That sky outside looks ominous, like snow. Yesterday was lovely. I thought I'd got sunburn initially, but it's chemical -- lelandii slap and sap. I'm mildly allergic (or it's mildly poisonous) and yesterday's adventures on a step ladder clearly involved too much close contact as my hands and arms are gloved with weals, nips and scratches. On the other hand, I now have a (fairly) neatly topped lelandia, so a winner is me! While I'm aware that I really ought to be eradicating them like the poisonous weed s they are, recent weather has brought home their value as a windbreak, and while I could get the same thing from planting something native, it'd mean (at least) a five year wait. Or using alder or willow which is generally considered impolite in the suburbs because of their habit of searching out and penetrating your neighbours' drains. Given that I back onto some seven households, not a good idea. That said, if they turn out to be no good to hang my hammock from, they're gone.
Band practice last night went well -- "Barbie is a Robot" (the new song) sounds great with the bass, and I got my allosaurs in the right order (mostly). As well as obviating the need to lug a bass amp around the place, ginger_princess's new bass pod is a real object of beauty -- softly glowing displays, Cronenbergish curves and lots of buttons.