Round-up

Apr. 23rd, 2010 08:14 am
juliet: My rat Ash, at 6 wks old, climbing up the baby-rat-tank and peering over the edge (ash exploring)

I have been meaning to make an actual post but keep totally failing, so here is a round-up of bits & pieces instead.

Sidney & me at the BP AGM last week. In further PUPDATE news, Sid is doing v well, apart from an unfortunate tendency to wake up at 6am (and when Sidney wakes up...). Ignoring her gets her to settle down until 6.30 but no longer than that. Also she chewed the laces & the Velcro off my bike shoes yesterday. She's getting pretty good at coming when called in the park, though, unless she's found something edible elsewhere (e.g. another person with *better* biscuits). She is, of course, generally utterly adorable. (Currently she is bugging me to go for a walk, but has given up and is killing one of her toys instead.) Another Sidney photo.

I have been ludicrously busy of late -- it's That Time Of Year on both allotment & balcony, & with the latter in particular as I am in the process of writing a book about growing stuff in containers I am having to make sure I don't let things slide this year! Having a bit more time to get down the allotment in the week is making things there seem more in control now, though, which is nice. Also the asparagus has started (v tasty although a slight odd bitterness to it; I have no idea why & the internet is unhelpful), as has the rhubarb.

Been visiting or being visited by lots of people ([livejournal.com profile] lovelybug, some old friends from school, C and [livejournal.com profile] ladyjulian), which has been lovely; and went up to DO RESEARCH (or to BE RESEARCHED ON, rather) by [livejournal.com profile] menthe_reglisse last weekend, which was great fun both in terms of the actual workshop & the sitting around chatting to nice people afterwards. Plus it was a seriously gorgeous day, just right for wandering up through the village and sitting out in the garden & later the pub. This weekend I am off to Bangface, so am hoping the good weather will continue.

Informative Things:

  • Petition to stop Kiana Firouz being deported. She's an Iranian lesbian, who's been refused asylum and now faces being deported to a country where homosexuality is punished by 100 lashes on a first offence and potentially death on a third. Apparently the Home Office believes that it's OK to deport gay and lesbian people in such circumstances, because they can be "discreet". Never mind that, as [livejournal.com profile] ladyjulian in a country where women are strongly expected and may even be forced to marry, "discreet" means at best a loveless marriage and at worst regular rape. Good to see the Home Office looking out for the rights of women and minorities, there. See also this short document from UKLGIG (link from [livejournal.com profile] ladyjulian) which had me raging.
  • LJ has started rewriting outbound links to include its own affiliate codes again. (see also here, which includes how to stop this happening to your links. Or if you want a Dreamwidth invite, let me know.

Right, I must away and finish packing.

Party!

Jan. 20th, 2008 05:30 pm
juliet: (glasto trapeze)
Thank you to everyone who came along last night; you are all very splendid, & I hope everyone had as good an evening as I did. I feel thoroughly birthdayed now. Being 30 is aces so far.

(Also, apologies to folk I didn't get to talk to: customary too-many-people-too-little-time problem. Bah!)

House is once again tidy (well, as tidy as it usually is), and we even made it down to the allotment this afternoon after splendid [livejournal.com profile] marnameow-produced fryup. (Although didn't actually do anything in the allotment beyond dump the compost stuff in the compost bin & take a few indie garlics and a rogue raspberry cane out.)

My friends rock :-)

Party!

Jan. 20th, 2008 05:30 pm
juliet: (glasto trapeze)
Thank you to everyone who came along last night; you are all very splendid, & I hope everyone had as good an evening as I did. I feel thoroughly birthdayed now. Being 30 is aces so far.

(Also, apologies to folk I didn't get to talk to: customary too-many-people-too-little-time problem. Bah!)

House is once again tidy (well, as tidy as it usually is), and we even made it down to the allotment this afternoon after splendid [livejournal.com profile] marnameow-produced fryup. (Although didn't actually do anything in the allotment beyond dump the compost stuff in the compost bin & take a few indie garlics and a rogue raspberry cane out.)

My friends rock :-)

lazy day

Jan. 15th, 2008 06:16 pm
juliet: (Default)
Thank you all for birthday wishes!

Have spent the afternoon reading, knitting, watching Torchwood, and sticking stickers on my map-of-bike-insanity. The reading in particular was v satisfying - I sit down and read far too rarely these days.

lazy day

Jan. 15th, 2008 06:16 pm
juliet: (Default)
Thank you all for birthday wishes!

Have spent the afternoon reading, knitting, watching Torchwood, and sticking stickers on my map-of-bike-insanity. The reading in particular was v satisfying - I sit down and read far too rarely these days.

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