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So I'm almost finished the top for my older son's wedding next Monday, but an attack of the tummy-icks has held me back a bit. Even so, it's gone stupidly freezing here in Melbourne (8.3C, feeling like 2C, and with snow up in the ranges). So I remembered on the River Cottage series, and made up this one:

Sausage slow cooked dinner )
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Question from Him Upstairs, aka [ profile] lederhosen:
Is there a fic where Ron's schlong is 9 3/4" long and nicknamed "The Hogwarts Express"?

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I'm a fond reader of various types of literature, including a large amount of what can loosely be described as "Romantic" literature. And yes, it varies from "Classic" to "Shlock".

Of course, a main part of many of these is when the couple finally get together. Get *it* together. Meet in a clashing of lips and the murmured words of "My love, my darling, how could I have ever mistaken your love for a global financial plot designed to take over the world. Also, thank you for Austria - I'm sure I can find a use for it."


So my question is: When reading romance, when the couple have sorted their differences and are getting the act together, how far do you like the writing to take it?

[Poll #2053762]

(And that last one should read "Without tripping the 'naughty' filters")
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and your novel is set in a realistic time, so you don't want the readers to be thrown out of the narrative by a name that completely jars with the time period. (Because, to be honest, there were not a lot of "Jaiden Waitara"'s in 17th Century London)

There are innumerable resources around the place to give you an idea on names. As I'm currently working on early 19th Century Cheshire, here's how I did it )
Of course, if you get to publishing stage, a good editor will have a fact-checker (or be one themselves) to make sure that the fictional Earl is not named after one of the actual Earls of history. But it always helps to check first, too.
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I Am A: Neutral Good Human Wizard (6th Level)

Ability Scores:

Rest cut for your viewing convenience )
reynardo: (Hermione Smut)
To be honest, there are no words in the story (apart from the names on the cups). But there are no words good enough to recommend the following piece of Severus/Hermione smut:

Mermaid Pearls.


But brilliant. Go look. If you like erotic comics - look. If you like gender-bending, look. And if you like a porn-with-bits-of-plot, look.

Oh - and if you like Crookshanks looking disgusted, look.
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I'm currently setting up for some serious sewing over the next couple of weeks. I have a Very Important Wedding to go to in October, and I want to look fantastic (although, of course, not overshadowing the bride).

So I've been getting my hand back in with some simple outfits for a certain Velociraptor, and while flipping through pattern books, I've been reminded of the phenomenon known as "The 2 hour skirt pattern". Here's one for your edification, although this one's a 1-hour one. You'll notice that they now say that the one hour is sewing machine time only, so you might be wondering how long it really is to make.

Shrunk for your sewing convenience )
So the whole thing, if you're taking it carefully, may take you up to 3 hours to make the skirt. Some people, especially if they've made it before, might be able to drop that down to 2 hours.

Is it worth it? Oh yes. You'll have a lovely new skirt that you made to fit you, from fabric you trust, and doesn't it feel good every time someone says how good it looks on you! But it will always take a lot longer than you expect to make.
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1) If there are only two places on a street that you need to visit, they will be at opposite ends, just close enough to each other that it's not worth driving from one to the other.

2) If you have one flat in a block still to visit, it will be at the top of the stairs.
2a) If you have three flats, they will be at the top of three separate stairs.

3) It will not be until your fourth visit that the man who swore he had already submitted his form will remember to tell you that he was at his other property, and that this one, that you've had to trudge a long way to, was empty on Census night.

4) The house that looks occupied because it has a neat garden, and lights on at night, and a pretty sofa against the window, has been empty for months. The reason it looks so neat is that the owners are trying to let it privately, so they keep it in good order. Of course, that means no-one home Census night.

5) The block of 28 flats will not have legible numbers outside any of the flats. It's entirely up to you to work out if the top floor flat is number 2, 8, 14 or 22. As none of the other flats have a number in sequence, it's no use using logic. Remember to ask the neighbours if you see them.

6) You can't assume that the form is still under the front door mat after 3 weeks because no-one's home. It could be that the person there is objecting to the Census, or has been at hospital since the day after Census night, but was there during the night itself. Or they don't use that door.

7) Those two old houses beside each other? The reason there's a light in their windows in the evening is that the backs have been torn down, and that's the sun shining through the remains of their internal door frames. Your four visits to them have been a total waste of time.
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Mrs Norris

Mrs Norris was invited to tea.

But she was not happy with the lack of cream.

For [ profile] akatnamedeaster's "Draw a Character from Harry Potter, having tea." challenge.
reynardo: (techie)
Posting this here because I shall draw later.

reynardo: (techie)
jumper I've been remiss - I can't find the original design this young lady did for this jumper, but she certainly has an eye for the layout.

I might have knitted it up for her. And taken far too long - luckily I allowed a bit of growing space.
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In sections, to not kill your reading page.

Sleep Stuff )

Job thingies )

OK, time to go face the kitchen. It's a face-off, I swear - but if it blinks first, I win!
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More info later...
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Many of the local restaurants have started serving this, so I wanted to try and make them myself. I've almost got the texture right, and I think I have the proportions (trust me, there's been a lot of experimentation).

Serves 2 by themselves for a middle-large breakfast.

  • 1 large zucchini (courgette) grated - you're going to want 1 1/2 to 2 cups. Don't peel it - the peel adds some nice flavour and colour. Hold it by the attachment end to grate - makes a great holder and then you just chuck it in the compost at the end.

  • 2/3 cup self-raising flour

  • One ear's worth of corn kernels. Best done fresh - it really makes a difference. But if you can't get a fresh ear, a small tin, drained, will work.

  • 1/3 cup polenta (corn meal)

  • 1 egg

  • A little milk (Have 1/4 cup ready but you may not need this much

  • Oil for light frying

  • Grate the zucchini into a mixing bowl

  • Cut the corn kernels off the cob and add them.

  • Mix in the flour and the polenta, stirring until the flour coats all the zucchini

  • Add the egg, and mix until incorporated

  • Add a little milk, enough to make the mix into a batter but not too sloppy

  • Have a medium-heat frypan ready with a little oil in it.

  • Drop the batter in tablespoons to fry, flattening it a little to make a patty

  • Fry until golden-brown on both sides

  • Serve hot with either tomato relish, or Greek yoghurt, or whatever suits :-)

You can put in grated squash, peas, whichever. You could use buttermilk, plain flour and baking soda to make them a bit lighter (I suspect that may be what the local cafe does). They can be a breakfast by themselves or a side dish to a Complete Fryup. I like the polenta as it adds a lovely texture to them - it could be replaced with semolina if you can't have corn, or just flour if you don't.

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The [ profile] hprarefest has just revealed the authors, and I have my hand up as the writer of "The Papers".

Summary: Ron has died in a workplace accident, but he's left something behind that needs sorting out. It's up to Harry and Hermione to work out the issue...

I warn you now, though. It was supposed to be a serious story, based on the prompt of "Her deceased husband asked him to look after her once he was gone, and he spends the rest of his life doing exactly that.." And like happens so often, it started seriously, and slid slowly into something quite ... different.

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To start - I'm actively campaigning for Marriage Equality. In our upcoming electorate, we have ten candidates, and with one week to go, I'm finding out what their views on marriage equality actually are.

TL:DR Where Gillian is patronised and does not enjoy it )
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I'm trying to catch up on so much stuff, and one is the [ profile] hprarefest.

I just read the most lovely, sweet, believable story about first love and heartache and when you realise your best friend is more than that...

My Youth is Yours. Highly recommended.
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Spent the last few days helping out with the Most Adorable Baby Brother-in-Law, but home today.

And then I found out about this:

I just read about the Just One Book drive to benefit a (broke) tiny rural town's depleted library. The junior/senior high school hasn't been able to purchase anything since the '90s, and the library, currently being revamped, needs

. . . racially diverse books. We need graphic novels. We need women’s studies. We need science. We need series. We need film. We need comics. We need music. We need biographies of important people. Looking for Young Adult. Classics. We want zines! Contemporary. Poetry. Everything that would make a difference in a young person’s life. Writers send us YOUR BOOK. We have many non-readers who we’d love to turn on to reading. We need a way to take this tiny area and bring it into the 21st century.

If you have a book, a CD, or a DVD to spare, please donate it to

Greenville High School/Indian Valley Academy
Library Project Attn: Margaret Garcia
117 Grand Street
Greenville, CA 95947

Nota bene: If you send anything during July when the school is closed, please send your materials to

Library Project/Margaret Garcia
PO Box 585
Greenville, CA 95947

I can't imagine what a teenhood without a lot of books must be like; let's help make such deprivation a memory for the students of Greenville High School/Indian Valley Academy!

You can also purchase books from off the school's teachers' wishlist. If you don't want to support Amazon, you can contact Dawn at Books & Beyond, one of only two "local" bookstores near the school, to order books (at a 20% discount) for the Library Project!


So I used a bit of my birthday money to make sure they have cool books on women of science.

Please pass this on - and if you can, send them a book.
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She's got an amazing talent with drawing a pair of Wizards who seem to have made a life together, but this one is especially appropriate today.

Because bigotry exists everywhere, but speaking up against it helps destroy it.


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