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Patrick Troughton's beard defeats evil

Also some other stuff, mostly tree-related.

Brilliantly sunny here lately. Apparently the weather didn't get the memo about it being Christmas! Not that I'm really complaining. Anyway, I went a-wandering again, because weather like this is too good to waste. I amused myself taking naughty photos of naked trees.

This one because it looks like it's just about to join forces with some hobbits, and go battle some orcs:

This isn't a tree, but I was enjoying the sky, and in the process my hands got so cold, I damned near dropped the camera:

Note to self: Just because it's sunny, doesn't mean it's not still December.

Light's weird at this time of year. It was about three o'clock in the afternoon - still bright sun, but also sort of dark, or getting there. The trees here are closer to town, and less inclined to remove all their clothing. Hence the ivy. I suspect it's the tree equivalent of a bikini:

A naturist tree couple do their best impersonation of a Jan Pienkowski piece:

Elsewhere, I have been eating roast chestnuts and drinking hot chocolate. Yes, tonight, Matthew, I am playing the part of a ridiculous Christmas stereotype. I'm sorry about that, I don't know how it happened. I'll try very hard not to do it again. In the meantime, have the final episode of The Box Of Delights. Kay is lost without the box, an inch tall and trapped in the vault. Patrick Troughton, the rather wonderful Peter, and a veritable cavalcade of choirboys are locked up in the dungeons, and Abbot Robert Stephens is just about to hit his scenery-chewing finest. It's Christmas Eve, and the thousandth Christmas service at Tatchester Cathedral is almost upon us! Hurry, before it's too late!


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Dec. 24th, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
That is a very cool tree. :D Lovely pictures!
Dec. 25th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Dec. 25th, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for sharing these. It's made the last few weeks that little bit more magical.

Here's a segment from Blue Peter with Kay and Mr Hawlings and the mouse from the second episode. (Do not scroll down and read the comments. Trust me on this.)

PS: Hurrah, Jan Pienkowski!
Dec. 25th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
Oh, well done for finding that. It's one of several extras on the DVD. There's rather a nice piece from Pebble Mill as well, about the visual effects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkanDk006BU

And yes, I know all about YouTube comments! There are some odd people in the world, and apparently they're all watching YouTube videos...
Dec. 25th, 2014 02:21 pm (UTC)
I don't want Patrick Troughton's beard to defeat trees. BAD beard.

Incidentally, is it his son who is in today's Christmas Special?
Dec. 25th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, one of them. The middle one, iirc. You'll know it when you see him!
Dec. 26th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
Yay for Jan Pienkowski trees! And the defeat of evil!
Dec. 26th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
You sound very cheerful!
Dec. 27th, 2014 12:06 pm (UTC)
I watched 'The Greatest Store in the World' 12+kitten=sorry Clara(!) :) Brain Blessed didn't dance much: too many legs. And I got 'Neverwhere' too. Only half hours eps though, tuts at BBC.
Dec. 27th, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, awesome. Yes, quite agree - far too short in the episode department. Hence the book of course (which is amazing). I love the TV series, mostly due to the flawless casting - Peter Capaldi is fab, Hywel Bennett is possibly fabber, and obviously there's Paterson Joseph winning himself the Fans' Favourite Potential Doctor title. But the book has so much more depth and detail, and really shows you around London Below. Still hoping for a sequel! *grumble*
Dec. 28th, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
I get the feeling 'Neverwhere' is probably best watched in one go, but I needed sleep! I did get to see Peter Capaldi briefly in his nightie though:) Poor Paterson Joseph they nicked his coat for 'The Matrix'! His waistcoat with little mirrors in was very 90's *g*. Still there must be fic - Neil Gaiman has a few fans I've heard. Time for a film trilogy campaign?
Dec. 28th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
There are periodic rumours of a film, and there was a very well-received radio serialisation a year or two back. Wrong cast though. And bloody Cucumberpatch again.

Edited at 2014-12-28 05:26 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Is there no escape?
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