Caducean Whisks

Caducean Whisks

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has overseas visitors coming to stay tomorrow morning. So is busy today stripping and renovating house, garden and car. And self.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Sophisticated
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Margaret Atwood, John Steinbeck
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Oryx & Crake (Atwood), A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving), Postcards (Proulx), Hard Facts (Spring), God of Small Things (Roy), Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck), What are you like? (Enright), Canopus cycle (Lessing), Hangover Square (Hamilton), The Earth (Zola)
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Perfectly balanced
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To write better and continually improve
    Your worst habit?
    .
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    A conspiracy from start to finish. My work will die with me
    Where do you write?
    .
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I keep chickens and rescue foxes

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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks has overseas visitors coming to stay tomorrow morning. So is busy today stripping and renovating house, garden and car. And self.
    3 days ago
    • Mashie Niblick
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      Mashie Niblick stripping? Are these, um, good friends?
      3 days ago
    • Snowflake
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      Snowflake Now there's a subject for a drawing! It's been some time since I did any life drawing classes.
      3 days ago
    • Jill
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      Jill They are coming to see you (perhaps not stripped!) not the house etc, so relax and really enjoy. :)
      3 days ago
    • Mezz
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      Mezz Wash your hair, hands and face. Check the toilet's been flushed, (I don't mean I think you washed in the toilet!!), They can help with the rest when they arrive. You won't worry about them being bored then xx
      3 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Stripping the *house*, Mr Mashup! Once a decade, whether it needs it or not. Snowy & Jill, I've gone into meltdown. Last time I have an overseas visitor, I did a 27 hour cleaning stint right through the night. Was swaying when he arrived. Just having 5 mins break then back at it now. Mezz, no time to wash my face! And they won't be bored, either. We have a full programme of events. *takes deep breath*
      3 days ago
    • Snowflake
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      Snowflake Whisks, I do the same every time we have visitors! (Cleaning, not stripping!)
      3 days ago
    • Snowflake
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      Snowflake . . . because it's not Halloween yet!!!
      3 days ago
    • Giselle
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      Giselle Happy stripping! And have fun!
      3 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Am stripped out. Early morning for me, then. :(
      3 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks "I don't agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Hands up who agrees.
    3 days ago
    • Barny
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      Barny ...and also the right to criticise you for saying it...
      3 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Actually I think that quote is a load of pompous baloney. :)
      3 days ago
    • Barny
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      Barny should include that with rights come responsibilities...
      3 days ago
    • SecretSpi
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      SecretSpi https://studentactivism.net/2015/01/08/no-voltaire-didnt-say-that-no-not-that-either/ There are some writers who I wouldn't even give up a few seconds to sign an online petition for, let alone my life, so that they could continue to write ;) (JOKE)
      3 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks No, I know he apparently didn't say it. It's a noble aspiration - until it comes to doing it. Still no hands up, I see :)
      3 days ago
    • SecretSpi
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      SecretSpi I'm glad he didn't say it. It does seem a touch pompous as you pointed out.
      3 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    I've got a similar photo from the sixties or early seventies of me clambering over the stones. Happy days :) I don't entirely know what the issue is with Stonehenge. As you say, they've withstood several tests of time, and the graffiti on them now ...
    4 days ago
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    Woolleybeans
    Woolleybeans commented on Caducean Whisks's wall:
    I think it's some magic of the Isle of Lewis. They almost all look massive and then have four rooms in total or something.
    6 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks commented on Woolleybeans's wall:
    Oh wow! Thank you! It looks so much bigger than 'two-bedroom'. Perhaps it's an inverse tardis? Bigger on the outside?
    6 days ago
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    Woolleybeans
    Woolleybeans commented on Caducean Whisks's wall:
    This is the link for the house on Zoopla, Whisks - https://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/44475997?search_identifier=214d39cbe4e7b2a22b029fc7991374c1
    6 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks commented on Woolleybeans's wall:
    Where's this remote chocolate box cottage you mentioned? Link please!
    6 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks has had her first anonymous letter about her boy bird.
    6 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Oh, that's a shame!
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Also cowardly.
      6 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Most definitely.
      6 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra So what did this anonymous letter writer have to say about this boy-bird of yours, Whisks? 'He's waking me up in the morning!'
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Yup. Plus lots of smug 'helpful' advice, so they - whoever they are - don't have to resort to the council. Can I point out that I've endured fifteen years worth of building work - drilling and banging and piling - so much so, that the drains of several streets are now blocked up with rubble and cement and the water board have been pumping and digging from 11pm all night for weeks. I chould go on.
      6 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Sadly, I haven't been woken by the triumphant crow of a cockerill or the sweet song of a blackbird for many a year now but consider myself lucky to be woken each morning by the cry of seagulls.
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks It's 11:30pm. A helicopter has been circling for ages, keeping me awake. Perhaps I should report it to the council.
      5 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra Hey! Sorry you overtook me there, Whisks! My last comment was a continuation of my views on how pathetic objecters to a cock-crow really are. Forgive me but I had no idea how much s**t you are going through now. If I were you I would be looking for the best legal advice I could find. You don't deserve this. Big hugs, xx
      5 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra And again you have overtaken me. Helicopters have been circling my neck of the woods for several nights now. T'is all about preserving good men who go down to the sea in ships and bad men seeking to penetrate our borders.
      5 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra Time to say Good Night and God bless xx
      5 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Good morning, now. I put up blackout last night (*before* The Letter) and gained us another 1.5 hours so that's something. I didn't take your comments amiss C, my point was that we all make noise and there's plenty I don't like but don't go shoving anonymous letters through doors.
      5 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra Nor I, Whisks. I'm a long-suffering soul but if moved to complain I use headed note paper and sign it with my name clearly written in capitals underneath before sticking it through a letter box if near enough or a pillar box if not. As you say, we all make noisesometimes and many are nothing but an expressiin of joy: children at play (romping on a trampoline or squealing in a bouncy castle); barbecue parties in neighbouring gardens (the smoke of a new-lit barbecue drifting in through my windows arouses only happy memories). The drone of a neighbour's lawn mower on a Sunday morning reminds me of when I worked a six-day week and had only Sunday mornings to clear the way to my vegetable patch. All it does is remind me I no longer have to do that :-) These are all sounds of a life lived to the full. I'm also a great fan of DIY but have always apologised to my nearest neighbours in advance with an offering of flowers and an assurance they can knock on my door anytime if heavy drilling, hammering, sawing, knocking out of walls etc becomes too much to bear then and I will stop. I expect the same courtesy from them but ...
      4 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra Takes a breath. I needed a paragraph here and the above could use a little editing but I'm not writing for publication :-) To continue: your story of the past fifteen years is horrifying. It would have driven me nuts long before this to have all that going on around my home without a word of apology nor any offer of relief. The final insult would be an anonymous complaint about my cockerel doing what every cockerel does: salute the dawn in time-honoured manner. In my view a little courtesy goes a very long way and it seems to me you have been in receipt of too little of that for a very long time. Sad :-(
      4 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Thank you. The very fact that it is anonymous tells me they don't want to enter into conversation. I can't apologise, tell them how I'm trying to manage the situation (which I am), and how it may result in the removal of my bird - but I want to try other avenues first. I am actively applying brain, and having some success with him. But that letter. Makes me feel unsafe here; unwelcome. Perhaps it's the last straw. Been looking at where else I could go to live. There are some interesting possibilities. Other neighbours, incidentally, have rallied round, said they're not bothered at all, it's not 'incessant' anyway, and I now have a strong clue who it might be. This household spent two effing years crashing and banging and rebuilding their house from dawn to dusk and tossing their debris over the fence into my garden. And still have the temerity to moan about a few mornings of cock-a-doodle-dooing. Perhaps I should get some more cockerels :)
      3 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra :-D
      2 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks A foster fox just bit the hand that feeds him. *Bleeding*
    7 days ago
    • Hilly
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      Hilly Good grief! Whisks, do you need to go for a tetanus?
      7 days ago
    • BellaM
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      BellaM Yikes.
      7 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Nah. I've had so many tetanuses, I glow in the dark. Also been bitten loads of times over the rescue years. Not to worry. Thanks though. Dare say I'll pull through :)
      7 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks it was my own stupid fault, anyway. He warned me. Glad they're still wild.
      7 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Gloves.... just saying....
      7 days ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Gloves ~ a good idea! Hope you heal quickly.
      7 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks I used to wear gauntlets when I started down this road in 2001 as they were the only things thick enough. But too unwieldy. Now I go in bare-handed and get bitten occasionally ;-P
      6 days ago
    • Snowflake
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      Snowflake Ouch. Hope it's not too bad.
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks No, not too bad, although it did bleed a lot. But my chin didn't even wobble :)
      6 days ago
    • JtF
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      JtF *Yikes* - wot a renegade reynard! Does he want to end up as a mint ??!
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks He's only got three legs. He felt threatened by me. I understand. *grimace*
      6 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks A fox just bit the hand that feeds him.
    7 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Interesting debate. I agree with you Gerry, that all things have some sort of consciousness, which I'd measure by rate of vibration. A rock vibrates very slowly, a plant a bit quicker, then animal and finally spirit. That's what I think when I ...
    7 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks is being stalked around the internet by Italy.
    7 days ago
    • Giselle
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      Giselle That'll teach you to hunt for cheap tickets to Rome.
      7 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks As if :)
      7 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on AlanP's Blog "August 16th 1977".
    I was a bit too young for Elvis's music to have much impact, although I came to appreciate his marvellous rich voice, years later. Especially when he sang gospel or spirituals. Such lung capacity he had. I'd just left school and was commuting to my ...
    8 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    Caducean Whisks Been loving this rain while indoors, all dry and toasty. Not so much when tending the menagerie. *downside*
    9 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge They've been good writing days here. Have only ventured out to take Mr Squidge a cup of tea in the garden room while he fixes the last of the walls up.
      8 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks The last of the walls? How many walls are there? :-D
      8 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Ah...well, strictly speaking, about three and a quarter - big bi-fold glass doors fill the rest - but the walls are going up in panels, so I suppose I should've said the rest of the the wall panels... ;)
      8 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Sounds luscious!
      8 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Just seen this. Want to read this thread but up against it atm, and too addled tonight and can no longer concentrate. Just saying.
    9 days ago

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  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 6 days ago
    I think it's some magic of the Isle of Lewis. They almost all look massive and then have four rooms in total or something.
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 6 days ago
    This is the link for the house on Zoopla, Whisks - https://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/44475997?search_identifier=214d39cbe4e7b2a22b029fc7991374c1
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 27 days ago
    Nothing changes is blocked for comments. So it's just this one. Strange.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 27 days ago
    Is this just my blog, or all blogs?
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 27 days ago
    Tony has posted something recently, so yes. It does seem as though it's personal.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 27 days ago
    The blog I rote yesterday? It is still open for comments and unchanged. Ia'nt dun nuthin.
  • dyslexic of dartford
    by dyslexic of dartford 2 months ago
    Thanks Whisks, it's nice to be back.
  • Pinkbelt75
    by Pinkbelt75 2 months ago
    Right back at you.
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    by Monica Handle 2 months ago
    Hi!
  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 3 months ago
    Interesting about bees on figwort. Haven't seen any on mine so far. Read they are pollinated by social wasps - considered unusual(?) - but haven't seen any of those on them either. Tiny deep red flowers, mind, so perhaps not so interesting.