So, what say ye to some music?
Halo, by Depeche Mode
I really like Depeche Mode, and while their more recent albums haven’t quite done it for me (aside from a song or two here and there), I’m still very fond of their earlier work, and this is probably my favourite song of the bunch. Added to that, the video is probably the product of some post-acid-trip dream, and in the best of musical traditions it appears to have bugger all to do with the song itself.
But come on, now — what else?
Forest Fires and Evacuation Bags
This isn’t the most up-beat bit of posting, but it’s going on right now, as it does some years — a fire broke out last night, just 50-75 acres when we heard about it, but by noon today it’d expanded to 7,500 acres, and who knows how big it is right now. The fire prompted us to get our evacuation stuff in order, making sure that our bags are ready to go, and we have a box with the things we REALLY don’t want to get rid of. And, speaking of that…
Getting Rid Of Things
Because we’re doin’ it. We figured out recently that we have a bunch of stuff we don’t actually like, or will never use — and the majority of it is now making the short leap from our shelves, racks and storage areas into black bin bags, ready to be dropped off at the nearest Goodwill. It’s odd how, when you take the time to look at some of the things you have, you realise you don’t have any good reason not to throw them away.
Apple Trees, Fruit, and Straightening
Our apple-trees are now beginning to do the Apple Thing, and though I don’t know if they’ll be good eatin’ apples (they MAY be good cookin’ apples) I’m looking forward to getting them off the tree anyway. Trouble is, I have no idea what TYPE of apples they are, which makes figuring out the appropriate harvest-time a bit of a pain in the backside.
Also, one of the trees is leaned over crooked — so I’m looking into the process of pulling up a tree with a couple of stakes and a ratchet strap (plus a bit of padding to protect the tree). The idea is, if you can get it straight, it’ll be able to bear more fruit — but it remains to be seen if I can manage it…
Five Hibiscus and a Free, Dead Hummingbird Vine
Last, we come to flowers. This Christmas, we lost two hibiscus plants — one through accidental neglect, and one through a reaction to the fertiliser, we think — but my wife’s sister sent her five more, which were in a dormant state. We looked online, and found that the company responsible for sending them had a terrible reputation — people kept reporting that they’d received half a dozen or more of these plants, given them all a couple of months, and then bang — bugger all happened. They were dead, stayed dead, and that was that.
So I started watering and fertilizing ours with little hope. However, of the five received, four are now sprouting up nicely, and look like they’ll grow into healthy plants. The fifth remains decidedly quiet for now, while the hummingbird vine — a freebie — seems pretty determined to stay dead. Still, given that I expected six pots of dead, I reckon having four actual plants growing out of them is a winner!