About Me:Working in an office until the perfect environmental job comes up! Engaged, completely in love and excited about all I will do in the future! Storyteller, environmental educator and creator of magical wares.
Music:Everything from Beethoven to Motorhead, missing out the techno and drum and bass! Medieval Baebes, 3 Daft Monkeys, Chris Drever, Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Inkubus Sukubus, Damh The Bard
Movies:Again, horror to disney! Don't like sad films though...Interview with the Vampire, Harry Potter, Legend, Labyrinth, The Secret Garden, Merlin
TV:Detective mysteries, Merlin, Monarch of the Glen
Books:The Dark Cathedral is definitely the best. Marion Zimmer Bradley and Mary Stewart, Harry Potter, Dan Brown, Katherine Briggs, Anne Rice, James Herbert, Ellis Peters, Holly Black, Mark Chadbourn
Likes:Being outside and my duvet - they equal out between the summer and winter. Jacket potatoes, coffee and cake, dew on the grass in the morning sunlight, meditating
Dislikes:Liers and bravado, avocado, olives, wet feet
The last weekend in November saw us travelling to the beautiful county of Shropshire for the Medieval Christmas Fayre at Ludlow Castle. Just like stepping back in time, the place was full of medieval characters - archers, minstrels, lords and ladies, knights, peasants and a few faeries! I was all dressed up and was mistaken more than once for a trader! It was a great opportunity for me to wear my new forest green cloak that had been purchased at a vintage fair beforehand for a bargainous price! And it was perfect, really warm for the cold northern climes (it never really gets that cold in Devon!) and it kept the rain off too! Our first stop was the archer's tent - we spent a good couple of hours talking to the archer about the making and history of various bows, and ended up buying a long bow for my fiance and a horse bow for me! My very first beautiful bow! The best Christmas present I could wish for. After that we wandered around the stalls looking at beautiful jewellery, wonderful pottery and all sorts of medieval delights, all the while supping mulled cider to keep us warm! We watched a fire juggling act and listened to carols, watched a falconer and ran away from a very large monk giant thing that was very scary! We spotted a man with a moustache that I said was Terry Pratchett - Rob wasn't convinced and I was sure I knew this man from somewhere... it wasn't until we were sat by the fire eating some very yummy bread and cheese back in our cottage that it clicked - BRIAN FROUD! I was gutted! Can someone please tell me this great man was in America or somewhere else that weekend and the man that I saw was just a very good lookalike or I will be eternally disappointed that I didn't realise it was him when I saw him!
Anyway...the cottage was lovely and it was great to sit by the woodburner of an evening and read a good book. I bought Rob a wonderful leather mask that is a bit scary and goblin like so will be perfect for the Faerie Ball next year. I also fell in love with a dragon that was sat on a man's arm, him wearing a gaultlet like falconers wear, and this beautiful dragon loving the attention it was given and becoming very offended whenever a child said 'it's not real, it's a mechanical dragon!' Of course he was a very cleverly hand crafted puppet, and it is now my mission to save the money to get one for myself next year!
Our much loved campervan broke down about 10 miles from home, so we stood by the side of the M5 in the cold wind for a while until Rob got fed up waiting for the recovery man and blessed Bethie started again for her slow limp home. Just as we parked up back in the village, the radiator blew and that was that! She's booked in for the van doctor next Wednesday - fingers crossed she'll pull through!
A fantastic weekend that I would recommend all to go to next year - we'll definitely be there!!
I had a dream last night that the world was ending. It started with lights in the sky that danced and were beautiful to watch (obviously my subconscious re-enjoying the fireworks I watched in the evening!) but then they changed into an Independance Day type space ship that crashed to earth out of view. Burning debris was falling everywhere along with great hunks of metal that were obviously parts of planes that had broken up in the sky. I turned to look at the horizon and saw the mountains shift like I was on a fairground ride, the horizon moving to a vertical position whilst I was stood still. Then the dream jumped (as they do) to my fiance and I walking down a high street, him disappearing into a shop and me being followed by 3 men who stole my bag. My fiance came back out to join me with a policeman, saying that all his money had been stolen too but the policeman said it was our fault and there was nothing he would do to help. We walked on past a homeless man who said if we wanted any change, he had loads! I came back to him and gave him a kiss, but there was a feeling of everything I ever had being no more and such sadness at what I hadn't managed to do. I'm now left with a great feeling of impending doom!!!!
I hope everyone had a great Samhain - I know I did! Although there was a distinct lack of scary movies... The kids looked great in their outfits, about 70 people turned up for the Hallowe'en event, ages ranging from about 3 to about 70! It was wonderful to see little witches and goblins running about, sticking their hands in cauldrons full of slimy red gloop to fish for sweets and trying to eat apples hung from a branch without using their hands. One hiccough was that I went up early to the storytellers corner to light the big fire before everyone arrived, and I couldn't get the darn thing to catch! They all arrived to see what was supposed to be a scary old witch flapping about because she couldn't light her own fire! Luckily help was at hand and the seasoned pro had trouble lighting it too, so I didn't feel too bad! They all seemed to love the stories, especially the one about how the Jack O Lantern got it's name. After that we went on a night walk through the woods and were scared by some strange rustlings and growlings coming from the dark bushes beside the path! The werewolves were out in force! I just hope I'm asked back again next year!
Merry Samhain everyone! So here I was at work, thinking about all the things I would like to do for this very festive festival, and knowing that I would end up staying at home and watching horror movies. No car means no trip to the woods, and no garden means being terrorised by teenagers if I were to go to a 'quiet' spot in the village to do some ritual work. Then the phone rings...it's the owner of an environmental education company asking me if I would like to be the resident witch and tell scary stories tomorrow night for their big Hallowe'en event! Although this means a great deal of reading and memorising tonight (most of my stories are faerie stories and celtic legends) I get to dress up and sit by a fire telling stories in the woods! There's nowhere I'd rather be....