Continued from ... When Worlds Collide and a Pair of Striped Tights
Thursday, 6 October 2022
Continued from ... When Worlds Collide and a Pair of Striped Tights
Friday, 30 September 2022
This is not the continuation of When Worlds Collide and a Pair of Striped Tights - I might pop that up at the weekend. At some point. Maybe?
No, this is the third quarter's worth of stuff I've read, watched and listened to.
∘ Some more of Little, Big, by John Crowley - No, I still haven't finished it. I'm convinced pages, nay, entire chapters get added when I'm not looking!
∘ A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (A Monk and Robot Book, vol. 2), by Becky Chambers - Just lovely and warm and thoughtful and wonderful. A tonic for these trying times.
∘ The Guncle, by Steven Rowley - as recommended by The Very Mistress.
∘ Beyond Uhura, Nichelle Nichols - The great lady's 1994 biography (more from her later).
∘ Ghosts, S4 (BBC iPlayer) - Best thing on TV (even better than Star Trek)! This clever, funny, heartwarming - and also quite sad in some places - sitcom about a young couple sharing a house with a load of bickering, but mostly well-meaning ghosts, has cemented itself in my heart since I discovered it at the start of this year.
Saturday, 24 September 2022
Saturday, 17 September 2022
Saturday, 3 September 2022
Sunday, 28 August 2022
Thursday, 25 August 2022
Under threat of a Sideboard Invasion if I don't make an appearance before Friday, here I am! (Although, I'm not convinced that the invasion won't go ahead anyway...)
From the 3rd . . .
Wednesday, 10 August 2022
I had my hose out watering the fuchsias when look who leapt out all wet and surly. Yes, Tom Daley! Quite what he was doing in the undergrowth, I don't know? Anyway, I haven't got time to deal with him now, so perhaps one of you can get him out from under my feet? Jon, I know it's an imposition - and on your birthday too - but would you mind?
Sunday, 31 July 2022
Hello! I thought I'd better pop in as it's been a couple of weeks since I last surfaced. I don't have very much to say for myself, but I do have some photos from the gardens here at Hexenhäusli Device.
Above is the second showing from that Hippeastrum in last month's Of Hawkmoths and Drag Queen Knock-Offs (you can see the first set of blooms in the photo below).
To the right, the first little 'pineapples' of my Pineapple Lilies (Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy') sprouted earlier this month.
And below, rocketing up in front of the jasmine, clematis, and permanent pea (everlasting sweet pea), is a double white hollyhock (sourced from Delargo Seeds back in 2021). I sowed it and its many siblings last year (along with some other seeds - as seen here), and while most found their way to a border at the side of the house and flowered that year, this one was a spare that I tucked in beneath the trellis next to the paysho. It didn't seem to do very well then, but it was obviously establishing itself ready for this year.
Sunday, 17 July 2022
As promised last month, this is
anothe r official reminder to continue photographing your greenery (or, for some of you, to start, even) in preparation for...
The House of
I N F O M A N I A C
Garden Photos Event 2022
... in November.
Whether you have expansive rolling grounds, a tight back passage, or a precariously perched pot plant, get snapping to show off the results of your greenfingers (or brown thumbs) - we want to see it all! No Brugmansia too big, no Soleirolia too small - anything goes. And please include a brief - or verbose - caption/blurb with each photo/set-of-photos, ideally something that amongst other things (gardening tales, tips & observations, who your veiny, purple love cabbage reminds you of, for example) states what the plant is, because I'm not Jon (The Official Plant Spotter of Blogdom) and I don't want to do any more research than I have to!
|I thought I'd use these photos I took...|
|... up at the allotment yesterday morning...|
Photos should be emailed to me by Saturday 29th October - my blog gmail address is in my Blogger Profile (there look, on the right at the top of the sideboard). Or, if you have my personal hotmail address, use that instead.
|... to illustrate this post.|
And remember: The Garden Photos Event is NOT a contest! We're not looking for perfection and there'll be no judging - we just want to see how your garden grows, and maybe swap a few tips.
Sunday, 10 July 2022
Had I been a minute or two earlier, and that annoying cloud bank not been there, last night's sunset is something like what you would have seen at the end of last month's Summer Solstice. Although, preferably without the sea cows...
Saturday, 9 July 2022
Thursday was quite a day. For me, anyway. After a delightful swim with* an aesthetically pleasing young man - and the last fifteen minutes with a lane to myself which meant I could lark about underwater - amongst other things, I paid a quick visit (along with The Mother) to Felbrigg Hall walled garden. Whilst there I experienced something I'd almost forgotten existed. More on that in a bit - first, let's look at some photos of the garden.
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Oh! Before I forget, here's Sophie Ellis-Bextor's latest, "Hypnotized"
(x @Wuh Oh, whoever that is?)
Anyway, carry on!
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Sunday, 26 June 2022
Well, that's the second quarter of the year almost done and dusted - where is it going in such a hurry?? So, as is now traditional, here's what I've been reading and watching since the last update:
Read∘ The rest of Typeset in the Future, by Dave Addey (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture onwards - last seen here, and presented on the right by my little Box Fox, Rutherford, from Star Trek: Lower Decks)
∘ And I'm still reading Little, Big, by John Crowley (I'm just over halfway through, now. I bought it on Kindle and thought it must be thousands of pages long as it's taking so long to get through, but I've just checked and it's 'only' 564 pages...)
∘ Call Me By Your Name (Netflix) - This reminded me of parts of my own teenage years. Not that I was a cool, self-assured teen (far from it, in fact) who had a dalliance with an older man in Italy, unfortunately. The fly on Timothée Chalamet's shirt right at the end stole the show, though.
∘ Cobalt Blue (Netflix) - My gods the artist lodger (played by Prateik Babbar) is handsome!
∘ Star Trek: Picard (Amazon Prime) - S2, eps 5-7 then I gave up on this incoherant mess, leaving eps 8-10 unwatched. I should have known after the crushing disappointment of season one.
∘ A Monster Calls (BBC iPlayer) - Enchanting and sad.
Wednesday, 22 June 2022
First things first, the leading photo in this post is to address the disappointment of no actual sunset in yesterday's Summer Solstice post. Poor Mr Tonking was so looking forward to it, so I hope this Big Gay Sunset (thank you, Jon) from out of my
pit nest boudoir window on the 19th will suffice?
Now, on to the titular moths and knock-offs, also from the 19th:
Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Yes, the longest day is here, and didn't it come around quickly!? Where is the year going?
Anyway, as I'm working today, rather than miss out on the extra few seconds of daytime because I'm stuck in front of a laptop, I thought I'd capture the day so I can experience it tomorrow instead (I have the day off!). Of course, if any of you, the delightful Blogorati, wish to make use of this day after it's occurred too, then help yourselves!
This is part one. I'll post part two tonight, soon after it happens.
Sunday, 19 June 2022
On Thursday, knowing that the temperatures on Friday were going to hit at least 30° and therefore any outside venturing then would result in heatstroke, and crisping of skin followed by complete desiccation, I slapped on some sunscreen, stepped outside and sloped off down to the beach to get some fresh air and have a paddle.
Thursday, 16 June 2022
As I don't have anything else to post about, here are some photos of flying things that would otherwise languish on my hard drive. While the cow below may be able to jump over the moon, I'm not convinced that it can actually fly. Fortunately, there's a pheasant in the lower right corner which meant I can include this photo (it was taken at the beginning of June while I was cat-stting at my sister, Inexcuseable's house while she was away - as were the following three photos).
Friday, 10 June 2022
Thursday, 9 June 2022
I've got to prepare for an invasion - I suspect The Little Witch and Vom Smallhäusen will appear any moment now - so, as I have just finished sorting out the photos I took on this morning's drift along the beach, I thought I'd pop the least boring up here for you to peruse while I'm battening down the hatches etc. Besides, I haven't furnished you with beach pics for quite some time, so this will be a nice(?) change from Triffids and such (although there are some triffids here).
I shall return once normality has descended upon Hexenhäusli Device once more...
Sunday, 5 June 2022
Not to hoe, obviously. I don't ride hoes as I don't want to be mistaken for a warlock (although I do wear hoodies). Warlocks tend to be vain and self-aggrandising, and a little bit dim fortunately, otherwise - if they stopped thinking about themselves for a mere micromip - they could cause a lot more bother than they already do.
Anyway, enough about those hoes, let's have a look at how the allotment is doing, shall we? If you make it all the way to the end, I'll treat you to a couple of hoes, and there may even be a bit of a rake!
Friday, 3 June 2022
Would you excuse me, please. I'm just navigating from one disaster to another. Having finally got to grips with The Great Comment Catastrophe, I now find myself without a suitable hat for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. I've already missed nearly two days of it because Liz threatened to revoke my Royal Garden Party invitation if I didn't attend at least one day out the four suitably attired.
I've resorted to trawling through Dame Barbara Cartland's photo album* looking for inspiration because I couldn't find a thing I liked in her Collectors' Edition brochure...
I quite like her witch's hat, but that's probably because it's very similar to my day-to-day wear. However, I think I'm going to go for the swimming cap (although I may dispense with one of the masts and its array of sails).
Now I just need to get measured up. Does anyone know if the Infomaniac House of Beauty is open today?
* More of the Pink Dame's photo album can be found here.
Sunday, 22 May 2022
Aaaaarrrrgh! I'm having the devil of a time trying to comment both here and on any other Blogger blog. Blogger tells me I'm either not signed in (clearly I am as I've managed to post this!), or 'There has been an error. Please try later." Oh, shit off!
I wonder if this is the same problem that Melanie was having last month?
Wordpress blogs don't seem to be affected though, as I've just commented successfully at Ms Scarlet's...
As I can't be arsed to deal with this nonsense right now (too hot!), here are some photos from my earlier escapades around the pond:
EDIT: 23.05.2022 19:09 - I thought it Blogger had sorted itself out, but after four comments, I got the dreaded "Failed to publish comment. Please try again later" message. [sad face]
I'm not ignoring you, I promise!
EDIT: 23.05.2022 19:14 - It worked once more then decided that was enough. Grrrrrrr....