llywela: (Layla-May)


I think I have lost the battle for my lovely new chair

llywela: (flower - bluebell)
Isn't it lovely to feel that spring is properly here now? I spent most of Saturday with my Mum at the RHS Flower Show here in Cardiff, where we met this chap:

And I bought a bunch of lovely new plants:
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Here we have a fritillaria (bought to console me for my little snake's head fritillary, which got munched by slugs before it could flower this year), a phlox, a thrift, a viola, muscari, a couple of anemones and a clematis majojo, which I bought because: majojo.

Also, the castle was looking rather lovely in the spring sunshine:
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My cats are certainly enjoying getting out in the sun!


Since the weather has been so lovely lately, I've been getting out and about a bit more. I went the other week for a hike up to the Caerau Hillfort up at the top end of Ely. It's an ancient Iron Age site - the earthworks are now covered by trees, but there's been a lot of archaeology going on up there in recent years to discover the extent of the settlement. This is what it looks like from the air (not my photo, obviously):

There isn't a lot to see on foot - just a very flat hill top with some cows grazing, but at the north-eastern end of the site stands the ruins of a medieval church, St Mary's

Alongside a small ringwork that is believed to be the site of a castle, probably contemporary with the church


On a clear day you can see right across the city from the edge of the ringwork - not pictured 'cause it was really misty the day I was there, but its easy to see what a strong, defensible position it was, back in the day.
llywela: (flower-riverside)
Springtime in my garden! Poppy and Alfie are loving it.


But they can only take so much outdoors before they have to retreat

STUFF!

Oct. 11th, 2013 09:48 am
llywela: (DW-2-bored)
I have been catching the bus to and from work for a week now and have already ascertained that the #61 bus is ALWAYS overcrowded. Ah, the joys of commuting!

But the trials and tribulations of bus travel aside, today is a happy day because, after months of rabid speculation, the BBC have finally, officially confirmed that lost episodes of Doctor Who have been found! One complete serial and one almost complete serial, both from season 5 - one of the hardest hit by the burnination policy of the 1970s.

More details here and here - it's an absolutely fascinating story, the outcome of a physical search that's been going on for a number of years, with a big find rumoured for about two years now. The rumour went viral within the Doctor Who fandom back in the summer and the speculation since then has been fevered, to say the least. But now we have The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear back in the fold and available for digital download immediately, with DVDs to be released in November and February - the number of missing episodes now down from 106 to 97. Awesomesauce!

No doubt there's a lot we still don't know about this find and what's been going on behind the scenes, but for now let's just be happy that we get to see two more adventures with the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria! Enemy of the World is one of my favourite novelisations and Web of Fear features the very first appearance of the Brigadier - before he was promoted to Brigadier and put in charge of UNIT. Baby Brigadier, Yeti and evil doppelgangers - what's not to love about that?!

In Other News, my Poppy cat managed to escape from the new flat the other night. It was my fault completely. I'd opened a window, just a crack, but I knew she was a flight risk (she's been stir crazy ever since we moved) and I knew she knows how windows work. So she got out, knocking a windowbox off the sill in the process (she's a very clumsy cat) and disappeared off into the gathering gloom of evening. I panicked and spent half an hour calling her and jingling a little bell that she usually responds to, fretting that she'd be lost in an unfamiliar neighbourhood. Then finally I heard crashing in the apple tree in next door's garden, and at last Poppy came flinging herself out of the tree, closely followed by a big unneutered ginger tom - which ran when it saw me. But Poppy was in such a state that she ran straight past the wide open back door and tried to get back in through the window, which I'd closed - she hurled herself at the window and bounced off into my plant pots again, squishing a rather fragile fuchsia in the process, which I'm not happy about. I had to call her and physically shepherd her through the door, she was freaking out so much.

So should I be impressed by her ability to memorise her route back the way she got out, or despair at her brainlessness in running straight past the open door to try to get back in through a closed window?

Finally, just to spam your f-lists even more, here are some pretty pics of Poppy and Alfie helping me pack for the move.
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llywela: (Alfie02)
This is what I have to contend with these days, every time I want to use the bathroom for any reason.
Alfie in sink



Yeah, Alfie has developed a deep and abiding obsession with running water that shows no sign of lifting. If I go upstairs, he runs ahead of me to jump in the sink, just in case I might feel inclined to turn the tap on so he can play with the water. He even puts himself to sleep in the sink, which is apparently just the right shape and size to be cosy. What can I say? He's nuts.

Poppy, who is much more sensible, prefers to curl up on a nice, sunny windowsill, thanks all the same.
Poppy Poppy

kittyspam

Oct. 23rd, 2012 12:43 pm
llywela: (Alfie02)
Today feels like a day for a kittyspam to entertain me over lunch, so here are some pics of Alfie sleeping on top of Poppy and Poppy not really caring very much



More behind the cut )

kittyspam

Oct. 23rd, 2012 12:43 pm
llywela: (Alfie02)
Today feels like a day for a kittyspam to entertain me over lunch, so here are some pics of Alfie sleeping on top of Poppy and Poppy not really caring very much



More behind the cut )

kittyspam!

Jun. 8th, 2012 08:27 pm
llywela: (cats-PoppyAlfie02)
Came home from work this evening to find a dead bird on the front door mat, all over the mail (thanks for that, Alfie) and my cotinus bush half collapsed all over the back yard - more of a tree than a shrub, really, it's about 15 feet tall and grows up the back wall on two main stems. One of those stems had just bent right in half, irreparable. Luckily I'd seen it bending before work this morning and ran out in the rain to rescue a few pots from beneath it - and also the washing line, which is just as well, since by this evening it had collapsed so far the washing line would have snapped if it had still been caught! So, I've spent my evening so far disposing of baby bird remains, cleaning bird blood off my mail and performing tree surgery! My garden is now a sea of sad, chopped up branches. Now keeping my fingers crossed that the other stem, which is swaying worryingly, doesn't also come down overnight. This wind can die down any time now, please!

So to brighten my mood, let's have a cuddly kitty-spam! Poppy and Alfie love nothing better than cwtching up together, especially in stormy weather like this. :)
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kittyspam!

Jun. 8th, 2012 08:27 pm
llywela: (cats-PoppyAlfie02)
Came home from work this evening to find a dead bird on the front door mat, all over the mail (thanks for that, Alfie) and my cotinus bush half collapsed all over the back yard - more of a tree than a shrub, really, it's about 15 feet tall and grows up the back wall on two main stems. One of those stems had just bent right in half, irreparable. Luckily I'd seen it bending before work this morning and ran out in the rain to rescue a few pots from beneath it - and also the washing line, which is just as well, since by this evening it had collapsed so far the washing line would have snapped if it had still been caught! So, I've spent my evening so far disposing of baby bird remains, cleaning bird blood off my mail and performing tree surgery! My garden is now a sea of sad, chopped up branches. Now keeping my fingers crossed that the other stem, which is swaying worryingly, doesn't also come down overnight. This wind can die down any time now, please!

So to brighten my mood, let's have a cuddly kitty-spam! Poppy and Alfie love nothing better than cwtching up together, especially in stormy weather like this. :)
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kittyspam

May. 3rd, 2012 01:50 pm
llywela: (cats-PoppyAlfie01)
It's been an age since I posted, so here - have a random kittyspam!


More Poppy and Alfie pics behind the cut )

kittyspam

May. 3rd, 2012 01:50 pm
llywela: (cats-PoppyAlfie01)
It's been an age since I posted, so here - have a random kittyspam!


More Poppy and Alfie pics behind the cut )

yuk

Apr. 5th, 2012 07:39 pm
llywela: (Alfie02)
I think Alfie has found a nest of mice somewhere in the lane behind the house. Just lately, every night when I get home from work I find sad little chewed up mouse remains waiting for me on the mat - usually little more than a pair of feet, and sometimes also a tail. I'm assuming he's been eating the rest, since I have yet to find any more remains stashed anywhere around the house! And this is the cat who wouldn't dream of eating cat meat, or even real roast meat that I've cooked (unless it is smothered in mayonnaise, he'll gobble it down then, because he is weird).

Yeah, cats are fun.

Poppy, on the other hand, remains incapable of catching so much as a spider. Alfie ran back and forth past her with a live mouse in his mouth six times last week, as I attempted to get the wretched thing off him. She didn't move a muscle. Just sat there and blinked at him in bewilderment. Bless her.

yuk

Apr. 5th, 2012 07:39 pm
llywela: (Alfie02)
I think Alfie has found a nest of mice somewhere in the lane behind the house. Just lately, every night when I get home from work I find sad little chewed up mouse remains waiting for me on the mat - usually little more than a pair of feet, and sometimes also a tail. I'm assuming he's been eating the rest, since I have yet to find any more remains stashed anywhere around the house! And this is the cat who wouldn't dream of eating cat meat, or even real roast meat that I've cooked (unless it is smothered in mayonnaise, he'll gobble it down then, because he is weird).

Yeah, cats are fun.

Poppy, on the other hand, remains incapable of catching so much as a spider. Alfie ran back and forth past her with a live mouse in his mouth six times last week, as I attempted to get the wretched thing off him. She didn't move a muscle. Just sat there and blinked at him in bewilderment. Bless her.

kittyspam!

Jul. 19th, 2011 01:22 pm
llywela: (birthday balloons)
Hallelujah! LJ has finally fixed the problem with my journal, so I can access it properly again.

In celebration, have some kitty-pics.

Alfie


Poppy

kittyspam!

Jul. 19th, 2011 01:22 pm
llywela: (birthday balloons)
Hallelujah! LJ has finally fixed the problem with my journal, so I can access it properly again.

In celebration, have some kitty-pics.

Alfie


Poppy
llywela: (cats-PoppyAlfie01)
Poppy has her 4th birthday next week, believe it or not!


And Alfie will be 2 in August!


Doesn't time fly!
llywela: (cats-PoppyAlfie01)
Poppy has her 4th birthday next week, believe it or not!


And Alfie will be 2 in August!


Doesn't time fly!
llywela: (poppy01)
Sitting in the tree right outside my office window is a blackbird, and it is the most tuneful blackbird ever. He's been singing merrily all morning, non-stop. Methinks he is maybe trying to impress someone...

During all my recent offline-ness, my little Poppy cat had her 3rd birthday. Seems like only yesterday that my sister first told me about this little kitty in need of a home. This is how tiny she was back then:

And this is how big she is now (the fixed stare is because there was a bird on the wall behind me):


More kitty-pics )

Too many tabby cats in my life!

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