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

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An unprecedented event took place in Heathfield on the 15th.  Three couples were married in a ceremony conducted by Captain Alaina McKenna, held on Adrian Frasier's ship, The Wasp.   The three couples were Adrian Frasier and Aelia Lascaris, Kyle Frasier and Esmeralda Gibson and Michael Saxton and Keriann Frasier. Along with the Frasier family, guests included were Cassie along with Jessamine, Malcolm and Ette Douglas, James Callihan, Michael McAndrews escorting Abigail as well his brothers Seamus, Joe, Eddie and Jon. Draven MacShire and Tara Shawnesey along with Maurice McDonough and Ian McCormick, representing heads of certain well established families in the lands. Guests of honor were Queen Honeee and King Karl, King Chadrick and Queen Danielle.

The Wasp was decorated appropriately with ribbons and wild flowers.  It was a perfect summer day with just enough of a breeze to cool the guests.  Adrian and Kyle Frasier wore the Frasier kilt, tartan - plaid of red with smaller green and navy squares along with white threaded through -and sporran. Michael  Saxtorn wore a suit of deep midnight blue, with a sash worn about his waist in the Frasier Clan colors to honor the family of his wife-to-be.  Captain McKenna wore a gown of ivory  with the rosette and sash of the MacKenna clan, pinned to her left shoulder with a gold brooch set with an emerald.

The brides wore gowns that were as unique as they. Keriann's gown was of a white organza with an overlay of silk lace in a floral pattern. The neckline was scooped and off the shoulder lacy cuffs. A sash of the Frasier plaid was worn around her waist in honor of her clan. Her hair was done up in swirled curls with small butterfly shaped pearls, leaving a length of hair to curl down the scooped back that went midway. Silken slippers beneath. Her bouquet was made of wild flowers in various colors offset with a few ferns and baby's breath all tied together in a white silk ribbon and bow.  Aelia's wedding dress was the traditional costume of a bride of Cyprus. She wore the silk embroidered with gold symbols made by her own hand, to bring good luck, good fortune and good life to the marriage. The veil was made of sheer silk with gold woven into the borders, anchored in place with the fine gold and bejeweled chain worn along her part where a jewel rested upon her forehead. The costume, as it was, was the short-sleeved blouse over a full skirt made of many silken layers, her feet in golden sandals, then the sheer silk pashmina and veil to over lay it. Golden bells adorned the hems of the veil and pashmina, ringing out with the bangles on both wrists, and earrings dangled from her lobes. Though the traditional color was red, Aelia sought to match the other brides and wore ivory. Instead of a bouquet of flowers  she carried a small, velvet bag tied with silk cords, redolent with a rich scent.  Esmeralda wore a gown of pale peach and white silks, a scooped neckline with florets in peach that matched those scalloped along the hem. Her hair was done up in twisted curls wound through white and peach cording. She carried a modest bouquet of wild flowers.

The ceremony was traditional with each couple speaking their own words of love and devotion to one another before the vows were given and rings exchanged and the three couples were presented as man and wife:  Adrian and Aelia Frasier,  Kyle and Esmeralda Frasier and Michael and Keriann Saxton. Following the ceremony, a reception was held on The Wasp.  Once the guests disembarked, the ship sail away with the three happy and newly married couples waving from the deck as they began their honeymoons..   A perfect ending to a lovely and historical day! --submitted by Abigail Frasier

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The O'Gawd-let: A hot summer's night on July 9th was the perfect timing for the water Gauntlet. Hosted by the Innis Daingneach knights under King Peter O'Neill. From balloons breaking, seaweed sliming, cream whip blowing, geyser dousing, barrels rolling, gel coating, feather covering and shoots into the lake or troughs, had everyone laughing as each contestant did their best to make it through. Those from Faolan Tower, a few independants, Ravenwood, Stone Crossing. and of course many from Heathfield where present where it was hosted. Lancely Caster the inventor of this fun contraption that was a take off on the regular Gauntlet. Only two made it all the way through, Jas Scarlett and Maureen McLoughan with a swim across the small lake to determine first place. Jas taking that honor. Mo in second. Lancely waved his third place standing to those that tied for making it through three stages: Morgan Murray, Kizzie Cohen, Ian Waincross and Moon SilverEagle. Queen Honeee also donated some to that pot as well consolation prizes for those brave enough to attempt this new beast. Tarro, Gabirel and Mysia. We hope to make this a traditional event each summer as well we look forward to the fishing contest and canoe race which have become standards. --submitted by Gabriel Vaughn

Joust: Nine jousters took the field this week at the Joust honoring the Children of the QCC's various Independents and Houses. Each bore a favor given them by a child, in whose name they rode; many of the riders were also accompanied by their youthful sponsors, who were treated to a very exciting joust with a record five unseatings over two nights. Presided over by the tiny Queen of the Joust, Tamara McDonough, and her youthful court of gallants, who included Davin and Duncan McDale, as well as Cory McAndrews, Kaylah McDale, Kenzie McDale, and Damien McAndrews, Myles and Laoise McAndrews also were present to enjoy the fun and cheer on their knights. The little Queen granted her favor to Sir Cole Lachian of Innis Daingneach, the riders included Tarro the Bull of Green Canyon, Lady Moonbreeze Silvereagle, formerly of the Kingdom of Telarus, Lord Justin McDale of Faolan Tower, and a number of King Peter's knights, including Sir Calhoun Quinlan, Sir Aiden Collins, Sir Ian Waincross, Lady Maureen McLoughan and Sir Gabriel Vaughn.

Over the course of the Joust, the young Queen granted additional gifts to reward the Riders for their excellence on the field. Master Tarro received the first of this largesse, being the first to have an unseat. Upon being awarded his prize, the kindly Minotaur requested that it be donated to those children in need. He was joined in this generosity by the Joust's next rider to unseat his opponent, Sir Cole. Despite a number of injuries acquired during the course of the joust, none of the riders was seriously hurt, and those who took casualties were immediately treated by Lady Angel, who willingly provided her assistance as a healer. At the end, the spoils of victory went to Sir Ian Waincross, followed respectively by Sir Cole Lachian and Sir Aiden Collins, as Champions of the Children, and all congratulations go to them, as well as fervent thanks to all who showed their respect and care for the children at the joust. --submitted by Cordelia Sandrine

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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

Cascara Sagrada - The 16th century Spanish explorers who first visited Northern California had a problem - constipation. The local Indians had the solution - a tea made from a healing herb they held sacred. The herb worked, and the Spanish named it cascara sagrada, 'sacred bark'. It has been the answer to millions of prayers ever since. The Spanish recognized it as a relative of buckthorn, the powerful laxative herb used in Europe since ancient times. But cascara sagrada was much gentler. The explorers sent some back to Spain, where its comparatively mild action was hailed as a wonder of the New World.

But the Spanish explorers were more interested in finding gold than in spreading laxatives around the newly discovered continent. For a long time cascara sagrada remained a West Coast folk remedy known as 'chittem bark,' a polite variant of the Gold Rush '49ers' name, 'sh-tin bark'. In Appalachian folk medicine, cascara sagrada has also been used to treat cancer. It was an ingredient in the popular, but highly controversial, Hoxsey Cancer Formula, an alternative therapy marketed from the 1930s to the 1950s by ex-coal miner Harry Hoxsey.

Healing with Cascara Sagrada:

Constipation - Modern herbals recommend cascara sagrada for constipation and endorse the Eclectic physicians' assertion that it 'restores bowel tone.' It is the ingredient in dozens of over the counter laxatives. Cascara Sagrada contains chemicals (anthraquinones) that stimulate the intestinal contractions we know as 'the urge'. And the Spanish were right in believing that is milder than the other anthraquinone laxatives, which includes aloe, buckthorn, rhubarb, and senna. As a result, cascara is less likely to cause nausea, vomiting and intestinal cramps. On the other hand, these reactions are possible. If they occur, use less or stop using it.

Intriguing Possibility - Harry Hoxsey may have been on the right track. The herb contains aloe-emodin, which has been shown to have anti-leukemia action in laboratory animals, supporting its use as a cancer treatment. Unfortunately, aloe-emodin is also quite toxic, and scientists say more research is needed before it can be used to treat leukemia.

The Safety Factor - Anthraquinone laxatives are considered a last resort for constipation. First, ea a diet higher in fiber, drink more fluids, and exercise more. If that doesn't work, try a bulk-forming laxative such as psyllium, for example, and if that doesn't provide relief, try cascara sagrada. It should never be used for more than two weeks. It should be stored for at least a year, the fresh herb contains chemicals that can cause violent catharsis and severe intestional cramps.. Drying chances these chemicals. It should not be used by anyone with ulcers, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids or other gastrointestinal conditions. It should not be used by pregnant women. For otherwise healthy, non-pregnant, nonnursing adults who do not have digestive disorders and are not taking other laxatives, cascara sagrada is considered relatively safe when used cautiously in amounts typically recommended. -- Excerpts Taken from The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman

Life Around Here

Barrett Memorial Zoological Gardens: Please allow me to begin this article by welcoming you to the Barrett Memorial Zoological Gardens.  No, you haven't missed any grand opening; the zoo has not officially opened yet.  There are still a number of details that need to be worked through before the gardens and exhibits are open, and there are some staff openings that need to be filled.

One of the details that needs the most careful consideration is the segregation of some species, and the integration of others.  The Barrett Memorial Zoological Gardens will feature creatures of the natural order, and creatures of the supernatural ,or mythical order.  While every effort will be made to make the exhibits as accessible as possible to visitors to the gardens, the safety of the visitors, the staff, and the creatures on exhibit will be of paramount importance.  One of the planned exhibits is an expansive representation and recreation of a Dark Continent savannah, an exhibit were several herbivorous species will co-exist alongside one another.  The savannah exhibit will feature zebras, gazelles and giraffes, primarily.  A particular area of consideration in planning the layout of the zoo is the necessary segregation of prey animals from their natural predators, and supernatural predators.  One of the mythical creatures that we hope to exhibit is the griffon.  Griffons, however, prey upon horses and other equine creatures, and will not hesitate to attack any other creature that seeks to deter it from it's preferred prey.  Therefore, one of the challenges that we will face encompasses providing the most natural and accessible areas of containment for the griffon, while preventing it from entering other areas, like the savannah for the purposes of predation.  The problem is one of containment.  How does one keep so majestic and powerful a predator as the griffon, which is well capable of flight, from attacking it's natural prey, while at the same time maintaining the natural habitat of the creature?

One way that we hope to prevent such predation is through an active training program for the griffons.  Griffons are highly intelligent creatures, and are therefore trainable.  Whenever possible, we hope to include such training sessions as part of the visitor's viewing experience.  The case of the griffon is but one consideration that the zoological gardens staff will be facing; there are numerous similar cases to be pondered, and planned for.  We sincerely hope to have these details worked out as expeditiously and meticulously as is possible, and we look forward to seeing you at the zoo. --submitted by Calum Creighton, Zookeeper, Barrett Memorial Zoological Gardens

Births:  none this month. Marriages: Adrian Frasier and Aelia Lascaris, Kyle Frasier and Esmeralda Gibson, Michael Saxton and Keriann Frasier, all on July fifteenth. Engagements: None this Month.  Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: None this Month.

by Athalia Doe Edan

Do not cry, thy tears will sear the heart of the dead (after the death of a loved one). Let the dead rest in peace, do not use their names or eat their favorite food. Pitch your tent near a holly tree because it will give you divine protection. To see a mule shaking itself, is a sign of good luck. A moth hovering around a candle flame, means a letter in the morning. To see a white horse in the morning, means good luck all day. If a coal or wood fire makes any kind of noise, it means a quarrel in the offing. To spit on ones hand after seeing a wagtail, means that money is on its way.

If the right hand will be paid out. If the left hand will be received. A tickling nose is a sign of getting drunk. An itching of the right eye means sadness. An itching of the left eye is a sign of happiness to come. At the new moon, spit on a little stone, then throw it in the air, if it comes down wet...there will be much sickness...if dry, good luck to come. Frogs spawn thrown over the left shoulder for good luck. If one of the bearers at a funeral stumbles there will be another death. A baby keeps its luck in the grimy lines of its hands. A baby born at full moon will be lucky. A baby born at midnight before the Sabbath, will be under a curse.

by Diane Cleary

Lugh - was the God of Light or the harvest.  He was reputed to be the divine father of Cúchulainn whom he conceived with  Dechtire when he carried her away to his palace beneath Brugh na Boinne. His consort is the nature goddess Roismerta; both are celebrated during the month-long harvest festival to ensure fertility of field, home and hearth. He is often pictured carrying the Spear of Assal, one of the four great treasures of the Tuatha de Dannan.

He was known as Ildánach which means 'master of all arts and crafts.'  The tale that is told of Lugh is this: when he first went to the palace of King Nuada he was stopped at the door by the sentry who said only those with a skill may pass.  Lugh said he was a wright but he got the reply that they had one already and so Lugh named all his professions in turn: smith, champion, harper, poet-historian, sorcerer, physician, cupbearer, craftsman in metal, only to be told the Tuatha Dé Dannan already had experts in these.  So then Lugh asked had they got one man who had the whole combination of skills and the reply was no and so he was allowed enter. He is credited with creating Fidhchell the classic boardgame of Celtic tradition, as well as ball games and horsemanship.

Lugh the Long-handed became a king after Nuada of the Silver Arm who was ruler of the Tuatha Dé decided to give the sovereignty to Lugh after seeing a display of his technical skills and feeling he was the one person who could overthrow the Fomorians.  Lugh organized everyone to their maximum potential against the Fomorians and killed their leader, Balor of the Evil Eye, with a slingshot through his eye which then turned its baleful gaze onto his own men, this occurred at the second battle of Magh Tuiredh.  Balor was his grandfather and his slaying fulfilled a prophecy which Balor's Druid had given him many years previously.

Lugh was killed by Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht and Mac Gréine in revenge for his killing of their father Cermait who had slept with one of Lugh's wives.  The attack occurs near the hill of Uisnech, Lugh flees from the combined might of the three gods and is drowned in Loch Lugborta, his cairn is located near the shore.  There are variant traditions which have him buried either at Newgrange or at Luglochta Loga the fortress of Forgall Monach in Co. Louth. (Taken from


"August, the eighth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of Summer’s rule, derives its name from Augustus (Augustus Caesar).  The traditional birthstone amulets of August are the peridot and the sardonyx; and the gladiolus and the poppy are the month’s traditional flowers.  August is shared by the astrological signs of Leo the Lion and Virgo the Virgin, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Ceres, the Corn Mother, Demeter, John Barleycorn, Lugh, and all goddesses who preside over agriculture.  During the month of August, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to Lammas, one of the four Grand Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world." - Secrets of a Witch

"The Chinese also have a day devoted to love. Qi Qiao Jie, or the seventh eve, is often referred to as Chinese Valentine's Day.  While the annual gift giving commonly associated with St. Valentine's Day doesn't take place, there are several charming customs associated with this romantic day for lovers.  There are two legends surrounding the origins of Chinese Valentine's Day. Both involve the position of the stars on the seventh day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar.  According to the first version  the seven daughters of the Goddess of Heaven caught the eye of a Cowherd during one of their visits to earth.  The daughters were bathing in a river and the Cowherd, Niu Lang, decided to have a bit of fun by running off with their clothing. It fell upon the prettiest daughter (who happened to be the seventh born), to ask him to return their clothes.  Of course, since Niu Lang had seen the daughter, Zhi Nu, naked, they had to be married. The couple lived happily for several years. Eventually however, the Goddess of Heaven became fed up with her daughter's absence, and ordered her to return to heaven.  However, the mother took pity on the couple and allowed them to be reunited once a year.  Legend has it that on the seventh night of the seventh moon, magpies form a bridge with their wings for Zhi Nu to cross to meet her husband." - Rhonda Parkinson and  Night of Sevens (Qi Xi, Qi Qian Jie)

Lammas - The Celts celebrate this festival from sunset August 1 until sunset August 2 and call it Lughnasad after the God Lugh. It is the wake of Lugh, the Sun-King, whose light begins to dwindle after the summer solstice. The Saxon holiday of Lammas celebrates the harvesting of the grain. The first sheaf of wheat is ceremonially reaped, threshed, milled and baked into a loaf. The grain dies so that the people might live. Eating this bread, the bread of the Gods, gives us life. If all this sounds vaguely Christian, it is. In the sacrament of Communion, bread is blessed, becomes the body of God and is eaten to nourish the faithful. This Christian Mystery echoes the pagan Mystery of the Grain God.

Grain has always been associated with Gods who are killed and dismembered and then resurrected from the Underworld by the Goddess-Gods like Tammuz, Osiris and Adonis. The story of Demeter and Persephone is a story about the cycle of death and rebirth associated with grain. Demeter, the fertility Goddess, will not allow anything to grow until she finds her daughter who has been carried off to the Underworld. The Eleusinian Mysteries, celebrated around the Autumn Equinox, culminated in the revelation of a single ear of corn, a symbol to the initiate of the cyclical nature of life, for the corn is both seed and fruit, promise and fulfillment.

Honoring the Grain God or Goddess - Bake a loaf of bread on Lammas. If you've never made bread before, this is a good time to start. Honor the source of the flour as you work with it: remember it was once a plant growing on the mother Earth. If you have a garden, add something you've harvested--herbs or onion or corn--to your bread. If you don't feel up to making wheat bread, make corn bread. Or gingerbread people. Or popcorn. What's most important is intention. All that is necessary to enter sacred time is an awareness of the meaning of your actions.

Shape the dough in the figure of a man or a woman and give your grain-person a name. If he's a man, you could call him Lugh, the Sun-King, or John Barleycorn, or the Pillsbury Dough Boy, or Adonis or Osiris or Tammuz.  For females,  She of the Corn, She of the Threshing Floor, She of the Seed, She of the Great Loaf (these come from the Cyclades where they are the names of fertility figures), Freya (the Anglo-Saxon and Norse fertility Goddess who is, also called the Lady and the Giver of the Loaf), the Bride (Celtic) and Ziva or Siva (the Grain Goddess of, the Ukraine, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia).

Feast - Like all holidays, Lammas calls for a feast. When your dough figure is baked and ready to eat, tear him or her apart with your fingers. You might want to start the feast with the Lord's Prayer, emphasizing the words "Give us this day our daily bread." The next part of the ceremony is best done with others. Feed each other hunks of bread (or gingerbread people or popcorn), putting the food in the other person's mouth with words like "May you never go hungry," "May you always be nourished," "Eat of the bread of life" or "May you live forever." Offer each other drinks of water or wine with similar words. As if you were at a wake, make toasts to the passing summer, recalling the best moments of the year so far.

Corn Dolly - Another way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. Take dried-out corn husks and tie them together in the shape of a woman. She's your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you.

Food for Thought - Lammas is a festival of regrets and farewells, of harvest and preserves. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. Lughnasad is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire. While you're sitting around the fire, you might want to tell stories. Look up the myths of any of the grain Gods and Goddesses mentioned above and try re-telling them in your own words.

Regrets: Think of the things you meant to do this summer or this year that are not coming to fruition. You can project your regrets onto natural objects like pine cones and throw them into the fire, releasing them. Or you can write them on dried corn husks or on a piece of paper and burn them.

Farewells: What is passing from your life? What is over? Say good-bye to it. As with regrets, you can find visual symbols and throw them into the fire, the lake or the ocean. You can also bury them in the ground, perhaps in the form of bulbs which will manifest in a new form in spring.

Harvest: What have you harvested this year? What seeds have your planted that are sprouting? Find a visual way to represent these, perhaps creating a decoration in your house or altar which represents the harvest to you. Or you could make a corn dolly or learn to weave wheat. Look for classes in your area which can teach you how to weave wheat into wall pieces, which were made by early grain farmers as a resting place for the harvest spirits.

Preserves: This is also a good time for making preserves, either literally or symbolically. As you turn the summer's fruit into jams, jellies and chutneys for winter, think about the fruits that you have gathered this year and how you can hold onto them. How can you keep them sweet in the store of your memory? from and --submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews

A Night-Rain in Summer
by James Henry Leigh Hunt

Open the window, and let the air
Freshly blow upon face and hair,
And fill the room, as it fills the night,
With the breath of the rain's sweet might.
Hark! the burthen, swift and prone!
And how the odorous limes are blown!
Stormy Love's abroad, and keeps
Hopeful coil for gentle sleeps.

Not a blink shall burn to-night
In my chamber, of sordid light;
Nought will I have, not a window-pane,
'Twixt me and the air and the great good rain,
Which ever shall sing me sharp lullabies;
And God's own darkness shall close mine eyes;
And I will sleep, with all things blest,
In the pure earth-shadow of natural rest.

--submitted by Morgan Murray


by Mary Oliver

When the blackberries hang
swollen in the woods, in the brambles
nobody owns, I spend

all day among the high
branches, reaching
my ripped arms, thinking

of nothing, cramming
the black honey of summer
into my mouth; all day my body

accepts what it is. In the dark
creeks that run by there is
this thick paw of my life darting among

the black bells, the leaves; there is
this happy tongue.

--submitted by Anneliese Harper


by Elizabeth Maua Taylor

"August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a match flame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away."

--submitted by Kaylea McKay

by Mary Naylor

August, with its clouds of scented blooms,
August, with its great stacks of giant clouds,
August, with corn plants standing like rows of soldiers,
August, with watermelons, full and heavy, dozing in the sun,

August, remember swimming in the lake?
August, remember baby Alice daintily eating berries from the vine?
August, remember Richie playing with the goat?
August, remember Donald practicing on his new saxophone?

August, and its lightening laced sky,
August, and newlyweds Pat and Chet decorating their first home,
August, and Billy the Brave, Billy the Fearless, on his two wheel bike,
August, and shimmering memories hanging like drops of dew,

August, the bountiful, August the full,
August, Mama hot, but smiling, over a platter of succulent roast chicken,
August, Daddy mixing her a frosty mint julep,
August, blessed harvest of memories,

--submitted by Deirdre Callihan

Did You Know?

Land of the Dreaming - Until the arrival of the Europeans in the late 18th century, the Aboriginal culture of Australia had remained uninterrupted by conquest or invasion for about 25,000 years. This provided the Aborigines with an immensely long period in which they could study and adapt to their environment. Thus they came to conclude that the natural world embodied profound metaphysical principles relevant to all existence. Like the peoples of other ancient cultures, they recognized, in the various natural formations of the earth, a wise, all knowing quality that they interpreted as divine.. To them , the land had to be understood to be sacred. If true wisdom was to be attained. They believed that the land itself is the Great Mother, Kunapipi, provider and helpmate, ritual womb and procreator. Such beliefs are in part derived from the land itself. Australia is an ancient continent. It is more geologically settled than topographies created more recently such as those of the Himalayas or the Rocky Mountains. As a result the land itself seems almost inert and therefore believed to be permeated with a certain 'power,' which, the Aborigines say, can be felt by anyone who walks through it. The Aborigines call this power, djang.

The creation of the land - To the Australian Aborigines, djang is an emanation from the Sky Heroes, the mythic creatures who made the land at the time of the Dreaming. In Aboriginal belief, the Dreaming is a mythological period with a beginning but no foreseeable end. It continues even today. Through their actions the Sky Heroes shape and humanize the natural environment. Some of the Sky Heroes were responsible for creating human life. The Sky Heroes are eternal, it is believed. Although, in Aboriginal mythology, some of them are killed, or disappear, or are changed into natural features, such as a rocky outcrop or waterhole, their essential quality remains undiminished indeed, they are considered to be as spiritually alive today as they ever were. Places where the Sky Heroes performed some action or were transformed into something else became sacred and it is around these places that Aborigines focus their rituals.

The Rainbow Snake - The Sky Heroes may take the form of mythical animals, such as Mrlu, the Great Kangaroo, or Maletji, the Law Dog. They may also be supernatural entities such as the Great Snake, or Rainbow Snake, which, known by various regional names, is a popular icon throughout Australia. But the supernatural Sky Heroes known as Wandjinas can be found only in the Kimberley region of northwest Australia. They are depicted in local rock paintings as huge cloudlike beings with eyes but no mouths. Thus, when an Aborigine points out a rocky outcrop and tells you it is Marlu, the Great Kangaroo, he is describing the natural feature, its iconic presence, and its mythical implication all at once. Land, Sky Hero, and myth become one. Tribal lands embody Aboriginal beliefs - not to revere the land is to desecrate it. And to treat it outside the framework of the human and celestial predicament is to condemn the earth to a diminished existence. For example, when a piece of country loses its traditions and rituals (either by death of its guardians or because of cultural decline), Aborigines are often reluctant to visit the area, as they regard it as 'rubbish country.'

Totemic lifestyle - The Australian Aborigines have devised a complex and extremely diverse ritual life to embrace all that they feel is part of them. The most poignant expression of the relationship an Aborigine has with the Dreaming is his totemic identity. A man's totem is both his alter ego and a metaphysical landmark that orients him throughout life. Not to have a double or shadow in this world is to be condemned to an inferior existence. Being linked to the Dreaming by way of a totem is a vital part of the Aboriginal way of life. This intensely spiritual and traditional way of life imposes a range of duties and responsibilities upon each individual. He or she must look after any family territory that lies within its boundaries, as well as memorizing hundreds of different songs, the details of myths, dance steps, and ritual acts. Ceremony and song are thus integral parts of Aboriginal spirituality; they ensure the well-being of the land just as much as do the sun and rain.

The travels of Jarapiri - Many of the Aboriginal myths describe the travels of characters who play a creative role - naming various places, altering the form of landscape and establishing customs. Such a Dreaming Track runs between the mountain know as Winbaraku and the cave at Ngama in the Haast Bluff region of central Australia, northwest of Alice Springs. Winbaraku, for example, was the birthplace of Jarapiri, the Great Snake. Here, too, the First People were though to have emerged from the earth at this time to carry the Great Snake northward. The mountain itself is made up of several Sky Heroes: Jarapiri; the Nabanunga, a group of women in love with Jarapiri; blind Jarapiri Bomba, a lesser snake who stayed behind when Jarapiri ventured north; the Wanbanbiri, or woodgall people; Mamu-boijunda, the barking spider, the hare-wallaby people known as the Jukalpi; and the Latalpa snake-women. These creatures are the world-creators that the local Walbiri people worship in their rituals and songs. -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from the book Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


Maple Crunch Cream Pie

APPLE FLLING: 4 cups Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and thinly sliced * 4 tablespoons white sugar * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon * 1/4 cup butter *  STREUSEL TOPPING: 5 tablespoons rolled oats * 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour * 1/2 cup white sugar * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon * 1/4 cup butter, melted * MAPLE CREAM FILLING: 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened * 1 1/2 cups milk * 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix * 1 teaspoon maple flavored extract

1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust, baked and cooled. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place sliced apples in a large bowl, and toss with 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute apples until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool. To make the Streusel Topping: In a medium bowl, mix together oatmeal, flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Drizzle with 1/4 cup melted butter, and mix with the fork until mixture resembles chunky crumbs, or granola. If mixture seems too moist, add a little oatmeal or flour until the consistency is right. Sprinkle crumbs onto an ungreased jellyroll pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every 8 minutes or so, until light golden brown and crunchy. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. To make Maple Cream Filling: In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 cup milk, pudding mix, and maple extract. Add remaining 1/2 cup milk, and beat until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture into pie shell and refrigerate until apples are cool. After apples have cooled, remove them from skillet with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl. Reserve remaining apple syrup to drizzle over streusel. Arrange cooled apples over maple cream, then sprinkle with cooled streusel. Drizzle the reserved apple syrup over the top and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving in order to allow the maple cream to firm up. --submitted by Sarah McDonough

Peach and Raspberry Crisp

4 to 5 pounds firm, ripe peaches (10 to 12 large peaches) * 1 orange, zested * 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar * 1 cup light brown sugar, packed * 1 1/2 cups plus 2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour * 1/2 pint raspberries * 1/4 teaspoon salt * 1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal * 1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the inside of a 10 by 15 by 2 1/2-inch oval baking dish. Immerse the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, then place them in cold water. Peel the peaches and slice them into thick wedges and place them into a large bowl. Add the orange zest, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of flour. Toss well. Gently mix in the raspberries. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. If there is a lot of liquid, add 1 more tablespoon of flour. Pour the peaches into the baking dish and gently smooth the top. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, salt, oatmeal, and the cold, diced butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the butter is pea-sized and the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly on top of the peaches and raspberries. Bake for 1 hour, until the top is browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator and reheat in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until warm. --submitted by Caitriona MacKenna

Corn Jalapeno Lava Bread

The day before - 1 1/4 cup bread flour * 3/4 cup water * 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast Day of: 1 3/4 cups lukewarm water * 1/4 cup cornmeal * 2 tablespoons honey * 2 tablespoons butter * 2 teaspoon salt * 1 teaspoon instant yeast * 3 - 3 1/2 cups bread flour * 1 cup diced seeded jalapenos * 3/4 cup corn nibblets * 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese * 1 1/2 cups gruyere cheese

The night before combine all the "day before" ingredients together; mix and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to sit in room temperature room overnight or 12-18 hours. In the morning pour the water and cornmeal into a saucepan. Bring to a low boil then turn the heat down and simmer for 5 minutes. Be sure to stir so not to burn. Remove from heat and add honey and butter. Mix till well blended. Pour into a stand mixer and allow to cool to 110F. Once cooled, add in "night before" mixture, yeast and 1cup of bread flour. Mix on low speed till well blended. Add in the salt, 3/4 cup of jalapenos and 1/2 cup corn nibblets. Mix till blended. Now start to add flour slowly. This dough needs to be very sticky. So don't add to much. While mixing on slow speed you want the dough to stick to the bottom of the bowl but, not the sides. If your not sure, it's better to be on the wet side than the dry side. Continue to knead on low speed (#1) for 8 minutes. Afterwards leave in the bowl and spray with oil spray. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 1 to 2 hours or till double in bulk. Now, using a wooded spoon punch down the dough and then cover with plastic wrap again for another 1 to 2 hours or till double in bulk. After second rise sprinkle a good amount on flour on a flat surface. Pour out the dough onto the flour and sprinkle some more flour on top. Using your hands lightly press the dough into a 12 x 12 square. Take the cheese and mix in the rest of the jalapenos and corn. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the dough. Roll the dough and pinch the seem and ends closed. Take a large tea towel and sprinkle a good amount of flour in the center. Place the dough onto the floured tea towel. Place some more flour on top. Wrap the dough with the tea towel and allow to rest for 1/2 hour. Before you cut the dough preheat the oven to 425F. When the oven is ready cut the dough into three equal pieces. Spread open the tops of the dough so the cheese is exposed. Place onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and place into the oven for 30 - 35 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack. --submitted by Morgan Murray


Creamy Peach Salad

1 package (4 serving size) Jell-o brand peach flavored gelatin * 1 cup boiling water * 1/3 cup cold water * 1/2 cup plain yogurt * 1 3/4 cups thawed Cool Whip non dairy whipped topping * 1 can (16 ounces) sliced peaches, drained and chopped * 1/4 cup chopped nuts

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add cold water. Chill until slightly thickened. Blend yogurt into whipped topping; then blend in gelatin. Stir in peaches and nuts. Pour into 8x4 inch loaf pan. Chill until firm, about 3 hours. Garnish with additional peaches slices if desired. (from the book Jell-o Gelatins and Puddings) --submitted by Marcy McGuire


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Leo (July 23 - Aug 22)

In January, September and November 2008 the greater benefic Jupiter forms a helpful angle to Saturn. This can prove fortunate in terms of your health, with some improvement likely if you have been ill in any way. You could also receive a wonderful work opportunity that brings in a steady income for many years. Stability in your financial situation is likely to be achieved easily at the time.

In March, May and November Jupiter makes a helpful link to Uranus. This could bring some interesting financial investments to consider or you share in some booty with a business colleague. There will be some financial surprises on the horizon so go out there and take a few chances. It is highly possible that you just may win the jackpot on the lottery or at the casino.

In November Saturn opposes Uranus which does not bode well for taking any chances with a shared resource, investments or your source of income. There may be some unexpected developments affect any of these areas. It is also possible that something you value may be lost or damaged. It may be wise to take out some kind of insurance to protect your belongings or a safety net if you become unemployed.

During the next twelve months, the ‘greater benefic’ Jupiter will occupy your sector of health, work and your daily routines and will go into retrograde (backwards) phase for five months between May and early September. Some people start to work in the field of medicine or law with this transit. However, it is a time to find the ideal job and also to focus on improving your health and general well being. You can also find that your finances increase as a result of a better paying job.

Saturn the taskmaster of the zodiac will continue to occupy your sector of income, earnings and the things you value up until November 2009. Saturn however, will be in retrograde motion (backwards) between January and April. Saturn is a very serious and somber planet and when it comes to financial matters it can restrict and limit this area of your life. You may not be able to make as much money as you would like, or perhaps you work harder and longer hours, just to keep your head above water. During the retrograde phase it may just seem harder to get out of the bed in the morning knowing that it’s all work and no play. During the direct phase (between May and the end of the year) you realise that you have made a work commitment to yourself and you don’t want to let yourself down, let alone anyone else who is counting on you to bring home the bacon.

Uranus, the planet of change, will continue to occupy your sector of wills, legacies, the goods of the deceased, loans, your partner’s income or any other shared resource during which time he will be in retrograde phase between late June and late November 2008. There will be some unexpected conditions arise with respect to any of the above-mentioned areas. Do not expect things to go as planned and then you will not see the curve ball coming at you as a problem. During the retrograde phase you will ask yourself if what you perceive as true, really is true. During the direct phase (January to June and again late November to June 2009) you will uncannily just ‘know’ which way, where and when to go.

Neptune the planet of mystery, will continue to occupy your sector of marriage and business partnerships and any public presentations though will go into retrograde (backwards) phase between late May and up to the end of October 2008. This can be a time when you find, and perhaps marry your soul mate. Your ideal other half may be someone who is very mystically orientated, or perhaps involved in the arts, music, film or other creative fields. However, it can be a time when you turn a blind eye to the faults of others and you could get led up the garden path and left empty-handed of your belongings. During the retrograde phase there will be times when you cannot fathom your beloved and are left wondering where they are. During the direct phase (January to May and November to December) things will seem so much clearer and your intuition will lead you to make the correct choices in life.

Pluto, the transformer of the zodiac will now occupy your sector of health, work and your daily routines (with the exception of a retrograde phase back into your sector of of romance, children, creativity, speculation and the pleasures of life, between mid June and late November). This quite often brings a breakdown in your health, so that you can begin anew. You may have to totally readjust your health regime so that you are physically and mentally better equipped to cope with life. Changes in work can also occur where you move completely out of the routine or occupation you used to have. During the retrograde phase there will be an undertaking to examine what changes are going to be implemented to make your health and work much better. During the direct phase (January to March 2008 and again from September to the end of the year) you can put into action what you have learnt and bring about monumental changes to these areas of your life. 
-- submitted by Samantha Golden:

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

Lost: One silver thimble please return to Adelaine Ames.

Found: A piece of see-through fabric near the lake. If you lost this garment please contact Graham Frasier

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. Men's Tailor and Seamstress needed. Qualified Teachers needed to fill vacant positions. Leather Shop Available to be taken over.

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


Thoughts for the Month

Always laugh when you can.  It's cheap medicine -- Lord Byron

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. -- Sam Keen

-- submitted by Sara Devonshire


Why did the picture go to jail?   Because it was framed!

Where does a turtle go when it's raining?   A shell-ter!

-- submitted by Lei McAndrews


Summer Scented and Hued Candles -  Rose in red, lilac in purple are specially priced for the summer. Fill your home with these invigorating scents for a good uplift. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden at the Candle Shop.

Summer Specials - Red roses and multicolored carnations, at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquets, anniversaries or any occasion.

Benzaiten Imports - receives new shipments weekly. Special this month: clearance items, 50% off. Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk.  Located in the warehouse district. Owners:  Alexander McDonough and Garath MacShire.

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 -  Select books,  - 25% to 50% off. Marisa and Carisa McCormick.

Heathfield Orphanage - Gifts, food,  spring and summer 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.  Specials  for the entire summer:  Flea treatments, tick removal.

Certain Somethings Shop - Special this month:  Shawls for fall.   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. Special this month:  Tinctures for hay fever.   Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk, with special openings as needed.   Sara Devonshire, proprietor.

Sweet and Sassy Candy Shop - located just off the marketplace is having specials on chocolate truffles. Haypenny candy available. Corina and Cairenn Turlough.

Leather Shop -  Closed until further notice.

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 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 -- clearance items, many instruments 50 to 75% off.. See Lorelei Barre.

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

The Clean Slate Soap Shop - This month, stop in for a bottle of Cooling Mist, a special blended spritzing mist meant to cool and keep away the bugs.  Leaves a refreshing minty scent caressing your skin. Morgan Murray proprietor.

The Potter - Need any ceramics replaced, put in an order with Devon Winters Cleary.

??? Question Corner ???

1. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living?

2. For a great sum of money, leaving you rich, would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone, and that there would be no long-term effect on your career.


Submitted answer to last month's Question:

1. After a medical examination, your doctor calls and gravely says you have a rare lymphatic cancer and only a few months to live. Five days later, you are informed that the lab tests were mislabeled; you are perfectly healthy. Forced for a moment to look death in the face, you have been allowed to turn and go on. During those difficult days you would certainly have gained some insights about yourself. Do you think they would be worth the pain?

I would not be upset if a doctor mistakenly diagnosed me with a terminal illness.  Those five days would teach me things I could never have learned otherwise.  When staring down the barrel of one's own mortality, one is forced to take a hard look at life in a way that is not normally accessible.  In the day to day hustle of life, we so often take things and people for granted, we miss opportunities due to procrastination and the sense that we will always have the time....later.  Our lives are but the blink of an eye and so often it is gone too quickly.  Take the time to know what truly matters to you and who truly matters to you; take the time to appreciate them.  Don't get caught up in the details for they never matter, in the end. --submitted by Morgan Murray


**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.
  - 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.
Fortune Teller - Mikhail O'Connell, 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 and Carissa McCormick, Heathfield Commons.
Orphanage - Henna Barrett Suex, Heathfield.
Apothecary - Sara Devonshire, Heathfield Hospital.
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 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
Soaps: Clean Slate - Morgan and Aislinn Murray, Heathfield Commons
Clergy/priest: Brother Thomas, Heathfield Castle Chapel
Dance Instructor: Anneliese Harper, Heathfield Commons

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.

**We caught a scene this past month of Red Hot asking to share his sausage with others. Now that has Peal in a fit of giggles, it is enough to have a vegetarian eat meat. Speaking of Red Hot, he's been flying high, we can wonder if it has to do with his sharing of late. We'll have to make a stop soon and get in on the action rather than just peek.. err... observing. Pearl is pretty strong, she really had a grip on my arm in an effort not to make any noise. Sounded like a bull frog swallowing his croaks. We'll have to keep an eye on that lass from the seafaring clan, especially if she can get men to share their sausages. Smooth of tongue that one. If we only possessed such a talent, we'd be getting somewhere. We're still wondering if red hot can get caught, wings or not. There are certainly enough ladies around him, surely one can bring him down? Something to watch for.

**We managed our way to check out the tracks only to see that forest hunk race. It was certainly worth the trip and stay in the boarding woods. Although we had to douse in aloe and stringent for all the bug bites. I swear I must be that sweet for them to feast. Now if only the single men of the lands could see me that way instead of only insects. Pearl even crawled down in the tall grass to get a better look.

**We might not be able to get into the king's field but we have found there has been as much action in the spar fields behind the public spar hall. I can have empathy with the knights and warriors for those tin suits are not easy to move in. I had to oil Pearl's twice and mine trice so we didn't squeak too much when moving to newer advantage points to watch. I had to kick Pearl's suit when it started rattling when the one knight flew in and landed. She gets so excited, like she never saw a flying knight before. Well, come to think of it, neither had I until recently. Luckily I didn't start my suit to rattling, I was lucky to find one that fit to have it fall apart on me. Maybe we should consider taking up jousting and immerse with that crowd. Or wrap ourselves up in silks and show off, billowed in the breeze. Yard and yards of it, I could snag me a man.

**New blood always makes its way around and we've been noticing a certain knight with a lot of magnetism about him. Rumors are starting to hint and we'd both like hands on experience. There is also the stick in the mud to consider, maybe Pearl or I can pull him out, either of us are willing to grab his stick and yank him loose!

**It was good to see the hero and his brother finally out again. A few well known ones have not been around as much. Maybe the weather or time of season when families have many outings together. Only gripe we have is it leaves us with less fodder to sink our teeth into and share with all of you. We do our best to keep everyone informed. Perhaps the lads will have more for us as it seems they are getting more social, talking on picnics and riding. Oh to be young again!

**There was a monster of a man seen at the lake, I swear we have Sasquatch about now too. Enough for both me and Pearl! We'll have to do some jungle hunting, err .. forest, find the means of catching elephants and get up such a trap. Now that is one big burly man, who cares about looks long as we can hook and reel him in. If he comes with the cattleman, we're all for that. He's been a hard one to land for any of the beauteous ladies. I can hope perhaps he is looking past the physical then we have a chance! You should see the glee in Pearl's eyes on that thought.

**I've been talking with Pearl about adopting that little one eyed lass. She seems lost and could use some good guidance. She don't need those knights when she can have tea and biscuits with us. We'll see to her education, how to hide well, knot fishermen nets, haul crates and mostly know everything that is going on in the port. She needs some meat on her bones like me.

**It seems the Thistle handyman has broken his curse around women. Another one to finally add to our list without incident befalling. Now we can get a closer look. Will  things change for him finally? If I had known all it would take was a kiss, I would have had him straddled up and in a lip lock of the likes he'd never forget. Pearl is giggling again so I assured her I'd leave her some once done.

**Dancing knights was well worth the sight and we didn't have to hide to get a good view. Two of the knights seemed to be around the most and with each other. Perfect. One for me and one for Pearl. I'll take the shy one being Pearl is shy and might not get any words between them otherwise. I can splash through the fountain with the best of the, albeit there is usually no water left in a once around. The fish heads spouting water make funny sounds then. Sounds like a chorus of them. One of these times when the shy one casts his net, he's going to be pulling in me or Pearl, we've been trying to get in his line of casting. I'm willing to learn the Spanish seduce dance with him anytime. I'm willing to do the water gauntlet with his lead! The soap lady might convince me to clean up and smell nice too.

**The Shepherd was finally out again, showing his face. Handsome devil he is and remaining unattached has boggled our minds. Seems he scared away the little Indian maiden from what we overheard is it bon voyage in ship ahoy. I wonder if that will wound his ego, we're willing to help nurse it back to full potential.

**The new man in the lands is garnering our attention. Still a lot to learn on the one that seems a brother to red hot, winged one. Pearl thinks she saw him in flight too but he's usually hiding out in trees. We'll have to find out more and let our readers know. Pearl is getting excited again about the prospect, adding it to our list, checking it twice and sure as not hoping he is naughty over nice.

**We also caught sight of the one bounty hunter and his brother. We can wonder where they hide out and if we can find that information, invade. Flush them out. The more the merrier in eye candy about. We can drool with the best of them.

**Getting down to the elements, a few of those hunks emerged. I think Pearl can get past the heebie geebies for their good looks. So what if one can cast storms, whisk you away on the wind, douse you in pouring rain, make the earth tremble under your feet or light your fires? Minor points I am convincing her of, she does want a man! She needs to get past those little drawbacks. Personally I think those traits have potential.

**We can wonder if there is something more going on between the youngest male clockmaker and a certain other lass. We'll have to keep watch on that one.

**Seems the group of knights is letting in a female warrior of late. Interesting prospect there, we might well take up the bow, lance or axe. See if any are willing to teach us the ropes while we work on roping them in. We need to use all the creative ides we can come up with at this point of frustration. Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink, although we can drink in their looks from behind a bush, tree, building,  you name it.


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. Contact Danny Frasier or James Callihan.


Wanted Alive: Ultan and Gillean Callihan of Kildare. 100 Gold Coins Reward for information that leads to their whereabouts. 500 Gold Coins for their capture alive.

Crimes:  Wanted for Treason.. Contact Ronan or James Callihan.


Wanted Alive: Four Henchmen: Francis Talbot, Dane Gregore, Henry Wills and Oliver Stapleton. 50 Gold Coins Reward for information that leads to their whereabouts. 200 Gold Coins each for their capture.

Crimes:  Wanted in association of Treason, kidnapping, torture and the intent to kill.


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. Contact Michael Reeves Silvertone.

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