The long way home

Jun. 24th, 2017 08:15 pm
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So that was the end of our stay on Lindisfarne. Memo to self: a half-week in a holiday cottage is shorter than a full week than you would believe possible. Also, much as I enjoyed our trip to Scotland last year, I do love spending time on Lindisfarne. But now it was time to go home. We could do something fun on the way home, though, couldn't we? [personal profile] durham_rambler had a request for what we might do. And it began like this:

Stairway to Heaven

More pictures under the cut )

[TF] Trial by Fire 02

Jun. 24th, 2017 08:19 am
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Chapter Rated: T
Summary: Starscream reluctantly endures Hot Rod's presence in his tower, while Rodimus seeks out distractions to pass the time, and makes a new friend.

Trial by Fire - Chapter Two

Starscream was an aft and rude besides, but at least he had good taste in fantasies. )

3 Things

Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:54 pm
[personal profile] stormkeeper_lovedoris
The weekend is almost here! Just one half day at work, and then let the weekend begin. Here are my plans:

- Alaska in town on Friday! I'll get to see him, with Eric

- Doris is off Saturday! We're going to do a food rescue at the food pantry, I'll do a shift at the Dems' table at the farmers' market, and we're going to go to the delicious restaurant Vegan Plate

- And we'll see Wonder Woman this weekend, finally

- And hopefully do more cooking of the abundance of veggies we have from the CSA

- We'll also watch the last 2 eps of OITNB

Oh Dear, I Fear This is So True....

Jun. 22nd, 2017 11:13 pm
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Last evening on the island

Jun. 22nd, 2017 10:07 pm
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After dinner I went for one last walk.

Down to the harbour, over the Heugh and down the other side to the beach immediately across the water from the sandbanks where the seals hang out. I couldn't see any seals, but I could hear them cooing to each other. The tide was quite low, so I walked round the headland towards Saint Cuthbert's island. The sun was just breaking through a grey sky, tracing a faint silver path across the wet sands:


Photograph taken at 9.20 pm. The solstice is past; the nights are drawing in.

Let them eat cake!

Jun. 22nd, 2017 04:13 pm
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At Pilgrims Coffee café yesterday, ordering lunch, I spotted the 'scone pudding', which appeared to be a version of bread pudding made - you'll never guess! - from leftover scones., and thought: I'll come back for some of that! Today, after lunch at the Ship (fish and chips, in my case), [personal profile] durham_rambler and I slipped away from the family party, and went back for a slice of cake, and cup of the coffee that [personal profile] lamentables and [personal profile] abrinsky had praised so highly.

If you do the same thing yourself, be warned - don't take your cake to the outside tables:

Let them eat cake

[personal profile] durham_rambler was very amused: "They're after your cake!"
"No," I said, "They're after your cake!"
They were quite fearless in pursuit of it, too:


But in the end, it was my cake that they got. I was laughing too much to defend it. This is not a criticism of the cake - the one corner I got was very good: but it was worth a slice of cake to sit back and watch the little birds mobbing it, and to feel the wind of their wings, and to watch the lone blackbird surveying them with an affronted air, clicking his beak impatiently (and audibly), as if wondering why they weren't giving way to his superior claim.


Jun. 21st, 2017 07:04 pm
[personal profile] stormkeeper_lovedoris
For whatever reason, feeling just a bit blah today. (The election result in Georgia, and the insanity on the health care bill in the Senate are not helping) - so it's time to do some gratitude

1. I have an excellent job

2. My spouse is awesome

3. My good health

Not the most interesting list for today but I do take it for granted


Jun. 21st, 2017 01:35 pm
[personal profile] stormkeeper_lovedoris
 I still can't figure out why Supergirl is so bland and boring, while we loved Arrow, Flash, and Legends. My only theory is that they are trying too hard to make her so likeable and non-offensive to everyone. On the other hand, it's nice to have a superhero is who not wallowing in angst all the time either. 
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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Miss Julia, #1)Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a complete delight! Miss Julia is a throwback to another time - my mother's generation, who finds herself confronting a very modern world. Her husband dies and nothing is the same as she learns many things and secrets that she'd never have believed. I loved every single page and every "thay Lord!" in this book. It takes place in North Carolina and the writer is a North Carolinian so the voice and the point of view are spot on. It has a bit of mystery, too.

I already ordered a copy of the next one in the series.

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st_aurafina: Root's face, words "Inside that storm behind your eyes" (POI: Root Storm)
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Title: Baby, You're My Flame
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 709
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Sick fic
Notes: For [community profile] 15kisses, Prompt: Endure. Part 3 of Fever (Part One: Getting Warmer, Part Two: What a Lovely Way to Burn)

Summary: Root is convalescing. She's just not very good at it.

Also at the Archive

Root was tired of being sick )

Diana of Themyscira

Jun. 21st, 2017 12:55 am
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I saw Wonder Woman yesterday, and I enjoyed it a lot. One of my favorite superhero movies so far, though I can't say how much of that is because of how wonderful it felt to watch a movie about a female superhero. Spoilers )

Usually I would go back and read many reaction posts/reviews of the movie by other people now, but I work full-time now and there are fewer hours in the day and it's very annoying. Still no time machine. (Though to be fair if I had a time machine there would be more important things to do than go back a few hours every day just so I have more free time.)

Moving House

Jun. 19th, 2017 07:35 pm
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When we first set up the hive, it had to be away from the house because we were replacing the roof and the solar panels on the south side of the house had to come down before the roof could be put on. So we put the hive on the North side of the yard, facing South to catch the sun in the entrance on most days.

But the entrance also faced the biggest part of our backyard lawn, and the flight path for the bees was right over the grassy area where all the kids would play if we had a party again in our backyard. So we had to move the hive.
Read more... )
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Who is really named Dean James.

Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks, #1)Murder Past Due by Miranda James

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had read this before and really liked it but this time, I found Charlie tediously boring and I got VERY tired of Diesel being mentioned in every paragraph.

The mystery was pretty good, though. He did stretch that out to the very end and it certainly wasn't who Charlie and I thought it was. I do remember the stories getting better as we meet more characters in Athena, Mississippi. Azalea was adorable - I want some of her roast!

I will actually read more of these, despite falling out of love with this first one.

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Along the briny beach

Jun. 19th, 2017 09:55 pm
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Just a little walk: it's not far from here to the harbour, then across the meadow onto the village green, round behind the church and down the track to the shore. They've made a display in the old lifeboat house, about the lifeboats: tales of courageous rescues, a comedy photo opportunity (of the 'your face here' variety) and - completely simple, but I found it very effective - the painted outline on the floor of the boat itself. I sat on one of the benches, and watched the swallows, and the play of the light behind the clouds over Saint Cuthbert's island:

Saint Cuthbert's island

With a little goodwill, maybe you can see the slanting rays of light coming down onto the island. Those clouds keep trying to rain, and a few drops hit me as I left the beach on the footpath up through the field, but they didn't come to anything. I cut through the churchyard, but there's scaffolding there, too, between the church and the priory, so I turned, and discovered there's a dangerous tree round the other side of the church: it didn't look dangerous, it looked as if it was lying down and resting, but the notices said it was dangerous, and who am I to argue?

Past the shiny new village hall, and along the village street. Passing the Impressions Gallery I was invited in by the artist, and he told me that the excavation on the Heugh have found Saint Aidan's church - a bit of poking around the internet tells me that that is what they were looking for, but I can't find any up-to-date information.

Something to investigate tomorrow...


Jun. 19th, 2017 03:16 pm
[personal profile] stormkeeper_lovedoris
1.  Seven weeks till I'm on sabbatical

2. Still been sleeping like a baby

3. Weekend was full of nice times


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