22 October 2014 @ 07:35 pm
I know there are people on my FL at the moment who could do with something to cheer them up, or just distract them from real life for a few minutes.

So I am sharing something that ffutures posted on his journal earlier.

I feel my Yo Ho Sebastian! icon should be replaced with a Yo Ho Bilbo one as I present to you... Hobbits of the Caribbean!

I feel: sillysilly
19 October 2014 @ 05:52 pm
Yesterday was our quarterly Messy Church session - and our craft theme was simply Autumn.

So we made 'thanksgiving wreaths' from paper plates and cut out leaves; hedgehogs and spiders from cakes; pictures from leaves; and planted bulbs for spring -

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I know there was something else I was going to say - but I can't remember what it was... it's my age, you know!
I feel: sleepysleepy
16 October 2014 @ 09:22 pm
The BBC have a new searchable archive called Genome. You can find the Radio Times TV listings from any given day between 1923 and 2009. Fellow Brits may, therefore, easily see what was on TV the day they were born, or married, or whatever.

And the TV for the day of my birth made me smile - even back then there was racing and snooker!

Of course the Radio Times only showed BBC programmes for many years - but when I was born you had no alternative anyway - so if you had a TV (which my parents didn't), the first programme of the day was shown at 3.30 in the afternoon -

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14.50 : Interlude

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Andy Pandy

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19.30 : NEWS and NEWSREEL

19.45 : SNOOKER
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21.30 : ZOO QUEST
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22.30 : NEWS (sound only)

Imagine children's television with the Allegro Quartet - or, for that matter, Georges Ulmer(who entertains in eight languages) on Music Hall Parade!

I think I might go and look to see what I missed the day I was giving birth....
I feel: tiredtired
15 October 2014 @ 09:40 pm
Here is the next chapter of my Éomer/Lothiriel story.

Cushions, Chapter Five - Various Thoughts On Elves...

Rating PG

Word count for this chapter 1,850

Beta'd as usual by speakr2customrs
(Which required us to undertake much discussion when it came to this chapter...)

Previous chapters are HERE

Disclaimer as chapter one.

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Feedback is much appreciated - please point out any errors.
I feel: contentcontent
12 October 2014 @ 10:04 pm
It is the 12th of the month and so I have been recording my day for the monthlydiaryday community.

Today's diary includes the annual ritual of the making of the Christmas cake. If you want to know more about my day you can...

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I feel: contentcontent
10 October 2014 @ 09:01 pm
I was given some of the autumn flowers from church on Sunday as a thank-you for leading the service.

They still look really nice, and I thought I would share them....

Harvest flowers
I feel: busybusy
09 October 2014 @ 09:58 pm
Remember I wrote about making bread with the children from church?

My sister has just sent me a picture of the assorted sized and shaped rolls, in their baskets, before they were all eaten -


Some of them were a bit small... but they all tasted good!
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I feel: tiredtired
05 October 2014 @ 08:23 pm
Work is very hectic at the moment - I am looking forward to retirement early next year more and more, even though I enjoy my work. I sort of feel a weekend where I did nothing but lie around in my nighty for two days, and someone else just gave me food at regular intervals, would be good.

But this weekend was not that weekend... but it has been nice.

Yesterday was S2C's birthday. He decided he would like lunch out with D-d and I to celebrate, and we went over to Peel to Harbour Lights.

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I feel: tiredtired
That headline will look like secret code to some of you....

Thing One; Although the Middle Earth Fanfic Awards (MEFAs)are no longer run, aranel_took maintains their wonderful Story Archive which lists the titles of every piece that was nominated for the Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards from 2004-2011, with a link to each one. (If you didn't know this, then it is a fantastic library of good Tolkien based stories which could keep you happy all over the winter and beyond.)

Thing Two; The Henneth Annun Story Archive (HASA) is closing at the end of December. Many writers are making sure their stories are archived in other places, and other people are doing their best to make sure the stories by those who are no longer around fandom are also preserved.

What have these two things got to do with each other? The MEFA Archive contains links to every story that has competed in the MEFAs - and some of those links are to the version that is archived at HASA.

So - if you have ever had a story nominated for a MEFA, and think you may have given them an address at HASA, then you can (a) check by going to your own name in the MEFA Archive, and (b) if yu did give a link to HASA, go to this post by aranel_took, and give her a link to your story other than the one at HASA, and she will update the Archive.

By the way - if you have stories at HASA and nowhere else, I know that you would be very welcome to post them at Faerie.
I feel: busybusy
30 September 2014 @ 07:25 pm
Thank you to everyone who voted in the Tree and Flower Awards - especially those who voted for my stories :P

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Full list of winners is here - do go and read; and remember that comments make the writer's day.
I feel: gratefulgrateful