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Wasn't that a spectacular moon on Monday morning? Yes, I know I'm days late, but then aren't I always. For practically the first time in recorded memory, something interesting happened in the sky, and the English weather co-operated. I can't say as I noticed the moon being especially large (although it was very bright, certainly, before it turned red). But super or not, the eclipse was nice.

Anyway, spent the weekend up to my elbows in horse manure, which was... nice. My mother's garden is rapidly taking over my life. Still, it's good to be busy. And there were ample compensations, as my sister brought the manure, which meant that I had the love of my life for the weekend, aka her yellow lab. He's old now, and sometimes a bit doddery, but he still confidently expects me to take him on gargantuan walks in the hills, like I used to. Ten minutes in a field is more his limit now! He still thinks he's six months old though. He's daft. And also perfect.

Elsewhere, I am being stalked by an actor. His name is Anthony Calf, and he was in Beau Geste (playing middle brother Digby). Then he turned up in The Monocled Mutineer, and then in Fortunes Of War. Everywhere I turn, suddenly there he is. He seems to forever be playing unremarkable good eggs, so I have no idea if he's especially good or not; although I suppose he must be, to have continued getting all these roles. Always in the military, and always in historical dramas. And always following me. I wonder where he'll turn up next. The IMDb says that he's still around, and has been in New Tricks, so obviously he's allowed into the 21st century sometimes. I'm glad for him. It must be rough only being ye olde times military men, and getting shot at lots.

The Monocled Mutineer finished. It never became cheerful, but it was very well made, and I'm glad that I finally got to see it. Paul McGann is terrific, and he had a good cast around him. I still have one episode of Fortunes Of War left, as I've been doing it weekly, old style. Unless the final episode turns out to be insanely bad, which I can't imagine that it will, then I really recommend this one. It's proper vintage telly, and beautifully done. Great cast; in no hurry whatsoever to tell its story; and actually looks as though the BBC spent some money on it, which is quite a novelty. Can Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson be legally compelled to remarry? Or at least start working together again? This should be allowed. I know she has a husband, but I'm sure he would agree if the telly was good enough.

Elsewhere again, How To Get Away With Murder came back last week, which was nice. Modern telly! Blimey! HTGAWM is of course otherwise known as The Show With Baby Ian Chesterton In It. It's genuinely good (it just won an Emmy, actually - apparently the first time that a black woman has won a lead performance Emmy, which is a trifle disconcerting), but I must admit that a good part of my viewing enjoyment comes from spotting moments when Alfie Enoch looks so very much like his dad. Sorry, show. I do properly like you though.

...And I've just noticed that I have half a tree caught in my hair, from when I was digging over a flowerbed earlier. Would that I could claim I was doing something exciting, like burying bodies or excavating Roman treasure, but I wasn't. Actually I was mostly transplanting lavender bushes. I think I may be the only person on the planet who hates lavender. It's horrible stuff! And it's caught in my trouser turn ups.

I'm being betrayed by my own clothing. I think I better wrap this up before they all turn against me. If you don't hear from me again in the next week, assume that I've been swallowed up completely, and turned into a bush. A nice one, hopefully. Not lavender!

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emeraldarrows
Oct. 3rd, 2015 02:46 am (UTC)
The weather was too cloudy to see the moon here but it looked amazing in pictures. Glad the weather was good where you are. (:

Those shows sound interesting and I love Paul McGann to I'll have to try to track them down.
swordznsorcery
Oct. 3rd, 2015 06:55 am (UTC)
The weather is never good here when there's an eclipse! Or meteor shower, or comet, or anything. I couldn't believe how clear the skies stayed! Sorry to hear that it wasn't the same with you. Still, there will be other lunar eclipses - and the fact that it was a "super moon" didn't really seem noticeable to me. That bit might depend on where in the world one is.

Paul McGann is excellent in "The Monocled Mutineer". It's a bit brutal in places though! Very controversial at the time, apparently.
lycomingst
Oct. 3rd, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
I once felt haunted by an actress, Shirley Henderson. She was in everything I watched. It got unnerving.

I watch New Tricks and can say the A. Calf looks quite decent in modern dress.
swordznsorcery
Oct. 3rd, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard of Shirley Henderson, so I looked her up, and she has been in a lot of things, hasn't she! Looks like she was following me about for a bit too.
lost_spook
Oct. 3rd, 2015 08:29 am (UTC)
Elsewhere, I am being stalked by an actor. His name is Anthony Calf,

Sometimes when I watch modern TV, Anthony Calf stalks me too. I think he might be in a lot. His other persona is a cad, btw. As is probably not difficult to imagine!

The BBC Lorna Doone is not great, but he's fun in that - he's the highwayman character whose name I have temporarily forgotten. But most of all, I think this may be a sign you need to watch New Tricks. (Although it doesn't have many car chases, so maybe not. I'm sure there is a bicycle chase at least once, and a terrible driving lesson, but no car chases. Sometimes Amanda Redman punches people?)

Well done for all your hard gardening & I'm sorry to hear that the lavender has been attacking you. Lavender sounds all right to me, in the garden, but not attacking people, following them home and getting in their trousers. That sounds like the plot of a 1960s action thing and you may need someone from an improbable organisation to kill it for you.
swordznsorcery
Oct. 3rd, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
He's quite the upperclass type, so yes, I can see him being cast as a cad. I'm glad he's getting work where he doesn't continually get shot to death in ye olde battles, anyway. That would probably get painful after a while.

Lavender is evil. I am perfectly happy for somebody (improbable or otherwise) to kill it to death. But not while it's in my trousers.
lost_spook
Oct. 3rd, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
I understand that lavender is good for bees, so I think it's probably just the rogue-trouser-lavender that's evil?

Anthony Calf is generally having too much fun in things I watch him in, so you needn't worry. He obviously cheered up in later life, like David Collings. ;-)
swordznsorcery
Oct. 3rd, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, well if it's good for bees I shall have to let it be I suppose (sorry, pun not intended!). Bees have it hard enough lately as it is, without me mobilising improbable vintage security services against their food. I shall just have to glare extra hard at it when I pass by.
meathiel
Oct. 3rd, 2015 11:12 am (UTC)
The garden must looks splendid by now! :D Attack of the bushes? Or what ...
swordznsorcery
Oct. 3rd, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
I am becoming quite proud of the garden! When they moved in it was a wasteland, as nothing had been done to it in many years, so there was lots to do. We're getting there!
liadtbunny
Oct. 3rd, 2015 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, send the lavender to me. I'll take charge of it! Stay away from my door though - I have a massive tub of plants. And only two flowers.

It's a shame the moon is no longer super. I enjoyed looking out at the landscape while it lasted.

Actors are terrible stalkers aren't they? Anthony Calf is the occasionally seen boss in 'New Tricks' he had a good ep where his spy past was revealed and he got to do lots of running around.
swordznsorcery
Oct. 3rd, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
Lavender is eeeevil. It smells, and the smell follows you around the garden. Also it's a horrible colour.

Anthony Calf would make a rubbish spy. From what I've seen, he spends all his time running about with a big "Here I am! Shoot me!" sign on his back. Although, on the other hand, if he can get shot to death that many times, and still be getting jobs with the military, maybe he'd be the best spy ever. He really does need to learn to keep his head down though.
davesmusictank
Oct. 3rd, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
I totally missed the red moon. Inour neck of the woods it was too clody as well.
swordznsorcery
Oct. 5th, 2015 07:02 am (UTC)
That's a shame. Lunar eclipses have a lovely atmosphere to them! There'll be others though. Hopefully you'll have better skies for the next.
dimity_blue
Oct. 4th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
The weather cooperated here too, though the only way I could see any of the eclipse was to park myself in the kitchen, bend forward, and turn my head to look up through the window. It really wasn't comfortable. I saw the beginning of the eclipse then went to bed. Did you stay up for the whole thing? I bet it looked even better in person!

LOL! I love the idea of you being stalked through TV series. Isn't it weird how you notice an actor, then suddenly he seems to be everywhere?

It sounds like you're working really hard on your mum's garden. I hope she loves the results!
swordznsorcery
Oct. 5th, 2015 06:56 am (UTC)
I think she does, thanks! Bit annoyed that her own gardening abilities are limited these days, but unfortunately there's nothing one can do about that.

I didn't watch the whole eclipse, no. They don't exactly hurry! It would have meant a couple of hours of watching the moon gradually turn red, and then go back to its usual colour. I went out to look when it was nearly complete, and stuck around for a bit. Sometimes you have to skip to the highlights! Sorry you got such a lousy view.
oonaseckar
Oct. 5th, 2015 06:17 am (UTC)
Are all labs daft as a brush? I've never met one that actually wasn't, although admittedly it's a limited selection.

Do Ken 'n' Em still get on? A bit vital, for your 'kidnap and re-wed by Elvis impersonator' dastardly plans... oh, sorry, may have mentally embellished a bit. Also her current hubby's very pretty, she may object to discarding him.

How very Greek-myth, your anticipated eventual demise-by-lavender-bush. You could have a few wrathful gods and Donna Tartt stalking about the place, with it, maybe.
swordznsorcery
Oct. 5th, 2015 06:59 am (UTC)
It is a bit of a lab trait, certainly. There probably are some sulky ones out there, but I've never met one.

Last I heard, the split was due to him being a workaholic, and was amicable enough. Same thing happened with Mrs B mkII. So there's no excuse for not still making good television, although I don't know about Elvis impersonators. The quiff would probably quite suit her though.

Hmm. I shan't suggest wrathful gods, if you don't mind. She already has a weeping angel in her garden. It's dangerous enough out there as it is.
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