Wednesday, 14 December 2011

... and today we are Seven.

And a Little Pink Playhouse Arrives ~ Photography by me :)

Monday night there were storms.

As you can see, the mighty wind has temporarily gifted us with a little girl's pink playhouse. 

It actually belongs to 7 year old Ellie next door and sadly, must be returned ... but for the moment ... forgetting that I have turned 59 today ... I am lucky enough to be a 7 year old girl again. 

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.  ~Gaston Bachelard
Any proverbs about weather are doubly true during a storm.  ~Terri Guillemets
“Close you eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, there's no place like home.” ~ Quote from The Wizard of Oz

"Dorothy: [has just arrived in Oz, looking around and awed at the beauty and splendor] Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more.
Dorothy: [after a pause] We must be over the rainbow!
[a bubble appears in the sky and gets closer and closer. It finally lands, then turns into Glinda the Good Witch wearing a spectacular white dress and crown, holding a wand]
Dorothy: [to Toto] Now I... I know we're not in Kansas!" ~ Quote from the Wizard of Oz

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Happy Birthday to Marla!

Lunch with Marla in The Victorian Tea Room, Guthrie, Oklahoma ~ photo by me

Twenty four years ago I walked into a shop called Starwind. I had just moved back to Oklahoma from Seattle and felt horribly adrift. I immediately headed for the book department. That was the day I met my very best friend in the whole wide world, Marla!! Luck was with me that day and all the other days I have spent with her.

Today is her birthday. I think the entire world should sto
p for a minute and wish her a happy birthday!!

Happy Birthday, my dear friend. You have rekindled my spirit more times than I can count. May all your dreams come true!! ♥ ♥ ♥

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Listening to November

MacIntire Field, West Sussex, England ~ Photography by Robin Dalton

Today has been eerily quiet
Long, slow minutes spent remembering light
A reminder of the exquisite beauty found in darkness

"So dull and dark are the November days.
The lazy mist high up the evening curled,
And now the morn quite hides in smoke and haze;
The place we occupy seems all the world."
-   John Clare, November

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it,
the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show."
-   Andrew Wyeth

Friday, 4 November 2011

Trees spotted by the side of the road, West Sussex, England ~ photography by me

The groves were God's first temples.  ~William Cullen Bryant, "A Forest Hymn"

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.                                ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain!

"A year of beauty. A year of plenty.
A year of planting. A year of harvest.
A year of forests. A year of healing.
A year of vision. A year of passion.
A year of rebirth.

This year may we renew the earth.

This year may we renew the earth.

Let it begin with each step we take.

And let it begin with each change we make.
And let it begin with each chain we break.
And let it begin every time we awake."

~ Starhwak, Reclaiming Samhain

Happy Halloween!! A day for dancing, a day for remembering, a day for saying good bye, a day for saying hello...


Sunday, 30 October 2011

Festival of Apples

It's Halloween, Samhain or the Apple Festival! And I have just checked my crisper in the Fridge and I have no apples!! So I'm off to the shops for apples as I discovered this wonderful 'end of summer' meditation but it involves an apple (more about this later). And then I thought, "Apple Crisp"!!! or Apple Crumble as it is known by some.

I found this fabulous recipe on the Joy of Baking web site here

Apple Crisp: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven.  Butter or spray with a cooking spray, a 9 inch (23 cm) deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 x 2 inch (20 x 20 x 5 cm) baking dish. (Can also make 8 individual ramekins.)

Topping:  Place all the topping ingredients (flour, sugars, spices, butter, oats and nuts) in a food processor and process until the mixture is crumbly (looks like coarse meal) and there are no large pieces of butter visible.  (This can also be done with two knives or your fingertips.)  Set aside while you prepare the filling.

Filling: Place the apple chunks in a large bowl, along with the berries (if using) and lemon zest. Toss with the lemon juice and sugar. Transfer to your prepared baking dish  Spread the topping evenly over the apples.

Bake for approximately 30 - 40 minutes (20 - 25 minutes for individual ramekins) or until bubbly, and the topping is golden brown.  Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  Refrigerate leftovers and reheat before serving.

Makes 4 servings.


1/2 cup (65 grams) all purpose flour

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

1/4 cup (55 grams) light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fresh or ground nutmeg (optional)

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (84 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/3 cup (30 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup (40 grams) chopped walnuts or pecans


6 cups (1.2 L) Granny Smith Apples or other firm, tart-tasting apple (peeled, cored, and cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) chunks)

1 cup fresh blackberries or raspberries (optional)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon lemon zest

3 tablespoons (40 grams) white granulated sugar

Read more:

Monday, 17 October 2011

Oklahoma Wetlands ~ Photo by me, Autumn 2009

"Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth."

~ Joseph Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces 

Flowers Reluctant To Say Goodbye To the Summer

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On Saturday, I walked out into my back garden. I was on my way to the dryer, which lives in the garage at the end of the path. All around me were signs of Autumn, brown, dry leaves crunching under my feet.

Yet, when I looked closer, I saw these geraniums still blooming. I thought that just like me, they are reluctant to say good bye to the Summer.

Or at the very least they are displaying their loyalty to their mistress by continuing to cheer her with their beauty and colour...

Maybe they will cheer you, as well.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

2 October, birth of Arthur Edward Waite
(7.12: Sun Libra, Moon Pisces)
co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

Courtesy of Astroshamanism

Saturday, 1 October 2011

The Birth of Venus, 1875
Alexandre Cabanel (French, 1823–1889)

I have found the most fabulous short article about Venus. As Venus is now in her own sign and conjunct Saturn where they are both playing havoc in my fourth house of home and security, she has been on my mind of late. And then, lo and behold, I find this article in a tweet. 

I love the idea of equating Venus with a Star. I always think of her as bursting from the sea and forget that she also graces the heavens with here presence...

What do you think of when you see a five-pointed star? Hollywood stars? The flag of the United States? Wicca, paganism, or witchcraft? The Virgin Mary? Gawain and the Green Knight? The military? Journeys to the underworld? The end of the Mayan calendar in 2012?

At times, I think of all of these things, but mostly, I think of the planet Venus, beauty, and the golden ratio. 
Here’s why:
Over time, the planet Venus draws a five-pointed star in the the sky.

“It does WHAT?” 

That was exactly my reaction, the first time I heard this.

Read more here:
The Oxford Astrologer: The Goddess of Love and the Golden Ratio

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

On the way to Glastonbury

Sensitive to the romance of a moment... more gifts of life, of love, of joy, of hope, of faith...

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

"Dark" Supermoon Tomorrow: New Moon Gets Closest to Earth

"Dark" Supermoon Tomorrow: New Moon Gets Closest to Earth

A waxing crescent moon seen from Logan Pass in Montana.

A crescent moon is barely visible as the sun sets over Montana in a 2008 picture.

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

Andrew Fazekas

for National Geographic News

Published September 26, 2011

Tomorrow night the new moon will make a close approach to Earth, giving rise to the second supermoon of the year—but this one will have the power of invisibility.

Because the moon's orbit is egg shaped, there are times in the roughly monthlong lunar cycle when the moon is at perigee—its closest distance to Earth—or at apogee, its farthest distance from Earth.

"A supermoon occurs when the moon is at perigee and it's in either a full or new phase," said Raminder Singh Samra, an astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

In March sky-watchers were treated to a full moon at perigee, which made for the biggest full moon seen in 18 years.

(See "Supermoon Pictures: Best Shots of Biggest Full Moon.")

A new moon happens when the lunar orb positions itself between Earth and the sun, so that the side of the moon that faces Earth is unlighted.

"The upcoming moon on September 27, 2011, is set to be at perigee and at the new phase," Samra said, "so we won't be able to witness the event, as the moon and sun will be in the same region of the sky" and the lunar disk will be entirely dark.

Supermoon to Affect Earth's Tides?

Because the size of the moon's orbit also varies slightly, each perigee is not always the same distance from Earth.

When at perigee, the moon is about 18,640 miles (30,000 kilometers) closer to Earth than its average distance of roughly 240,000 miles (385,000 kilometers). When perigee occurs during a full moon, the lunar disk can appear about 14 percent bigger in the sky, Samra said.

Tuesday's dark supermoon will be just 222,175 miles (357,557 kilometers) away from Earth.

Some people have speculated that this lunar proximity can have unusual gravitational effects on Earth, triggering dramatic events such as earthquakes. (Take a moon myths and mysteries quiz.)

But the truth is that there's only a very small correlation between full or new moons and seismic stresses, said Jim Todd, planetarium manager at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

"Stronger tidal forces caused by the alignment of the sun and moon may put added stress on tectonic plates," Todd said.

"However, seismologists have found no evidence connecting lunar perigees to heightened seismic activity. Instead the Earth constantly stores up energy and releases it any time the built-up energy becomes too great."

Lunar close encounters are well known to cause slightly higher ocean tides, so any localized flooding during a supermoon would be most noticeable around beaches and other low-lying areas.

Casebooks Of Early Astrologers Published Online | History Today

I thought this was so fascinating.

Casebooks Of Early Astrologers Published Online | History Today

In the September issue of History Today, Dr Lauren Kassell explores the work of Simon Forman, a 16th century astrologer who left a copious amount of casebooks behind. These casebooks, along with those of Forman's protege, Richard Napier, are in the process of being published online by the University of Cambridge and the Bodleain Libraries in Oxford.

In the days before a quick visit to the local GP was the answer to a particular ailment, astrologers performed much the same service, albeit with slightly less success in their diagnoses. Both Forman and Napier were unusually diligent in recording their findings. Each would note down the patient's name, the question put to them, and the start time of the consultation. From this they would then construct an astrological chart, using the positions of the sun, the moon and the five planets known at the time; they would then use the chart to ascertain the effect of the celestial bodies on their patients.

As the authors of the Casebook Project note, the material, which was written between 1596 and 1634 and contains over 50,000 documents, is "probably the richest surviving set of medical records from the period before 1700".

In contrast to the often spurious predictions offered by astrology in modern times, the questions posed to Napier and Forman were predominantly about medical problems. One example shows Forman's formulation for calculating which of a particular married couple will live longer:

Mary & Jhone being man & wife which shall die first. Mary the number of her letters are 4 & the number of the letters of Jhone are 5 & Jhone is the elder & she was a mayd & he a bacheler & neyther of them was contracted to any other before, & the number of boath of the names being added togeather make 9 then because Jhone is the elder I begin with Jhone & say Jhone mary Jhone mary 9 times & the number doth end on Jhone. Therfore dico quod Jhoanna prius morietur.

To date only a small number have been published; the difficulty of reading some of the handwriting, and the often complex nomenclature used in the observations, has made a lengthy task of transcribing them. Yet it's clear that, once complete, the it will be of immense interest to historians and to those interested in the early modern period.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Hastings Day Trip ~ September 2011


Yesterday we had the most magical of days in one of the Cinque Ports, Hastings. Still an active fishing village. We even managed to catch the sunset...

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Gaia Earth

Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class. ~ Annie Besant

Angels of Atlantis

Friday, 2 September 2011

A Walk On The Wild Side

A Walk in the Wood on a Sunny Afternoon... by me

In-between past and future there is the edge of the present. It rests between the regrets of the past and the uncertainty of the unknown future. Here in the present there is an non-specific certainty that wields Truth as the hammer at the forge and Life its fire. Certainty is not in knowing how the torc will take shape but in knowing Wisdom is our Gold (via Druid's Path /|\)

Thursday, 1 September 2011

All birth is my birth

All birth is my birth,
all breath is my breath,
all blood is my blood,
all pain is my pain,
all joy is my joy,
all dreaming is my dreaming,
all death is my death.

One life carrying all life, all life carrying one life.

~   Rev. Peter Owen Jones