A family of chickens beside a bus stop in Santa Cruz


The lurgy’s doing better than I am. Well no, it’s not that bad in the cosmic scheme of things, but I’m tired and getting a lot less done. I did manage to wrangle chapter 40 into some sort of shape and now I’m struggling with chapter 41. These are very short chapters and it’s not supposed to take a whole week to edit one, or even rewrite it. This morning…


Squee Sunday: baby hedgehogs

I remember occasionally finding hedgehogs in our garden in Leeds when I was a kid. We generally used to give them bread and milk, although they eat insects, snails, frogs, toads, snakes, birds eggs, carrion, fruits, mushrooms, grass roots. I was with an Iranian friend when she saw one for the first time, and that’s when I realised how very odd they look if you’re not used to them. They’re related…

'Freddie' and 'Brian' jamming, God Save The Queen concert in Tazacorte

God Save The Queen

Yay, I got out of the rut a little. We went to see the Queen tribute band, “God Save the Queen” in Tazacorte. We had to think twice about it, because it made for a late night followed by an early start next morning, but we really enjoyed their concert in Santa Cruz last year and we don’t get out of the rut often. After some thought, I asked to…


Squee Sunday: Astronomy

<script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script> <!– wide banner –> <ins class=”adsbygoogle” style=”display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8225954859676408″ data-ad-slot=”5474962705″></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sbq0WYnph0w” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Carl Sagan is still awesome.