Saturday, 31 December 2016

When this shadow play comes to a close...



Father, father
Can you tell me
Where the hours go
Where time flows?
 It is written in the stars
Upon the Milky Way
That we must burn bright
Before we fade away?

Mother, mother
Can you tell me
Where the fire goes
When the flames cease?
"From the ashes to the astral plain
Where the setting sun meets the sea, Brendan."

I live by the river
Where the old gods still dream
Of inner communion
With the open sea
Through the eye of the hunter
In search of a prey
Neither beast nor human
In my philosophy

If you don't recognize me
Well, it's simply because
I've outgrown these old clothes
Time to move on
For you and I will outlive
The masks life gave us
When this shadow play comes
To a close

Sunday, 25 December 2016

This ain't no gift

The Gift from BLR_VFX on Vimeo.


 That's why unicorns should only be seen or approached by virgins.

Isn't sci fi fun?

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Last waltz of the night...

There is a slight mournful quality to this piece performed brilliantly on another folk instrument I wish I could play -- although I would like the smaller portable harmonium.


The air is full of  melancholy and it seems appropriate for this posting. I know I've been heavily into the music lately, maybe that's because I don't have any words to express all the tumultuous feelings I've had these past few months. Music sometimes says it better than words.

I wanted to let you know -- particularly domain2008 dot com which appears to visit my site hundreds of times a day (I will NOT click, I will NOT click) -- that I will be taking a break from this blog to turn my attention to the next Calendar season. Where I'm hoping to lose myself for a short time.


Wishing you all the best in these...uncertain times.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

I love this woman

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Death and other Animals

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Come and Find Me...

If you watched Stranger Things you will recognize the incredibly talented young person in this video...

Thursday, 10 November 2016

RIP - All souls aboard the Harpooner

Today marks the 200th anniversary since the British transport ship, Harpooner, ran aground and sank near Cape Pine, Newfoundland.

Souls Saved - 177
Souls Lost - 208

Harrowing first hand account 
- December 1816
"On November 10, 1816, the British transport ship HMS Harpooner was wrecked near St. Shott's...The ship was carrying soldiers and their families home to England. More than two hundred men, women, and children died. According to local tradition, some marines who had managed to get ashore, were buried alive when a portion of cliff, weakened by the storm and seas, collapsed on them. The site has since been known as Marines's Cove. In terms of loss of life, the wreck of the Harpooner was one of the worst marine calamities in Newfoundland history. 

Many years after the disaster, some fishermen who were unfamiliar with the history of the area anchored their boat in Marines' Cove. During the night the man on watch saw one longboat towing another. Both were full of men, women and children. A big man was at the helm. As the longboat passed the fishing boat, the helmsman called up to the man on watch, "What's our course to clear Cape English?" The lookout answered, "Nor Nor-east." The watchman believed he had just seen the survivor of a shipwreck so he went below to tell the captain. The other crewmen came on deck in time to see the lantern of the longboat disappear toward the shore. 

The next morning, with a gale blowing, the fisherman searched the shore for signs of the wreck or other survivors. They found nothing. When they told local residents about the lifeboats full of people, they were told that they had seen the ghosts of the doomed Harpooner." - excerpt from Ghost Stories of Newfoundland and Labrador by Edward Butts

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Munch's The Scream as posable doll!!

Available for pre-order NOW!


Click here for more info...I gotta have one!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

A foggy time

November can be an unpredictable month weather-wise here on the Rock. Usually, if it snows substantially it's an indication that the winter will be long and full of snow.

But there's another kind of November weather that sometimes happens - fog. And lots of it. That's how this month has started. It means milder temperatures, not to mention photo opps, so I am very much hoping it continues.

And I wasn't the only one out there trying to capture the ephemeral qualities of fog with a camera.

At least I think that's what that guy was doing....





Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The post-Halloween Post

So, how was Halloween 2016?

Well, must admit this year the spirit was...distant. I had very little of the Halloween fever coursing thru my veins. I blame it on the move and still being distracted by all the real world concerns that continue to tumble over and down through my brain.

The Halloween Spirit, however, was very much alive in this neighbourhood! I had the busiest night EVER handing out candy. Many cute little skeletons, ninja turtles, fairies, peculiar children (which I'd mistaken for a ghostly mummer) and a 'banker' in minature! At least that's what I think he said he was.

As well as the incredible number of trick-or-treaters I was absolutely delighted to witness, right outside the living room window, a community dance performance of Jackson's zombie-filled Thriller! Now THAT was certainly a treat!

I had prepared, well in advance, about 80 treat bags. They mostly contained a mix of candy, chocolate and some sort of Halloween themed thing; plastic witch fingers, spooky pencils, witch/ghost erasers, etc. Minus the 6 or 8 bags that were pillaged before the night, I had nothing left by 7:12 pm!


Luckily a friend across the street was able to top me up. And tho things did slow down after that the trickle of older kids didn't stop till after 9 pm. Among that age group of trick-or-treaters was a David Bowie and a rapper who wouldn't rap ("hey lady, it's a costume...duh.") The guy hanging out with the rapper held out his hand to me and when I asked him who he was supposed to be he said "Uh, I'm a guy from my school...Declan." Ha!


Thanks Spirit of Halloween :)

PS - Does someone know why my paragraph spacing screws up after I insert a photo? Can't see anything in the code and it's driving me crazeeeeee!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Monday, 31 October 2016

Darkness comes




Dark was the night, cold was the ground - Blind Willie Johnson

 

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Spooky Podcast Night!

Thanks to Down These Mean Streets podcasts for this gem! Click here to listen to the background story on that podcast. Or just listen....

"Brought to you by... Roma Wine - made in California for enjoyment throughout the World!"





Saturday, 29 October 2016

Satan?

Have no idea what this has to do with Satan but I love it! Shades of Sting in his voice and Les Revenants in the imagery.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Halloween Nostalgia #5

Proof that I did indeed take my cat for a walk round that cemetery...


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Halloween Nostalgia #3

The last trip we took on our way home back in 2010 was to Dublin. This is a little slide show I made of our trip to the Natural History Museum there. You may recognize it as the location for some of action in the last season of Penny Dreadful.

Can you believe I STILL haven't watched the final three episodes?!

Waiting for Halloween night...


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Halloween Nostalgia #2

That place we rented right by the river was also across the street from a cemetery. Bonus, right! Yes, manys a stroll I've taken in that place...sometimes with the cat...sometimes at night...alone.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Halloween Nostalgia

This week I am going to showcase some past videos I made and posted in a previous version of this blog.

This first one is a slide show round up of my Halloween decor 2010. In that place near the river ;)

I'm feeling so nostalgic!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Spooky Movie Night!

Tonight the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew......meet Dracula!

 Enjoy the cheese :)

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Cozy Mysteries

More here
Recently perusing the October Good Reads newsletter and came across list of cozy mysteries as recommended by Charlaine Harris. You remember her? Author of the books that inspired True Blood tv?

Anywho, one caught my eye...

Apparently it's part of a series by G. M. Malliet.

Puts me in mind of that hunky 1950s vicar on Granchester...





Friday, 21 October 2016

Kitchen Witch

Other things I've dragged out of storage include our kitchen witch. She is without power at the moment. It takes 3 of those small watch batteries and I haven't found the right size yet. So she stands guard in the kitchen but I haven't seen her eyes flash or heard her laugh in years...sigh!

Here's some old video of her I shot back in 2011.

 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

At the store...a while back

Let me say this... I did not fully appreciate Creepmas until I came back to this continent.

Here in this town Halloween stuff started hitting shelves end of August. By end of September Michael's was already having their end-of-season sale on Halloween items. I find this disturbing. Although I did take advantage of the situation and buy myself some evil bunting.

However, that said here are examples of fun Halloween merchandise found in the stores over a month ago...

...when I wasn't quite ready.





NOW, I'm ready. Except all you can find in stores now is *&#^%&^%* green and red! Not orange and black!! (Or purple and green...if you go that way.)

The only merchandise I could show you today are half empty shelves of candy and half-priced ceramic pumpkins. I could show you Christmas trees tho...

This explosion of Christmas crap that has hit the stores in the last three weeks --- when Halloween HASN'T EVEN HAPPENED YET -- well, it's left me feeling quite disgusted!

I do not like this. No. Not at all. Please some one put a stop to it.

Uhmmm...Sam?

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NEW Rules of Halloween

ALWAYS...

1) Wear a costume

2) Pass out treats

3) Never blow out a Jack-O-Lantern

4) Always check your candy

5) Never stock shelves with Christmas stuff before October 31st!!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Grumpy Cat

Walks on halter with leash...
and sometimes a sweater
Hates the fact that he's an indoor cat now...although he does get two or three walks a day.

But he's not the only one feeling grumpy. Yes this whole big move from the Persian Gulf back to foggy Newfoundland has not been without its challenges.

On the whole things are going well but it is a teeny bit stressful. Hubby's working...for now. I don't have job yet and buying a house looks like it's gonna take longer than anticipated. Even tho I anticipated it would.

We've been busy and it's been hard to get a breath let alone into the Halloween mood. The flesh is willing but the spirit is weak. I guess some year's it's just not gonna happen.

But a few days ago I took a walk up to MUN's campus where I once toiled endlessly on my MA. It was a beautiful October day and being out in it made me remember why we're happy to be back! Here are some pics of that walk...


Duck pond and new students residence
Memorial rose garden (tons of rosehips!)
Courtyard near science building with armillary sphere
Closer look

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Giant Squids

A couple of weekends ago a friend brought us down to Quidi Vidi to see the latest in culture offerings at The Plantation. A great new space in a great location.
We just missed the string quartet performance but I scored me a giant squid t-shirt by pinpoint ink! Giant squids are kind of a thing here because there was a centre of research at Memorial University during the 60s.

The Plantation at Quidi Vidi

My Giant Squid by Pinpoint Ink 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Hot Chocolate Pumpkin Zip

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate with chai spice marshmallows? Oh  yeah, and a shot of Fireball whiskey! In my new mug!




Sunday, 16 October 2016

Spooky Movie Night!



Slightly better version available on VIMEO here.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Granite Flats

It's raining and cold today so no pumpkin festival :(

Lester's Farm has postponed it till tomorrow when I will be out of town :(

In lieu of pumpkin festivals today's post will be about tv. Or what I've been watching on it. Because, you see, being back in North America means we now have access to Netflix - yay!

Now, admittedly I used my free month to rewatch a lot of old stuff. Like the first season of The Gilmour Girls. (Oh, come on! Who isn't rewatching at least some of it to get ready for the new movies next month?)

I also rewatched the first few episodes of Season 1 of Farscape, which, by the way, seems to have stood the test of time. I mean, how can you go wrong when you combine sci-fi, Henson muppetry and the interstellar chemistry between John Crichton (Ben Bowder) and Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black).



Two months in I've started watching new (ish) things. Like this show called Granite Flats by BYUtv. Set in the USA during the cold war period there is, seemingly, a UFO mystery at the core of Granite Flats.

I've enjoyed the first few episodes. Despite the fact that it's not sophisticated story telling there is a certain charm to it. Reminds me of The Goonies and Stand by Me.  The sometimes uneven acting but wholesome appeal had me convinced it was a co-Canadian production! (eg, Murdoch Mysteries and Houdini and Doyle). But it's not.

Now while there isn't much of Granite Flats on Youtube to share here's a little taste...



Definitely some appeal, right? But who/what is BYUtv? I'd never heard of it.

After some more googling I've discovered that BYU is Brigham Young University...run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.

And that's the Mormons, right?


Friday, 14 October 2016

Lament for a snow globe

Have been pulling out the old Halloween stuff I haven't seen in five years! Unfortunately, found one of my dollar store snow globes in pieces. Ironically it was one that had been broken before and replaced. It was one of my favourites; I mean look at the guy!

The skull guy 2011

I've been searching the local dollar stores to see if I could replace him but they don't seem to carry ANY snow globes anymore!

I was also disappointed to see that my beautiful Jack Skellington globe did not escape the effects of 5 years in storage. The paint on the base inside is starting to peel away :(

Here they are in happier days...



But while I lament the losses I was cheered up by the sight of many other old friends unscathed after their time in storage bins. Like this guy...

Old friend

Thursday, 13 October 2016

I've lost my head!

Kitchen centre piece
A few days ago we had monster rain storm here as a result of the weather systems influenced by Hurricane Matthew. Roads washed out, flooded basements, houses off their foundations, cars disappearing into ditches, states of emergency declared in several towns! The cleanup and repair bills are gonna be massive in a province that is already financially strapped. Eek!



But storms do happen here in September or October. And every few years (5 year El Nino cycle?) it seems to be a bad one. The first autumn we moved back here last time (in 2010) we got hit with Hurricane Igor. At the time we were renting a place right near the Waterford River. This torrent of water was usually a slow babbling brook only inches deep. The water level rose about 6 feet in a few hours and was causing me some concern!



But this time the city was lucky that most of the 160 millimetres of rain were in the central part of the province; where others weren't so lucky.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Well, this looks proper scary!


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Blasted Tree

digitally manipulated by me

Monday, 10 October 2016

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Spooky Movie Night!

Oh, I like this one...



But if old 1940s films ain't ur thing then check out the horrible-in-its-own-way 2000 remake...

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Lester's Pumpkin Fest Countdown

Pumkin Fest countdown! Lots and lots and lots of pumpkins at Lester's last weekend. And oh my was it chock-o-block full of people! There was a maze and various costumed creatures and huge monster hay bales...I saw a purple cookie monster!





Friday, 7 October 2016

Canadian Content

Whoops! Totally forgot that Margaret Atwood's new book, Hag Seed, was launched yesterday.

Director Felix Phillips, the protagonist of Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed, is on top of Canada’s theatrical world when the novel opens. But his spendthrift and drama-queen ways, including a Macbeth production featuring chainsaws, have irritated his government and corporate masters, leaving him vulnerable to a coup plotted by his treacherous deputy. Distracted by grief at the deaths of his wife and daughter, and his Trump-sized self-absorption—“I did make him a kind of a lunatic and control freak,” Atwood cheerfully allows—Felix never sees his downfall coming.

Soon fired as artistic director of a lightly disguised Stratford Festival—very lightly, given his surname is a nod to former Stratford director Robin Phillips—Felix flees to self-exile in a hermit-like cell in the truOntario countryside. There, he settles down to a prolonged stint of communing with his late daughter, Miranda. He broods on his injuries until, 12 years later, fortune offers a chance for revenge.

If it all sounds familiar, it’s supposed to. Hag-Seed is Atwood’s take on The Tempest, and her entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare project—celebrated authors “reimagining” the Bard’s plays in novel form. - from a McCleans In Depth interview

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Read more...

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood review – an inventive riff on The Tempest - The Guardian

Made You Look!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

The Killing Type - Amanda Palmer

This is from her Theatre is Evil Kickstarter project/album of 2012...which, btw, she has recently re-recorded as a solo piano album entitled Piano is Evil.  She will be on a 'solo' tour soon and there are still some tickets left in a couple of cities.

Sadly she's not coming here to the Rock.

Have I mentioned this before...

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

And on a slightly different note...

I love the mind of Jordan Peele...



Blogroll disappearance!

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!   

Have no idea how that happened but I've lost my blogroll....

....attempting to reconstruct...

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Murder, he says

Oh, I just had to post this. Cuz that Betty Hutton sure can brighten up a day! And I need to dance, dance, dance!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Spooky Movie Night!

I've been saying for years that 'someone' should film a good gothic horror on the Avalon in Newfoundland. I mean, come on, the place is FULL of fog at certain times of the year. And the capital, St. John's, is full of shadows. The town rises on a steep vertical from the harbour front with crazy little lanes connecting streets...some through people's back yards!

I remember walking through the streets and lanes of a seemingly deserted downtown St. John's late one July night through a hazy mist. It was perfect for a Hitchcock thriller or Hammer Horror. The fog seems to dampen sound so it was eerily quiet...except for the foghorn.

I mean seriously, it was a scene right out of The Fog!

And after recently watching both the original and remake I gotta say the original is much better. Sure the effects may not be as 'modern' but I still got a chill watching the original. Whereas the remake...well, I didn't even finish it.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Fantod Pack

As interpreted by
Madame Groeda Weyrd
"Madame Weyrd, who is of mixed Finnish and Egyptian extraction, has devoted her life to divination, and is the author of, among a shelf of other works, Floating Tambourines, a collection of esoteric verse, and the The Future Speak Through Entrails. Her career as one of the most celebrated of trance mediums came to a close when she lost two and a third fingers as the result of a contretemps during an ectoplasmic manifestation. She has long since been persona non grata to many of the rich and famous because of her fearless predication of disaster. She now makes her home on Staten Island (the one that's part of Tierra del Fuego) and is writing what it is hoped may be the definitive treatise on the Mystic Bean. 

Of the Fantod Pack itself, Madame Weyrd will only say that its origin may not be divulged, but it is of incredible antiquity."


I was lucky to discover these in the sale section of the National Gallery, Edinburgh
EDWARD GOREY’S ‘ANXIOUS, IRRITABLE’ TAROT CARD SET IS PREDICTABLY PERFECT

Friday, 30 September 2016

Old Man Mose is Dead...

He kicked the bucket...
F#%& it! F#%& it! F#%& it!

Yep, apparently the original lyrics include the f-word.

"Warning: Explicit language.
That’s right, explicit language. If you don’t like it in your music, please don’t listen. You’ve been warned!

This was the first known song which had the F word in it, and it was absolutely scandalous when it first came out in 1938. In fact, it not only uses the F word, it uses it repeatedly. Read the lyrics and you’ll see why! Too bad there wasn’t a TV performance like the spectacular one by Betty Hutton, albeit to tamer lyrics..." - Digital Citizen

This is the clean version..


But if you want to hear the original version or read the original lyrics then check out the link above.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Pumpkin Fest 2016

Well, despite the stresses of our move at least we are back where the temperatures get cooler, orange is everywhere, and leaves change colour. But more significantly there are Halloween events! Yes, public events that anyone/everyone can attend!

Orange Chinese Lanterns 
Handsome goat with those eyes at Lester's Farm
Although things are all still rather hectic I really hope I can make time for a few of these upcoming seasonal soirees.

But if I only get to one it will definitely be Pumkinfest 2016 at Lester's Farm! We were there in early August with the newest addition to the family.

No...not the goat. A baby boy.

Not our baby boy!  My hubby's cousin and partner just had their first born - super cute! We hope to be honourary Uncle and Auntie.

Check out more farm photos!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Halloween Fabric

My mother-in-law recently went to the local fabric shop and was nice enough to purchase me a bit of Halloween material. One is a print on grey of a haunted house, ghosties and ghoulies theme while the other is a beautiful shimmery orange. She would have got me more but that was about all they had. The salesperson told her most of the Halloween stuff is already gone. Must have flown off the shelves!

But there's always online shopping, right?

Canadian National Fabric 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

HMS Terror

"In 1847, Captain Sir John Franklin led a Royal Navy expedition to navigate the Northwest Passage. His crew of 129 men and two ships were lost in the Arctic, leaving no survivors. For over 150 years, the final resting places of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were a mystery. The Erebus was found in 2014, and Deadline reports that the wreckage of the Terror has been located by the Arctic Research Foundation. This missing expedition is also the premise of an upcoming adaptation by AMC..." - AV Club

 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Song of the Sibyl

"4AD continue to repress all the albums Dead Can Dance released on the label during a fruitful seventeen years together with the next three coming this November in the shape of Garden Of The Arcane Delights (both a double LP and CD so to now include both the band’s John Peel Sessions), Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun and Toward The Within." - 4AD

One of many favourite tracks...



Saturday, 17 September 2016

How do you spell relief?

A hot water bottle, a steaming mug of neo citran, a warm bed, and a purring cat.

Well, it's official. I'm completely exhausted, run down, and now, sick. Nothing serious. Just a cold. Anywho, what with the move and the continued challenges of settling in to the rental, going through the storage locker, finding a job, (my husband's working and adjusting to his own new schedule) and starting the search for a more permanent dwelling, well...I'm no spring chicken anymore that's for sure.

Finding time and enthusiasm for my favourite time of year is proving surprisingly difficult.

However, as motivation I've recently discovered that the owner of the house we're renting from is also a Halloween fan. Which does not come as a huge surprise given some of the stuff she has around the place (more on that later). So, I've been told the neighbourhood will kind of expect this particular address to do it up right!

I've got the Halloween boxes out of storage -- I think decorating will be where I put my energy -- already got the candy. Costume?

Probably the old standby that is easy and not too scary...the gypsy/fortune teller. Rita Hayworth looks good in it!

I'll probably look more like Rochester disguised as the fortune teller from Jane Eyre or, more likely, the mad woman in the attic.

Joolia Cappleman as Bertha 1983 BBC

Friday, 16 September 2016

Amanda Palmer



Upcoming Tour Dates

Friday, 9 September 2016

Whaddayamean g-g-g-ghosts?

by me (2015)

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Loop Day - A most peculiar day

If you are a Ransom Riggs fan you know today is loop day. There are many ways to celebrate. Check them out here or use the one idea below...

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For those of you impatient for the release of the movie then you will be happy to know today also sees the release of Ransom Rigg's new publication, Tales of the Peculiar.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

I want a tiny house...

...for my backyard...and not just for Halloween :)


Admittedly tho, the place we are currently has a rather tiny kitchen. And that is teaching me some valuable lessons.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

At the local liquor store

One of the fun things to do after so long away is to stroll through the unfamiliar wine labels at the local liquor store...




Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Feeling monstrous...

Transcontinental moves are difficult to say the least. Because we've done this once before I know there is an awkward period of transition. On the border of the past and the threshold of the future it's a liminal time; neither here nor there, neither this nor that. Doesn't make it any easier but good to know it will pass.

Horny, hairy and horrifying: the scariest monsters in art

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Halloween Costume Ideas

Recently saw the new Ghostbusters. I liked it! Much better than I'd been led to believe. Cameos by most original cast members (even Slimer) was cute touch. Kate McKinnon stole the show. I felt Melissa McCarthy's character was a misstep; straightest character I've seen her do and it didn't feel right somehow. Suspect there will be a multitude of Ghostbuster costumes this Halloween.

If you're looking for some different ideas for a costume, something more pagan-ee perhaps? Check these out...

Charles Fréger
21st C Pagan Garb
























"Several years ago Charles Fréger set out to document the many costumes used all over Europe for pagan rituals, visiting 18 countries on his journey to pin down the archetype of the “Wild Man” that transcends any one culture. The pictures were then collected in a marvelous book called Wilder Mann. The costumes he found resemble something out of commedia dell’arte or Día de los Muertos, only far deeper and far stranger. They clearly represent the devil, billy goats, wild boars, and bizarre conflagrations thereof, using all manner of masks, straw, horns, pine twigs, antlers, bells, fur, and bones."

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

People are Strange...

when you're a stranger...


Settling in to the old home town takes time...

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Witches and Toads

Almost passed this without noticing...





Made me feel like we've definitely come back to the right place :)

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Blue skies...

We've landed and settled in! At least I hope we have...

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Chaos and Calamity...

...what happens when all the boxes you've shipped arrive and you have no where to put them!


Maybe we can build a shed in the backyard with the empty boxes...cover it with a tarp and duct tape it into place. No? Neighbours won't like that? Oh.

Well, while I figure this out why don't you spend some time perusing this collection of imaginative news illustrations of chaos and calamity from Le Petit Journal. The way it was before Snap Chat ;)

Celebrating 19th-Century Chaos and Calamity with Le Petit Journal

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

We apologize for the Interruption...

By this point we should have arrived at our destination. I probably won't have access to my laptop for a while. Things will be chaotic and nothing, nothing will be in its right place...

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But once I've wrestled things into some form of organization I will be back.

I hope.

Light a candle...recite an incantation...keep me in your thoughts.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Lost in limbo...

...our probable current situation.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Heading West

Friday, 22 July 2016

11:55 pm - time for one more story...

I've made this post ahead of time because, well, I've been busy packing and stressing. You see at some point this weekend we all (me, husband, and cats) should be departing Doha and moving back to Canada.

Yes, we're happy to be returning home but what the future holds...well, no one knows that, do they?

Soon we'll be back in Newfoundland and on the Avalon; the home of rain, drizzle and fog.

Soon I'll be hearing the low tones of Fort Amhert's fog horn signalling that the fog is once again rolling in.



Soon I'll be back on that North Atlantic island surrounded by the frigid waters which depths hide the hulls of numerous ships.


Glad we're travelling by air...

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Body on the Moor



Read and listen to more here and here

Saturday, 16 July 2016

So many ruins to see...

This is Minster Lovell Hall. There's a whole history about this place that includes war, betrayal, tragedy, and the discovery of a skeleton in a secret vault!

I just felt a shiver...

 

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Primal Scream

In our ongoing efforts to organize our move back to Canada (packing, shipping stuff, travel itineraries complicated by shipping cats, plus trying to organize a place to live once we land, etc) I've, well, quite frankly I've wanted to scream. A lot. So, I kind of relate to this guy. Of course, his screaming is motivated by something other than frustration. And I'm not covered in sticky red stuff...yet.

This newish video from ensemble Liima (some of the old Efterklang gang) seems a bit gory at first but stick with it.

There's a surprisingly upbeat ending...




Friday, 8 July 2016

Trickster and Wise Guys

I've posted here before about my admiration for the corvid family. Well, here's an interesting listen about the intelligence of one, the crow. It's the CBC IDEAs program "Wise Guys" about crows who "are no bird brains."


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Eek...?

swapface - creepy

I hadn't come across this particular trend (is it a meme?) before yesterday. Creepy but often funny. For my husband, however, the creep factor is so high for him he can't even look at them!


Monday, 4 July 2016

Gothic Britain


Documentary - The Art of Gothic Britains... by jessicaflores
Click here if you can't see this.

Oh, and Happy 4th of July to all you who celebrate!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Troll Bridge

One of my favs from Neil Gaiman. Troll Bridge will be coming out as a graphic novel (Dark Horse) this September...

by Colleen Doran - Source

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Dead of Summer

I've seen the first 2 episodes and...meh, not bad. Nothing award winning but it's got a good bit of froth with some pretty people and nifty scares. Fun summer horror.

Also set in the 80s I suspect this is the lite version of Stranger Things.


Friday, 1 July 2016

Don't see me!

This photo of Diane Keaton and feline friend, by Annie Leibovitz, is part of an online Sotheby's auction ending July 9. Bid now...or forever hold your peace.

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Oh, and Happy Canada Day!

If you're from Newfoundland, this day, Memorial Day, includes somber reflections on WWI losses. Hopefully "NEVER AGAIN" remains true despite Brexit.