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

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