Saturday, 30 November 2019

The power of dust

She awoke in a desert. The air was hot and bright.

Sitting up she squinted into the light.

On the horizon she saw a city, ribbons of asphalt and endless towers of concrete blocks.

She stood and began to walk towards it.

One day the sun grew dim, shining weakly through a haze of red dust. On another it was ferociously hot and she stopped to take shelter in the shade of a small, lone tree. The tree told her to keep moving, adding with a soft sigh..."good luck."

One day she found herself within the city.

Hostile eyes followed her as she moved through the streets but still she stumbled on.

A tower, lined with tiles of taupe, sprang up before her. She stood at its entrance unsure of herself. A noise coming from the left startled her.

She entered the tower and began to climb its steep steps. When she could climb no further she found herself staring at the surface of a heavily carved wooden door. She pulled at the handle struggling to make her way through to the terrace on the other side.

The terrace was wide and covered with small, cracked tiles of blue and white. From here she was able to look out at the emptiness from which she'd come.

The emptiness was slowly filling up with the growing city.

She was tired. It had been a long walk. So she lay down on the hot, cracked terrace tiles and looked up into the sun.

Stared up until she could no longer see -- or the sun set. She was not sure which.

Sand and dust fell on to her body every day. Still she stared upwards.

One rare day the sky was a brilliant blue. On another it rained and washed here eyes clean.

But the dust returned and covered her over once again.

A day came when she could no longer move.

And then, one night, under a bright crescent moon, she blew away...

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Gallows Pole

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Blood in the Snow

So, I just heard this amazing song on the latest Folk Radio show on Mixcloud. It's not yet released so I can't embed anything for you but here's the description...

"London-based alt-folk trio Thickets are to release ‘A Winter Warning’ in December; what began as a Christmas carol soon took a macabre turn to become instead a winter murder ballad..."

And here's a little taste of the lyrics:

...for the treetops do shiver and the north wind doth blow
and the snow starts to fall 
and the snow starts to fall
and down by the woods where the river runs still
a young maiden's voice, screams that shatter and shrill 
as god's weary children lie sleeping in bed
the snow by the hedgerow grows crimson and red, 
it glows crimson and red, it glows crimson and red...

And then while searching out an appropriate graphic to decorate this post with, I typed in "blood in the snow" and then stumbled on this!

Click here for more info.

A day of discoveries! If only I didn't have to go into work early :(

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Lord of Tears

Ok, you know how you occasionally stumble onto amazing things you've never heard of? Well, a couple of weeks ago someone came into the comic shop (where I work) and asked us if we had any other Living Dead Dolls. They were looking for something specific. Alas, what they were looking for was not available for order through our distributor. However, whilst perusing what was available my colleague and I had a closer look at this...WTF *?

And that led to this...

And then this.... :0

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Round up 2019

Based on the past two years I raced home mid-afternoon to set up for little kids who sometimes start showing up at 3:30 or so. I was racing around throwing chips and candy into appropriately ghoulish (or not) containers and putting up last minute decorations. Hubby came home and helped. All done by 4:00 pm.


Nothing happened till 5:30 pm! By then I was sitting in front of a screen watching spooky stuff having resigned myself to a slow night.

Then there was another knock at the door and from then on trick-or-treaters steadily trickled through till 8:00 pm. Total numbers - 40 ish. Very happy with that. Not much candy left.

Stand out costume was a girl dressed as a jelly fish with an elaborate headdress covered in netting and all lit up with purple LEDs!

Biggest gaff, on my part, was asking a kid if he was dressed as Spawn (I meant Venom). With an exasperated sigh he said, "Black Panther!"......My bad.

And as it was a beautiful night my hubby and I harnessed up the cats and took 'em for walk round the neighbourhood. More yards decorated and more decorations this year so it was a really nice walk around. And the weather was just so darned perfect for a Halloween night! Cats had been packed away all evening so both were excited and curious to see what all the activity was about. There was much stopping and sniffing, inspections of spaces under cars, etc.

As we made our way back to the house a passer by squinted at us and asked, "Are those cats?!" I said, "Yes! They're all excited about Halloween!" My husband then quipped, "They're actually kids in costumes." Oh my, did I laugh!!

Yes, and this one went as a hobo! (Under car grease, I suspect).

Saturday, 2 November 2019

A Day for Ashes

Back in June I made a trip out to BC (the land of tall trees!) to visit family. We were staying on Denman Island where there is a green cemetery. What a fantastic idea! And popular too. They have people contacting them from all parts asking if they, or a family member, can be buried there.

Back here at home, and looking at the family urn containing two loved family members, I thought "it's about time to scatter those ashes and move on." Thinking about where to scatter the cremains I came up with the idea of putting them in the backyard when we get around to planting a tree out there. I thought adding the cremains would be kinda neat, right? My husband's only proviso was to make sure the cremains don't kill the sapling.

Well, looks like they might. Apparently, cremains are high in things not so great for plants. There is a special soil mixture you can buy to mix with your cremains to neutralize the phosphorous and sodium. And then there are various biodegradable or other 'living' urns.

If I gave up on the idea of the backyard there are other things you can do with cremains. You can mix them with concrete and make a garden ornament or build a reef.

Or they can be mixed with molten glass for beautiful art, or beads.

You can also get them made into a picture frame, ammunition (!), or ink...

But scattering them near by whilst mumbling an incantation is the way to go, I think. Don't you agree?

Friday, 1 November 2019

Les Revenants