Cubist Collage

Outside is shrouded in clouds and sodden with rain, so here is a view from inside.
Admin1 is reading The Last Astronaut by David Wellington, a highly derivative cross between Rendezvous with Rama and Alien, complete with chestburster scene. How this awful, badly characterised and idiot-plotted novel got on the Clarke Award shortlist is one of the great cosmic mysteries.
Admin2 is rereading Time out of Joint by Philip K Dick. Nothing is real.

Finding Jesus

Baby Jesus has been missing from our Nativity scene for years now but Admin2 found him in the cupboard while reading the gas meter. Admin2’s mother made the set from a kit of plaster of Paris moulds back in the olden days. Jesus looks like a self portrait.

Admin2 is reading Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux but abandoned it because surfing is boring. Admin1 is reading The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry.
We scored 10 on the GWQ.

Will You Love Me to Marrow?

We have been keeping an eye on our tiny courgettes, hoping that they would eventually grow big enough to be worth eating. Yesterday we found this long-as-your-arm monster hiding under a leaf.

And here it is baked and stuffed. Yums!

Admin1 is reading The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell. Admin2 is reading The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths which was implausible and stupid.

All the Family

With this lot on our team we managed to score 11 on the GWQ. Thx Gui, Lee, Bi & Fi, C, G & D.
Admin1 is reading Transcription by Kate Atkinson; finely written, but I wasn’t convinced by the denouement. Admin 2 is reading America City by Chris Beckett, a fabulous book about the power of publicity to change for the worse an America changed for the worse by climate change, and topical in the week of Hurricane Michael.

In the Air Tonight

Our new toy tool: a drone with a movie camera, bought to look at the solar panels to see if they need a clean (and definitely not to have fun with). It’s pretty difficult to control in small spaces, but Admin1 is slowly improving with practice. This is the highest we’ve taken it so far.
Admin1 is rereading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.
Coffee of the day: Costa Rica Montanas del Diamante Tarrazu; smooth and citric.

Greet the New Door

Admin1 is reading No Echo by Anne Holt, which was totally implausible, not helped by the characters all acting like spoiled kids. Admin2 tried reading The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen but discovered that we had already read it under the title of Buried and is now reading Gnomon by Nick Harkaway, which was visionary.

Up on the Roof

Our shiny new roof is finished and it’s the sunniest day of the year so far but the solar panels are still parked next door so we aren’t getting any electrical benefits.


In the misty morning a cobweb sparkles with tiny dewdrops and frosted flies


And in the afternoon a parhelion lights up the sunny skies


A mediocre bathroom “improvement” from Norwood Interiors. Caveat emptor.


This blog is 500 posts old today. Happy blogiversary!
Admin1 watched Gravity and is reading The Jewel That Was Ours by Colin Dexter. Admin2 is reading A Perfectly Good Family by Lionel Shriver, about squabbling siblings.

Today the solar panels reached the amount of money we made in 2013.