Halloween

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”.  Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

The celebrations we have today are just as a result of American film makers, who took the tradition and made it a base for spooky horror films.

It is also one of the most celebrated festivals of followers of Wicca.

Orders now being taken for spells, Love spells, money spells, happiness spells, and prosperity spells, nothing evil or harmful will ever be considered as any harm done via witchcraft is returned threefold. 🙂

The Chair

No snow so far. It is sunny but very cold.  I left my office today in search of coffee to warm up with. I think my chair was trying to tell me something when I returned, it was placed looking out of the window. 🙂

'It looks to be more fun out there!'

And now I have to clean, because it all looks so messy in this photograph.

Yorkshire Pud!

I was looking for a picture online. Yorkshire Pudding is popular here but is difficult to describe as it is NOT usually eaten as a pudding at all (but it can be). 

I came across this instead:

What is a Yorkshire Fat Rascal? Why has a song about hats and moors become the Yorkshire Anthem? Where can you find Booze, Crackpot and the Land of Nod? How did the white rose become Yorkshire’s emblem? Which three Prime Ministers were born in Yorkshire? Who are Yorkshire’s real Calendar Girls? When is Yorkshire Day? The answers are all in A Yorkshire Miscellany-an entertaining guide to this much-loved part of England and a celebration of its people, places, history and quirks. Learn the lingo of Yorkshire dialect and how to cook specialities like Yorkshire Pudding, Parkin and Curd Tart. Discover the secrets of building a dry stone wall and uncover the Yorkshire locations of famous films and TV shows. Understand the history of famous Yorkshire icons like the flat cap and the Yorkshire terrier, and read about the lives of the greatest ever Yorkshiremen and women. A Yorkshire Miscellany is crammed with intriguing facts and figures- a fascinating treasure trove to delight Yorkshire natives and visitors alike. Better than a ‘pig in muck’, as they say.

I know what a Fat Rascal is, and I also know the national anthem of Yorkshire, ‘ On Ilkla Moor Ba Tat’. I can build a dry stone wall and although Yorkshire dialect is almost impossible to actually write down, I can speak it, however, there are some things here that I, a true born Yorkshire woman, do NOT know. I had better go buy the book!

Oh, and here is a Yorkshire Pudding. Usually served either alone with onion gravy before a meal, or alongside roast beef. Sometimes though served with just sugar or jam, which is how I prefer it.

Wuthering

Wuthering Heights is the name of a place high up on the Yorkshire moors. It is also the name of a book. The moors inspired Charlotte Bronte to write the haunting story of love trancending death for Heathcliffe and Cathy in the 1800’s.

A classical book, it is still much read today, and has been made into a variety of films. The latest one, in 1992 was a little off centre, there being no castle set on those particular moors in Yorkshire 🙂

Haworth was the last home of the three Bronte Sisters, daughters of Patrick Bronte the village vicar,  all were authors who wrote under male pseudonym’s as it was a scandal for women to have such thoughts in those days. It is now a huge tourist centre. On any day hundreds of visitors scoure the streets, looking for reflections and ghosts of those who once abided there.

I was lucky enough to spend some time on location with the crew filming one version of Wuthering Heights, and was amazed at the transformations that could be wrought with pieces of polystyrene, plastic and fake wood! I was also amazed at just how much food was always available, day and night. 🙂

Kate Bush also wrote her song of the same name about the book. A spooky melody, though the scenery in the clip is gain not true to life – more camera trickery and props manipulaton it seems.

Dr. Hook

Music should be known as one of the seven wonders of the world (or maybe the eighth?). It can affect your mood, tell a story, give a message, bring back memories both good and bad and take you back to certain parts of your life. I do not have any specific music taste, liking a wide variety of artists. There are only two songs that I never want to hear again, so they will not be featured here.

Like scents, music has power that we do not credit. So, having been in something of a reflective mood today, I searched for music to sooth and found, hidden in the back of the cupboard, a disc I have not listened to for a long time.

Here are two of my favourite songs from ‘completely hooked’. By Dr. Hook, who also has a few songs on there that just make me laugh. (try Money and Millionaire :). One for a memory, and one for someone who has touched my life in a very special way.

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Enjoy!!

The emails say it all!

I wonder who actually thinks these up? I receive hundreds of emails a day, mostly because my email addresses are all over the place with the Internet Marketing things. But honestly :

The Ancient Secret of Pleasing a Woman 10 times a Day Has Been Discovered – ?

Was it ever lost?  and, exactly, WHY would I want to know that?

Extend your penis — ?

I’ll pass, thank you 😛

Just do this… It’s what I’d urge my best friend to do – ?

Now, this one intrigued me 🙂  but I won’t be doing it!

I’ve NEVER Told ANYONE This Before Katie – ?

Why start with me then?

Blimey! I think I will have to go incognito!