Saturday, 31 December 2016
Sunday, 25 December 2016
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Saturday, 26 November 2016
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
Sunday, 13 November 2016
Saturday, 12 November 2016
Thursday, 10 November 2016
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
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
Thursday, 3 November 2016
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.
At least I think that's what that guy was doing....
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
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!
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Monday, 31 October 2016
Sunday, 30 October 2016
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
Friday, 28 October 2016
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
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
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
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
Saturday, 22 October 2016
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
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
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.
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
|Walks on halter with leash...|
and sometimes a sweater
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|
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
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
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016
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
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...
Thursday, 13 October 2016
|Kitchen centre piece|
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
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Monday, 10 October 2016
Sunday, 9 October 2016
Saturday, 8 October 2016
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
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
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood review – an inventive riff on The Tempest - The Guardian
Thursday, 6 October 2016
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
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Monday, 3 October 2016
Sunday, 2 October 2016
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!
Saturday, 1 October 2016
|As interpreted by|
Madame Groeda Weyrd
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|
Friday, 30 September 2016
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
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|
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
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
"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
"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
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
Friday, 9 September 2016
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Thursday, 1 September 2016
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
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
If you're looking for some different ideas for a costume, something more pagan-ee perhaps? Check these out...
|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."
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Sunday, 7 August 2016
Saturday, 6 August 2016
Saturday, 30 July 2016
...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
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...
Light a candle...recite an incantation...keep me in your thoughts.
Monday, 25 July 2016
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Friday, 22 July 2016
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
Saturday, 16 July 2016
Saturday, 9 July 2016
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
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
Monday, 4 July 2016
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Saturday, 2 July 2016
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
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.
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.