Sunday, June 26, 2016

w-w-w-WOW! Princess Souvenir Edition

Scratch-n-Sniff Catch-n-Kiss centrefold only - Click to embiggen.

Happy birthday, Princess!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Apocalypse Oven

  Oh, dear. It seems as if Apocalypse Oven's even-more-evil twin is acting up again...

[video from Random Acts] 

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 I'm a bit busy at the mo which is why this is all you get, and why I haven't been 'round to your blogs yet (and why I haven't replied to your comments in the last post). I hope to rectify that in the next day or two - certainly by the weekend, anyway.

 Ta ra, for now.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Verging on Summer

 Today's torrential downpours have reminded me that British Summertime is only a week away, and what better way to mark the occasion than displaying some "before" photos for The Infomaniac Garden Photos Event that The Very Mistress MJ will be hosting later in the year.
 Most of the following photographs are from mid-late May, and early June, so I won't be surprised if the bleakness means you need to pop off to fetch a nice warm cardigan. And possibly an umbrella.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A Terrible Fairy Cake Related Disaster!*

 It's bad enough cracking an egg and getting a bit of shell in the mixture (which is why I always crack one out into a bowl or cup, first), but when a half-formed cockatrice embryo plops out into one's Denby-ware, then maybe it's time to call it a day?


Tuesday, June 07, 2016


 Yes! At last! My literary something or other (I'll come back to this later once I've had a flick through the thesaurus) has come to fruition. My debut book - Walking Through Rain and Not Getting Wet - is now published. And it features nearly two of my own spells - including this one!

 Fame! Wealth! Power! All shall be mine. Mine! Cower before me puny mortals!

 OK. So it's only available over the Cusp.

 For now...

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Calvin is a pig-faced smelly fat-head*

 I'm not usually one to jump on a bandwagon-
 Except for when you are!
 Oh, shush.
 Anyway. Bandwagons and not jumping. Except that this particular bandwagon was travelling at a sedate enough pace to leap on without sustaining injury, and because the driver (Pilot? Controller? Just what is the title of someone in charge of a bandwagon, runaway or otherwise?) happens to be a blogger I admire.
 I'm also hoping that this bandwagon works as well for me as it did (and still does) for Ms Scarlet, as the photos I took were with Phone (as I couldn't be bothered to faff around with Camera) and aren't that good because of poor light levels.
 Oh, The Very Mistress MJ also sat astride the bandwagon, but didn't quite get the point.
 So. We'd better get on with the show. May I present:

Books on chairs and other seating conveniences
Deranged Mutant
Killer Monster 
A Calvin and Hobbes Collection,
by Bill Watterson

 Snow Goons is seen here reclining on the soon-to-be-rid-of sofa, and I last read it here, and featured it here.

* Post title from the Kidnapping of Binky Betsy Debacle on page 33

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Over the hedge

 I know we haven't been around much lately, but there is a reason for that: We have been invaded by Babyzilla*.

Close-up of tiny Bird's Eye speedwell
 So, what with various entertaining of, cleaning up of, cleaning up after, feeding, taking to the beach, taking to the woods, taking to the grounds of stately homes, bathing of, reading bedtime stories to, defending cats from, and enduring ear-twiddling** by, I find myselves with just enough time to post some photos from last weekend's brief drift across the road and over the hedge.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


 Ha! I thought that might get your attention. And, no, this is not related to Friday night/Saturday morning's mirror-related goings on. Now prepare to be disappointed.

 The cockchafer, also known as a May bug or doodlebug (and here in Norfolk as a chovy, mitchamador, kittywitch, and midsummer dor), is a large flying beetle whose adult form (imago) emerges around this time of year.

 I expect your minds are out of the gutter now, so take a look at the kittywitch that landed next to me on one of my geraniums as I sat in the sun drinking a coffee.

I think this is a common cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha).
The Melolontha genus belongs to the scarab family

Saturday, May 21, 2016



.sneppah siht nehw ti etah I
.ecitcarp fo tuo yllatot m'I dna ,tnedicni tsal eht ecnis sraey enin revo neeb s'tI

* K N O L C *

?dnuor yaw gnorw eht esackoob eht tfel ohW .regguB

...thgir ,hO

s'eh snaem hcihw ,erehwyna eMrorriM dnif t'nac I .emit emos eb yam I ,kooL
.nwot eht no thgin a retfa erehwemos gnirevocer ylbaborp

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Stroll II: Wildflowers of May

 As I'm very tired (had a late night last night - up until midnight, then rudely awakened at 5am by a very loud pheasant!), this won't be a very wordy post. Instead, there's loads of photos of the wildflowers I passed on my rather circuitous walk to The Mother's allotment to pick rhubarb.
 As you'll be able to see from the map at the end of this post, I walked along Smallhopes Hill down towards Northrepps, then up Toll's Hill to the allotments, and then back through Overstrand towards home along the old dismantled railway which skirts the base of Smallhopes Hill.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's utterly revolting to behold*

 Hello! Welcome to my fifth "books read this year" update. This post covers books 22 to 27. As well as the ongoing re-read of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "relaunch", there are a couple of new books, and a couple of old, pre-read books.
 As before, the "blurb" or publishers' description is in italics, and I've added some observations and/or background of my own below.

22. Bertie the Balloon at the Zoo, by Kim Robinson & Aneta Neuman (2016)

 Have you met Bertie the Balloon?

 He's big. He's red. He's squishy. He's round.
 With Bertie there's always adventure to be found.

 Follow him through the highs and the lows.
 His encounters depend on where the wind blows.

 It's the zoo that challenges Bertie today.
 Crocodiles, monkeys and tigers all get in his way.

 But, even through trouble, Bertie keeps striving on.
 Believe in yourself. Never give up. Be brave and carry on.

 I bought this book for Babyzilla's birthday. As luck would have it, my friend Kim's latest book—this one had just been published, so that was one present sorted. I also got a copy for a friend's little girl, while I was at it. And you can purchase a copy (or several) for a little monster darling in your own life by clicking this Facebook link and messaging Kim, or going to one of the UK stockists. And, Bertie the Balloon is now available on Amazon!
 And don't forget the first book: Bertie the Balloon at the Fairground

Monday, May 09, 2016

Broom. Almost...

 If you can ignore the Harry Potter-ness of this clip, this is quite a good indication of what flying a broom is really like:

Although reaching terminal velocity-like speeds on Broom is never going to happen.

 Not least because of how one's cheeks flap in the wind!

First seen on io9.