Monday, 31 October 2016

Darkness comes

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



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


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 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.


NEW Rules of Halloween


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 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


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!


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