Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Hedgebrier, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 02-08

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The legend of Valentine's Day true origin remain wrapped in shrouded mystery. Long before any connections between these named men and what we celebrate modernly as Valentine's Day, we see a festival of fertility in ancient Rome.. February 15th is lupercalia and a celebration specific to the city of Rome. Some believe that this festival was descendant from the wolf of legend that reared romulus and Remus. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the saint whose feast was celebrated on the day now known as St. Valentine's Day was possibly one of three martyred men named Valentinus, who lived in the late third century during the reign of Emperor Claudius II: a priest in Rome, a bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), or a martyr in the Roman province of Africa, but there is no way of knowing which of these men our Valentine's Day is named for (if any). The earliest recorded mention of Valentine's Day with a romantic associationn is from Geoffrey Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales). Taken from Parliament of Foules (1382) : For this was seynt Volantynys day/Whan euery bryd comyth there to/Chese his make.  [choose his mate]. Chaucer wrote this for Richard 11 and his wife Anne of Bohemia. Through the late middle ages and Renaissance, the idea of courtly love spread. Is it a flowing and flowering display of affection that is done in front of all eyes, and is therefore, proper its nature and unadulterated and pure in form. The earlier surviving 'valentine' was written by Charles of Orleans. He wrote it to his wife while held in the Tower of London as a result of the 1415 Battle of Agincourt.

The Early Medieval acta of either Saint Valentine were excerpted by Bede and briefly expounded in Legenda Aurea,[12] According to that version, St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer. Legenda Aurea still providing no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. In an embellishment to The Golden Legend, on the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first "valentine" himself, addressed to a young girl variously identified as his beloved, as the jailer's daughter whom he had befriended and healed, or both, It was a note that read "From your Valentine." In another apparently modern embellishment, while Valentine was imprisoned, people would leave him little notes, folded up and hidden in cracks in the rocks around his cell. He would find them and offer prayers for them. (information taken verbatum or in parts from Wikipedia)  --submitted by Cassie Saxton

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The Gauntlet sponsored by Laurë Anor Provinces was held on January 23rd - Joseph McDonough accompanied 'Delia Sandrine, a guest of Heathfield from Telarus to the Gauntlet Event. He had found it was one that she'd been going to and determined to beat the Beast. One had four tries on the contraption to make it through. While 'Delia didn't make it through her first two attempts, she had done far better than he. So much padding had been used in his first two attempts that after the second and not even getting past the first stage, he started the third try with less. He finally did better. On his last try he made it through the third stage before being knocked off. 'Delia had not done as well in her last two attempts but everyone had fun in a challenging night out.  --submitted by Joseph McDonough

Sow's Ear Tavern Night  The Sow's Ear Tavern was the place to be on Friday, January 25th.  Seamus and Joe McAndrews attended the event which brought together many old and new friends from various realms.  Seamus also brought his lute which always guarantees a song or three as well as a case of potcheen to share.  The servers kept the drinks flowing, the conversation was lively and a grand time was had by all.  --submitted by Joe McAndrews

Queen Julia Noir Serenading Queen Honeee - On a cold snowy evening in Heathfield our lovely Queen, Honeee accompanied by the youngest of her children, Princess Lydia, was serenaded by Santa in the courtyard of Heathfield Castle.  The Santa was no other than the lovely and talented Queen of Telarus, Julia Noir.  Queen Julia had lost a bet to the Crown Prince, Chadwick McAndrews.  Unfortunately Rick was unable to hear it himself but  Crown Prince Andrew and Princess Noirin were among those watching and listening among many Telarus notables and Queen Victoria  of Devonshires, her escort James Scarlett and Lady Constance. While Queen Julia sang a song of her own composition, Queen Honeee and Princess Lydia showered the crowd with rose petals and gold foil covered chocolate coins.  Following the serenade, everyone was invited into the castle for refreshments and visiting.  A good time was had by all and we thank Queen Julia for being such a good sport and wonderful friend.  --submitted by Noirin MacNeil

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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

Blue Cohosh - The Indians called blue cohosh papoose root, believing it triggered labor and hastened childbirth. They were right. Science shows that an active substance found in blue cohosh can induce labor. This substance is so powerful, in fact, that the herb should be used only under medical supervision. Blue cohosh is not related to black cohosh - they belong to different botanical families. But the Indians used both as gynecological herbs and called them both cohosh, Algonquian for 'rough' because they both have gnarled roots. The 'blue' refers to this herb's bluish stem and dark blue berries.

In addition to using it to induce labor, menstruation and abortion, the Indians also used blue cohosh to treat sore throat, hiccups, infant colic, epilepsy and arthritis. Some Indian women even drank a strong decoction as a contraceptive. Modern herbals recommend blue cohosh as a labor inducer and menstruation promoter. Some herbalists also suggest it for asthma, anxiety, cough, arthritis and high blood pressure.

Healing with Blue Cohosh

Labor Inducer - Researchers have discovered a chemical (caulosaponin) in blue cohosh that provokes strong uterine contractions, thus supporting its primary Indian use. However, caulosaponin also narrows the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Blue cohosh has produced heart damage in laboratory animals, and human heart damage seems quite possible from overdose. On the other hand, blue cohosh does not appear to be significantly more hazardous than Pitocin, the standard drug used to induce labor, which may also cause heart damage and other serious side effects, including even maternal and fetal death.

Menstruation Promotion - As a powerful uterine stimulant, blue cohosh could certainly trigger menstruation. But women should not use it for this purpose. It's too powerful and its side effects are potentially too serious.

Intriguing Possibilities - Researchers in India have discovered tantalizing evidence that the American Indians may have been on the right track in using blue cohosh as a contraceptive. In animals the herb inhibits ovulation, according to a report published in the Journal of Reproduction and Fertility. European researchers have identified some antibiotic and immune-stimulating properties in blue cohosh explaining its use for bladder and kidney infections. Finally, blue cohosh also has anti-inflammatory activity, lending credence to its traditional use for arthritis.

Rx for Blue Cohosh, The Safety Factor - Blue cohosh is a powerful herb that should be administered by a physician. The decoction tastes initially somewhat sweet, then bitter and unpleasant. No one with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, or a history of stroke should use blue cohosh.   --Taken from The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman

Life Around Here

It's often said that there is no place like home, and after having endured a prolonged absence from Heathfield, I am only too happy to be back.  Please note that I made specific use of the word "endured".  Due to personal circumstances with my family, which are too complex to mention in so short an article, I have long been without a home, a homeland.  Heathfield has come to be that homeland for me, and I am glad to be back to her.  (And to a certain sculptress, but that's another story!)

I've noticed that I am not the only resident to have come back home.  Kizzie Cohen, heart sister to my dear cousin Cassandry, has also come home after some time away.  I would like to take a moment to welcome Miss Cohen back, as a fellow recent returnee.  Also among those coming home to roost after extended absences is a young man made good, Kyle Carlysle.  Mr. Carlysle had returned to Heathfield, having earned his degree in law at the University of Barcelona, and was going to open a private practice as a barrister here.  Fortunate circumstance has instead found him in the employ of the crown.  In addition to those of us that have come to home, there has been an influx of new faces, all people who have seen fit to visit the realm, some with the intent to stay.  Whether coming home again, seeking a place to start a new life, or simply stopping over for a visit, I would offer that there is one thing in common to all three purposes... the allure of Heathfield as a decent place to live, or visit.

From the generosity and just rule of the monarchy, to the friendliness of her citizens, and the availability of services and amenities, Heathfield is a rare and unique place, and a genuine find.  Sometimes, whether we mean to or not, we all take things for granted, or grumble about certain events in our lives.  We tend to forget how well we truly have it.  I was away from the realm for nearly a year, and I lamented every bit of that time.  I come home to her with a renewed appreciation of everything that she has to offer, and the warm reception that I've received upon my return.  (And yes, I'm referring to the sculptress, and not just the realm!)  I urge each and every one of you... take a few moments out of your busy day and take a good look around.  Look at what's here, and what's available to you, and perhaps your day just might seem a little bit brighter. --submitted by Michael Saxton

Births: None this month. Marriages: None this month. Engagements: None this month Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: Please welcome Seanan O'Caiside, Ivan Malatok, Wil Cayhill and Kyle Carlysle appointed as our new barrister.

by Athalia Doe Edan

The rose and several other flowers say I love you to your special Valentine. Instead of superstitions this month below are symbolic meanings for several varieties of flowers: Amaryllis - Pride. Apple blossom - Hope, good fortune, better things to come. Bellflower - Gratitude. Blue periwinkle - Friendship. Blue Violet - Modesty, faithfulness. Bluebells - Constancy. Cala lily - Splendid Beauty. Camellia - Loveliness, gratitude. Carnation - Distinction, fascination. Chrysanthemum (red) - I love you. Chrysanthemum (white) - Truth. Cyclamen - Modesty and shyness. Daffodil - Regard. Daisy - Beauty & Innocence. Fern - Fascination and sincerity. Flowering Almond - Hope. Forget-me-not - True love and remembrance.

Gardenia - Secret Untold Love. Honeysuckle - Devoted affection, generosity. Hyacinth - Loveliness. Hydrangea - Boastfulness. Iris - Warmth of affection. Ivy - Eternal fidelity. Jasmine - Amiability. Larkspur - Laughter. Lemon Blossom - Fidelity in love. Lilac - First Love. Lilac (white) - Youthful innocence. Lily - Majesty. Lily-of-the-valley - Return of happiness. Magnolia - Perseverance. Marigold - Affection. Mimosa - Secret love. Myrtle - Love and remembrance. Orange Blossoms - Purity or fertility. Orchid - Rare beauty. Peach Blossom - Captive. Peony - Bashfulness. Red tulip - Declaration. Yellow tulip - Hopeless love. Rosemary - Remembrance. Sweet Pea - Delicate pleasures.

Roses - All roses say, "I Love You", but each color has it's own meaning: Burgandy - Unconscious Beauty, Orange or Coral - Desire, Pink - Grace and gentility, Red & White Together - Unity, Red - Passion. Sweetheart Roses - Darling, Dear Or Honey, White - Worthiness, White Rosebuds - You're too young for love., Yellow - Joy.


Phoenixes -- The phoenix, sometimes called a fenix or firebird, is a majestic, glorious bird with purple and gold plumage. Custom says that there is only one phoenix alive at a given time, but the fowl is so rare that no one has been able to corroborate this notion. They do not require food to sustain themselves, though they have been known to eat the gum of the frankincense tree (Boswellia thurifera).

A phoenix will live for centuries (five hundred years, according to one source), whereupon it will build a nest of cinnamon myrrh and spikenard. There it incinerates itself by reflecting the sun off its plumage to spark a fire and fanning the flames with its wings. Nine days later, another phoenix hatches from those same ashes.

The bright plumage would seem indicative of a male but upon closer inspection it is found to be genderless. It's call is one of the most beautiful to be heard and its songs become longer and longer as the nest approaches completion.

 -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier - from Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Everyone should have one!


The name February is believed to have derived from the name 'Februa' taken from the Roman 'Festival of Purification'. The root 'februo' meaning to 'I purify by sacrifice'. As part of the seasonal calendar February is the time of the 'Ice Moon' according to Pagan beliefs, and the period described as the 'Moon of the Dark Red Calf' by Black Elk (Black Elk Speaks, Neihardt). February has also been known as 'Sprout-kale' by the Anglo-Saxons in relation to the time the kale and cabbage was edible. It is a time when favorable colors to improve personal healing are amethyst, white and blue-violet (the color of crocus flowers). These are the colors often associated with winter whilst the delicate crocus and snowdrops, along with the scented carnation lend beauty and a glimpse of the fine weather to come in spring to a time of austerity. The herbs and produce of the woodland too are closely connected, with nuts and cones, musk, marjoram and mimosa lending sweetness. As the second month of the winter calendar the holy thistle too reminds us of the link with winters rule and faith tested in times of extreme hardships. The fox and its brother on a distant shore the coyote find the ability to retrieve food in the harshest of environments. As we approach spring birds too are seen to be remembered with January, with the pheasant appearing from the hedgerow and the jay (and the blue-jay) taking to the wing as a sign of the skies and earth giving hope of insect life and nesting materials.

Metaphorical associations between the gospel writer 'Mark' and this period in the Celtic calendar known as 'Imbolc' which continues through to April. Mark was considered to be an ordinary man with incredible powers of communication evidenced in his writing which was thought of as colorful and exciting. The move between each story in the bible was seen to be swift and therefore was equated to the raging speed of the winds experienced at this time of the year. February is the first month of Imbolc, with the length of the day increases and with it the warmth and power of the sun, and the festival of 'Candlemas' (2 February) is central to both the Celtic and Christian beliefs. The rhythms of nature are embodied in the woman, together with the ability to bring forth life. So the feast is associated with the potential fertility of the land, the preparation. In the Celtic church it is 'Brigid' (1 February) and in the Christian 'St. Brigit' (2 February) who personify these qualities. Both are associated with 'Mary and motherhood', 'Gaia and the earth goddess', the 'motherhood of God'. This should be considered in connection with the astrological calendar, as here we see the symbol of the circle complete in 'Pisces' and the hope of life anew as we approach 'Aries', the end and the beginning, the old and the new, the death and the life. All indicate a higher spiritual awareness and growth. As a result the fish and the ram are important in animal mythology, although birds too have great significance as we approach the period of Easter. As part of the astrological calendar, February has many associations. This is the month of the house of Aquarius (20 January - February 19) and the house of Pisces (20 February - March 20).  (Mystical World Wide Web - February)  

The Gregorian calendar, which now serves as the standard calendar for civil use throughout the world, has both common years and leap years. A common year has 365 days and a leap year 366 days, with the extra, or intercalary, day designated as February 29. A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit about the sun, which is about 365¼ days. The length of the solar year, however, is slightly less than 365¼ days—by about 11 minutes. To compensate for this discrepancy, the leap year is omitted three times every four hundred years. In other words, a century year cannot be a leap year unless it is divisible by 400. Thus 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600, 2000, and 2400 are leap years. Leap Year has been the traditional time that women can propose marriage. In many of today's cultures, it is okay for a woman to propose marriage to a man. Society doesn't look down on such women. However, that hasn't always been the case. When the rules of courtship were stricter, women were only allowed to pop the question on one day every four years. That day was February 29th.

St. Bridget's Complaint - It is believed this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose. According to legend, St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day in February during the leap year.

February 29th in English Law - According to English law, February 29th was ignored and had no legal status. Folks assumed that traditions would also have no status on that day. It was also reasoned that since the leap year day existed to fix a problem in the calendar, it could also be used to fix an old and unjust custom that only let men propose marriage. The first documentation of this practice dates back to 1288, when Scotland passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of their choice in that year. They also made it law that any man who declined a proposal in a leap year must pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss to payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves. --submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews

by Ibn Arabi

A garden among the flames!

My heart can take on any form:
A meadow for gazelles,
A cloister for monks,
For the idols, sacred ground,
Ka'ba for the circling pilgrim,
The tables of the Torah,
The scrolls of the Quran.

My creed is Love;
Wherever its caravan turns along the way,
That is my belief,
My faith.

--submitted by Deshira al-Azhar


Stanzas For Music
by Lord Byron

There be none of Beauty's daughters
 With music like thee;
And like music on the waters
 Is they sweet voice to me:
When, as if its sound were causing
The charmed ocean's pausing,
The waves lie still and gleaming,
And the lull'd winds seem dreaming.

And the midnight moon is weaving,
 Her bright chain o'er the deep;
Whose breast is gently heaving,
 As an infant's asleep:
So the spirit bows before thee,
To listen and adore thee;
With a full but soft emotion,
Like the swell of a Summer's ocean.

--submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews

Did You Know?

Labyrinths - In Europe, grass labyrinths were laid out around a central upright, often a tree, stone or cross. The turns of the labyrinth were believed to symbolize the world serpent, while the upright at the center of the maze perhaps stood for the cosmic axis. Some ancient maze names hint at the mythological role of the serpent: the ancient grass labyrinth at Steigra, south of Leipzig in Germany, is known as the Schlangengang ("snake path"). And the grass labyrinth in the Eilenriede Forest, Hannover, Germany, still contains a large linden tree growing at its center. Another symbolic representation of the world tree is the Maypole. The spiral patterns often painted around it may represent the serpent ascending and descending the cosmic axis. The magical prosperities of the axis were believed allow human beings access to the spirit world. Ancient peoples thought that the spirits could speak at omphalos sites. At Delphi in ancient Greece, the oracle had her temple and foretold the future.

Shamanic Journeys - From North America to Mongolia, shamans, the healers and visionaries of the ancient world, used spiritual techniques to gain access to other worlds, or other states of consciousness, through the cosmic axis. In the myths and legends of virtually every culture, the gods, goddesses, and heroic mortals also used the cosmic axis to journey between different worlds. In their trances, shamans ride up the cosmic axis into the heavenly upper world or down into the underworld. In some cultures, the shaman literally climbs a tree or pole to reach heaven. Among the Koryak of Siberia, shamans climb a post in the middle of the ritual hut, into which steps have been cut, making the post a stairway to heaven.

A Universal Concept - Most ancient peoples possessed some concept of the symbolic center of the world. The sacred center could take the form of a special stone, as at Delphi, a holy city like the Inca Cuzco (the name means navel in the Quechua tongue), or, for the Semang people of the Maylay Peninsula, a large rock where their god, Batu-Ribn, is believed to emerge at the center of the world. The twisting symbol of he labyrinth has been traced back over 3,500 years. It occurs in different cultures, at different points in time. In places as diverse as Peru, Arizona, Scandinavia, Germany, France, Italy, Crete, Egypt and India. The design of the labyrinth symbol consists of a single meandering pathway that leads from the entrance to the center. Throughout the world and throughout history, it has been carved on wood and rock faces, woven into the design on blankets and baskets, laid out on the ground in the desert and on shorelines, in colored stone or tiles on the floors of villas, churches and cathedrals and cut into the living earth on village greens and hilltops. Occasionally the design of the labyrinth itself is altered or developed, but usually it is utilized with no significant variation. The labyrinth has often been employed as a symbol of the omphalos, the sacred center, or the navel of the world. Some ancient Roman mosaic labyrinths were surrounded by a depiction of fortified walls; the center of the labyrinth represented the various cities of the Roman Empire. In medieval, Christianized Europe, the labyrinths appeared in churches and cathedrals. The centers of some these were designated as Jerusalem, the Christian Holy City. In this instance the labyrinth stood as a symbol of Christian faith, making it clear to the faithful that there is only one path to the center, just as there is only one path to salvation. -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


Carmel Filled Butter Pecan Cake

1 c. shortening * 2 c. sugar * 4 eggs * 3 c. sifted cake flour * 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder * 1/2 tsp. salt * 1 c. milk * 1 tsp. almond extract * 1 tsp. vanilla extract * Caramel Filling * Buttercream frosting * 1 c. chopped pecans

Cream shortening. Gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition. Stir in flavoring. Grease three 9 inch round cake pans and line with wax paper; grease wax paper. Pour batter into pans. Bake at 375 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pans, let cool completely on wire racks. Spread Caramel Filling between layers and on top of cake. Spread Buttercream frosting on sides of cake. Press chopped pecans into frosting on sides of cake. Garnish with pecan halves. CARAMEL FILLING: 3 c. sugar, divided * 3/4 c. milk * 1 egg, beaten * Pinch of salt * 1/2 c. butter (cut up). Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar in heavy saucepan; place over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar melts and syrup is golden brown. Combine remaining 2 1/2 cups sugar, milk, egg and salt in a bowl, stirring well; stir in butter. Stir butter mixture in caramelized sugar. (The mixture will lump, becoming smooth with further cooking.) Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until a candy thermometer registers 230 degrees (15-20 minutes). Cool 5 minutes. Beat with a wooden spoon to almost spreading consistency and spread between layers and on top of cake. BUTTERCREAM FROSTING: 1/3 c. butter, softened * 3 c. sifted powdered sugar * 2-3 tbsp. half & half / 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Cream butter at medium speed of an electric mixer; gradually add sugar alternately with half & half, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.  -- submitted by Lorelei Barre (from

To Stewe Stekes of Mutton

A Proper Newe Book of Cokerye, 1572 - Take a legge of mutton and cot it in small slices, and put it in a chafer, and put therto a pottell of ale, and scome it cleane then putte therto seven or eyghte onions thyn slyced, and after they have boyled one hour, putte therto a dyshe of swete butter, and so lette them boyle tyll they be tender, and then put therto a lyttel peper and salte.

The Modern Version: 2 lb leg of lamb or mutton (this recipe also works well with beef) * 1 pint dark beer or ale * 2 onions, thinly sliced * 1 tsp salt * pepper to taste * 2 Tbsp butter. Bone the lamb, trimming off any skin or excess fat. Cut into thin slices across the grain. Place in a heavy pan with the beer and onions, cover and simmer for an hour. Add the salt, pepper and butter and continue simmering for 30 minutes, or until tender. Though it's not in the recipe, I've found that adding 1/2 tsp or so of malt vinegar or cider vinegar really sparks up the dish. Serve with fingers of fried bread.    -- submitted by Cassie Saxton

Peanut Butter Fudge Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour * 2 cups white sugar * 1 teaspoon baking soda * 1 cup butter * 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder * 1 cup buttermilk * 2 eggs, beaten * 1  teaspoon vanilla extract * 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter * 1/2 cup butter * 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder * 1/3 cup buttermilk * 4 cups sifted confectioners sugar * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine flour, white sugar, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl; set aside. Melt 1 cup butter or margarine in a heavy saucepan; stir in 1/2 cup cocoa. Stir in buttermilk, and eggs until well blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Remove from heat. Mix into flour mixture, stirring until smooth. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes, or until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Carefully spread peanut butter over warm cake. Cool completely. To Make Frosting: Combine 1/2 cup butter or margarine, 1/4 cup cocoa, and buttermilk in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Pour over confectioners' sugar, stirring until smooth. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread chocolate frosting over peanut butter on cake. Cut into squares. --submitted by Sarah McDonough (



Curye on Inglysch, 15th c. Tak cheryes & do out the stones & grynde hem wel & draw hem thorw a streynour & do it in a pot. & do therto whit gres or swete botere & myed wastel bred, & cast therto good wyn & sugre, & salte it & stere it wel togedere, & dresse it in disches; and set theryn clowe gilofre, & strewe sugre aboue.

The Modern Version: 2 lbs ripe red cherries * 1 1/2 cups white wine * 3/4 cup sugar * 4 Tbsp butter * 1 cup breadcrumbs * pinch of salt * garnish: flower heads of clove pinks (optional) * sugar, preferably raw sugar if available. Wash the cherries and remove the stems and stones. Puree the fruit in a blender with 1/2 cup of the wine and half the sugar. Add a little more wine as needed to get a smooth puree. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the fruit puree, breadcrumbs, remaining wine, remaining sugar, and salt. Simmer, stirring often, until the puree is very thick. Pour into a serving bowl, cover, and let cool. The cherry pottage should be the consistency of a thick apple sauce. Refridgerate until served. Before serving, decorate the edge of the bowl with the clove pinks, if desired. Sprinkle the sugar over the dish.  -- submitted by Cassie Saxton


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February - Pices (Feb 19 - Mar 20)

In January, September and November the greater benefic Jupiter forms a helpful angle to Saturn. This is the kind of alignment that may bring a new friend into your life whom you later marry or go into a serious business relationship with. You are not likely to put a foot wrong during this month, so take a giant leap of faith and just go for it. You may also meet some well-traveled and very wealthy people during this time whom you can always rely on.

In March, May and November Jupiter makes a helpful link to Uranus. You will widen your social circle to include the rich and/or famous of the world so go out and have a really good time. This will liven up your lifestyle to a new and exciting dimension and give you the opportunity to perceive life from a totally different point of view. You may even take a little stroll down the wild side and be surprised at how much fun this is.

In November Saturn opposes Uranus that can put a spanner in the works in terms of your intimate relationships. You may feel as though this side of your life weighs heavily and it may be because you feel you have to look after someone else, even if that is not what is really expected of you. Do not, however, rebel against your own real obligations as this will set a pattern for trouble later on.

During the next twelve months, the ‘greater benefic’ Jupiter, your co-ruling planet, will occupy your sector of friends, hopes, wishes and any groups or committees that you belong to and will go into retrograde (backwards) phase for five months between May and early September. You will undoubtedly involve yourself with far more people in your social circle than ever before, some of whom may be well-traveled, far more experienced than yourself and have a jovial attitude to life.

Saturn the taskmaster of the zodiac will continue to occupy your sector of marriage and business partnerships and any public presentations up until November of the next year. Saturn however, will be in retrograde motion (backwards) between January and April. This is often felt as a time when you feel that your beloved is just not responding to you or you feel alienated and separated from them either emotionally, mentally or physically. You may also have to take care of your beloved or a business partner, due to their ill health of other condition beyond your control. It may seem as though this is a time of testing in your relationship and this long transit can seem onerous. During the retrograde phase there may appear to be undue responsibilities attached to your beloved that restrict your freedom of movement in varied ways. During the direct phase (between May and the end of the year) there will be evidence that you are doing your duty out of love for your other half, and not because you have to.

Uranus, the planet of change, will continue to occupy your own sign and sector of self and how you relate to others, during which time he will be in retrograde phase between late June and late November. This will prove to be the most exciting years of your life as you adjust to new conditions of living and do things you have never been brave enough to do before. Astrology, aviation, modern technology and computers may pay a big role in what you do and how you do it. During the retrograde phase you will search for new and exciting ways to fill your life so that you are no longer bored. Anyone who tries to hold you back will be ignored. During the direct phase (January to June and again late November to June of the next year) you will make many changes and adjustments and find the niche you have been looking for all your life that has more meaning to you on a very personal level.

The planet of mystery Neptune, which is your other co-ruling planet, will continue to occupy your sector of secrets, hospitals, people and places behind the scenes and retreats, though will go into retrograde (backwards) phase between late May and up to the end of October. This can be a time when you selflessly give to others with no thought of reward for yourself. You may choose to work in a hospital or in a voluntary capacity for the under-privileged. There may be times however when you may decide that the people you are helping may not really deserve it. You can tap the wisdom of the cosmos if you are psychic and become aware of some tremendously significant insights into your life. During the retrograde phase your intuition may be off key and this could cause you to make errors that could have been avoided if you had taken more time. During the direct phase (January to May and November to December) there will be insight gained from past experiences that helps you to make more realistic decisions about yourself, and your future potential.

Pluto, the transformer of the zodiac will now occupy your sector of friends, hopes, wishes and any groups or committees that you belong to, (with the exception of a retrograde phase back into your sector of of career, status, reputation and how you are seen in the eyes of the world between mid June and late November). Your sense of mixing in with others and your involvement in social activities will change during this long term transit. There will be people enter your life who have a huge impact on your goals, and some of these people may be in positions of power and influence who can help you achieve your aims. During the retrograde phase there will be changes to your friendships, such as people leaving your life forever. During the direct phase (January to March and again from September to the end of the year) you will source out those who can guide you towards self improvement and personal fulfillment. 
-- submitted by Sassy Golden:

Lost And Found
~ Of all the things I've lost in life .... I miss my mind the most ~

Lost: A green knitted hat on the Dragon toboggan run.  If found, return to Athalia Edan.

Thoughts for the Month

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip- Jonathan Carroll

Take away love and our earth is a tomb-Robert Bro

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place- Zora Neale Hurston

-- submitted by Sara Devonshire


Knock, knock! Who's there? Olive. Olive who? Olive you!

Knock, knock!  Who's there? Howard.  Howard who? Howard you like a great big kiss?

-- submitted by Lei McAndrews


Winter Scented and Hued Candles -  bayberry in red, minty-pine in green are specially priced for the winter. Fill your home with these invigorating scents for a good uplift. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden at the Candle Shop.

Valentine's Day Special - dozen red roses with frosted tree branches in silver and blue with sparkles, at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquets, anniversaries or any occasion.

Benzaiten Imports - receives new shipments weekly. Special this month: Jewelry from around the world, lovely jewelry boxes from India and China, fans from Spain.  Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk. We are located in the warehouse district. Owners:  Alexander McDonough and Garath MacShire.

The Needle and Spool Clothier -  All red pre-made attire, is half off.  Any orders for ball gowns and tailored suits must be received, no later, than two weeks in advanced.

The BookStop -  All poetry books and romance novels are 50% off this month.  Classic books 25% off.

Heathfield Orphanage - Gifts, food,  winter clothing and monetary offerings are greatly appreciated. Books in good shape are needed.  Inquire with Henna Barrett Suex with any questions.

McKnight Veterinary Clinic - at the McKnight estate in Heathfield. Donovan McKnight, DVM, and Katherine McKnight. We are trained in the treatment and care of all domestic and most exotic animals.  The estates are located just outside of Heathfield near Barrington Hospital.  Emergency care 24 hours a day.

Certain Somethings Shop - Special this month:  All items that are red in color, including lingerie, gloves, and hats. Our items are made by artisans from the Realms and we also carry imported items.  Hours are from nine until four.

Herbal Delights - located in Barrington Hospital, has teas and tinctures available to fight off all manner of ailments. Continued for this month are tinctures to fight off colds, strengthen the immune system and prevent influenza.  Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk, with special openings as needed.

Sweet and Sassy Candy Shop - located just off the marketplace is having specials on chocolate Valentine candy in heart shaped boxes of varying textures.  Haypenny candy available.

Leather Shop -  Coats of all types half price.  A pair of gloves included with each purchase.  Special ordered saddles 25% off.

Deli Delights - Bring your sweetheart in for a slice of pie. Two for the price of one when you mention this ad. Kizzie Cohen

Butcher Shop - A pound at roast for half price when you mention this ad at the Butcher Shop. Open from Monday to Saturday from 9am til dusk. Ask for Ham Frasier.

Ceol m'anama (Music is my soul) Music shop - Carrying musical instruments, sheet music and more.  Special this month, harps and violins.

Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern - is running a special on turkey dinners throughout this whole month. Reduce rate includes a tankard of ale or a glass of wine. Marlana Cherill proprietor.


Job Finder

Contact Draven MacShire for: Chimney Sweeps. Cobbler store position available. Beauty Salon available. Chiropractor needed to set up shop. Martial Arts Instructor needed. Dentist needed to set up office. Barber shop available. Dance Instructor needed. Tattoo Parlor proprietor wanted. Zoo Keeper for upcoming zoo. Men's Tailor needed. Clergy/priest for the Chapel in the castle.

Thanks to Job finder: Many positions are found every day from sailors and dock workers to shops and streamlined services.

??? Question Corner ???

1. When you tell a story, do you often exaggerate or embellish it? If so, why?

2. Do you feel that advice from older people carries a special weight because of their greater experience?


**If you would like to reply to any of these questions and have it published in next month's issue, please submit the question with your answer to Lahoneee.**

Where To Find It - Services Offered

Want to better your business?    Place a listing here!

Flowers - Lisette McTiel Frasier, Heathfield Commons.
Lumber - Jon McAndrews Lumber Mill, Ballicastle.
Wines - Mike McAndrews Vineyards, Heathfield;  Darren McCullen Vineyards, Ballicastle.

Leather, Beef, Horses - Maurice, Joseph and Rory McDonough, McDonough Ranch Heathfield.
Wool, Yarn & Cloth - McCormick Sheep Ranch, Heathfield.
Cider, Flour, Grains, Apples, Milk, Eggs, Vegetables - Draven MacShire, Ravanna of Heathfield.
Potcheen - Sean DeBurgh, Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire of Heathfield.
Baked Goods - Teri's Sweets Shoppe, Ballicastle.
Shipping, Trips by Sea - Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire, or Bovee Shipping, Heathfield.
Kennels  - Meadowland Kennels, Patrick and Edward McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Pottery  - Devon DeWinter, Heathfield.
Shipwrights  - Collin McAndrews and Thomas Douglas, Heathfield Port.
Exotic Imports - Xandar McDonough and Garath MacShire, Heathfield Port.
Linen and Lingerie - Marcy McGuire, Heathfield Commons.
Candles and Crystals - Kathleen Cleary Frasier and Samantha Golden, Heathfield Commons.
Tea House - Iwakura Sachiko, Heathfield Commons.
Clothing - Seamstress - Acacia Sterling, Heathfield Commons.
Fortune Teller - Nataliya Andree, Heathfield Commons.
Barrington Hospital - Gates Barrington, Sara Devonshire, Heathfield.
Clocks - Aleric and Niklas Traugott, Heathfield Commons.
Blacksmiths; Horse Shoeing, Swords, Daggers - Lochlan Kearney, Ballicastle; Brian McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Leatherwork and Sheaths - Moncha McAndrews, Heathfield Commons.
Surveyor - Robert Frasier, Ballicastle.
Herbs Shop - Sara Devonshire, Barrington Hospital Lobby.
Book Shop - Mariah McCormick, Heathfield Commons.
Orphanage - Henna Barrett Suex, Heathfield.
Archeologist - Kitavari Griffin, Heathfield.
Apothecary - Sinead NiAhearne Frasier and Aislin NiFaelen, Heathfield.
Raw Ores - Joseph McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Smelter - Eddie McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Private Investigators - Joseph McDonough, Jacob Anderson, Mercy LaCorte and Clark Davis, Heathfield.
Furniture - Sean MacGrath.
Veterinarians - Donovan and Katherine McKnight.
Frasier Signs - Kyle Frasier, Heathfield Commons and Ballicastle.
Sweet and Sassy Candy Shop- Carienn and Corina Turlough, Heathfield Commons.
Certain Somethings Shop - Sorcha Beirne, Heathfield Commons.
Leather Goods:  Jaelysa
Dairy Products: NorthStar Dairy run by Allan Cleary
Glass Maker: Isolde Fitzpatrick, Heathfield Commons
Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern: Marlana Cherill Proprietor, Barrett's Bay
Ceol m'anama (Music is my soul) Music Shop: Lorelei Barre, Heathfield Commons
Bowyer: Fearghus Frasier

Many thanks to those who contribute to this newspaper. Any additions, corrections or wishing to run an ad please contact Lahoneee.

Gossip from the Wharf
"If you believe these - I have lands in Rhydin to sell you"
by The Wharf Crones - Matty and Pearl

All gossip that comes in through the port, and places least expected,  you can be sure that Matty and Pearl know every little tidbit and then some added. Embellishing is a way of life to make the tale far more colorful. If something is not certain nor clear, it is easy to fill in those gaps; there is nothing like assuming. They will make sure all gossip gets around come rain or shine and the sharing of a tea biscuit. There is a place for Drama Queens.

**This is the month of looooove which has Pearl giggling again. She hasn't given up on the notion nor have I. We could hope for a stray arrow or even dented one. There are a few couples getting more snuggly as a peek in the theater only supports the claim. Ones walking hand in hand down the streets oblivious to others. One could wonder on love and what it does to a person afflicted. We're willing to be afflicted.

**The young are more susceptible to its intoxication as we've been keeping an eye or four on the teens. Those new to this ailment and ends up a Comedy of Errors to others. I'm sure they would not agree, alas, they rebound nicely enough.

**There is a solemn feel to the air that even we have felt, sobering our usual wagging of tongues. We can hope those of the battalion come home safely so we can continue with our usual jubilance in matching them up. The circumstances affecting quite a few families. Our prayers go out to them and their loved ones. Yes, we pray, although our prayers in finding love have gone unanswered, perhaps they will be better petitioned here.

**The dashing vineyard captain has emerged once again and we can hope this trend continues for him. He has given us much fodder in the past and so would probably in the future.

**There is another heart-stopping stunning  new arrival in the form of a king's knight that we have been checking out. Man with a big sword too. So far he seems to be clear and fair game. Let the games begin!

**Speaking on new arrivals, they will have our heads spinning just like a spider weaves their web in the hope of capturing the unsuspecting. Mason, barrister and bouncer. Pearl and I could come up with needs for all their services. I'm more incline to test the bouncer, see if he can bounce me on his knee. Pearl finds that humorous too!

**The hot spot of late seems to be at the frozen lake. Many are gathering there for a thrill down the dragon's head or is it tail? I've been pondering to give it a try if only I could get a toboggan in my size. Pearl thinks that's funny and suggests I attach two together. I'll let her ride in front then. Hear her scream.

**They come in couples and in groups, some taking a spill, some losing their hats. Will any lose their hearts? Will Cupid reside even in the frozen tundra riding the dragon? If we're not brave enough to dare the devil and probably break our necks, we can bring hot chocolate and take stock openingly for a change. Easier to stand by one of the fire pits to watch than under snow laden boughs of pines or up on a ice coated limb.

**We may consider a trip to Kildare to get the scoop, or is that snoop, on things there.

**We're keeping our eyes on the guest of the lands and a certain Private Investigator. We can wonder if this is an undercover assignment for the confirmed bachelor. Well, we all know about confirmed bachelors, they can fall and fall hard when they do. Will he land on his feet unattached or at the lady's feet in prose? Now there's one that can take our breath away any day. If the PI falls that leaves us with Black Jack.

**We hear the bet is off and beards shaved smooth as a baby's bottom. Maybe we should get rumors around to have the ladies see which one has smoother skin with the least amount of nicks.

**On another note, I think I'm in need of a tattoo long overdue. Just need to decide what tract of skin where it wouldn't be lost. Or get something large enough like a prairie with an eagle above and all those little dogs below.

**Then again I might become a lock picker to pit my skills against the new smith. I could show him how to unlock my heart. Now there is a prospect worthy of thought. Soon I'll be a tester of all trades. That could be a great service to the kingdom.

**I'm trying to get Pearl to try out for Juliet as I think she would make a better one than myself. No way could they get me on a balcony while Pearl could perch there perfectly.

**We're going to learn how to make rabbit pies, the latest fad.


500 Gold Coins Offered on Black Doom, Black Beard, Stirling Scourge each ... Dead or alive. If all are brought in, a bonus of 500 will be added making it 2000

Crimes:  Murder, Plundering and pillaging innocents, Thievery, Arson, Kidnapping, and Rape. Slavery.  Reward is high for any who brings these scoundrels to justice.


Wanted Alive: Two Highwaymen known as Murph and Billy. 50 Gold Coins Reward for information that leads to their whereabouts. 200 Gold Coins for their capture.

Crimes:  Thievery and harassment. 

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