Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Going into Steven King mode

'There's something living in there,' says the LSO (Long Suffering One). And I immediately go into Steven King mode. What is it? A ghost, a living corpse, an alien?
Being just the two of us over Christmas we can do what we want so we decided to knock down a wall in the bedroom with the idea of creating more space, using the eaves, in which to fit a small en-suite. We removed a fitted wardrobe and then knocked a hole in the wall. Excitedly, we shone the torch through the hole. I'm a writer - there could have been treasure from past residents, a portal to another time or universe...
No. There was nothing exciting. There was this.
The sliver of wood piercing the structure is a piece we knocked out. It lodged itself in but hopefully didn't awaken anything sleeping in the nest. If it does then we're in deep doo-doo as it's Christmas and the council pest control officer won't be working until next year. Meanwhile we are stuck with a giant nest. Want to rehome some wasps, anyone?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Let's get controversial

Happy Mithras everyone. And no, I'm not drunk or slurring my words.

Mithras was the son of god, born to a virgin on December 25th, died and rose again, had twelve devoted followers… Sound familiar? Mithras was alive about a millennia before Jesus.

I first met Mithras when reading a Merrily Watkins mystery by one of my all-time favourite authors, Phil Rickman. This one was called The Secrets of Pain. I love books that make you think and go and research some new thing you’ve encountered.

Monday, December 02, 2013

December Giggle Blog

We bumped into a friend who runs a cafĂ©. He’d been shopping and showed us the end of a hosepipe, the spray bit. He’d bought it at a large store. ‘It was only 20p,’ he told us.

‘At that price you could buy a couple of dozen and give them away with your Full English,’ said the LSO (Long Suffering One).

Our friend thought for a moment and then said, ‘No, it would be too much hassle. I’d need to put all the breakfasts up by 20p.’