Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Hedgebrier, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 03-08

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News came back from Kildare this past month, that the battalion sent adding to Kildare's growing army had been a success in facing down a hired army to march against them from the dukedom of Montrose. Airtre Madison and his mercenary army had been hired by the brother of Ronan Callihan, not by his orders. Ultan Callihan had taken over the Keep, imprisoning his brother under a cursed pendant. It was found he had ambitions to not only take over the Dukedom but the seat of Kildare itself. At the crux when it was sure there would be no such victory, he fled with his son and mage. They are still at large.

General Madison sought the right of an old Celtic warrior tradition, pitting two of his men against two of King Leoric's army. Sir Aiden Collins and his squire, Rhett Shawnesey happened to be the ones chosen. They had the advice of Mikhail Andree on such warfare traditions of the more barbaric army and so were on the lookout for such trickery. True to his advice the squire of the other attempted to step from his battle with Rhett to kill Sir Aiden as his opponent sacrificed a vulnerable move that he could. Rhett intercepted the move, near taking his life, without hesitation, and so Sir Aiden was able to kill his opponent and could have the younger one but showed Mercy in not killing him. Something that is not adhered to by most others. It has been determined that Rhett will be knighted for the valor he showed that day, willing to sacrifice his life in battle that there would be a Victory. This ceremony will be held in Kildare, once the young man is recuperated from his wounds. He will be the youngest knighted in all the lands. An example for all other squires and those aspiring to become knights, that it is more than skill or age that determines the qualities of honor, valor and skill to become one of the esteemed. General Madison, in seeing such loyalty and compassion in seasoned well trained warriors, went to his knees, embedding his sword into the ground, offering the King and Regent his loyalty as well his army at their service if so accepted. It was under advisement by Mikhail this would be a good move on Kildare's part and so was accepted.

James Callihan and most of his siblings, along with their friend Captain Alaina MacKenna, invaded the Keep of Montrose while the armies faced off each other. A tactical war plan offered by the aspiring Rick McAndrews of Ballicastle. One to sneak in the back door while the cat is missing from its lair. With fewer men to face fewer guards as most were sent with the army, they were successful after a bloody battle in the Keep itself with the regiment left behind to guard it. Their father rescued and the Keep secured. The true seat of Montrose restored and their fidelity once more given to the new King and Regent. -submitted by Trevor Cairns

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Laure Anor: In celebration of the impending birth of her son, Dane Aska de Galis, a baby shower was held to honor the Duchess Gracie de Galis on Saturday, February 9. The invitation, held open to the members of the Quest Coin Coalition, welcomed the attendees to the Sun and Shadow Tavern in the Laure Anor Provinces, hosted by the Lady Debra Sunhaven-Hayll and her daughter, Lady Hope Sunhaven.

The shower, created with a jungle and lion theme to reflect the Duchess's choice of decor for her son's nursery, drew some very creative gifts from the attendees, who gifted the soon-to-be-born babe with everything from crib linens to stuffed jungle animals. Amongst the gifts given was a pony and cart by Queen Honeee and Princess Noirin, who attended with Lady Michaela de Benoit to represent Heathfield. Others attending included Queen Julia Noir of Telarus, accompanied by Lady Sophia Ris, Lady Marie Norese, Lady Nienna Galathil, Lady Moonbreeze Silvereagle and Lady Alexandra Skye, all of Telarus, as well as the notable ladies of Devonshires, Queen Victoria Montalban, Lady Seleste Darkfire and Lady Constance Davreynia. Other QCC members who were present were Lord Samael Rhenvana, a close friend of the Duchess, as well as Lady Sabine Avie and Madje Askavinge, the Duchess's brother.

The ladies and gentlemen who passed the evening at the shower were treated to ice cream sundaes, as well as other treats provided by Lady Sabine's creative hand. Drinks flowed as freely as conversation, while the Duchess opened her gifts. Favors were provided in honor of the evening, including a lovely etched glass lion cub and sweets created by Lady Sabine; everyone in attendance enjoyed the evening and the company to welcome Dane into the world. --submitted by Delia Sandrine

Ravenwood Market-Auction: The last night of February saw the festivities at Ravenwood. Exotic dancers lured visitors in to partake in their ritual of a cleansing dance. Many gathered from various allied castles and lands staying for the auction of donated items. Coins were not the only bids given as promises of tattoos, hens and even a red rooster were thrown in. Puppies, desks, jewelry, furniture and even a wedding gown were offered up. Two queens went in a bidding competition over a canopy love couch. All in all everyone had a number of laughs and a good time for all well spent. Sean MacGrath submitted the canopy couch, Sean deBurgh submitted a case of potcheen. Those attending from Heathfield were Sir Aiden Collins, Sir Calhoun, Ladies: Cara, Morgan and Aislinn. --submitted by Calhoun Quinlan

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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

Boneset - Let's clear up one matter right away: Boneset has nothing to do with mending broken bones. This herb helps treat minor viral and bacterial illnesses by possibly revving up the immune system's response to infection. Boneset's name comes from its traditional use as a treatment for 'breakbone fever', an old term for dengue (pronounced DENG-ee) fever. Dengue is a mosquito-borne, viral disease that causes muscle pains so intense that people imagine their bones are breaking, hence its traditional name. Ironically, boneset has never been shown to provide significant relief from dengue fever. The Indians introduced boneset to early colonists as a sweat-inducer, an old treatment for fevers.

The Indians used boneset for all fever-producing illnesses: influenza, cholera, dengue, malaria, and typhoid, hence boneset's other names, feverwort and sweat plant. The Indians also used boneset to relieve arthritis and to treat colds, indigestion, constipation, and loss of appetite. It was considered the herbal aspirin until the herb aspirin replaced it.

Healing with Boneset:

Colds and Flu - Studies show this herb helps treat minor viral and bacterial infections by stimulating white blood cells to destroy disease-causing microorganisms more effectively. In Germany it is used to treat viral infections such as colds and flu.

Arthritis - One study shows boneset is mildly anti-inflammatory, leading some support to its traditional use in treating arthritis.

Intriguing Possibility - Recent studies conducted worldwide suggest the possible immune stimulants in boneset have anti-cancer effects, but more research is needed before boneset can be used to treat tumors.

Safety Factor - In large amounts, boneset may cause nausea, vomiting and violent diarrhea. It contains chemicals (pyrrolizidines) which in large amounts cause liver damage and tumors in laboratory animals. Its effect on human cancer, if any, is unclear because the plant also contains anti-cancer substances. Anyone with a  history of alcoholism, liver disease or cancer should not use this herb without consulting his physician. Do not eat fresh boneset, it contains a toxic chemical (tremerol) which causes nausea, vomiting, weakness, muscle tremors, increased respiration and at high doses, possibly even coma and death. Drying the herb eliminates the tremerol and the possibility of poisoning. Do not take boneset for more than two weeks at a time and do not exceed recommended amounts. --Taken from The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman

Life Around Here

As March comes in with either the roar of a lion, or the gentleness of a spring lamb, Heathfield and her sister realms begin to look forward to the signs of spring. Though there is still much snow on the ground, and the toboggan run and lakes are still being used for winter sports, everyone is watching for the first snowdrop, crocus or daffodil as well as the swallows and robins.   Sap is running in the trees and there will be plenty of maple syrup this year.

While it's still a little too soon for the fields to be prepared, except in Innis, farmers and gardeners alike are making plans for their spring planting.   As usual, the farmers and ranchers are keeping an eye on their livestock, making sure those animals ready to give birth don't wander off during a late winter storm.   Folks are making preparations for the many celebrations in March, including Holy Week and Easter, Purim, Ostara, St. Patrick's Day and the first day of Spring.  With the end of the winter storms, there will be more ships in the harbor.   To end this article this month, here's an Irish blessing:

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

  --submitted by Sarah McDonough

Births: None this month. Marriages: None this month. Engagements: Kyle Frasier to Esmeralda Gibson, Regent Gaidan McLarkin to Corina Turlough. Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: Please welcome Morgan and Aislinn Murray soon to open The Clean Slate soap shop.

by Athalia Doe Edan

At Easter churches are decorated with special care and the Madonna Lily (also called the Easter Lily), a symbol of purity. The Easter Bunny as we know him has evolved from roots in pagan times when the hare was a powerful symbol of fertility and the new life of the spring season. The bunny's association with Easter came much later, having originated from 16th century German folk lore where children were promised that the Easter Hare would bring them eggs on Easter Day if they were good. For good luck throughout the year, wear new clothes on Easter.

Hot Cross buns are surprising rich in symbolism and superstitious meaning. To Christians hot cross buns symbolize the cross that Jesus was crucified on and it is traditional to eat them on Good Friday, the anniversary of his death. However, the Saxons ate buns marked with a cross and it is thought the bun represented the moon and the cross the moon's four quarters. There are other superstitions attached to hot cross buns. One such superstition is that hot cross buns baked on Good Friday would last a year without going moldy. Hardened buns have been used as a lucky charm to protect homes from fire. Hot cross buns and Easter are also connected with seafaring superstition: sailors took hardened buns to sea to protect them from shipwreck and many fishermen will not go to sea to catch fish on Good Friday.

The first Easter eggs were birds' eggs which were painted in bright colors to symbolize the fresh colors of spring. Christians would dye boiled eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ and these were given to children in the belief that they would afford protection from bad luck throughout the following year.  Easter eggs symbolise new life and the resurrection, this seems quite appropriate.

Good Friday:  A child born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter Sunday as a gift of healing. If a boy, he should go into the ministry. Cut your hair on Good Friday to prevent headaches in the yard to come. Shed no blood on Good Friday, work no wood, hammer no nail.


Banshees -- Like brownies, banshees are loyal to their households, but rather than help with chores, these eerie and gloomy beings wander the grounds of estates, keening and washing the grave-clothes of those about to die.

Although banshees are described bys some as beautiful and by others as hideous, all agree that there is something terrifying about the sight of one. There are even reports that a few unlucky people who have looked into the face of a banshee died of fright. The song of a banshee is similarly lovely and unsettling.

Some believe that preventing a banshee from mourning or refusing to listen to its song will delay death, but this seems unlikely as, in most cases, a banshee is not the cause of death but merely its herald.

Some draw the drapes and don't open their windows under any circumstances to keep death at bay of one sick in bed.

Many reports of ghosts can be explained by faerie activity except for the banshee coming before one dies. She hovers and floats about, wailing and weeping for the death about to come. There are many families that have known the Banshee to come preceding a family member's death.

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


"Gwyl Canol GwenWynol or Eostre: (pronounced E-ostra, also known as Ostara, Spring Equinox etc.), March 21-23. Time of equal day and equal night. This is often celebrated with eggs (beginnings) and rabbits (fertiity) ... see the theme? It is now time to lay the seeds of new projects and new directions that you have meditated on throughout the cold months. Now is the time to start taking action. (A lot of traditions use this particular sabbat for initiations. New roads, a new breath.) Colours for this sabbat: Purple and Yellow.

The Spring Equinox defines the season where Spring reaches it's apex, halfway through its journey from Candlemas to Beltane.   Night and day are in perfect balance, with the powers of light on the ascendancy.   The god of light now wins a victory over his twin, the god of darkness.  In the Welsh Mabinogion, this is the day on which the restored Llew takes his vengeance on Goronwy by piercing him with the sunlight spear.  For Llew was restored/reborn at the Winter Solstice and is now well/old enough to vanquish his rival/twin and mate with his lover/mother.  And the great Mother Goddess, who has returned to her Virgin aspect at Candlemas, welcomes the young sun god's embraces and conceives a child. The child will be born nine months from now, at the next Winter Solstice. And so the cycle closes at last to begin anew.

The customs surrounding the celebration of the spring equinox were imported from Mediterranean lands, although there can be no doubt that the first inhabitants of the British Isles observed it, as evidence from megalithic sites shows. But it was certainly more popular to the south, where people celebrated the holiday as New Year's Day, and claimed it as the first day of the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries. However you look at it, it is certainly a time of new beginnings, as a simple glance at Nature will prove." (

March 21 -- Ostara -- Spring or The Vernal Equinox. Also known as: Lady Day or Alban Eiler (Druidic)

As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals. The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.

The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date of the equinox. Lady Day may also refer to other goddesses (such as Venus and Aphrodite), many of whom have festivals celebrated at this time.

Traditional Foods: Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, Nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Flower Dishes and Sprouts. Incense: Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type. Sacred Gemstone: Jasper. Special Activities: Planting seeds or starting a Magical Herb Garden. Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magicks of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty. (  --submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews

by Lucy Larcom

"March! March! March! They are coming
In troops to the tune of the wind.
Redheaded woodpeckers drumming,
Gold - crested thrushes behind;
Sparrows in brown jackets, hopping
Past every gateway and door;
Finches, with crimson caps, stopping
Just where they stopped before.
March! March! March! They are slipping
Into their places at last. . .
Literature white lily buds, dripping
Under the showers that fall fast;
Buttercups, violets, roses;
Snowdrop and bluebell and pink,
Throng upon throng of sweet posies
Bending the dewdrops to drink.
March! March! March! They will hurry
Forth at the wild bugle sound,
Blossoms and birds in a flurry,
Fluttering all over the ground.
Shake out your flags, birch and willow!
Shake out your red tassels, larch!
Grass blades, up from your earth - pillow.
Hear who is calling you. . . March."

--submitted by Angel O'Banain


by William Morris

Slayer of the winter, art thou here again?
O welcome, thou that's bring'st the summer nigh!
The bitter wind makes not thy victory vain,
Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky.
Welcome, O March! whose kindly days and dry
Make April ready for the throstle's song,
Thou first redresser of the winter's wrong!

Yea, welcome March! and though I die ere June,
Yet for the hope of life I give thee praise,
Striving to swell the burden of the tune
That even now I hear thy brown birds raise,
Unmindful of the past or coming days;
Who sing: 'Oh joy! a new year is begun:
What happiness to look upon the sun!'

Ah, what begetteth all this storm of bliss
But death himself, who crying solemnly,
E'en from the heart of sweet Forgetfulness,
Bids us 'Rejoice, lest pleasureless ye die,
Within a little time must ye go by.
Stretch forth your open hands, and while ye live
Take all the gifts that Death and Life may give.'

--submitted by Donia MacKenna


Did You Know?

Special Stones

The Stone of Destiny - Beneath the medieval coronation chair in Westminster Abbey, there sits a slab of ancient sandstone in a specialized compartment. This ancient slab is called the Stone of Scone, the Coronation Stone, or more widely, the Stone of Destiny. Legend has it that this is the stone on which Jacob slept when he had his visionary dream of a multitude of angels ascending a ladder to the heavens above. History tells us, however, that the stone came from Ireland. It was the royal omphalos stone upon which many ancient Irish kings were once crowned. The mystical power of this stone was believed to be so great that in the 10th century it was moved to Scone in Scotland, where it was used in the inauguration of 34 Scottish kings. In 1296 the stone was brought to England by order of Edward I. Be removing the stone from Scotland, he hoped to break the power of the Scottish kings.

The Blue Stones - In ancient times certain blue stones established the link between king and country and were also used to mark out points in the landscape, such as crossroads. These stones were also thought to have been an essential part of the process of crowning a king. The union of the king, the ruler of the land, with his kingdom was often symbolized by a physical connection between the king and a stone. In some parts of Europe, certain special stones are also found in mosaics or set into walls and roads in ancient towns, marking out the very center of the city. Almost everywhere in Europe, stones have long been associated with kingship. The shaped stones were the most primitive representations of the earth goddess and therefore the land.

The Dutch Stones - Throughout the Netherlands blue stones mark the center of many cities. In the center of Schoonhoven, a deep blue stone is embedded in a 13th century stone bridge over one of the canals. The bridge and the canal beneath it lie on the east-west, north-south axis. The stone is the focus of a mosaic that acts as a landmark indicating the center of the town. The mosaic is made from cobblestones forming two concentric circles, each of which is subdivided by 16 spokes radiating from the central blue stone and laid out to a traditional unit of measure called the rijnlandse roed (rod). At another site, Nijmegen, a rectangular stone, replacing the original blue stone, marks the principal crossroads of the city. Funeral processions were conducted around this central spot.

The Sacred Leiden Stones - Each of the three blue stones found in Leiden is hexagonal and three feet in diameter. The oldest of these stones is set into the ground at the intersection of two roads. One of the roads is an ancient route that leads to a pre-Christian mound in the town associated with the Celtic god of light, Lugh, from whose name Leiden was derived. This ancient blue stone is set in the center of a circle of gray stones and marks the precise spot whre the four quarters of the medieval town met, as the case at Nijmegen. Like many other sacred stones, the blue stones of Leiden held a particular fascination for the local people. Dutch folklore tells that Leiden blue stones were considered magical and sacred as late as the 17th century. -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


Corned Beef and Cabbage

1 large corned beef brisket * 2 or 3 cans of cheap beer, e.g. MGD * a couple of dried chiles, perhaps serranos * 1 or 2 teaspoons coriander seeds * 1 or 2 teaspoons mustard seeds * a few dashes cinnamon * a few dashes of allspice * 3 or 4 large potatoes, scrubbed and chopped in quarters * 5 or 6 carrots, coarsely sliced * 3 or 4 turnips, scrubbed and sliced * 1 large cabbage, coarsely chopped * 1 lb mixed beans

In a pot, pour 12 ounces of beer. Add a bay leaf or two, a dried red chile or two, a teaspoon or two of coriander seeds, a teaspoon or two of mustard seeds, a few dashes of cinnamon, a few dashes of allspice, and all the juice from the corned beef pack. Put the corned beef on a steamer rack in the pot and add water to bring the liquid level up to the bottom of the rack. Cover the pot and put it on some heat and bring the liquid to a boil. Steam for several hours (roughly five hours for a 4 lb brisket) until the meat doesn't feel rubbery when you stick a fork in it. Add water or beer or both as needed to keep some liquid in the pot. Remove the meat and slice. Leave all the other stuff in the pot and put in some potatoes and carrots and turnips or whatever. Add water [or MGD!] to cover and boil until the stuff is cooked. Remove all the vegetables and potatoes. Put the steamer rack back in and put in some cabbage wedges. Steam them for about five to ten minutes, depending on how crisp or soggy you like cabbage. Serve.  -- submitted by Sarah McDonough


Homemade Granola

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats * 1 1/2 tsp Watkins Vanilla Extract * 1/2 cup sunflower seed nuts * 1 tsp Watkins Cinnamon * 1 cup flaked coconut * 1/4 tsp Watkins Nutmeg * 1/4 cup butter * 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ * 1/4 cup brown sugar * 1 cup raisins * 1/4 cup honey * 1/2 cup dried fruit bits (apricots, raisins, apples)

On a large cookie sheet with sides, combine oatmeal, sunflower seed nuts, & coconut; mix well & spread out evenly. Bake at 300F. for 20 minutes, stirring several times. While the oatmeal mixture is baking, in a small saucepan, add butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is combines; remove from heat. Remove cookie sheet from oven. Increase oven temperature to 350F. Add wheat germ to oatmeal mixture on cookie sheet. Pour warm honey mixture over oatmeal mixture. With a spoon or spatula, stir until mixture is thoroughly coated. Return to oven & bake 5 minutes more. Remove pan from oven & pour mixture onto a large piece of foil; cool completely. Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes 6 cups.  -- submitted by Kizzie Cohen

Irish Soda Bread

To make one 8-inch round loaf, you will need: 4 cups all-purpose flour * 1 teaspoon baking soda * 1 teaspoon salt * 1 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Sift the flour, soda and salt together into a deep mixing bowl. Gradually add 1 cup of buttermilk, mixing with a large spoon until the dough is firm enough to be gathered into a large ball. If the dough crumbles, add some more of the buttermilk, a tablespoon at a time, until the particles adhere. Place the dough on a lightly floured board, and pat and shape it into a flat circular loaf about 8 inches in diameter and 1 1/2 inches thick. Set the loaf on a floured baking sheet. With the tip of a small knife, cut a 1/2 inch deep cross into the dough, dividing the top of the loaf into quarters. Bake the bread in the middle of the oven for about 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and wrap in a clean cloth and let cool on a wire rack for about 20 minutes. -- submitted by Sarah McDonough


Farmer's Casserole

Two (2) pounds of lean ham, diced into cubes * 24 ounces of diced potatoes * Six (6) ounces of mushroom stems *  Six (6) ounces of chopped onions * 14 ounces of chopped green beans * 14 ounces of mushroom soup or broth

Rub butter on inside walls and bottom of cooking pot, place above listed ingredients into pot, fold until well blended.  cover and cook over low flame for four (4) hours  -- submitted by Michael Saxton


Cranberry Bruschetta

1 16-ounce Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce * 1/4 cup sugar * 1/4 cup red wine vinegar * 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced into rings * 2 garlic cloves, minced * 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil * 1 teaspoon oregano * 1 8-ounce loaf French bread * Oil

Combine all ingredients, except bread and oil, in a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is limp and sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Cut bread diagonally into 3/4-inch slices; brush both sides with oil. Broil each side for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Top each slice with cranberry mixture. Store bruschetta refrigerated for up to 1 week.  -- submitted by Donia MacKenna

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Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

In January, September and November the greater benefic Jupiter forms a helpful angle to Saturn. This is the most propitious time to make yourself known to the big wide world in terms of your career. You can achieve amazing success, not only by your own good works, but by the assistance of those around you who are well informed. You will be able to reach incredible heights of success and recognition during this time, which will stand you in good stead for many years to come.

In March, May and November Jupiter makes a helpful link to Uranus. This is another exciting and fortunate time to make your mark on the world with your insight and innovative ideas. You will have great perception and judgment at the this time to make fortunate business deals and headway in your career. Connections with foreign countries will also prove profitable and any trips overseas will reap rewards.

In November Saturn opposes Uranus which will throw a spanner in the works, possibly due to some health concerns or unusual developments on the work scene. Take care not to take on too much as physical strain is very likely. You may feel like throwing the baby away with the bathwater, but this is just a severe state of tension interfering in your usually well controlled way of doing things.

During the next twelve months, the ‘greater benefic’ Jupiter, which is your co-ruling planet, will occupy your sector of career, status, reputation and how you are seen in the eyes of the world. This gives you the most fortunate opportunities to achieve whatever your career ambitions are. You will be aided by those wiser and more experienced than yourself and you will enjoy the recognition that accompanies this new journey in life.

Saturn the taskmaster of the zodiac will continue to occupy your sector of health, work and your daily routines up until November of the next year. Saturn however, will be in retrograde motion (backwards) between January and April. This can be hard on your health where you may have back or knee problems, or you feel weighed down by too many responsibilities which may lead to a melancholic or depressing phase. Your work situation may be oppressive or you have to work in sordid conditions, or where it is dark, cramped or damp. It may seem as though your working life is not giving you any rewards. During the retrograde phase you may take a bleak attitude towards your health, work and daily routines. Your health may suffer due to overwork. You will need to take some respite where possible. During the direct phase (between May and the end of the year) you can realistically assess what work is your responsibility, and what tasks should be assigned to another. You may have to take a tonic, multivitamins or place your health on a higher priority than previously.

Uranus, the planet of change, will continue to occupy your sector of secrets, behind the scenes people and places such as hospitals or retreats during which time he will be in retrograde phase between late June and late November this year. This can be a time of discovery about your hidden motives and your subconscious desires that leads to spiritual enlightenment. The retrograde phase however can give you time to digest all this new information and then assess it realistically during the direct phase of this planet (January to June and again late November to June of next year).

Neptune the planet of mystery, will continue will continue to occupy your sector of friends, hopes, wishes and any groups or committees that you belong to, though will go into retrograde (backwards) phase between late May and up to the end of October. This is a time of meeting with very spiritually orientated people or forming with groups who are of the same kindred spirit. During the retrograde phase however, you may question your judgment of these people, and assess whether this is based on reality when this planet goes direct (January to May and again in November and December).

Pluto, the transformer of the zodiac, and your co-ruling planet will now occupy your sector of career, status, reputation and how you are seen in the eyes of the world, (with the exception of a retrograde phase back into your sector of travel, higher education, studies and connections to foreign people or places between mid June and late November). You can come into power at this time if you so desire. Your passion to achieve leadership and have a position of great influence will be very strong and determined. You could enter politics, or perhaps even marry someone who is a V.I.P. During the retrograde phase your efforts to be where you want to be may be thwarted only by your own intensity to move ahead too quickly. During the direct phase (January to March and again from mid September to the end of the year) it will become obvious that you are the one to whom others can look to for leadership and direction. -- submitted by Sassy Golden:

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

Lost: Lost one slipper return to Norma Fitzgerald for proper reward.

Lost: Blue satin dancing slippers, with ankle ribbons, lost between the Castle and the Thistle. If found, please return to Cara Thompson

Thoughts for the Month

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. - Anne Bradstreet, Meditations Divine and Moral, 1655

Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment. -   Ellis Peters

-- submitted by Sara Devonshire


Q.  Can February March?
A.  No, but April May!

Q.  What flowers grow on faces?
A.  Tulips (Two-lips)!

Q.  Why is the letter A like a flower?
A.  A bee (B) comes after it!

-- submitted by Lei McAndrews


Spring Scented and Hued Candles -  honeysuckle in yellow, lavender in violet are specially priced for the spring. Fill your home with these invigorating scents for a good uplift. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden at the Candle Shop.

Easter Specials - Baby white roses and pink carnations, at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquets, anniversaries or any occasion.

Benzaiten Imports - receives new shipments weekly. Special this month: Fine crystal from Ireland, Irish lace and linens.  Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk.  Located in the warehouse district. Owner:  Alexander McDonough..

The Needle and Spool Clothier -  All green 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 books by Irish authors are 50% off this month.

Heathfield Orphanage - Gifts, food,  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. 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 green or white 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 Apothecary - 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 help with spring fever.  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 Easter Rabbits and Ducks. Haypenny candy available.

Leather Shop -  Leather boots and leather purses of all sizes 25% to 50% 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 - Order your Easter hams now, and get a free Cornish hen. 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, Celtic harps and violins.

Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern - is running a special on ham 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. Without your kidney as a transplant, someone close to you will die within one month. The odds that you will survive the operation are only 50 percent, but should you survive you would be certain of a normal life expectancy. Would you consent to the operation?

2. When has your life dramatically changed as the result of some seemingly random external influence? How much do you feel in control of the course of your life?

**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.

**The guest of the lands have been wearing a big smile in the presence of our very own private investigator. With a sparkle in her smile and one on her finger, we can wonder just what has been investigated or even invested that have the two blooming like spring flowers.

**The Princess and her flock have been around, seems those in service keep growing. I've had to console Pearl that she is just as beautiful. Handsome men gather and the Princess intends to find husbands for all, we should petition to become ladies in waiting. For certain we have been waiting a quarter of a century! I wonder if we could take up the challenge of getting one to blush if it would win us a prize of a certain lordship or even a knight from the tropics. We're not choosy, just send any surplus our way!

**Does the Princess have a secret admirer? Will she find out? More importantly.. will we find out?

**There is one little bundle of sparks that has drawn our focus. Certainly not the only ones as that hunk of a Laird even paid her attention. Adding more to his harem? They are all going to take a trip to the tropical islands, we may well stow aboard. More women added wouldn't hurt. We can sing the harem blues. Grass skirts and basking under the sun, Pearl said I looked like a hut in the one I found. I just need to hold a sign, home for the wayward. Tea and biscuits included.

**The same lass has an awful lot of questions about swords and thunderstorms. We are still trying to figure out how they are related. Maybe there is something she knows we do not. That can be remedied as we keep her under our scopes.

**Speaking of thunderstorms, one under the druid prince makes our hearts thump like African drums as he emerged from hibernation. The draw like a moth to fire with the arrival of kin. Is his interest more than professional? Maybe we can bump her off the path, I've the hips to send her to Timbuktu. I once tried swinging my hips to attract a man and only ended up sending carts and stands and all their produce to scatter, even knocked a few unconscious.

**We've had an influx of new citizens or those we think are contemplating it. One wants to start one of those schools for finishing ladies off and she's got a caretaker to help her out. We're finding this rather suspicious as she seems to be keeping the caretaker in tow, teaching him to mind his manners as we wait for that ruler to come out to whack across his knuckles. If she is squeamish on that, Pearl is an expert! Or I can sit on him to hold him down for her.

**I sent my daughter north in teaching her the art of snooping err.. investigating. She came back with tales to tell of the King and Regent there. Cupid is still at work for the Regent has fallen but there is still hope on the King and now I've a starry eyed daughter. I'll just have to buy her a pretty dress and lots of makeup. It is time for her to enter the competition. It is rumored his eyes are straying to one of his guests. Guess. Interception is needed.

 **Speaking of kings, there is still another unattached so why limit oneself? I tried to teach her the harp but between us it sounded like cats yowling. We'll see about the King and I and where his eye roams or is it his ears? Maybe the flute will work. A grass blade? I know she can hold it between the length of her thumbs and blow.

**Another of the Ten has emerged, one of those blond Adonis with a brother. We hear tell he was dragged from his mill to socialize. He shouldn't have a problem, just stand there and smile with all those dimples showing! We should send a thank you to his brother, the King, and see about getting the rest of those single brothers out for all of us to enjoy. Maybe I'll dig out that Cupid's bow with the dented arrows to teach my daughter to use. Maybe a love potion. Something. Pearl and I will have to put our heads together on this.

**Speaking of the lands North and the family to restore their home. We can wonder on those trips back and forth and a certain Captain lady will to accommodate the heir. Has us going ... hmmmmmmm ... which only means we need to watch her more closely. Maybe we can get hired on her ship as deck hands or cooks. We hear there are to be more trips and we'd get to see these lands firsthand in a round about way. I could pass for a man and if needed we can shave Pearl's head.

**On the teen scene, seems the one that snuck out at night has found herself an older man. The brothers are back with one wounded but he seems to be recuperating nicely. A hero. One that has been caught kissing the bearer of the talisman. Is there something more there or just practicing? They haven't been around as much lately to observe but we're confident they will be out again and more to unfold then. Our motto: everyone's business is our business if we can help it at all.

**The tattoo artist got himself a female assistant, seems he was particular on the gender. We can wonder. Keeping an eye on the various shops will keep us extra busy this spring. I'm still thinking on that tattoo but it seems it would not be done by his hands. Ah, the dilemma this presents.

**Was a recent promotion in the furniture store more than just a good job done? I think Pearl and I need to visit, browse the new tables, chairs and beds especially.

**Baa baa black sheep have you any wool, yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. Forget the wool, we'll take the Shepherd. Laird of Gel, Thunder Heart and Forest King, a few males we've kept track of in the past until hibernation seem to be emerging again and still unattached. Pearl has that wicked grin on her face again! Go Pearl! I'll even supply the staff, rod and spoon.

**Has the little swan gotten herself an admirer or two? We'll have to keep track of her now too. Our list is growing but that keeps us busy, too much time is the devil's playground. One where Pearl and I have worn holes under the swings. We have a few new Fairy Tales in the making, keep an eye out for Sculptress and the Beast - you can run but you can't hide. Bedknobs and PIs:  And Pappa PI said, who has been sleeping in my bed and Goldie PI said.. a private investigator!


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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