My sister took this photo of her daughter playing in a puddle. I think it is one of the best pictures ever.

I’m not tagging this with anything, so it doesn’t get used and abused. This is just for my friends online, to see if you love it as much as I do!

Tigridia Post. I Have To, The Photos Are Piling Up.


I think I’ll do all pink ones.

I’m beginning to think that wasps are the main pollinators of my tigridia – unless it is just the wind doing the job?

Did you notice? Most are pink and white, but some are pink and yellow!

I had a hard time deciding if this was red or pink… So much for the stereotype that women know all the colours. I think it’s more red, now – comparing to the other pictures. Oh well! 

 A bit battered.
 Not quite open yet, but I had to go to work. Hence the very abused steel-toe Caterpillar Boots in frame.


The Boys


Spot (the Bengal) and Lokii (the Siamese) were on me like white on rice last night.  

My blue-clad legs and bare feet. I love how Spottie must touch my skin with his feet, if at all possible.

But then I had to get up. Which is always difficult, especially when your right leg has now gone entirely to sleep and feels like a chunk of wood that also hurts like ever-living-hell. I’m blaming the weird leg-nerve damage from my fucked up spine on the fact it takes longer for my leg to wake up than it does for me to realise it has gone to sleep.

In any case: they were on me because I was sitting in front of a fire

Spot is an old man, and I can guess that his nose doesn’t work as well as it used to. It’s my only explanation for the way he decided to curl up – face in his ‘brother’s’ butt. Mmm.
Brotherly love – even sans my legs as a nice warm moat against the world. 



Have any of my fine friends read the Xeelee Sequence? Because I’m loving the hell out of it, and stretching my brain in the process. I’d love to talk to someone else who has done the same. I’m nearly done, and my head is swimming with naked singularities and quantum fissures and wormholes and alllll of this amazing stuff. Is Stephen Baxter a genius? I have trouble wrapping my head around some of these ideas, and that is a rare feeling -I love it!

Gerbera Daisies


They are still just baby buds at the moment, the size of my thumbnail, but I’m so excited to have them coming up!


Will it be yellow? Will it be white? 

Will it be red or pink or purple? So exciting! Okay I’m easily pleased when it comes to plants.

I’ve always wanted these. So glad I finally found some seed for sale as already-growing plants are quite pricey. I have six – and who knows what colours they will be?! Stay tuned!

Plants That Are Not Tigridia


They are feeling left out. 

Remember the new lilies I planted back in April? It was a bit late, I know, but they are finally up.

The first ones to awaken are very small.

From the Aldi ‘Roselily Mix’ – and so far only the pink and white ones of the mix have come out to say hello.

And just the two. Oh well. 

These are some of the Aldi ‘Pixels Mix’ I’ve bought in the past – but this is a very unexpected colour! It wasn’t on the package at all. The above is them as youngin’s…

…and this is them, a little more awake. The blooms last a good long time, too, yay! Very good autumn colours, I think.

Not so sure they go well with the big pink and cream ones up above?

But aren’t they fantastic? Hubby and I are both in love with this one, another Aldi prize, ‘Lollipop.’

The packaging said they were meant to be short, only 14-16cm (5.5 – 6.3in tall) – ha! One is that short. The other is a good 2.5 feet or 76cm tall! As big as the Pixels are meant to get – you can see that the short one is taller than the tall one, in the first photos. Go figure. I expect I have mutants.

The nasturtium (from seed last year, but I collected the seeds for this batch) has been moved to along the wall (about a metre high) and it seems to love growing up into the ivy. 

The not-sweet pea lives right behind where I’ve planted the nasturtium, and comes back every year. It is MASSIVE. Not-sweet because it has no scent, bummer eh? This is from seeds I collected in Akron, Ohio, in a year that didn’t start with a 2. Considering I moved here in 2005, it is amazing it was still viable.

 Gorgeous – whatever it is. I’ve forgotten. It scents (or stinks) up my front doorstep marvellously. It is not a Stargazer lily but close.

Roses are still going strong. I thought this was an odd-looking cluster. Will be interesting when all the buds open! Ignore the damned black-spot: I can’t get rid of it.

 And the California poppies are still going like gangbusters, too. 

Tigridia AGAIN


I have soooo many pictures now. It’s crazy. Scores of them, each of a bloom that lasted just 8 hours or so. There are literally too many to post.

What should I do? I could do an all-pink post, or all-yellow, or all-red; or the funky striped hybrid I seem to have created accidentally. I can’t pick the ‘best of’ as every one is perfect and amazing.

Okay. I have two “cheating” pictures, where there is more than one flower in the shot. I’ll start with those.


A rare, dry morning!

 Ooo, one with my hand in frame, to give you an idea of size. I don’t have small hands, either!   

 Spot the wasp?

My favourite picture so far of several together. Had it as my FB cover photo until about an hour ago.

Oh, and did I say I had two ‘cheating’ pictures? Turns out it was 13. Whoopsie!

Hope you liked them – and I am willing to post seed to you, if you want to give them a try. First year they won’t bloom, but the next? You get this madness!


Why, Thank You for Your Permission!


We buy toilet paper. TP. Loo roll. Bog roll. Bum wad. Or my new favourite: shit tickets.

Isn’t that great? Shit tickets. I’m so using that next time we run low. “Hey, honey? Buy some more shit tickets next time you are out!”

“Hey, honey? I used too many shit tickets and blocked up the jacks again!” [Jacks being the Irish term for the toilet – of which there are wayyyy too many slang terms for me to list.]

I bet you buy TP, too! Unless you steal it from work. I’m not judging.

What I bet you don’t have is specific instruction on what to do with your new purchase.

I’d never have figured it out on my own. Whew, I can poop now! Thanks!