Thursday, 16 September 2021

Sunny Side Up

 Brace yourselves!  Photo-heavy post coming up.

 Well, not so much coming up as already here.  Yes, Camera insisted on coming with me every morning that I ventured out to stretch my legs and get some fresh air before work (and even on Saturday when I thought it'd want a lie-in).  And as you may have already guessed by the mention of "morning" - and that not-quite-Drama-Queen-dawn on the right - these photos are almost exclusively of sunrises.

 But first, a little completely unrelated music to accompany your scrolling - brought about by the title of Mistress Maddie's recent post: "Midnight....."


 

Monday 6th

Sunrise at the slipway - Monday edition

Friday, 10 September 2021

Infomaniac Garden Photos Event 2021: Reminder #2

This is not the

The House of
I N F O M A N I A C
Garden Photos Event 2021

it is just a reminder, so don't panic!

 This year's Garden Photos Event will take place in November, and will be preceded by some of your Terrifying Triffidery at the end of October - Hallowe'en, to be precise - so you still have nearly a couple of months to go out into your grounds and get snapping.  Although, I hope that you have already been taking photos of your gorgeous greenery as the season has gone on.

 Just in case there is anyone new here, or anyone who is very forgetful or who may have had a bang on the head recently and lost their marbles/loosened a screw, or is just bewildered and confused-
I'm thinking Savvy.
Yes, me too!
 Now that you come to mention it...
 If I may continue?
 Well, go on then.  But get to the bloody point - you're worse than me!
 I was just about to if your shitting SubC hadn't interrupted.  Anyway... for anyone not in the know, the Garden Photos Event is an online horticultural extravaganza, conceived by (and for the first nine years, hosted by) the Infomaniac herself, The Very Mistress.  It is a place for you to show off part or all of your garden - or even just a single botanical specimen - to an appreciative Blogorati; to swap gardening tips/horror stories; or just take a virtual wander around someone else's garden, satiating your curiosity from the comfort of your own home.  There will be no judging or critiquing, and there certainly won't be a "winner" as the Garden Photos Event is not a contest!
 
The results of seeds from the Delargo Gardens
 
 All you have to do to take part is get your unruly bushes in order, trim those straggly overhangs, and mow that fuzzy patch, then set-to with your camera and send me your photograph/s - along with an enlightening blurb for each photo (or just one general, all encompassing description/story/rant) - by Thursday 28th October.  My blog email address is in my profile (just click the link on the right.  Or, for those of you who have my personal email, use that instead).   A Garden Photos Event history can be found here, along with links to previous Events leading up to 2020.  2020's gardens follow on from the link - just click on "Newer Post" at the bottom, or click here for a handy programme of events (and my garden).
 
 
 Oh, and if you have any Mystery Plant/s that you can't identify (or you can, but you just want to see if anyone else is able to) send in photos of them too, and we can all have a go at identifying them for you.  And by "we all" I mean mostly The Official Plant Spotter of the Device Mansion and its Extensive Witchdom, nay, All of Blogland Itself: Jon
 
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 Oh, bravo on the copy/paste from the previous reminder!
 Well, it's perfectly serviceable, and I can use the time I've saved trying to come up with a new way of saying all that to sort out some photos to illustrate this post with.  Which - as you can see - I've done!
 The photos are a bit "Delargo Gardens" aren't they?
 Oh.  I suppose.  Well, I'm not changing them now.
Did they explain the Terrifying Triffidery bit?
No, I don't think so.  Too busy squabbling.
I guess it's up to us, then?
Looks that way.  Here we go then: Terrifying Triffidery is a place for photos of monstrous plants or otherwise ordinary plants that have been photographed from odd angles/close up/while drunk which make them look otherworldly.  So, get inventive/in their personal space/drinking and pap those plants!
Well done!
Thank you.

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Toad in the Road*

 The other day, I was up at the allotment gathering ingredients to make a potato salad for The Mother's birthday.  On my way back, this fine specimen attempted to block my way.  It was lucky I didn't decide to make a different dish entirely! 

 Oh, and this time I really did intend to make potato salad!

 

 P. S.  I couldn't pick any raspberries because these two dragonflies were doing it all over the canes!


  * It's not really a road - more of a track...

. . . . .

EDIT 13:15

 I found this Grey Dagger moth caterpillar happily munching its way through a rose in the garden today: 

 

EDIT 11 09 2021 07:55

 I forgot about this White Ermine moth caterpillar that I discovered up at the allotment on 24th August:



Thursday, 2 September 2021

Art Trek: "These are a few of my favourite things!"

Ah, Rutherford, you're so adorable! Adorable!!

 Well, that's August done and dusted.  And you know what that means: Time for some of my Star Trek fan art!

 Yes, one of the things that kept me busy last month was working on a rather ambitious piece for August's milestone 200th Star Trek art challenge.  Having helped to come up with the idea, I knew I had to pull my socks up and not turn in some half-arsed attempt that I hadn't even finished properly (like many of my other efforts).

 Oh, and half-naked Rutherford on the right there is not just gratuitous eye-candy - he's relevant to the proceedings what with being a particular favourite (not unlike Connor Trinneer's "Trip" Tucker, who also features later on).

 Anyway, here's the challenge theme:


YOUR Star Trek

Your task is to create something out of Trek that means something to you. It can be your favorite ship, character or idea. Or just some Trek thing that you like/wanted to draw, model, photograph, cosplay or sing etc. Do you own a Star Trek costume? Well, then snap a photo of it and submit it to the contest! You're into Trek gaming? Then make a screenshot of something you created in the game! Almost anything goes this time.  Have fun, and good luck!

 I started by making a list of Star Trek characters, starships, locations and objects that I liked but, as you may have guessed if you know me at all, I couldn't whittle them down to a single (or even a few) thing(s).  So, there was only one thing for it: I was going to have to include all of them!

This was just a quick sketch to gauge the layout, so there were plenty of characters and things missing/undecided at the time

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Tunes on Tuesday!

 I have found some new music without having to rely on Jon's efforts to keep me up-to-date!  Well, sort of...

 This assortment has been painstakingly handpicked from a select pot-pourri of TV shows, websites, and blogs (i.e. Jon's!).

The haunting and beautiful "Sangue Latino" comes from my recent rewatch of Cidade Invisível (Invisible City) on Netflix.  It's actually sung by Mariana Froes, and there's an extended version (without the actors doing their acting thing pre-and-post performance).  Although, by "extended" I mean it's played twice.

 

This Dune preview track I discovered at Tor.comI probably won't see the film as I'm sure it can't hold a candle to David Lynch's 1984 version.

Sunday, 29 August 2021

A Month of Sundays

 Well, another week is drawing to an end, and as has been usual this month, I haven't got much to show for it except for a selection of very similar early(ish) morning photos from my leg-stretching jaunts down to the beach.  Sorry.  Next month will be different, though: "There be whales here!"; a-cat-in-a-box; Triffids; and possibly some photos not taken before 7am.  Possibly.

 The header photo is from the morning of 24th August, and below are some from Friday 27th:

Could do better.  This is very similar to Tuesday's.

Ah.  That's better, although it's verging on Drama Queen...

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Bridge Over the River Mun (or: "Show Us Yer Mossy Stump!")

 Oof!  Sorry I haven't been around much lately.  It's been "all go" around here what with one thing and another.  Having said that, I haven't really got much to say or show for my efforts, so I'm just popping in to say hello and dump off a load of photos from Frogshall earlier in the month:

The rebuilt Jubilee Bridge at Frogshall from 1st August (below the 5 and just to the right of "Pp Ho" on this map from the previous linked to post)

Peering down to the dizzying depths from the west side of the bridge...

... and the rather overgrown east side

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Happy Birthday, William (You Stink!)

 And, apparently, Katie smells of poo and Tom is gay.  Oh, and it seems Bob Dylan fancies himself as the next Banksy with a seaside installation consisting of some rather suspect faces...

 But before we get to all that, there's another week of mornings, including Groynes!  War of the Worlds!  Cormorants!  And that Red Admiral on the right (the garden is full of them at the mo - along with Peacock butterflies, Commas, Painted Ladies, Tortoiseshells, Coppers, and the ubiquitous and varied whites).

Monday, 9th August

Tuesday

Wednesday

Sunday, 8 August 2021

A Week of Mornings and a Sunday Seal

 This week I have been mostly stretching my legs before settling down at the laptop for work-
Or at the PC on a non-work day.
 Well, yes.  So I have been taking a brisk walk down to the seafront before 7am.  Not only to get some fresh air, but to get some exercise in before it gets too hot-
Ha!
 Quite. Perhaps you should rephrase that to "before it gets too wet"?  Oh, and too people!
 Anyway, I'd taken Camera with me on my wanderings so that I'd have something to show for it.  I've barely done anything else of note lately you see, although I seem to have found myselves too busy/otherwise engaged with tasks not of my making - mainly babysitting...
We have been rewatching Farscape of a cold, wet, windy evening, though!
So, every evening, then?
Well, yes...
 Anyway!  Shall we get on?  Good.  Here are what the mornings have looked like here over the past week:

Monday, 2nd August


Neither The Ritz nor Claridges were open for breakfast...

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Art Trek: Andorian Piggyback

 As (some of) you seemed to like last month's Star Trek cut-outs, I have thoughtfully provided some more for this month's Art Trek. 
That'll teach you!
 Shush, you!  Now, where was I?  Oh, yes:  July's Trek Art Challenge:

 

The theme for this month's art challenge is my favourite colour combination: Blue and gold. Lifeforms or livery, technology or fashion, whatever your chosen subjects from the Star Trek Universe, blue and gold must be the featured or prominent colours. And I want to see that gold glittering and gleaming!

 Despite coming up with this month's Art Challenge theme, I didn't have a clue what I was going to do until rather late in the game.  I had an idea to do a map vaguely similar to the one I did back in 2019 - and even got as far as mocking up a little gold Oberth - but I couldn't (and still can't) envisage the finished article, so I moved onto something else.  Here's how far I got with the map:

 I might finish it off at some point, but I probably won't.  Anyway, you came for cut-outs, so here they are - as fashioned over the weekend of 24th/25th July - a pair of Andorians with a selection of gold ribbon that I've acquired over the years:

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Mooning Over a Series of Sun-Sparkling Sea Scenes, or something...


 It is high tide time I popped a post up lest you all think I'm going the way of Ms Scarlet-
Which wouldn't be a bad thing.  Quality over quantity, I always say!
Oh, sod off.  You don't always say that.  Who are you, Lord Hippo of Crit?
Hey!
 Anyway, while the SubCs squabble, here are some seaside photos from the past month.  The first set - including the one above - are from 6th July:

Groyne!

An ominous sky over the slipway

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Infomaniac Garden Photos Event 2021: Reminder #1

The House of
I N F O M A N I A C
Garden Photos Event 2021

will be held in November to give you chance to tend to your garden/window box/house plant/salad drawer and take plenty of photos, as well as brighten up an otherwise dull, cold month (at least in the Northern Hemisphere).

 A prelude to the event will take place on Hallowe'en which, just like last year, will be a showcase for your Terrifying Triffidery.  I know in last month's announcement I said I wanted a Parade of Poisonous Plants, but that could be quite limiting (unless you sent in photos of the poison's aftermath - faces in a grim rictus of pain, blotchy rashes, twitching limbs, corpses etc. etc.), so let's stick with the general Triffid theme and any poisonous plants that you care to submit will be an added extra.

 Now, for anyone new/forgetful/bewildered, the Infomaniac Garden Photos Event is an online horticultural extravaganza, conceived by (and for the first nine years, hosted by) the Infomaniac herself, The Very Mistress.  It is a place for you to show off part or all of your garden - or even just a single botanical specimen - to an appreciative Blogorati; to swap gardening tips/horror stories; or just take a virtual wander around someone else's garden, satiating your curiosity from the comfort of your own home.  There will be no judging or critiquing, and there certainly won't be a "winner" as the Garden Photos Event is not a contest! 

 All you have to do to take part is get your unruly bushes in order, trim those straggly overhangs, and mow that fuzzy patch, then set-to with your camera and send me your photograph/s - along with an enlightening blurb for each photo (or just one general, all encompassing description/story/rant) - by Thursday 28th October.  My blog email address is in my profile (just click the link on the right.  Or, for those of you who have my personal email, use that instead).  

 A Garden Photos Event history can be found here, along with links to previous Events leading up to 2020.  2020's gardens follow on from the link - just click on "Newer Post" at the bottom, or click here for a handy programme of events (and my garden).

 Oh, and if you have any Mystery Plant/s that you can't identify (or you can, but you just want to see if anyone else is able to) send in photos of them too, and we can all have a go at identifying them for you.  And by "we all" I mean mostly The Official Plant Spotter of the Device Mansion and its Extensive Witchdom, nay, All of Blogland Itself: Jon!

 Now, go forth and garden!


Thursday, 8 July 2021

Not The Device Mansion Gardens III

Some sort of big bromeliad flower-spike
 I think I've left you wondering at my choice of books, telly and music for long enough, so here are the promised photos from last Thursday's visit - my third - to the Old Vicarage Gardens at East Ruston.  (The first and second visits can be found here and here.)  

 As that feeling of dread and despair is telling you, yes, this is a VERY photo-heavy post.  I almost didn't do it as I could barely be bothered to choose the photos and then resize them all (not to mention smush some of the flower photos together so as not to really go overboard with images...).  Almost...

 Anyway, let's get on with it, shall we?  The sooner we start, the sooner it'll be over and you can return to your knitting/day-time drinking/uphill gardening (delete as appropriate).

Foxgloves for me...

... and Fuchsias for Jon.  This one has grown into a small tree.

It's so tall that even I have to look up to see up its skirts!

Saturday, 3 July 2021

"You love secrets. You want to marry secrets and have half-secret, half-human children."

 How has half the year passed by already?  How?!?

 Anyway, continuing on from the first quarter's update, here are the highlights of what I've read, watched and listened to from April to June:

Read

Yes we have books on a chair.  Why bother reading, otherwise?

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Lives of Dax, edited by Marco Palmieri
- Again. For the millionth time (although I didn't read every life, only my favourites).

Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding - Again, again.

Star Trek The Motion Picture: Inside the Art and Visual Effects, by Jeff Bond & Gene Kozicki - I found this to be a rather fascinating read, and I had no idea of the time pressures and obstacles the production was up against.  Although, I'd've liked a few more pictures.   Actually, I should be more specific as there are loads of cool pictures, it's just that many of them are quite small (in order to fit them in, I should think, otherwise the book would be the size of a car), and I would like to see even more photos of the V'Ger model (because I'd recently found some that I hadn't seen before online somewhere, so I had my expectations up).  All that being said, there are some gorgeous full & two-page spreads of photos and artwork that did not disappoint.

Star Trek: Living Memory, by Christopher L. Bennett - I love the 80s Star Trek movie era, Uhura, and Christopher Bennett's Trek novels, so I'd got my hopes way up for this one.  While it employed the exacting and precise writing style of his previous novels, easily recognisable characterisation, and an excellent use of continuity-weaving as always, Living Memory fell rather flat for me.  I couldn't "hear" Uhura (although the other characters came through easily) and I'd like her to have featured more than she does.  I thought the conflict conversations between Uhura and Shastri, and Kirk and Janith-Lau/Arcturian Warborn were too much like speeches - all civil and reasonable - and so I found them unrealistic and rather dull.  However, I did like the elephants (more please!), "meeting" Uhura's family, the look at Denobula, and the inclusion of Clark Terrell and the Reliant (from ST II), and Joel Randolph (from ST IV).

The Flight of the Pterosaurs, a pop-up book by Keith Moseley - Rather spare on text, but beautifully illustrated.  The pop-ups are rarely of the pterosaurs, strangely - instead they're of plants and insects in the scenes, mostly.  Although, the final pop-up is quite spectacular - two Quetzalcoatlus northropi soaring over a sauropod corpse.

Star Trek: Dwellers in the Crucible, by Margaret Wander Bonanno - I hadn't read this one* in a LONG time, and had almost forgotten how "grown up" this novel seems - mainly, I think, because the Enterprise crew barely feature in it.  The story is based around the kidnapping of a young human woman and her Vulcan would-be friend, and how they bond while in captivity.   Some of it is rather harrowing, and not everyone gets out unscathed (or even alive).

* You'll have to scroll right to the end if you click the link, and even then you're bound to be disappointed...

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Ow! My Purse!

"Can we come home with you?  No?  Ha ha!!  Too late - You shouldn't have left your car unlocked!"

I knew getting a trolley at the garden centre was a bad idea...

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 I've been out today.  Yes, I know.  Anyway, I popped to Sainsbury's in North Walsham to get some essentials - you know, gin, tonic, chocolate etc. etc. - and then drove across town to Hadfields garden centre (the one with the tearoom - you remember!).

 I deliberately walked in without taking a trolley, but within five minutes, my hands were already full, so I doubled back and got one.  Ten minutes later my purse gave a resigned sigh and unclenched...

 These rather gorgeous triffids are the result: a couple of perennial foxgloves (yes, I know I've missed some of the flowering season, but I love foxgloves and couldn't resist these.  In fact, I used to have the pink one - Digitalis x valinii "Illumination Pink" - but the exceptionally cold winter did it in), two beautiful irises, a small Philadephus x lemoinei "Belle etoile" the small white flowers of which made Car smell heavenly on the way home, a Fatsia japonica "Spiderweb" (with the white splayed hand-shaped leaves), three small ferns, and an Acanthus spinosus.

 The green rosette of leaves at the front is a Digitalis parviflora (another foxglove which will have small chocolate-coloured flowers - I used to have one of these up my Back Passage!) that came home with me not from Hadfields, but from The Old Vicarage Garden in East Ruston.  Yes, I made a return visit there and there will be photos. 

 So many photos...

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Art Trek Catch-Up: Spinning Around*

 You know what we haven't had in a LONG while?

 Yes, my ham-fisted Star Trek fan art!

 I've just discovered that the last time I posted any  of my fan art was back in October 2020, so there's quite a bit of catching up to do.


From November/December's Star Trek Redux challenge:

Imagine there was no Star Trek as we all know and love. Imagine back in the 1960s someone approached you to design the look to this new show called: Star Trek. You are essentially given Matt Jefferies job. Now it does not have to be the 1960s Trek, in can be now. But no visual cues from all/any Trek can be used..(you know what I mean, the iconic stuff that makes things Trek)

This is as far as I got with it - a quick series of sketches and colour  swatches of a sari-inspired uniform with a left sleeve-mounted logo/mission patch based on the European Space Agency logo, and a name/department tag on the right breast.

Suddenly it was April and: Big In Japan

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Umbrella Weather

 It has been raining over the past few days.  A lot!  And completely coincidentally, while stuck indoors instead of being out in the garden or up the allotment, I have been rewatching the second season of The Umbrella Academy.

 I had almost forgotten just how good this series is, and it is made all the better for the fabulous outfits of The Handler (as played with great relish by the scene-stealing Kate Walsh on the right there), and the amazing music.  A selection of my favourites can be found below, after the trailer:

Sunday, 13 June 2021

Sunday Swim: Swimming with Jellyfish

 I had my first sea-swim of the season this morning.  A week earlier than last year, but nearly two weeks later than in 2019.  Other than sharing my swim with several comb jellies that were still lurking near the surface at the early hour (they usually return to the sea bed in the morning), I haven't got very much to say, so I'll just leave the handful of photos that I took and their captions.

Not a shooting star over the End-of-the-Line...

Saturday, 12 June 2021

An Ominous Start

 Another early morning, pre-work wander along the promenade yesterday began with a rather ominous sky on the horizon.  However, it apparently decided not to make landfall on the North Norfolk coast, and buggered off out to sea, maybe to pay Norway or Denmark a visit?

 Anyway, the drama was far from over as not only was there a false moon rising, but the Triffids were on the move...

This groyne caught me unawares.
It loomed out of the sea as I was admiring the sunlight sparkling on the gentle ripples.

No ships on the horizon today (and by "today" I mean yesterday)