|Big Pink Tree! (Cherry, not Magnolia)|
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Sunday, 25 April 2021
|The almost finished paysho from 16th April|
|The end of today's efforts having relaid the slabs|
|and cemented the pond-edge|
Thursday, 22 April 2021
You'd better turn your lights off to best view the photos in this post (except for the final two)...
Yes, it's back to snaps of the stars courtesy of my
paparazzi telephoto lens "Starry Night" setting on Camera. I can tell that you're all just thrilled! After all, we haven't had one of these since mid-February's Blogorati Stars post. And this post features brand new photos taken from Hexenhäusli Device's backgarden on 7th April! How we spoil you.
Actually, I don't really know what I'm doing with these photos. I started off with an attempt to get the constellation of Camelopardalis looking more like a giraffe (for that it what it's supposed to be) rather than a clothes horse (which is what it looks like in my Universe book - and pretty much everywhere else). I think I was relatively successful? Then I had a go at Cassiopeia and Perseus, but gave up with Auriga as I couldn't stop giving him (although I think he looks like a her in the book) a fat bottom.
Thursday, 15 April 2021
... here's how mine is coming along:
Above, the oft neglected front of Hexenhäusli Device looking quite colourful, for a change. I put the daff bulbs in back in the autumn, and the skimmias that went in last spring are just starting to flower. On the left is the most recent addition - a flowering cherry, which I planted last month (out of shot to the right is a hawthorn, yet to burst into leaf/flower).
And below, preparations for a circular paysho and adjoining pond are not hindered by the snow (I mean, it's April, for Christ's sake! We're not supposed to get snow in April!).
Friday, 9 April 2021
I note from the comments in the previous post that a few of you have been watching Gardener's World, which reminded me: We need to organise who's going to host the
2021 I N F O M A N I A C Garden Photos Event!
If there are no takers, then I will be happy to take up the hoe again. And when the hoe looks like the Head Gardener there on the right (on loan from the Extensive Gardens of Delores Delargo Towers), who can blame me?!
Right. Let the squabbling commence!
Monday, 5 April 2021
Right. That's the first quarter of the year done. To aid in the preparation of the end-of-year review/Coven Awards, I thought I'd continue on from January's book post and Happy with a round up of what I've read, watched and listened to so far in 2021.
∘ Lords and Ladies, by Terry Pratchett - A Discworld novel starring the Ramtops witches (Granny Weatherwax, Gytha Ogg, and Magrat Garlick - who is now a queen rather than a witch), in which they thwart an invasion of Elves.
∘ The Sea and Little Fishes, by Terry Pratchett - A short story I read online also featuring the Ramtops witches.
∘ Star Trek: The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible, by Keith R A DeCandido - Another Lost Era story, this one concerning the Betreka Nebula Incident - a dispute between the Klingons and Cardassians, mediated by Federation Ambassador Curzon Dax, spanning the years 2328 to 2346.
∘ Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock, by Christopher L Bennett - A fascinating tale set mainly in The Next Generation era (2360s-80s) that weaves together various of the televised Star Trek universe's instances of time-travel, along with several original temporal trips. As always, Christopher L Bennett serves up a precise and characterful story that's difficult to put down.
∘ The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells - The first novella of The Murderbot Diaries series which I only read because of this wonderful animatic set to Tegan & Sara's "I'm Not Your Hero" that I discovered at Tor.com (and last featured here). I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next in the series.
∘ The Galaxy and the Ground Within (Wayfarers 4), by Becky Chambers - Another delightful story from the Wayfarer's series (and possibly the last). This one is about how five very different aliens form a friendship during a disaster, and is just a lovely, warm, character-driven piece with one or two stomach-lurching emotional moments near the end. Just wonderful!