Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Shepherd - a ghost story

So, as you may know I like to listen to CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) Radio. I am able to continue to keep up with my homeland through its podcasts. This time of year there are always a few historic broadcasts repeated as they are much loved. One of them is Fireside Al's (Alan Maitland) reading of Frederick Forsyth's, The Shepherd. A great seasonal ghost story.

Listen in here or watch below.

You can listen to more of Fireside Al's readings here.


Friday, 26 December 2014

The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle

Nah. You don't need to go out today.

Stay home. Preferably in bed or on the couch in your most comfy pjs.

Are you settled in?

Good.

Time for a bit of murder and mayhem.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Eve creepiness!

So, if you don't have yourselves all set up for some spooky fun this evening can I recommend something?

Remember Me. With Michael Palin (Monty Python member). It is "ruddy spooky!"



When you're done watching it you can read this too.


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Just in case...

Remember back to December 21, 2012? The date that was predicted to be the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar? And then that day came and went?  Well, obviously the calculations were off but we ALL know the world, as we know it, will one day end. So, if you're like me -- always scanning the horizon for the signs -- here's a little something you can comfort yourself with in the meantime.

The "Just in Case" survival kit from MENOSUNOCEROUNO includes:

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  • Chocolate - Abuelita, Mexican dark chocolate laced with cinnamon and covered in sugar...in case you need to run
  • Notebook - handy item with which you can record the end of times  
  • Simple Knife - to cut things with because stabbing anyone/thing with this is gonna take a lot of work 
  • Matches - you will need to light a fire at some point...maybe to cook that thing you stabbed 99 times 
  • Liquor - Xtabentun D'arlstl, Mayan liquer from Yucatan cause you WILL need a drink...also handy for sterilizing that knife   
  • Water 1L - with which you can survive on for up to ten days...unless you're nursing a hangover in which case, well, hope it was worth it 

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Green Man, the Goddess and Druids

Front window - The Goddess & the Green Man, Glastonbury by me
The ancient megaliths and stone circles, such as Stonehenge, have often been associated with the Druids. Lurid tales of "religious" ceremonies involving human sacrifice, presided over by a strange class of mystical priests, have come down to us. Often, these stories take place inside one of the stone circles, or "temples." While we don't know about the human sacrifices, we do know that the megalithic structures were constructed long before the first reports about the Druids ever came to public attention. Who were the Druids, anyway? - Source



Interested in learning more about Druidry?

Or, thanks to A Bad Witch's Blog, you can also check out this article; Stonehenge Mystery: Will Druid King Get a Parking Space for His Kawasaki?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Nocturnal Times in Griffintown

I briefly lived in Griffintown, the area of town 19th C Irish immigrants settled, not realizing at the time that was where my great, grandfather got his start. I love, love, love the music in this haunting vision of my old hometown.


Nocturnal Times In Griffintown - Temps Nocturnes à Griffintown from Soundless Media on Vimeo.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Spooky Little Cryptmas

Very cool! Wish I could go! If you are in Pittsburg go today! NOW!


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Top Reason Not to have a Shelf Elf

Source
If you need a few more reasons check these out...


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Resurrection?

He disappeared for three days and nights. Then last night he was back!

Or is he?

Bixby...?
Les Revenants to get 2nd Series

Family lived with corpse - prayed for Resurrection

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

"When you get three vampires in a flat...

...obviously there's going to be a lot of tension."

I have loved Jemaine Clement ever since I saw this and fell off my chair laughing. What we do in the Shadows is available now. Yay!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Footprints in the Snow

I've always found this piece very atmospheric...maybe even spooky.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Sam Dunn's Krampus in time for Creepmas

This is a beautiful Krampus card designed by the very talented Sam Dunn.

Source - Krampus Cards by Sam Dunn


And now that it's officially Creepmas maybe it's time to order yourself up some Krampus!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Stop! For God's sake Reid, STOP!!

I don't know if you guys watch BBC's Ripper Street? The first series/season takes place in Whitechapel, London not long after the reign of terror created by Jack the Ripper. It's gritty, as London, and especially Whitechapel, seems to have been back then. Our central characters are Inspector Reid (Matthew Macfadyen); his competent, quiet and occasionally violent right hand man, Sergeant Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn); and the American alcoholic ex-Army surgeon and Pinkerton agent, Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), they meet along the way.



As well as the weekly crimes to solve there are intriguing longer arcing character development plots. One centres around the Inspector's loss of his young daughter in a ship board explosion. Drake's story involves his love for a young prostitute, Rose, who works with Long Susan the erswhile fiance of our American neer-do-well. Our surgeon/forensic guy, Homer Jackson, by the way, has his own story involving a checkered and criminal past and, of course, his rocky relationship with Susan.



After two entertaining seasons it looked like Ripper Street was at an end. An expensive production and a drop in viewers meant the axe. Until Amazon stepped forward and rescued it. Yay!

So, my husband and I were very excited to sit down the other night and watch the first two episodes of Season 3. The story begins by letting the viewers know that some time has passed following the pivotal events that closed Season 2. Our heroes have all gone their separate ways but we don't have to wait long for a new and terribly gruesome story to unfold. Within minutes of the first episode's beginning a spectacular train collision, on a bridge conveniently close to Whitechapel's police station, brings all our main characters back together amid heaps of charred metal and flesh.

Well, that was intense. But not nearly as CRAZY as what happens to Inspector Reid in the 2nd episode!! His story becomes so dark I'm not sure I can even carry on watching it. They've done something with Reid that I don't think they can come back from! Why!? Why!?

I won't give any more away but if you happen to watch it and have some opinions and theories, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know in the comments section.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Orange Sky

I miss Autumn...
...and home.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Ghost Bikes

As a former cyclist, who's had her share of cycling accidents, I well understand the dangers - especially cycling in a city. Although I'm a former cyclist -- cause traffic in this city is enough to scare you when you're driving a car never mind a bike -- the cooler weather here means I see lots of guys getting to and fro on bikes. And when I see them I say a little prayer.

GhostBikes.org


Ghosts from Mutant Jukebox - Music & Sound on Vimeo.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Mystery of Theo Brown

Ok, now, do me a favour and just watch this. Go on. It's only 12 minutes. And if you're into spooky, weird and wonderful folklore it won't be time wasted. I promise.

 

Ok, so now, if you're anything like me, you're thinking, 
"Who the hell is Theo Brown and did he really go missing in Devon?" 
Yeah, well that's exactly what I've spent most of my morning trying to determine. 
And it all began thanks to this post at SparksinElectricalJelly.

And now, after several hours of googling, clicking, and reading I've discovered the following. 

First, you should know that this film was made by Ellie Dearing for her BA in Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading. The intro card at the beginning makes that clear (somehow I missed that during my first time viewing). But is the disappearance of a local Folklorist true? Or are we looking at something more complex?

Well, yes, Theo Brown did exist. And yes, she was deeply interested in folklore and did leave behind a fascinating archival collection but notice I wrote SHE?

Yes, Theodora Brown, a woman with ties to the University of Exeter, lived a good space of years, from 1914 to 1993. She was also an avid collector of legends, tales and fascinating folklore. That's according to this PDF celebrating Inspirational Women of Devon.

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""...it was probably early expeditions to Dartmoor with her parents in a caravan known as 'The Loiterer,' which began her interest in folklore...Some of Theo's best know research was on established Devon folklore, such as the 'Hairy Hands' and 'Devil's Footprints' but her archive also includes work on the folklore of Europe and America...She was taken on as an Honorary Research Fellow in the Departments of Theology and English at Exeter University. She produced several books including Tales of a Dartmoor Village (1961) based on her early trip to Dartmoor, The Fate of the Dead (1979) and edited a set of booklets on West Country Folklore produced by the Toucan Press."

She had a stroke in 1978 but did not stop continuing to publish. Her final book, Devon Ghosts was published in 1982. But did she go missing on the moors?

Somehow, I doubt a 79 year old woman who had suffered a stroke, even a woman perhaps considered an eccentric, packed up her life's work and a camera then went for a final walk. Nope, Theo Brown died in an Exeter hospital leaving behind her more than just an archival collection of writings.

"Theo Brown died in hospital in Exeter on February 3, 1993, and her death has revealed something of her wonderful capacity for making and keeping friends. There are many with a keen sense of loss at her passing, not least the children from the local primary school with which she became involved a short while ago. There is little doubt that she passed on to them something of her overwhelming passion -- for it was nothing less -- for local traditions, strange legends, eccentric characters and Otherwold beliefs." - Hilda Ellis Davidson

I wonder if some of those children are people like Ellie Dearing and the members of Folklore Tapes? Because clearly they have been inspired by this fascinating woman and her collection.

Read more about Folklore Tapes' Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor project here and here.

Or listen to Folklore Tapes creations here and here and here.

Mystery solved...


Did I mention I have a Folklore degree? Which is why I know that the Devil's Footprints also appear in Newfoundland. Maybe Theo Brown visited there? I just discovered she published this about the Mummer's Play. (See a post I did about this tradition in Newfoundland on my other blog here).

I think I'M feeling inspired!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

A Travelling Wonder Wagon - Hedgespoken

The Hermitage is a beautiful blog I've been following for a while now. Watch the video below to learn more about their plan for taking their art and life onto the road in a style I envy!


Friday, 14 November 2014

November Night

Alessandro Sanna - The River
Listen. . .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, 
                    break from the trees
And fall.

Adelaide Crapsey  (1878-1914)

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Day of the Skulls

Read about and see more pics re: Bolivia's Day of Skulls here.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Take a walk after dark

by me

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

"Important to show dark things to kids..."

I totally agree with Neil Gaiman on this! Click here to read more about his latest - a retelling of Hansel & Gretel.

Monday, 3 November 2014

(r)Aging Pumpkin

Do not go gentle into that good night,    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.  - Dylan Thomas

(r)Aging Pumpkin by me - composite & Photoshop oil filter

Sunday, 2 November 2014

All Souls Day

Today I'm remembering loved ones who have moved on.


Yep, that's an urn. And, yep, there are ashes inside. Of people I knew and loved. Today I will raise a glass in their honour and remember the laughs we shared.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Skull Poetry

Source
Lines Inscribed Upon A Cup Formed From A Skull
by Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Start not—nor deem my spirit fled: 
In me behold the only skull 
From which, unlike a living head, 
Whatever flows is never dull. 

I lived, I loved, I quaffed like thee; 
I died: let earth my bones resign: 
Fill up—thou canst not injure me; 
The worm hath fouler lips than thine. 

Better to hold the sparkling grape 
Than nurse the earthworm's slimy brood, 
And circle in the goblet's shape 
The drink of gods than reptile's food. 

Where once my wit, perchance, hath shone, 
In aid of others' let me shine; 
And when, alas! our brains are gone, 
What nobler substitute than wine? 

Quaff while thou canst; another race, 
When thou and thine like me are sped, 
May rescue thee from earth's embrace, 
And rhyme and revel with the dead. 

Why not—since through life's little day 
Our heads such sad effects produce? 
Redeemed from worms and wasting clay, 
This chance is theirs to be of use.

On the bumps in the night...

Something's in the mirror by me
Something's in the attic, it stinks of blood and meat.
Something's in the attic, I hear its scuttling feet.
Something's in the attic, it's whispering to me.
Something's in the attic, I shouldn't set it free.
Something's in the attic, I really have no choice.
Something's in the attic, it's making so much noise.
Something's in the bedroom, my eyes are open wide.
Something's in my mirror, staring from inside.

 - Author

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Anticipation...

Anticipation by me
And if you are looking for some spooky Mat Night viewing allow me to recommend BBC's The Fades. Why this award winning series didn't get a 2nd run is beyond me.



If you are a Marvel's Agents of Shield fan you will recognize our hero.

AND you will have also seen Kyle MacLachlan's performance as Skye's father. An inkling of what an evil Agent Cooper may look like in the 2016 episodes of Twin Peaks?

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

#5 - It's just not Halloween without this one...

Letting the children inside to drink beers 
Razor blades hidden in 3 Musketeers 
Screams from the basement of kids 
begging to be set free 
That's what Halloween means to me.....

 


Yeah, ...











...it's a little dark.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Cats, Bats, Moonlight and Magic...what's not to like?

I found these metal cat heads last year at a Japanese store called Daiso. I had them hanging from a frangiapani tree out in front for Halloween last year. I left them up (adding santa hats to them in December).

Daiso is kind of like a dollar store full of little doo daas, practical things and many incomprehensible labels. It's also fantastic for generating creative ideas. The cat heads were in the gardening section. From the pictographs on the packaging I think they are meant to scare off garden pests...birds, other cats, etc. They do not, however, frighten off children as I discovered one afternoon in March when I arrived home to see most of the marble eyes had gone missing. I brought them to the backyard where they hung, mostly sightless, for months.

Our back window - glass discs are coasters I wrapped in wire to hang 
Clear eyes
Until I finally found a bag of the right sized marbles to use as replacements.

The original eyes were green and blue but I quite like the amber. The clear ones, tho, they seem the spookiest!

And these flying guys, well, they just started showing up the other night while I sat on the couch watching Downton Abbey.

Bats flutter through...


And now, as a confessed Downton Abbey fan, you will understand why I think this will make perfect Halloween viewing.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Halloween party

A party in an old haunted hotel? Watch this video and see just how, ah, interesting this party could be...


Halloween with Arrival from Michael Mann on Vimeo.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Pillow Pal?

Is this thing starin' at me or what?

Friday, 24 October 2014

Haunted Bhangarh

Entry to Bhangarh is legally prohibited between sunset and sunrise. A signboard posted by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India), which is a Government of India organization, specifies the instructions. While the board is written in Hindi, the instructions on it roughly translate into: "Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited. Legal action would be taken against anybody who does not follow these instructions." - Wikipedia

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

#4 - I put a spell on you...

The version by Screamin' Jay Hawkins was originally on my Halloween playlist but when I heard this version by Natacha Atlas a few years ago, well, it's just more in keeping with where we've been living, right? In fact, when we first moved here you couldn't get away from the more regional version of Arabic pop or Khaleeji. It seemed to be in every mall we walked into. Now, for better or worse, the piped in sounds are mostly global Muzak. I think I even heard a muzak version of Hit me Baby One More Time in the grocery store a while back!


 Although the above is Halloween appropriate one of my favourite tracks of hers is Adam's Lullaby.

Adam's Lullaby by Natacha Atlas on Grooveshark

Monday, 20 October 2014

We've come for the Miracle Whip!

I missed this 2012 commercial...

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Ghost Bride of Ridley Hall

The Ghost Bride of Ridley Hall by me

Spooky reading recommendation - The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Strange doodles and empires...

I have been sick with a cold this week and had to dedicate an entire day to sitting on the couch. Ah, yeah, I really had to! So, of course, I used that time to catch up on some tv (see below) and do a bit of doodling. I'm not sure if this would be considered a zentangle or doodle but this is the result.

Skull in web by me
Now, in terms of tv, well, let's see. First, I finally got around to watching the final two episodes of The Leftovers. I have to say I was having a tough time with this one. It was incredibly compelling but also just a wee bit of a downer. I'm glad I stuck to it though because those last two episodes made me very keen to see the next season. Click here and here for reviews.

The rest of the afternoon's viewing was not relevant to the season so I'll skip it. And no, I have not yet seen the new American Horror Story. I'm saving that. But I did see something that I think is worth mentioning.

It's not a horror...well, unless you consider human trafficking/sex slavery in 1870s Alberta horror...which, of course, it is, but you know what I mean. The 'genre' is not horror it's a western. Set in 1869 Alberta, the show focuses on three women--a Métis cowgirl, a madame and a doctor--who are all dealing with tragedy while fighting for independence, justice and survival.

As a fan of Deadwood, well, I was interested. And after watching the first episode of Strange Empire (great name!) I thought you might be too.


This is the edgiest show I have ever seen on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). CBC is usually full of safe, middle-of-the-road, family oriented, kind of story telling but this is NOT that.

Admittedly it's not perfect. The first episode attempts to set up a lot of story so at times the cuts from one scene to another are disorienting, almost dreamlike. Which I found kind of intriguing. But it's the promise of ghosts and spiritualists in the scene above that makes me mention it here. I'm really hoping this idea is a featured story line. I have hope because of what series creator, Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik, said in a recent interview about the show.

"There was also the Spiritualist movement at that point which was 10 million strong. People believed in ghosts and devils and they were losing children and wives and husbands to terrible, terrible accidents. And the telegraph went through, kind of like the internet actually, the way I was looking at it. The telegraph went all the way across the country and people believed that that wire opened a door to the other world and that to me was absolutely fascinating..."  Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik.

Listen to more from this interview with Finstad-Knizhnik and actress, Cara Gee, here. And for a review that's not by the CBC (who might be biased) go here.

Friday, 17 October 2014

"Don't pay the ferryman...

...till he gets you to the other side." According to Chris deBurgh.

But when you're in the realm of the underworld, well, maybe you should just play it straight with that ferryman. There are consequences otherwise...



According to musician and artist, Jordan Reyne, all she needed for this animation was "a lot of sellotape." But I'll wager it was more than that. Here's the list of supplies as laid out in her newsletter:

1. Random tonnes of packaging / cardboard (easy if you dont leave the house and only ever shop online).
2. numerous rolls of Duct tape and sellotape.
3. Wire
4. Split pins
5. Pliers
6. String
7. Fimo
8. Three pairs of scissors (cos you will always lose 2 in the mess)
9. Endless patience (this i could not find on amazon).
OR
A partner / flatmate who does not complain when the F and C words explode in quick succession from the kitchen at all hours of the night (for an entire fortnight).
10. A hardware shop run by a man of little taste who thus takes a fancy to you and gives you a stack of wood for almost nothing.
11. Neighbors who are as immune to hearing odd nocturnal utterances such as "Death, for f@%ks do as I say" as you are.
12. A BUCKETLOAD of time. If you are "time poor", this may actually not be for you.

The rest - is down to planning.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

#3 - The Vandals sing about it!

This has been on my Halloween playlist for the last several years. Don't get me wrong I am happily married but before this wedded bliss there were others. And a couple of them BROKE MY HEART!

Do I wish they were dead? Of course not! But, when you're feeling that first flash of pain that has no comparison, well, who hasn't had a little revenge fantasy? And isn't revenge a part, just a tiny bit part of Halloween?

Plus this song is just so damn cheerful :)

Thank you Vandals!



Monday, 13 October 2014

Halloween wall art

Put together something for a frame I bought at IKEA a while back. Pulled a few things from the web, fixed them up in Photoshop and made this mock up. Got prints made at the nearest mall and hung it up the other day. It looks great!

Fun with vintage graphics

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Pumpkin of Nyefar

A little pumpkin surprise inspired by folktales from this side of the World.


"The Pumpkin Of Nyefar" from Tod Polson on Vimeo.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Lacock Feature - Chaplain's Room

Hmmm, I never noticed that shadow before....

Naaaah, I'm lying. It does make for a spooky pic tho, right?

Chaplain's Room, Lacock Abbey by me
13th C wall painting in Chaplain's Room by me

Friday, 10 October 2014

I see more pumpkins!

Today we went to a newish grocery store in town, Monoprix. The chain is French like Carrefour (our regular grocery stop). The produce section at Monoprix is quite good and I figured I might find some pumpkins and I did! Quite a selection they were putting together for Halloween!

Pumpkins at Monoprix
Rachel Ray's Every Day
















We we didn't pick up any gourds but I did get a magazine with a Halloween feature. 
First I've seen!

I also picked up some Pumpkin Bio bread at their bakery. The pumpkin part is the seeds and the bio part is the 'organic' bit, I guess. I had a couple of slices with my lunch of cabbage and carrot soup. Lightly toasted and drizzled with some olive oil the bread was really nice :)

Monoprix Bakery
Pumpkin bio bread

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Lacock Feature - The Warming Room

Now here we are in the Warming Room of Lacock Abbey. According to some info posted here "This room at the north-east corner of the cloister is the only room where the nuns would have had a fire." Ch..ch..ch..chhilly!

"The large stone tank, which once stood outside, was possibly used as a fish tank (fish was eaten instead of meat on Fridays)."

Warming Room, Lacock Abbey by me
This is a composite photo so the background in the middle is a bit messy
You may recognize this room from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It was Professor Quirrell's, Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom. Click here for more info.

Now THAT's a cauldron! by me
"The cauldron of bell metal was made in Belgium in 1500 (the Latin inscription around the cauldron records by whom, where and when it was made). When Queen Anne visited Lacock it is recorded that a side of bacon and a sack of peas were boiled in the cauldron."

I love pea soup!

No, really, I do.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

#2 - Channeling Kate Bush

I've always felt the music and performance of Kate Bush to be touched with a little witchcraft. And so I listen to her quite a bit during October. Always looking for more I was happy to recently discover Azar Swan whose vocalist, Zohra Atash, (great name!) sounds uncannily like Ms Bush.

This will make a great new addition to my seasonal playlist!


OVER from STONE on Vimeo.

And while you're listening check out these recent articles on witches and witchcraft:

Where do witches come from? - a look at 'the witch' in art
Witches: James I and the English Witch Hunts – book review
'The Penguin Book of Witches' - excerpt

Monday, 6 October 2014

Green Ruby Pumpkin Treat?

Damn, I thought this was an ad for a Halloween candy I'd never heard of. But it's better than that!


The Green Ruby Pumpkin from miguel ortega on Vimeo.


Saturday, 4 October 2014

I see pumpkins!

You don't see much related to Fall or Halloween here. The weather is not the same at all. It's true the temperatures are getting cooler but that means that after sundown the temps are about 30C (86 degrees Fahrenheit) instead of the 40C of summer. The cooler weather also means the plants are less stressed and are beginning to get a bit lusher. By December everything will be growing like crazy and I'll have to get out the pruning sheers. It's more like Spring than Fall.

Still, by the end of October the evening temps will be good for trick or treating. It will be quite comfortable for walking door to door (not too much sweating) AND you never have to worry that your Mom will make you hide your costume under a heavy winter coat!

Obviously there isn't a Halloween tradition here so there isn't too much in the way of decorations in the Malls or spooky things to buy -- though you can usually depend on a few grocery stores to bring in pumpkins from the UK or US.

Hey, pumpkins!
Yesterday I was overjoyed to see these orange guys at Mega Mart (where they specialize in imported foods and cater to the tastes of various expat groups).

Well travelled pumpkins tend to be a bit pricey, however. These were 25QR per kilogram which is about $8.00 Canadian per kg and there are 2.2 pounds in a kilogram so...well, let's just say these guys run from $30 to $50 each depending on weight. 

We contented ourselves with two small mini pumpkins -- one white and one orange -- for a total of about $7.00 Canadian. (What I usually end up carving into our jack o'lantern is the far less expensive red pumpkins from India.)

Grab a couple, would ya?




They also had these little critters on offer...

Pumpkin pals


Lacock Feature - The Cloisters

And here we are back at Lacock Abbey...or should I say Hogwarts. Because through this door we will see bits of the abbey used in scenes from several Harry Potter movies.

Why, I can almost see Professor McGonagall waiting to greet us!

Cloister entrance by me (Professor McGonagall source)


And to the left and down this...uh oh, is that Snape? Someone's in trouble.

Cloister hallway by me (Professor Snape source)


Hmmm, don't see anyone here in the inner courtyard but this whole place was the scene for a lot of Hogwarts action.

The 13th C Cloisters, Lacock Abbey by me

Thursday, 2 October 2014

My Smelly Candle


Woodland Truffle
Yep. I admit it. I do like me a smelly candle now and then. I have a special one, lit only in December, for that other holiday. But I've never found one specifically for Fall or Halloween. While I do love pumpkin I am not a fan of the pumpkin and cinnamon candles that seem to proliferate this time of year. I usually just burn whatever I have kicking around.

The other day, after sniffing around the fancy candle section of a posh home decor place, I found something. Something that put me in mind of the woodsy, smokey, damp-leaves-but-crisp-air smell of Fall. So, I bought it. It's not perfect but as I am far from the lands of Autumn, well, it will definitely do.

My Smelly Candle by me


Lacock Feature - Intro

This time of year I sometimes have a hankering to watch Harry Potter because they really do capture a bit of that Halloween magic that I used to feel as a kid. And speaking of magic, I was lucky enough to be at Lacock Abbey (below) in Wiltshire, England, back in the Spring of 2010.

Lacock Abbey in Spring 2010 (by me)
Why magical, you ask? Well that's because Lacock Abbey, and nearby village, were filming locations for at least three of the Harry Potter series (The Philospher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and The Half Blood Prince).

Hogwarts/Godric's Hollow
Location: Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
Often used for telly costume dramas, the Abbey at Lacock, just down the road from Malfoy Manor in Wiltshire, appeared in The Philosopher's Stone and The Half-Blood Prince. Not only are Quirinus Quirrel's classroom and Severus Snape's laboratory found here, but the cloisters - dating all the way back to 1232 - were stalked by Argus Filch and his scrawny cat, Mrs. Norris. The neighbouring village of Lacock was the inspiration for Godric's Hollow and was used for filming The Half-Blood Prince, although for The Deathly Hallows production shifted to Lavenham in Suffolk (presumably it was easier for Nagini to get to). - Source

Sad to say I didn't see any Hogwarts denizens while there...or did I?