Thursday, September 03, 2015
The garden has been a hive of activity recently, as the following photos may attest.
Plus, it's absolutely tipping it down here at the mo, so the sunshine in most of these pictures is a welcome respite.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
No. Wait. I haven't.
It's the first of the month so a new post is required, but as I've been a little busy lately, I haven't got anything finished, so you're going to have to put up with this.
Normal service should resume shortly.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Just got time for a quick update of books read since the last book post.
38. The Martian, by Andy Weir
This was a fantastic read! Thrilling, gripping, emotional, and believable. I actually choked up in a couple of places because I was so engrossed and invested in the plight of the only man on Mars.
I can't wait for the film, now.
* Post title from page 14.
39. The Long War, by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
This is the second book in this series about the discovery and exploration of parallel Earths. It continues the adventures of Joshua Valiente "the Hero of Step Day", Monica Jansson, Sally Linsay, and Lobsang the Tibetan motorcycle mechanic reincarnated as an Artificial Intelligence. New characters include Maggie Kauffman, captain of a twain (airship); and Nelson Azikiwe, a former vicar.
40. Wilde Stories 2015 (the year's best speculative gay fiction), edited by Steve Berman
I think I saw a review on io9 for this anthology, but I can't find it to link to just now, so may be I saw it somewhere else?
Anyway, this book collects 13 short stories in which one of the main characters happens to be gay, or at least have some sort of homosexual experience but which isn't the focus of the tale!
There are some weird, dark stories amongst this collection, some of which I didn't much care for, but a few I found to be quite fascinating: The Oily Man by Alex Jeffers - a period piece about a man in a foreign land who is visited by a local "monster"; A Gift In Time by Maggie Clark - a tale of a man capable of time-travel who is infatuated by his boss's assistant; and Werewolves of Northland by Patrick Pink - a very sweet story of the only werewolf in a small town discovering another like him.
41. Long Shot (Star Trek: Seekers 3), by David Mack
The third in the Seekers series was a non-stop action and adventure story about the USS Sagittarius crew's discovery of a world where the laws of probability have been shot to Hell! The writing (as always from David Mack) is excellent, and there's some great character work, but I just couldn't believe in the premise.
42. The Long Mars, by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
This was by far a more interesting read than The Long War - The story was neither here nor there for me, but the discoveries that Captain Kauffman and her crew make while traversing the Long Earths, plus the discoveries made by Sally Linsay throughout the Long Mars were riveting.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
After the excitement of all those pens, pencils and papers, there's nothing much to report here. The Host assisted Indescribable and Babyzilla to return from whence they came yesterday.
They were here camping, so Inexcuseable's husband helped them pack up and I kept Babyzilla amused and out of the way. I've also been doing some maintenance both here and at The Parents'.
And we've just got back from the woods behind Castlette DeVice in Northrepps. Here are some photos, to prove it (as always, click to enhance):
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
|Exceedingly gooey cherry shortcake brownies|
(made by my own fair hand, of course)
Vacating the comfort of my hurriedly tidied living room, we grabbed our brooms from the umbrella stand in the hall and left the house (via the back door, naturally). A quick and low flight amongst the tree tops brought us to the cliffs and the lighthouse, and there, heading slowly along the cliff edge towards Overstrand was the source of the noise: the most enormous bee we'd ever seen!
|An enormous bee at the lighthouse cliff in Cromer|
Sunday, August 09, 2015
|As you can see, this young man in his|
tinfoil shorts is attempting to withhold
his excitement at the prospect of another
Tinfoil Hat Competition
And of this blog!
Yes, that too. I hadn't forgotten.
Good, because it's the blog that has made all this possible.
OK, OK! I said I hadn't forgotten. My, you are a bit mardy this morning, aren't you?
Anyway, getting on with the show: The 9th October this year will be the 10th anniversary and, as we mentioned before, we'll be holding another Tinfoil Hat Competition to commemorate the auspicious occasion.
I still haven't decided on a theme, so anything goes - Let your juices run wild! Your creative juices, that is, as tin foil is notorious for not having the capacity to mop up errant spillages...
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
|Not my actual hulking blond delivery god,|
but a fair approximation thereof
As I approached the office, the shrunken lump of coal I call my heart skipped a beat when I saw a white van outside. He's here! The only thing that makes walking into the building pleasurable. Yes, I know I'm objectifying him, but I don't know his name and I'm certainly not going to talk to him, so what're you going to do?
Monday, August 03, 2015
Ug. I've been invited to a gathering, a cauldron party*, and I can't get out of it. To make matters worse, I've been given a recipe for a potion or somesuch that I'm expected to bring.
I'd better get started as I'm due there in an hour.
‡ Nightshade roots - Hmm... I wonder which sort? Solanum dulcamara? Solanum nigrum? I hope it's Solanum tuberosa as I have a bag of Désirées that are starting to sprout...
‡ 6 fl ℥ of sour milk from a cow frightened under a full moon - Good gods. I can't wait until 29th August to scare a cow, so ::rummages in the fridge:: this sour cream with a use-by date of 31 July will have to do. It still smells OK, and the 31st was a full moon...
‡ 1 heaped tablespoon of an unbaptised virgin boy fat/cockerel egg emulsification - So, mayonnaise then. ::rummages in the fridge again:: And this one made from virgin olive oil is the closest to it that I've got to hand.
‡ Mentha longifolia, finely chopped - Ah. Horse mint. Well, I'm not going out for that now, so spearmint from the garden is going to have to do.
‡ Crown of Basilisk, finely diced - Well, I don't have any of that either, but I do have basil, so I'll use that instead. Dammit! I knew I shouldn't have put that newly hatched basilisk down the waste disposal unit.
‡ Allium schoenoprasum stems - What the- ? Oh, chives! I have these! Maybe this recipe won't be such an unmitigated disaster after all?
Now to concoct this diabolical recipe. Apparently, it only takes half an hour or so...
34 minutes later...
After all that, I've ended up with bloody potato salad!
* Very similar to a Tupperware party, but with less of that plasticky, stale air smell.
Saturday, August 01, 2015
|A Houseboy in Wonderland,|
by Charles "Jammy" Dodger
Hey! How very dare you! Those are all priceless first editions!
First editions, maybe, but the only way they're priceless is because nobody in their right mind would pay anything for them! They're cheap and nasty tat that likely originated from some dire airport newsagent.
Oh, very well. They're free to a good home, so just help yourselves.
As usual, click the pics for small-print magnification.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Good job I posted the previous post when I did, as the past few days have been cold, wet and windy, and the garden now looks like a tidal wave has hit it!
Things are so bad that I've had to enlist the assistance of a couple of the more outdoorsy-type warlocks from that coven in the next village.
Although, I'm already regretting it as my gin reserves have somehow dropped to alarmingly low levels, and all they seem to be doing is uphill gardening...
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Because my mind has inevitably gone blank, I can't think of anything else to post but this:
|Cedplop the Annoying relaxing near some catnip|
(probably after he's ruined something).
I suppose we'd better begin with A, then? And remember, the photos are just a click away from being engorged to breath-taking proportions!