds of both as Yule presents.)

There is more music on the planet than I can ever get to hear, alas!

Many many years ago I bought The Far Pavilions, and enjoyed the read. I found it again at Tesco recently (they have a small bookshelf with donated books you can buy for whatever you think they're worth, but please at least 50p as it's for charity) so bought it, reread it, then rewatched the series The Far Pavilions. It's a nice complement to RRR, which remains a firm favourite and which I now have on DVD!

Other watches...

Escaflowne - actually rather good, and rather sweet, with an intriguing ending. Glad we have it.

Found the complete The Champions in a charity shop in Wells a couple of years back, and we finally got around to watching it. Hm. Well, it treats Sharron as equal to the males, which is a definite positive given its age. But the rest has NOT aged well at all.

I picked up Continuum series 1 a few years back, and we watched it, and enjoyed it enough to want to watch the rest, but not at the prices anyone was asking! Then Sue loaned us series 2 and 3 - many thanks Sue! - and I was able to pick up series 4 at a sensible price. It's... interesting, but not enough to want to get the missing seasons.

I'd heard about Transformers: Earthspark some time back, but wasn't too keen on the character depictions, plus apparently Starscream wasn't in it. Then I found he was, so I bought the first 10-ep DVD...

Well! Right from the start I was pulled in. It's astonishingly inclusive for the time. The main (and extremely strong) female character is an African-American ex-marine with a prosthetic leg: her Polynesian husband is the gentle cook and housekeeper of the family: their son and daughter are treated absolutely equally. There's a female Muslim agent in GHOST (Global Hazard Ordinance Strike Team), and Nightshade is the first non-binary transformer (and a beautiful design too!) The story is great. I can't WAIT for the rest to become available on DVD!

See here for more info - T:E at Wiki

Kai and I decided to rewatch some old films... Defence of the Realm (I guess you had to be there), The Illustrated man - not great, but imaginatively done. The book is better. Nope, still most enjoyable once you get into it! And The Dish, which is a quiet little classic, great fun.

And Space Sweepers!! Finally managed to buy it! Fantastic film. Also found that there's a sequel to The Wandering Earth (The Wandering Earth 2, appropriately enough) which I've preordered. Should get it in time for Yule.

I seem to have developed a passion for Korean films...

I bought the complete The Expanse series of books - all nine of 'em! Kai's finished them all, I'm on book 6, and Ken's just got to book 2. I was planning to finish the lot before rewatching the complete six series The Expanse DVDs, but we couldn't wait. It's an amazing phenomenon (though series 6 does leave a lot of open questions and feels hurried, but it does bring the TV version to a satisfying end, so there's that, I guess...) Really enjoying the books!

Just so you know, Somerset is twinned with Atlantis, apparently...

New radiator (and wall paint.) Badly needed, and looks SO much better now.

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Babbacombe.

Back in late August (I think it was) we got a phone call on a Saturday letting us know that mum T had had "a very nasty turn" (the doctor's words) and been taken in to hospital, and of course was worried about the dogs. Neighbour had made sure they had food and water, and that the lights were on, but couldn't stay - so Kai and I ended up getting the train down after our 'flu jabs.

Oh wot fun... the trains were gridlocked around Temple Meads: the one we aimed for was nearly two hours late leaving, so we had to get a taxi from Newton Abbot to Babbacome. It was dark and quite cold when we got there, and the key wasn't in the keybox, so I had to go wake the neighbour for us to be able to get in. (No, we don't have one yet, mum had her lock changed a while back and forgot to get us one.)

Well, the dogs were OK, but the flat is now in a disgusting state, dog crap everywhere and it smells horrible. (Apparently mum lost her sense of smell after a bad bout of 'flu a few years ago, so she doesn't notice it.) I tried to sleep on her bed, which although it's a hospital bed it's set up for her and was unbelievably uncomfortable for me - took a week for my back to recover - and as the old recliner is now in terrible condition Kai opted to sleep on the floor - not at all healthy but we had no choice.

After a few hours dozing on and off we pretty much gave up and just endured til morning. I went shopping to get a few bits in for meals, and when I got back we had a call saying mum had discharged herself (with her doctor's agreement) and was on her way back by ambulance...

She didn't look great, and apparently had automatically expected us to stay on to look after her and the dogs, as when I told her we had to get back to Bristol, she got annoyed, then sulked and wouldn't speak to us for an hour. Where she thought we were going to sleep I do not know. Anyway, we took the dogs out for walk (the first and probably last in a month) and headed back to Briz soon after getting back. Didn't arrive home until after dark, aching and tired and really not very chuffed.

To add insult to injury, it meant I missed my one and only chance to see the entire Unicornfest unicorns all in one place before they were auctioned off - really pissed off about that. We hadn't been able to see them all as they were widely scattered across the county. I did manage to find a massive pdf of the auctions though - have turned it into a much smaller couple of jpgs here

I'd like nos 1, 19, 27 and 49 please...

Current upshot with Babbacombe is mum has a personal assistant going in twice a day, every day (Ken sorted that out), but she's no longer on the Cinnamon Trust's list as she simply wouldn't accept the times their dog walkers were available - wanted to have them at her chosen specific times. So what's going to happen to the dogs later I really don't know. Debbie at the Cinnamon Trust advised me that kennels and dog homes are not legally allowed to take in unvaccinated dogs, and while Poppy and Misty were jabbed originally, that was about 10 years ago and they've had no boosters since. And the Pomeranian Rescue group I was in touch and had things organised with no longer exists...

Families!! 'ood 'ave 'em?

Have some random photos...

I found the bell jar I was looking for for Deadpool in a new charity shop in Keynsham.

My smaller Deadpool has changed position, because why not?

The people at the end of the road have an owl on their roof (not sure what it's made of but it's kind of cute)...

Kai and I found a very angry pig in the St Pete's charity shop. I couldn't resist it...

People are still putting knitted toppers on our local Post Boxes -

Our solitary pumpkin did us 3 meals!

Our last raspberries, picked in November.

Over the last... 20? 30? 40?... years I've picked up a surprising number of rather nice perfume bottles. They get horribly dusty here though, so I found a really good display case for them.

PLEASE NOTE!!! I am NOT collecting perfume bottles, so please don't get me any more!

The garden is beautiful at this time of year.


Ella, relaxing.


We're now rewatching Jason Bourne films, just for a bit of mindless violent fun (no, that's not really fair, you have to keep your wits about you to make sense of what's going on). Kai and I are planning to rewatch Drawn Together at some point, it's been years and I remember it as being the least PC, raunchy if not downright pornographic cartoon ever. And an awful lot of fun!

Found Warehouse 13 complete series: will be watching that after Yule.

Now looking for the complete series of Sanctuary...

It's our 33rd wedding anniversary this year (22/12/23) and for once we're going out to dinner - 2 pm at the Black Castle, our old regular when we first bought the house. The new tradition is 33rd is amber or iron, so we've gone for amber. Photos later, if they turn out!







1 Comments:

Anonymous Sue said...

Lovely pics as always. I've got a collection of perfume bottles as well so I know what you mean about the dusting. If I see a suitable cabinet I might follow your example.
Twinned with Atlantis sounds amazing!

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