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Off Topic / Re: The Plant Thread
« Last post by Artemesia's Garden on May 22, 2024, 02:25:00 PM »
Everything is going mad outside. Unfortunately so are the slugs after all this rain and they are attaching my beans and squashes. We've had so much rain that all the perennial plants in the garden are doing really well, even though the most recent wave were only planted in Feb this year. All I have left after that is landscaping plants for when we finally get the boundary fixed. Native trees and shrubs like holly, ivy, hawthorn, juniper and birch and a couple of non-natives like pittosporum because in a semi-detached house privacy can be an issue and choice of evergreens is limited. I have a lot of good flowers at the moment, first roses and peonies. There's this awkward week in early May when the late tulips still haven't quite finished (letterbox red) and clash with the first early roses (barbie pink), but I've learned to be ruthless with the tulips and take the first roses indoors as cut flowers.
Off Topic / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by Artemesia's Garden on May 22, 2024, 02:18:53 PM »
The refrigerator. I don't feel much inspired by music lately. The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams.
Pony Corral / Re: GAME: Pony 20 Questions!
« Last post by BlackCurtains on May 22, 2024, 02:06:39 PM »
Does your pony have food symbols?
Off Topic / Re: Any ponies here from MLPforums?
« Last post by BlackCurtains on May 22, 2024, 01:59:56 PM »
Topic locked. We do not discuss other MLP forums here.

- BlackCurtains
Arts & Crafts Corral / Re: What are you working on?
« Last post by Artemesia's Garden on May 22, 2024, 01:12:49 PM »
Thank you very muchly. Most of what I'm doing now is taken up by food growing and cooking. I do have quite a few flowers photos though from the last year or two, I will post when I get around to uploading them. Everything outside is just coming into full bloom right now, once I pick it up after the rain!
Off Topic / Re: Slice of Life - What are you up to today?
« Last post by Artemesia's Garden on May 22, 2024, 12:57:39 PM »
Baby and I looked at letters this morning and then went for a walk to splash in puddles. Her behaviour has taken a turn for stroppy so we decided 'no tv for three days'. She seems calmer this evening. I never used to have a tv before I moved in with my husband and I felt wierdly kind of calm too. It's been raining a lot here, there was a thunderstorm last night with claps of thunder and lightning. A classic summer storm followed by a downpour. It's been raining here for most of the day but this evening there was a beuutiful rainbow before sunset. I bought a case of kalamata olives in jars because my local supermarket no longer stocks them. They turned out to be quite nice.
Off Topic / Re: What made you smile today?
« Last post by Artemesia's Garden on May 22, 2024, 12:52:24 PM »
My daughter is learning letters today and has started to say the phonic names for letters in the word d u c k, because it's her favourite word. We were using giant foam letters to learn with. When she brought over to me the letter F I kept telling her that we didn't need it to say 'duck' but for some reason she insisted. I keep having the strange impression that she has lived many lives before.
Off Topic / Re: Actitivity on that MLPArena
« Last post by Artemesia's Garden on May 22, 2024, 12:48:02 PM »
I'm not sure what the 'phone compatibility issue is, but as a laptop user I like this format a lot and I think the only reason it's harder to display photos than on social media is because you have to host the photo elsewhere online and link to it in your post.


As far as I understand it, memory space costs money so unless running a business with a shady data collection model, it's not in anyone's interests to host thousand of photos and display them for free. I think people are just so used to having their every utterance displayed for free on the internet that they take it totally for granted as though it's normal, like pinning a sign to a telegraph pole for a lost cat. In that instance, everyone would tolerate it because it's a lost cat (aww) but in reality no-one likes to see bits of tatty paper adhering to the utilities equipment in their street. If we wish to support the function of free speech in a democracy etc. then a forum like Twitter should be better organised and run and funded by the state. Instead we let Amewrican AI companies provide this service for us and anyone who opts out is back writing to their local MP or risking being stoned at Speaker's Corner. I think sometimes people may forget that if it wasn't all being hoovered up into the 'beast' for the purposes of AI modelling of a 'new reality', no business would care about most of what what they have to say let alone host it on a website.
Off Topic / Re: What made you smile today?
« Last post by Beth3346 on May 22, 2024, 11:34:11 AM »
We have a general election date :)

yay for the UK hopefully getting some better leadership! also can no one get that man an umbrella? i don't like the "secure a better future for our children" talk. gives me bad vibes.

i'm happy to be back home with my doggies and i have the rest of the week off from work :)
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