Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Purple Clematis

This is a wildflower that's made its home in the yard. I certainly don't mind.

A bunch of clematis flowers.

A closer look at the flower structure.

A primula. I just don't think I've used this photo yet.

Well, folks, that should be it for my camera stockpile. Coming up? Oh, probably more snapshots with the phone, since it's generally handy. Or maybe some actual blather for a change.

Wouldn't that be weird?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Yes, it's Part Three of Using up photos because they'll just be out of date otherwise.

Anemone buds against a rock.

Single anemone posing (that sounds like a Tinder ad, maybe).

A group of anemones and their pet bee.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where there'll be... I dunno. Pictures of something.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Things in my Dad's yard

Being Part Two of Dee needs to use up some photos.

A ladybird beetle and some poplar fluff.

Last of the apple blossoms.

An Iceland Poppy hiding in a honeysuckle bush.

The lilacs aren't quite open yet.

Another ladybird beetle.

New grape leaves.

Yes, it's a fly on a rock.

Bleeding heart.

And now? Well, I upload more photos for tomorrow's post, of course.

Isn't this exciting?

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Pointless photos

Well, guess who got the camera out and then forgot to bring her flash drive to save the pictures on? Yes, yes, I could save to Google Drive or something like that, but that's kind of a pain in the behind when you don't have a computer or internet access at home.

Still, yes.

So here's what we're (meaning me and alllll the voices) going to do. I'll make a few queued photo posts here and then just pick up any (IF any) of the shots worth saving at another time. Ok?

Just read that last as: there are going to be a few days of pointless photo posts on the blog.

Everybody ready? Then let's begin.

The moon and Jupiter last night. Obviously just a hand-held shot.

A chickadee that really didn't want its picture taken.

See what I mean?

And now, annoying a cat by getting a prime lens too close to him.

Equal time annoying Bob, of course.

So that's today's pointless photo fiesta. Now on to tomorrow, which will miraculously happen almost immediately following this.

For me, anyway.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Yet again, rocks

Yes, my car veered towards the rock shop again on my way to Dad's place yesterday. It was on purpose this time: I wanted something to go a little better with my uncle's diamond stud earrings. I've been using them in my second lobe holes a lot, but to be honest, some of the earrings they get paired with are a little odd some days. Nothing wrong with that, of course -- it's practically my earring MO -- but I figured that it might be nice to have something that harmonised a bit more with them for those occasions that I don't want to look so much like a weirdo interpreter.

So to speak.

It wasn't like I was going to get anything expensive, naturally. Just something a little more faceted. So as you see above, there are green onyx studs (yeah, I usually avoid dyed rocks. They were nice, though), a rose quartz pendant (yeah, it's not earrings. Whatever. It'll go with some earrings I already have), and citrine and pearl drops.

Gah. Citrine. It's basically just yellow quartz, for those of you who are unfamiliar, and I've said before that I wouldn't ever have any since the jewellery industry switched the "modern" November birthstone from topaz, which I grew up with, to citrine. A matter of (misplaced, yes) principles, I suppose, but when you grow up with one thing and then it's arbitrarily changed to another thing by an industry that wants a cheaper alternative, isn't it a cheat?

Besides, I already had my grandmother's topazes...

Aaanyway. Here's a completely unattractive shot of the side of my head that I was too lazy to crop, in case anyone wanted to see what these things look like on. I think that either of them should go okay with the diamonds when I'm in the mood, really.

And just to get that last photo out of your brain a bit, let's end with today's pointless cat pictures:

Bob under the piano bench
Tom the Hamper Boy

That should do me for now, I think. Stay tuned for some actual camera photos tomorrow, since there are finally growing and flowering things to look at in the yard. And yes, that means that you get to look at them too.

Thursday, 12 May 2016


This is what's going on at work at the moment. Day-old chicks that will eventually go to the historic site that we run out of this office. They're cute, noisy, and chickens.

I'm not a fan, really.

Oh, I get the whole urban chicken movement, and as long as you only have a couple I'm sure that it's fine. I grew up down the hill from a commercial chicken operation, though. We called it a hatchery, but I think it was a pullet farm. At any rate, my memories of chickens are the exciting smells of the neighbourhood when they opened the barn doors on hot days to air things out.

Yep. You can keep your cute little chicks, friends.
This other thing is just a bit of silliness from a pointless but fun app called Magic Fluids. I'll let you look it up for yourselves, if you're interested. The only reason that I kept this particular iteration is that it looked vaguely space-ish. If you squint right, maybe. Anyway, it's fun and harmless and that's kind of my thing at the moment.

Say it with me now: back to work for me.

Friday, 6 May 2016

A picture of a duck

Ok, two ducks, even though the female's looking fairly headless here.

The algal bloom is partly because we've had a very warm spring (you may have heard about the fires, right?), and partly because the low snow cover has led to low lake levels around here.

We need rain, folks. Get out your best dance, please.

That's all you're getting for today, since this was just a little break from actual work. So, um, enjoy the ducks, I guess.

Or the algae. Whatever floats your boat.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

A poem for the first time in ages

Yeah, I'm putting this on another date. My family doesn't need to know this feeling.


You cut here
This piece that has screwed up my navel
And made sure that everyone who sees me now
Will say Surgery?
For what?
I'm not angry
For what?
You saved my life.
These staple tracks show that I'm still here
For what, though
I'm still not convinced.
You saved a life that I'm not sure I want.
That's what we do, you see
You put your life into keeping us
even when we maybe shouldn't be saved.
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