Remember this purple wall?
It's in the garden I went ga-ga over on the Shoals tour in 2006. Lavish slobbering was carried on here: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
That gardener, Phillip, started his own blog, called Dirt Therapy. You should check out his Christmas decorations. This one in particular just makes my mouth hang open. Isn't it amazing that real people do this, and not just when they're expecting a visit from magazine photographers?
Anyway, now he's tagged me for a meme about "eight things that make you happy". So here are some recent happies:
Girls Dominate the Siemens Competition. Woohoo!1
The library left a message that my copy of An Ice Cold Grave is waiting. Yay!
Latin Via Proverbs.
A little birdie told me that we might be getting a few really nice knives for Christmas.
My daily email from The Writer's Almanac (which is really more of a Reader's Almanac if you ask me). Each entry includes a short poem, and "Literary and Historical Notes," which often contains biographical tidbits about writers or artists (on their birthdays). Example from December 4th: "It's the birthday of poet Rainer Maria Rilke … who made a career as a poet by seducing a series of rich noblewomen who would support him while he wrote his books."
Stephen Duffy & the Lilac Time have a new album, Runout Groove. Had to get it from amazon.co.uk, but that's ok because it was dispatched in a hurry.2
Brittlestar's new one is out soon too. Well technically it's already "out" but due to my computer-with-not-one-ounce-of-spare-memory problems, I'm forced to wait for the hardware version.
The last one, I think I'll expand into a separate post.
1 Must... resist... saying... "You go girls"!
2 You can listen to some of it on their myspace page.