Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Hedgebrier, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 06-06
((--Disclaimer: any pictures used of actors/actresses is only for how that fictional character may look, no claims made.--))

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Spring always brings with it the glorious colors of new life, and May, in particular, brings with it's arrival a tradition known simply as "May Day".  Perhaps no other May Day was quite so beautifully celebrated as within the lands of Heathfield. The event was known as the Flights of Fancy Ball, and all were encouraged to come in Fairy attire.  There was food and drink aplenty, and Heathfield was graced with visitors from the lands of Devonshires, to bring their own distinctive flavor to the night.

A contest was held to determine the King, Queen and their Court.  The title of Queen was earned by displaying fae-like beauty for all to see in a costume contest.  The title of King was earned by a feat of strength, in seeing who could toss a boulder the farthest.  The Fairy Court for the night consisted of Meleri Fionnlasdan, Claire O'Reilly, Myles MacKeogh, and Collin McAndrews.

The title of King was placed on Nathaniel Moorland, and his lovely Queen for the evening was Lah Suex.

Her Outfit: The theme of her outfit was befitting the event as well her impish and true Elfin nature. Green silks blended with white as the bodice dipped in a scoop tapering off into leaves for a collar trim. The bodice becoming solid green to fit around a small waist offset in a gold woven twine. From there the leaves were bigger like those that held a rose's petals but upside down. Pink, red and white panels flowed in silken streamers teased by any small motion or breeze. A touch of gold dust hinted in the weave that would sparkle off like some fairy dust in her wake. Leaf shapes formed the shoulder cuffs with smaller streamers as in the skirt to match. Slippers were crafted to look like leaves sewn together with even a small piece of stem at the back of the ankle. Hair was the natural wild tumble of blond curls with the touch of tiny pearls and soft glitter woven through the strands. Translucent wings of golden glimmer hinted in a flutter. A small wreath of baby pink carnations and daisies were woven with a leafy vine to crown. A bracelet of tiny gold filigree butterflies encircled her right ankle. Sleekly flowing like a symphony in motion, one could almost hear the melody that accompanied each graceful step. A whirl of gold shimmering over greens, white, reds and pinks held an ethereal feel as if the very air held its breath before proceeding up the four steps. One point of her toe as she lifted up upon the very tips before the drift of her feet had her moving down to the center of the walkway like mist moving over the surface of a lake at twilight. Here she lifted up again as arms rose in a unison snaking motion, twinning around each other while drawing up pinpoints of various lights to follow then trail off in the droplet spray of water. One might wonder in the way it was done for the hinted laughter like distant chimes on the wind. Fingers fluttered with the last before she was off in light prance taking her to the end of the walkway, a spin there around as silks fluttered out then back around her form as she turned back, making her way to the start. Smile beamed impishly as she waved to one and all before taking her exit from the platform. A kiss thrown to all from fingertips.

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The weather was near perfect for the annual Ole  One Eye Fishing Contest.  The night was clear and warm, there was a good fire for those who needed warming up and plenty of company to keep things lively. Folks from Heathfield and their allies came to try their luck to catch the legendary old man of the lake.  Even a wee lass of eight years tried her hand.

To everyone's surprise and delight, Kitavari Sol Griffin caught Ole One Eye himself.  To a round of applause, she let him go after everyone had a good look.  Larger than most had imagined, the Old Man flipped his tale and was gone, until next year.  Kita was given the chest left by the late King, Chadwick McAndrews the First.  Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone who made the event special.

Grand Prize: Kitavari Sol Griffin

A sealed small chest of inlaid gold:  The chest contained a certificate to have a replica of the fish made and mounted. An intricately rune-etched ivory bone handle filleting knife. Fishing rod. Hand made lures of various types and the amount of 50 gold coins

First Place:   Azelan Bain  and Seamus McAndrews

Complete set of fishing gear and a canoe
(Fishing gear: fishing rod, fishing filet knife, tackle box with various hooks, bobbers, line and sinkers, hand made flies and lures.) and a canoe

Second Place:  Aiden Collins

Complete set of fishing gear. 
(Fishing gear: fishing rod, fishing filet knife, tackle box with various hooks, bobbers, line and sinkers, hand made flies and lures.)

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Winter in Spring
by Portia DeLanyea

This month's article has no quotes.  No true happy ending.  But, it has inspiration and the meaning of love.

Floraigh MacKay, wed to Drumond MacKay and an early age, grew up in Scotland.  Edinburgh to be exact.  It was a long standing kinship and those of further bloodlines that tied them both to Heathfield, where they made their home during the summer months.  They were blissful and blessed with children and grandchildren.  The second generation of women that Drumond never was allowed to see due to his untimely passing.

Upon her husbands death, Floraigh moved to our own Heathfield.  She took up the needle and thread and opened a shop.  It had hopes and dreams written from the wood to nails and buried into the foundation.  She held it tall, honoring the land itself, as well as her own nature.  Even through war and natural troubles the Needle and Spool Clothier Shop stood firm.  A legacy that is now handed down to her grand-daughter, Acacia Sterling.

She gained many friends through those years.  One, Ms. Aptkins as she is known to one and all, helped to run the business after getting through her friends thick resolve.  And with the union of friendship, the shop bloomed all the more.

Floraigh MacKay was diagnosed on fifteen years ago with consumption.  It threatened to take her out in five years after the original date.  The woman refused to let go.  She broke through expectations and remained living long past the first, and many, expiration dates.

I did have a chance to speak with her, through a meeting with her grand-daughter, Acacia Sterling.  There are no notes from that visit.  I was compelled to just learn of her and that was gift enough.  She spoke of how beautiful the land was and how, when the time was right, she would become part of it forever more.

During the last day of May, in the late midnight hours, Floraigh MacKay slipped away from us all, in body, at the age of seventy-four.  She will live in our hearts, hopes, dreams, and strength.  Beyond the spirit.

She is survived by her daughter Ivy Sterling and two grand-daughters, Acacia Sterling and Amethyst Daniels.

"Learn, live, and love." -- Floraigh MacKay, final words.

Life Around Here

Summer is but a breath away, as spring colors turn to verdant green in fields and town alike. As balmy temperatures begin to make way for rising warmth and lazy days, the initial rush of Spring plowing and planting eases into the more relaxed pace of watching crops and children grow, while shimmering heat gives the streets a surreal appearance, like an oasis in the desert. Windows and doors are opened to catch the cooling breezes from the Bay and from the hills as the scent of sun-baked earth mingles with the sweet aroma of early summer roses.

The voices of the children rise above the noises of work, laughing and chattering as they play in the shade, but know school will begin soon now that the planting is done. To walk along the streets is to see contentment and pride in the smiles of shopkeepers and marketers alike, brooms rising with the sun to briskly sweep the day in. Life is thriving. And it is beautiful to see. -- submitted by Mairenn MacNeils

In days when daisies decked the ground,
and blackbirds whistled clear.
With honest joy our hearts will bound,
to see the coming year

- Burns, Epistle to Davie

Births: None this Month. Marriages: None this Month. Engagements: None this month. Deaths: Floraigh MacKay, grandmother of Acacia Sterling and Amethyst Daniels. Citizenship: Please welcome Meleri Fionnlasdan, Susannah Wilkerson, Anastasiya Fedoronva, Ashley Davison, Daniela di Colvino,  and Lancely Caster.


Stray Sod -- Family Herbitformidae. The stray sod is a troublesome creature whose entire purpose is to be leading travelers astray. These faeries wander about in open fields and grassy areas and can occur in large numbers. Many consider the stray sod to be a subspecies of the pixie. Others suppose that stray sod are not pixies at all but are created by pixie magic. If this is so, it is unclear if stray sod are aware of their effect on humans.

If a human inadvertently steps on a stray sod, the person loses all sense of direction. The disorientation takes effect the instant a foot is placed on the creature's back and lasts for hours. Victims have been known to wander their own neighborhood with no hope of finding their way. Landmarks appear missing or in the wrong places, roads look unfamiliar and everything is strange. People have become lost in their own front yards.

Eventually the effect wears off; however, the spell can be broken immediately by turning clothing inside out or by carrying a piece of bread in a pocket.

They hop about in a clumsy fashion and can be bright green like a tree frog o a drab brown like dead grass and can change color at will, much like a chameleon.

They crouch down against the ground when at rest, showing grass like growth on their back which serve as a camouflage. They are less intelligent than pixies but just as cunning. They chirp frequently sounding much like a mix between a cricket and a frog. Many species of sod have ridged pads on the palms of their hands to aid in grasping things. -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier - from Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide

June Bug - Medicinal Insect

The Story -- The small boy lay on his pallet slowly dying. He moaned and stirred in delirium, trapped in a never-ending nightmare filled with threatening blood-red evil beings he was unable to escape. A mysterious illness had suddenly struck him down, like a lightning bolt from a stormy sky, the night before. High fever and its accompanying symptoms tormented him, ravaging his frail body of its vitality. His concerned parents sent for the Medicine Man, begging him to come quickly. After a short journey from the village, the healer arrived prepared; ready to render assistance. Chanting to the healing spirits for guidance, the Medicine Man examined the boy, studying his symptoms and noting the progress of the malady. Afterwards he began his treatment. A pottery vessel full of water was used to boil and purify drinking and bathing water. The boy was stripped and cleansed with a mixture of white wood ash and hot water. Dried moss was used as a towel to rub him dry.

His soiled pallet and blanket were burned in the fire to stop the spread of the disease. A fresh pallet was prepared and a new blanket issued. Hot rocks wrapped in clean rags were placed near the victim to keep him warm and to ward off chills. Water-soaked pads of soft deer skin were used as sponges to swab the boy’s face and brow, using evaporation to cool the fever. Cattail leaves brewed into a weak tea were prescribed to lower fever symptoms, ingesting the tea in small measured amounts. The tea also helped to reduce pain and alleviate headache, inducing restful dreamless sleep. Soon after, the symptoms were quelled and the boy seemed to be recovering, but the ordeal had left him very weak and anemic. With little appetite, his stomach refused the rich meat broth offered. Beyond a few small sips of water, the lad would not ingest anything.

The Medicine Man knew what to do. The healer bade the lad’s parents to build a series of bonfires at dusk, allowing them to burn brightly in the summer night to attract flying insects. Catching the bugs landing near the fire-pits, only the fat beetles, not the moths, would do. From them, a beneficial remedy for the ailing boy could be made. Each crawling, alive bug was tossed into the hot ashes to roast. Moments later, a small “snap” sound was heard from the toasted bug. This indicated the bug was dead, and cooked to the well-done stage. Raked from the ashes, each bug was peeled of its legs, wings, and wing case, leaving behind a small ball of edible flesh. Dozens of cooked bugs were crushed into a powder, adding it to a bowl of hot water to make a weak drink. When fed a spoonful at a time, the ailing boy’s hunger soon became apparent. The bug soup had stimulated his appetite. His desire to eat the rich meat broth and solid foods returned. He then made a complete recovery from his illness.

The Reason -- Which kind of insect did the Medicine Man utilize as a Whealing remedy? What does the insect contain that makes it so beneficial? And, how does it counter anemia? The answers are as follows -- The insect used is the June Bug, common throughout late spring and summer months. A nocturnal insect, the beetle is active at night, feeding mainly on favored plants, such as buds and flowers of shrubs and fleshy garden vegetables. Beginning as a fat white grub, the larval stage of the June bug lives in rich humus and leaf litter. Hatching from deeply buried eggs, the grub worm feeds mainly on roots, moldy leaves, and other plant matter. It lives underground until it molts into the adult stage. Easy to capture, the grub-worm is a favorite live-bait among fishermen. Very few fish will refuse the chance to take the grub, filling the stringer or basket with fish. Birds and other wild animals like them too, feeding avidly on the fat worm. The adult June bug is a robust insect, reaching up to two inches in length. A true beetle, it has a set of powerful wings protected by a wing case. Exterior color can vary from pale tan to dark brown or almost black. A chemical analysis of the June Bug revealed its hidden secrets as a beneficial healing remedy. Full of edible fats and proteins, the bug is a rich source of food and appetite stimulating medicine when prepared correctly. When toasted in hot ashes, the internal body parts and juices of the bug congeal into a nugget of pure golden nutrition.

After peeling off shriveled legs, wings, and wing case, the remaining orb of nourishment can be eaten one at a time or by the handful. Toasted June bugs have a surprisingly sweet delightful taste. The flavor closely resembles thick raw molasses or crudely made ribbon cane syrup. It is difficult to eat just one. Crushed into fine powder, bug-flour added to hot water forms a rich nourishing drink perfectly suited to victims suffering from anemia, dehydration, and other maladies. If mixed with warm milk, it has a malted milk taste. However, toasted June bugs should be consumed in measured proportions because of the heavy concentration of protein and fat. If eaten in large amounts, the rich oily meal can result in stomach ache or mild diarrhea. In conclusion, the June bug remedy works best as a life-saving supplement to other foods. When relieving anemia, the remedy stimulates poor appetite, stirring the patient’s interest in eating again. Also, as a food source, both the larvae and the adult June bug are one of the best insects for eating there is. Grubs should be toasted in hot ashes before serving or adding to soups and wilderness stew. Toasted adult June bugs preserve well when crushed into a meal and sun-dried, storing the meal in an airtight and waterproofed container. -- Zimmerman on June Bug Medicinal Insect --submitted by Julia Traugott

Dear Tae...

How do you mend a breach with a family member who behaves in a manner that creates strain and shows no sign of repentance? I don't want to lose this person, but I can't keep going like this either. - Befuddled

Dear Befuddled, If there is a breach, then what needs to be founded is what caused it. Distance is placed between individuals, because something was done to one that either angered or hurt them; even if unwittingly by the other. In cases such as this, a withdraw from those who cause the pain usually transpires.  

Perhaps the repentance does not rest with the one who's drawn away, but in the one who created the problem to begin with. Emotions are a fragile thing, and each see things and feel things in their own way. It's in this, others understand not what the person is feeling inside. If you want to maintain that person in your life, then you need to seek out the source of the complication, and either help to mend it, or gain an understanding so the healing process can begin; for all involved.

Dear Tae...

Why do the lasses go for the flashy ones who attract attention instead of the quiet, normal lads?  How can I go from shy to flirty?  Or should I stay as I am? ~Lonely

Dear Lonely, It's sad that many are drawn to glint and glamour, but in the end, they find themselves still wanting. If someone is flashy, they're over compensating for something they're lacking in; most generally, personality. Those that are quiet, draw attention in another way, and most generally from someone that's much like yourself. There's nothing wrong with being shy, don't think there is. As for flirty, this too isn't bad, although, limit the amount of flirtation you do, because you could be labeled in another way as well. If you're shy, then I have a feeling you're also poetic in a sense. I mean not as spouting off lines that rhyme, but poetic in a sensitive manner. Keep that! Flashy may get noticed, but it's those like you that find someone special, and will continue to have that someone at your side, while the other is trying to find new ways to gain attention for themselves!

April-to-August Spring-Summer Contest Extended

There are pranks still afoot that are yet to be determined for the contest so what was started in April will continue through August. An ongoing effort over these three months. Large and small. So those wishing to try out such skills, there is still time.

This is open to Allied Castles to join in!

In honor of April Fool's Day, and any prank within humor, a contest is being conducted during the whole month of April and extended to August giving ample time on who can play the best prank on another. The best Prankster will receive the prize of an Arabian stallion, a pouch of fool's gold, plus a gold plaque engraved with their name depicting them as King or Queen of Pranks. Second prize will be a finely crafted Dagger and sheath,  given to the one taking a prank in the light it was given. There will be one trick to all of this too, if the one on the receiving end can pull off a coupe then it will be a winner take all! Those of other allied castles and friends may join in if they feel so inclined or mischievous.

 Events recorded of such pranks and reactions will be submitted to Lahoneee.



  1/2 Pound Ground Veal * 1/2 Pound Ground Sirloin * 1 Large Egg * 1 Cup Grated Parmesan Or Romano Cheese * 1/2 Cups Bread Crumbs * Salt And Pepper * 2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley * 8 Cups Homemade Chicken Broth * 1 Small Head Of Escarole, Washed, Trimmed And Chopped * 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Or Romano Cheese

Heat the broth in a large pot. Mix together the meats, cheese, egg, bread crumbs, parsley and salt and pepper. Once the broth is hot, reduce it to a simmer. Form small meatballs about one inch in diameter, and drop them into the broth. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then drop in the escarole. Cook for a few more minutes or until all the meatballs float to the top, and the escarole is wilted. Skim off any foam that develops as the meatballs cook. Serve the soup in individual bowls, with a good helping of grated cheese on top. -- submitted by Claire O'Reilly


  2 pounds small potatoes (approx. 10 potatoes) * 8 ounces lean slab bacon * 4 tablespoons butter * 2 pounds apples or pears ( recipe calls for fresh, but if using dried, soak and use 1 pound instead) * Salt and pepper to taste

Serves 4 - 5. Prep Time -20 Minutes. Cook Time - 30 Minutes. Scrub potatoes and remove bacon rind. Put both into a casserole dish or into a heavy pot with the butter. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover tightly and put to cook on top of the stove, shaking the casserole dish or pot to avoid sticking. Or else cook in a preheated oven, 350 degrees. Peel, core and quarter the apples or pears. Add them to the casserole after 20 minutes, when the potatoes are half-cooked. Continue to cook until everything is soft - about 30 - 40 minutes in all. Take the bacon out, cut it into slices and serve atop the potatoes and apples/pears, which should still hold their shape. --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan


Pour fresh unhomogenized milk into a shallow pan and leave it overnight on very low heat. The following morning, you will find a thick, creamy skin has formed. The depth and color of the cream will depend on the pasture, the breed of the cow, and the time of year. Good hay in winter can be best of all. Remove the creamy skin and cut it carefully into squares, then roll up each into a little carpet roll. Let the cream rise again - there will be a little more to collect. Clotted cream is wonderful with fresh scones and strawberry jam for tea. --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan


 14 oz of flour * 1 egg * pinch of salt * lukewarm water

On a pastry board mix flour, egg and salt, slowly adding water and kneading. The dough is ready if it does not stick to the hand or pastry board. Divide dough into four parts, and roll each one out thinly. With a wine glass cut out circles that are 2 - 21/2 in. in diameter. (For Uszka, cut out small squares). Place a teaspoon of the filling on each circle, fold over and press the edges firmly. Cook for 5 minutes.

Sauerkraut and Mushroom Pierogi Filling
Kapusta z Grzybami - nadzienie

2 cups of sauerkraut * 1 cup mushrooms * 1 onion chopped  * butter, salt, pepper

Cook sauerkraut for 10 minutes. Drain and chop well. Fry onion and chopped mushrooms in butter, add sauerkraut and fry until flavors are blended. Cool and fill dough circles.

Potato Filling (Ruskie Pierogi)

1 lb. cooked potatoes and 6oz. cottage cheese through a meat grinder. Add 1 small raw egg to this along with 1 medium onion, finely chopped and browned to golden brown. Add salt and pepper.

Cheese Filling (Pierogi z Serem)

Rub 1 lb well drained cottage cheese through a wire sieve, then mix thoroughly with 1 small egg (raw) and salt. The filling swells during cooking, so do not use too much. Serve immediately, after pouring butter over them. --submitted by Meaghan O'Leary


Did you know you can fry SQUASH FLOWERS and they are delicious? This will work with yellow Summer Squash and probably other types, as well. If you are growing squash in your garden, you can tell the blossoms that are on very thin stems and will not be producing a fruit. Pick these, rinse them off and let them dry on a paper towel. Then, simply dip these flowers in beaten egg, roll in flour, and fry in an open skillet in a little butter or oil until lightly brown and crisp. Salt and pepper to taste. Drain on paper towels and serve. --submitted by Adara Giles


  1 large cucumber, seeds removed * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 2 cups thick yogurt (Greek yogurt is recommended) * 2 to 3 garlic cloves * Pepper to taste

Serves 5 to 6. Time: 25 minutes. You will need a grater, a sieve/colander and two bowls. Grate or chop the cucumber finely, then put it into a sieve or colander and sprinkle with the salt. Leave it to drain for 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Put the thick yogurt into a deep bowl. Peel and crush the garlic and stir a little of the yogurt into it. Mix well and then add it to the rest of the yogurt. Fold in the rinsed, drained cucumber. Serve the salad cool, with a dish of black olives, tomatoes and plenty of bread. --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan


  4 large green tomatoes * 2 eggs * 1/2 cup milk * 1 cup all-purpose flour * 1/2 cup cornmeal * 1/2 cup bread crumbs * 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt * 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper * 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Slice tomatoes 1/2 inch thick. Discard the ends. Whisk eggs and milk together in a medium-size bowl. Scoop flour onto a plate. Mix cornmeal, bread crumbs and salt and pepper on another plate. Dip tomatoes into flour to coat. Then dip the tomatoes into milk and egg mixture. Dredge in breadcrumbs to completely coat. In a large skillet, pour vegetable oil (enough so that there is 1/2 inch of oil in the pan) and heat over a medium heat. Place tomatoes into the frying pan in batches of 4 or 5, depending on the size of your skillet. Do not crowd the tomatoes, they should not touch each other. When the tomatoes are browned, flip and fry them on the other side. Drain them on paper towels. --submitted by Sarah McDonough


  8 very thin slices of beef steak *4 very thin slices of pork steak * 4 slices of slab bacon * Salt and pepper * Mild mustard

Serves: 4. Time:  30 minutes. You will need a frying pan. Sprinkle the slices of beef with salt and pepper, and spread one side of each with mustard. Sandwich a slice of pork between each two slices of beef. Cut the bacon into larding strips. Make two pairs of slits in the beef-and-pork sandwiches and thread strips of bacon through to hold the sandwiches together. Fry or grill the sandwich steaks - they will have to be well-done because the pork in the middle must be thoroughly cooked. Serve with pickles, bread and a big tankard of beer! --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan


  The Pastry - 1 cup all purpose flour * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 1/4 cup superfine sugar * 6 tablespoons butter * 2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

The Custard - 1 cup creamy milk (half-and-half is perfect) * 1/4 cup all purpose flour * 2 egg yolks * 1/4 cup sugar * 2 tablespoons butter

The Fruit - 1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed, drained and hulled * 1.2 pound red currant or raspberry jam

Serves: 6 to 8. Prep Time: 25 minutes. Cook Time: 30 minutes. You will need a bowl, a rolling pin and a round 8 inch pie pan, preferably one with fluted sides and a removable base. A blender would be helpful. Pour the flour into a bowl with the salt, the sugar, and the butter cut into pieces. Chope the cold butter into the flour and sugar with a knife; then finish by rubbing in with the tips of your fingers. Mix in the minimum amount of cold water to form a soft dough ball. Flatten the ball lightly with a rolling pin dusted with flour, then drape the pastry over the rolling pin to transfer to the tin. Press the circle of pastry out until it covers the base and the sides of the tin. Prick the pastry base all over with a fork , then put it to rest while you make the filling. You can line the pastry with foil and weight it with beans, but add five minutes to the baking time.

Making the custard cream: Stir the milk into the flour. Whisk in egg yolks and the sugar. Chop up the butter and stir in. Can be done in a blender. Heat the mixture gently until it thickens, stirring constantly. The flour must be cooked or the custard will taste starchy, and the eggs should not be overcooked or they will scramble. If the mixture does curdle or go lumpy, pour it back into the blender with a little cold mix and beat again. When the custard is good and thick, set the bottom of the saucepan into a basin of cold water to cool it.

Bake the empty pastry shell for 25 - 30 minutes, until pastry is golden and crisp. Slip off the fluted side piece and leave shell to cool. Halve the strawberries lengthwise. Warm the jam (red currant is best, raspberry is good) with a little water to make a thick syrup. Spread the now-cool pastry shell with the cream. Lay the strawberries on their bed of custard, cut-side up in concentric circles to form a single layer. Pour over it all a glazing of warm jam. Serve immediately with fresh whipped cream. --submitted by Meleri Fionnlasdan`


Did you Know?

Birthstones - Supernatural powers have been attributed to objects since ancient times.  Gemstones--precious and semi-precious -- have been assigned by astrologers and magicians for thousands of years.  The Greeks and Romans believe that there was a force inherent in the stones. The particular power attributed to a stone is usually based on the stone's color.  For this reason there are frequently a number of different stones equally useful for various purposes.  For example, in gem therapy ruby, garnet, and red coral would all be useful for the heart and for blood circulation and stimulation, as their red color corresponds to that of blood.  Because blue is believed to having a calming effect, sapphire, beryl, lapis, lazuli, were used against fevers. Stones are also associated with birth dates and, as birthstones, are believed to have potency for those people born under their particular zodical sign.  To carry your birthstone is to ensure good luck, health and prosperity.

Aries:  Ruby, Bloodstone, Red Jasper
Taurus:  Golden Topaz, Coral, Emerald
Gemini:  Crystal, Carbuncle, Aquamarine
Cancer:  Emerald, Moonstone
Leo:  Ruby, Sardonyx, Amber
Virgo:  Pink Jasper, Turquoise, Zircon
Libra:  Opal, Diamond
Scorpio:  Agate, Garnet, Topaz
Sagittarius:  Amethyst
Capricorn:  Black-and-white Onyx, Beryl, Jet
Aquarius:  Blue, Sapphire
Pisces:  Diamond, Jade
--submitted by Aislin NiFaelen

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??? Question Corner ???

1. Whom do you admire most? In what way does that person inspire you?

2. Would you be willing to become extremely ugly physically if it meant you would live for 1,000 years a any physical age you chose?

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

Thought for the Day

Imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering. -- Brenda Ueland  --submitted by Sara Devonshire

Job Finder

Contact Draven MacShire for: Music Store Proprietor wanted. Firemen needed on a volunteer basis. Glass Maker, expertise in blown glass wanted to open shop. Bounty Hunters.

Contact Malcolm Douglas for: Dentist needed to set up office. Sign Maker needed Teacher Aids still needed, school will be opening soon. Leather Worker Craftsman/ Proprietor needed to take over established shop.

Cook wanted, contact Ashleigh Davison

Thanks to the Job Finder: A number of hired hands were signed up for the coming season. A Butcher, Seth Langhurst, was found to take over an established business. The position for glass maker was filled by Daniela di Colvino. Anyone looking for a job not listed or offering their services/hiring please contact Draven MacShire.

Monthly Horoscope

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)
       Don't neglect these problems; deal with them once and for all, then move on to more pleasurable tasks. Be creative in your pursuits. You should look into a healthier diet. Be diplomatic but stem when it comes to giving of yourself.

Cancer (June 22 - July 22)
       Don't hesitate to sign up for lectures or seminars that will enlighten you. One sided attractions are likely. You may need the space, but you need the extra cash more. Try to channel your energy into professional endeavors.

Leo (July 23 - August 22)
       Someone close to you will get upset easily if you are insensitive to their needs. If they want help that's great, but if they try to take credit for your work, you will have to set them straight. Plan to visit friends or relatives. Your attitudes are changing rapidly.

Virgo (August 23 - September 23)
       Try spending the day catching up on any responsibilities that need to be taken care of. You may find that relationships are not going as well as you'd like. Your diplomacy will be of utmost importance this month. You need to take a break with the ones you love.

Libra (September 24 - October 23)
       Think of changes to your home that will please and add to everyone's comfort. Be sure you get accurate information. Don't overspend on luxury items. Don't consume more than necessary.

Scorpio (October 24 - November 22)
       You are best to avoid such unsavory circumstances, especially if you're in a group situation. Beware of someone who is trying to make you look bad. You may find out that someone is trying to undermine you. Someone close to you may need help.

Sagittarius (November 23 - December 21)
       Pamper yourself for a change. Travel will be favorable. You may find that your boss is not delighted with your work lately. The experience will be good.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 20)
       Your attitudes are changing rapidly. Don't jump too quickly if someone tries to make you join in on their crusade. You may be out of sorts If you have been extravagant or have let children or friends take advantage of you financially. Social evenings at your place will be highly successful.

Aquarius (January 21 - February 19)
       You can ask for favors and get sound advice from close friends or relatives. Stretch the truth, and you may get blamed for something you didn't do. Stop those bad habits. Your fun loving approach will be admired and appreciated by others.

Pisces (February 20 - March 20)
       Make sure that new mates live up to your high standards. Do not expect others to do your work. Being unappreciated by your boss could make it hard to do your work effectively. Listen to a good friend who is truly looking out for your best interests.

Aries (March 21 - April 20)
       This is a great day to start that new health regimen you've been talking about. Spend time with your lover this month. You've been hurt before and could be again if you don't play hard to get. You can make excellent investments if you are in the right place at the right time.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)
       Educational pursuits can bring interesting, helpful people. Don't be too hard on yourself. Exaggeration or deception coupled with overindulgence might be a problem. Your words will be taken out of context if you're evasive with coworkers or employers.
--submitted by Nataliya Andree


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Wedding Candles are specially priced as spring and summer are the most popular times for weddings and other such special events. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden.

Azela Bush Special: at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquet specials this month and next.

Benzaiten Imports has received a shipment of wonderful items  from the mysterious land of India.  Gold filigree necklaces some with  precious or semi-precious stones, bracelets of gold mesh, beads or delicate gold wires, sandals, saris of colorful silks, statues and more. We also carry a line of cigars and tobacco products from a new distributor in the colonies. Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk. We are located in the warehouse district. Owners:  Alexander McDonough and Garath MacShire

Dockside Tavern and Inn:  Rooms: Mon-Thur Single private rooms: 6 gold a night, Double private rooms: 8 gold a night to include 2 meals and 4 drinks free from 2 pm - 4 pm,  Fri-Sun  Single private rooms: 8 gold a night, Double private rooms: 10 gold a night to include 2 meals and 6 drinks free from 1pm - 4 pm, Rooms by the hour, with companion - 2 gold, to include hot bath, meal, and 4 drinks. In the Underground Room, poker, craps, darts, and pool tables are now provided. Door charge of 5 silver a head, this will include one drink. Happy Hour extended from 11am - 4 pm; Shots of white liquor - 2 silver; Shots of gold liquor - 1 silver; Ales - 5 copper 

The Needle and Spool Clothier:  Summer is knocking at the doors and it is time to shine like the sun.  Imported fabrics have been acquired for the balls and dances.  From a flowing gown to a crisply tailored suit.  Any pre-made clothing for Spring will be on sale with half off the asked price.

The BookStop: Things are ready to bloom.  Stop on buy to get the Almanac pamphlets as well as any books that can give pointers or just explain a certain type of plant.  Any gardening title that is purchased will receive a small sack of seeds (your choice.)

Heathfield Orphanage: Gifts, food, and monetary offerings are greatly appreciated.  School supplies needed for the coming months.  Inquire with Henna Barrett Suex about any questions.

Bright and Bold: Grand opening art supplies and paintings shoppe. Get a special deal on portraits this month. Art painting on furniture also offered. Inquire on pricing with Claire O'Reilly.

McKnight Veterinary Clinic is now open 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. Free check up of your pet for the first visit to get acquainted.

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

Lost: Two Spider Monkeys are still missing. Male by the name of Pharaoh and female by the name of Daisy.  If found, please contact Aleric Traugott or one of the Traugotts. A reward of  10 gold each is offered.

Found:  An old map inside a used book purchased at The BookStop.  Owner can identify by copying the marks on the map.  See Athalia Edan for more information.

Lost:  A pair of low red leather boots near the outcropping of rocks close to the cooking pit at Crystal Gold Lake.  Please return to Jaelysa if found.

Where To Find It - Services Offered

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Flowers - Lisette McTiel, 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 - Ptahneferu J'Atar, Ballicastle; Xandar McDonough and Garath MacShire, Heathfield Port.
Linen and Lingerie - Marcy McGuire, Heathfield Commons.
Candles and Crystals - Kathleen Cleary 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 - Sadie Badeau, Sara Devonshire, Gates Barrington, Heathfield.
Dockside Tavern - JD Black, Heathfield Port.
Clocks - Aleric. Niklas and Julia 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, Heathfield Commons.
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.
Barrister-Legal Advisor - Carlotta Basinstoke, Heathfield.
Private Investigators - Joseph McDonough, Jacob Anderson, Mercy LaCorte and Clark Davis, Heathfield.
Furniture - Sean MacGrath.
Art Supplies and Paintings - Claire O'Reilly.
Veterinarians - Donovan and Katherine McKnight.

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.

**It seems the tales of the newest knight turning the heads of local lasses is true!  Our sources tell us that more than one lass seems to have noticed the age of chivalry is still alive and strong. Knight in shining armor not a myth afterall? Man in white had a few lasses drooling. Matty is wondering if his prowess on the field extends to other areas.

**A certain King's man has been seen in his favorite chair having a civil conversation with one of the women from Genesis Manor.  Though we heard some of the talk, it remains a mystery to us why they were speaking of the dark. Perhaps plans are being made for a rendezvous in some dark corner of the Thistle's garden.

**Speaking of the garden, it seems of late to have become a popular place for discussions.  Several people have been seen near the fountain in deep discussions.  We're investigating why it's become so popular. Perhaps the water of the fountain encourages romance.  We'll keep you informed of our findings. We may take up an urn and become one of the nymph holding them to find juicier tidbits up close. Think we can blend in?

**Has the shy bookworm become the newest Harem Hussy, the title torn from another can we expect a fight? Grumpy brother and all will they still see her married off even if allowed to stay? Maybe the men do like the shy and intelligent ones over sassy flashy. Drab is in, we've got the perfect wardrobe!

**Maybe we should give the mousy one a title of her own, Huzzah Hussy as she was seen bent head to head over a book in the library but neither seemed to be reading but staying into each other's eyes. See, we visit libraries to get an education, isn't that right Pearl? Now it is one of the Balli princes after being found, or was it after, asleep with another at the lake that such a fuss was made over. Two timing Huzzah, way to go! Now you got Pearl jealous can you spare us a man?

**Has the latest Alterian emerged to find dashing older men turning her head? Or is it the beard she is more attracted to? We're watching this sea lady much closer, maybe we can get some pointers or at least a pretty shell! We're all along the watchtower on this one to see if Fire can survive with Water or will she go galloping off with another handsome in a Stetson without the tabby's consent?

**Has our Harem Hussy given up her flirtatious ways for the talk of a friend concern? Bah, HUMBUG on him! Ruin all our fun our pretty. He'll get his yet and Pearl is willing to do him up and I might just help. Now our hussy has turned to fussy, fussing about all day but there are new men on the horizon to test drive and maybe the talk only had a temporary delay.

**We shout for glee with a peek in the window finding her now with another playing with her hair and given her butchered up lines. Will she fall for the meat cleaver man? Leave it to cleaver to move in on the territory of a few other interests or will he fall prey to a mail order bride? Where is that catalogue anyway? Women unite, it should be burned or has a certain matchmaker made a bargain for it or just stolen it. It has feet for it tends to disappear. Rumors have it there is a male catalogue but so far the only one found was the weeble wee men. Which has me and Pearl thinking.

**Instead of husband finding there is wife finding as some of the men are trying their hand at it. No one has figured out who sent for the mail order brides of yet. How will they retaliate once they do or will the one get lucky and the men fall for these intriguing lasses from the heart of Ireland? He might be congratulated! Will he step forward to collect the prize for best prank or chance a lynching?

**Mail order brides, we might well subscribe for one little lady seems to be cooking her way into the importer's heart and the other seems to be drawing his partner's interest. Two down and the third to arrive is skulking around waiting on the clown, ah, private eye! Will he too succumb to one more a warrior than domesticated? We're interested to know and will keep our own private, and not so private, eyes on this one.

** Rumors have the librarian mouse's grumpy brother picking out the perfect woman for their father. Will the fig eating lass make such a splash or will figs have the old geezer running? In more ways than one! Humpy Grumpy sat on a wall with all the ladies parading tall. All the kings men came to chase him away but now he's back and accepted this time.

**And what's this on the Prince of Pranks flying pink petticoats on high during an annual event in front of many including allies? Will the owner of the undergarments find a way to get even or will her cheeks forever be as pink? They were left trodden in the sand and now in the hands of one that might well use them for her benefit in earning the garden of gardens. Now there is one hunk of a man that has been running free for far too long. I will kiss anyone personally that could land that Ole One Eye in his own right.


500 Gold Pieces Offered on Captain "Blood Bath" Black ... Dead or alive.

Crimes: High treason against England and Spain, Murder, Plundering and pillaging innocents, Thievery, Arson, Kidnapping, and Rape.  Reward is high for any who brings this scoundrel to justice.

500 Gold Pieces Offered in Reward for turning in Elizabeth Monroe

To the authorities in Heathfield. Crimes ranging from trespassing, harassment, desecration of a burial site to assault and battery


Legalities on the Estate of Quinn Winters

To whom it may concern, be it known that the unclaimed property of Quinn Winters has reverted to the Crown as had the farm, now its contents being no one came forth listed on the Will to make claims. Any questions on this matter, contact Draven MacShire.