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July 12th, 2013 (07:44 pm)

I'm just coming to the end of a week off work, and I'll bet you're thinking I've been really lucky with the weather -- 25 - 30 degrees Celsius every day! -- except that I hate hot weather, and I've wasted most of the week either flaked out on the couch, or scuttling from one air-conditioned place to another, spending far too much money in Waterstones -- which must have the best air con in Manchester -- in Paperchase, and at the local garden centre.

I couldn't resist this little fellow:

But every time I spot him nibbling his dandelions as I pass the kitchen window, I jump out of my skin, thinking he's real!

Did you notice that he's peeking out from underneath a Christmas tree?

It survived Christmas without dropping a single needle, so I dragged it outside, and my brother (P1) and I wrestled it into a much bigger pot. Neither of us was very optimistic -- well, maybe I was, but P1 insists that a tree has to be at least as big underground as it is above ground... And it looked as though he was right because, a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a lot of dead-looking bits close to the trunk, and I'd more or less decided to take it to the tip, but then the heatwave started, and the tree sprouted hundreds of buds!

Here's a close-up:

I'm just hoping that too much sunshine doesn't kill it. I don't think that will be a problem for the olive tree:

Here's my new mint collection (spearmint, black peppermint, lemon mint and Indian mint):

And here's some pretty weeds:

I like weeds. They're free, and don't need much maintenance.


Some very, very nice person nominated one of my drabbles for the latest round of the HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards, and it came second! The funny thing is, it's the same drabble that got me eliminated from a Last Drabble Writer Standing challenge. There's just no telling, is there? So a big thank you to whoever nominated it, and to everyone who voted for it, and congratulations to all the other nominees and winners :-) I have posted it here before, but I thought I'd post it again, with its shiny banner.

Title: Of gift horses and mouths
Prompt: The Room of Requirement
Rating: PG
Warnings: None

Draco’s not sure what he was expecting – a pensieve? the Mirror of Erised? a complete new identity, with a fortune that isn’t confiscated and a father who’s not in prison? – just some clue to how he can rebuild his shattered life.

Of course, the Room of Requirement’s empty.

What?” he yells, cursing the ceiling. “I don’t merit help? I’m left in the shit – AGAIN?”

He storms back towards the door; it opens and a bewildered-looking figure steps inside.

Draco dismisses his first thought, because it’s just too stupid. “What are you doing here?” he roars. “Out of my way, Granger!”


Title: Waiting in line
Prompt: Wand(s)
Rating: G
Warnings: None

"Try this one – vine wood with a dragon heartstring core."

Hurry up! thought Draco, tapping his foot impatiently. He watched the girl pick up the wand. She was quite pretty, but there was definitely something strange about her – and something even stranger about her father...

She swished the wand, and filled Ollivanders with a shower of golden stars.

"Well done, poppet!" cried her father, giving her a little hug.

It wasn’t that amazing, thought Draco. It must be great to have a father who’s so easily impressed.

His own father squeezed his shoulder. "Malfoys do not stare at Mudbloods, Draco."


Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: July 15th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)

LOL, yes!

And I'm planning to get another -- it's the kind that has whorls of fur going in all directions.

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