Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Hedgebrier, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 10-06
((--Disclaimer: any pictures used of actors/actresses is only for how that fictional character may look, no claims made.--))

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Harvesting: The days of harvest are upon us.  The fields of grain are filled with workers who sing and laugh as they carefully cut down the sheaves, hay is being rolled into bundles for the winter months, fruits and vegetables are being picked, dried and canned.  Meals are lively affairs with tables set up for the workers and good smells filling the air. The vineyards are having nightly festivals of crushing the grapes underfoot to be put in vats and stilled.

Walks through meadows and fields in hazy sunshine give the remaining flowers and plants a golden glow.  Seeds burst into the air with a brush of a sleeve or pant leg, or dance on the soft breeze.   The birds that go south are gone while at night, you can hear the call of geese heading for their winter homes.  Monarch butterflies dance on the breeze in their flight southward. Squirrels and the other animals that sleep through most of the winter months are gathering their winter stores.  Fall is a time of preparation for the long winter months, but too, it's a time of celebration.  All Hallow's Eve will be upon us soon, a special time for the youngsters and older folks alike.  Be sure to welcome the Braidy family to Heathfield as part of your celebration. --  Sarah McDonough

Visitors: It has been reported that the good Queen Victoria of Devonshires was on a scavenger hunt during brightly colorful days. Mushrooms and berries her goal as she visited the esteemed Marquis Malcolm Douglas. Autumn days are not only for harvesting but fun and games as the weather sill permits outdoor activities. Dress warm when needed but in layers as the day wears on and becomes warmer only to melt back into the colder nights. Now is the time to stock up on fuel, be it coal, peat or wood for the winter months. Canned and dried foods along with sacks of grains a must to be stocked. Potcheen and wines for those cold nights spent in front of the fire to be enjoyed with a love one. -- Malcolm Douglas

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Sword and Sorcery
by Portia DeLanyea

When one thinks of the farthest north, we think of Vikings, harsh snow and rugged lifestyles.  But, it seems that one of those very inhabitants of a frigid and otherwise seemingly desolate climate has graced our warmer lands.  Not only has she found warmth in the temperature but in the hearts of those that reside here.

Jodis Njall is a native of the Scandinavian world.  Tribes and Chiefs that today's writers only whisper about in an elaborate set story they weave.  Often, as it seems, they are quite wrong.  "It is not always as cold as many 

suspect.  We had tree's and fresh fruit and vegetables to trade and eat.  We thrived like any other but faced dreaded winters."  Says Jodis in recalling her homeland.

She was the daughter of a man of high status within their society.  The High Commander's daughter, in fact.  Such prowess was passed down to her, the only born child of his blood.  This must certainly have been one of the many reasons for Jodis making such a splash at the Devonshires Tournament and the beginning of this year, taking home the Championship for Ladies.

It was not only her prowess of the field that helped her to achieve the victory against quite worthy attendants.  Jodis also wielded the 'magic' of her runes.  "The scores against the various stones have great meanings to my people.  In this, I weave a blessing and defense if needed.  Quite complicated and took me years to perfect as much as I have."

Those years were first spent with her mother, a Nordic Wise Woman, who made sure her own legacy was put within the caste of her daughter.  A woman grown and quite strong in mind and body.  And now, one of our own.  The culture of the lands is honored and blessed to know the woman of sword and magic.  The Rune Witch.

Life Around Here

Harvest is in full swing, with evening bonfires and good food to be had.  School is back in session and the youngsters are busy making piles of leaves, gathering pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns and planning pranks on grown ups. Contests will include the best painted pumpkin along with the best made costumes. All are being done as extra activities and gearing them up for the season. So give an extra cheer when they come trick or treating.

The gauntlet is keeping our knights hopping and not a few complaining of bumps and bruises. Masseuses have been regularly employed and there are hints a journey might be taken by three of the men. It is also said that another of King Peter's knight from off his island will be stationed within  to get to know his fellow knights here. We look forward to the addition.

A birth has brought joy to the Kearney family and the addition of a new family promises strawberries next year.  There's also a new ship docked in Heathfield, with the family just settling in.  Please make sure to welcome them to our lands.

Births: A daughter, Emma Marie, to Lochlan and Hannah Frasier Kearney. Marriages: None this Month. Engagements: None this Month. Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: Please welcome the Braidy and Callihan families.


Manticores -- Originally documented in Persia, the feared man-eating manticore, or manticora, has been sighted in places as varied as the jungles of Brazil and Indonesia and, more rarely, the forests of North America and Europe. With the body of a lion and a tail of poisonous spines that some reports indicate can be shot like arrows, a manticore is a lethal predator. It eats its victims whole, using its triple rows of teeth and leaves no bones behind.

A manticore's face is said to resemble a human's and travelers through marshes have reported mistaking a manticore for a bearded man from a distance.

Manticores have a melodious call, lke the lower notes on a flute blown together with a trumpet. Despite the beauty of the sound, most animals know to flee when they hear it. Humans would do sell to follow their lead.

The food of a manticore mainly consists of large animals such as deer, antelope, gazelle and even humans. They will catch smaller animals such as rabbits, rats or shrews to supplement their primary diet.

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


Hallow's Eve. From the Salem Witch Trials to the Day of the Dead, Halloween is fraught with traditions from around the world. Behind the name... Halloween, or the Hallow E'en as they call it in Ireland , means All Hallows Eve, or the night before the 'All Hallows', also called 'All Hallowmas', or 'All Saints', or 'All Souls' Day, observed on November 1. In old English the word 'Hallow' meant 'sanctify'. Roman Catholics, Episcopalians and Lutherians used to observe All Hallows Day to honor all Saints in heaven, known or unknown. They used to consider it with all solemnity as one of the most significant observances of the Church year. And Catholics, all and sundry, was obliged to attend Mass. The Romans observed the holiday of Feralia, intended to give rest and peace to the departed. Participants made sacrifices in honor of the dead, offered up prayers for them, and made oblations to them. The festival was celebrated on February 21, the end of the Roman year. In the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV introduced All Saints' Day to replace the pagan festival of the dead. It was observed on May 13. Later, Gregory III changed the date to November 1. The Greek Orthodox Church observes it on the first Sunday after Pentecost.

Despite this connection with the Roman Church, the American version of Halloween Day celebration owes its origin to the ancient (pre-Christian) Druidic fire festival called "Samhain", celebrated by the Celts in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Samhain is pronounced "sow-in", with "sow" rhyming with cow. In Ireland the festival was known as Samhein, or La Samon, the Feast of the Sun. In Scotland, the celebration was known as Hallowe'en. In Welsh it's Nos Galen-gaeof (that is, the Night of the Winter Calends. According to the Irish English dictionary published by the Irish Texts Society: "Samhain, All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalizing the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, lasting till May, during which troops (esp. the Fiann) were quartered. Faeries were imagined as particularly active at this season. From it the half year is reckoned. also called Feile Moingfinne (Snow Goddess).(1) The Scottish Gaelis Dictionary defines it as "Hallowtide. The Feast of All Soula. Sam + Fuin = end of summer."(2) Contrary to the information published by many organizations, there is no archaeological or literary evidence to indicate that Samhain was a deity. The Celtic Gods of the dead were Gwynn ap Nudd for the British, and Arawn for the Welsh. The Irish did not have a "lord of death" as such. Thus most of the customs connected with the Day are remnants of the ancient religious beliefs and rituals, first of the Druids and then transcended amongst the Roman Christians who conquered them.-submitted by Kathleen Frasier from (


The ghosts of all things past parade,
Emerging from the mist and shade
That hid them from our gaze,
And, full of song and ringing mirth,
In one glad moment of rebirth,
And again they walk the ways of earth
As in the ancient days.

The beacon light shines on the hill,
The will-o'-wisps the forests fill
With flashes filched from noon;
 And witches on their broomsticks spry
Speed here and yonder in the sky,
And lift their strident voices high
 Unto the Hunter's Moon.

The air resounds with tuneful notes
From myriads of straining throats,
All hailing Folly Queen;
So join the swelling choral throng,
Forget your sorrow and your wrong,
In one glad hour of joyous song
To honor Hallowe'en!

John Kendrick Bangs



Just take a golden pumpkin
 Of quite the largest size,
Cut all 'round the stem, just so, 
 Scrape out the inside below,
And cut two holes for eyes.
 And now fix a nose beneath,
 And such a great big mouth with teeth,
 And you've a jack-o'-lantern!

Then fix a tallow candle,
Just big enough to light,
 And when it flickers, see him blink,
 And when it flares up, see him wink
 And smile so broad and bright.
 This is the jolliest sort of a fellow,
With cheery face so round and yellow,
 This funny jack-o'-lantern.


By Edgar Allen Poe

In the greenest of our valleys
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace--
Radiant palace--reared its head.
In the monarch Thought's dominion--
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair! 
Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow,
(This--all this--was in the olden Time long ago,)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A wingèd odor went away. 

Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically,
To a lute's well-tunèd law,
Round about a throne where, sitting (Porphyrogene!)
In state his glory well befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen. 

And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace-door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing,
And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king. 

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch's high estate.
(Ah, let us mourn!--for never morrow Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
And round about his home, the glory
That blushed and bloomed
Is but dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed. 

And travellers now, within that valley,
Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms, that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever
And laugh--but smile no more.

Did you Know?

Incantations - The recitation of a spell.  In the working of magic, words are power.  Written words can be powerful, but spoken words are even moreso.  An incantation is actually far more than a simple recitation--it is a command.  Prayer is a request, while an incantation is a command for something to happen, made with the absolute assurance that it will happen.

In Ceremonial Magic, the magician is trying to summon spirits or entities to do his bidding.  They are reluctant to appear.  The only way he can make them do so is to use various Names and Words of Power, which are delivered in the most authoritative manner.  The words, as the words of any incantation, must be spoken with familiarity, firmly, and in a certain rhythmic manner.  Rhyme and rhythm are most important in the working of magic, especially with incantations.  If the actual incantation is not written as a rhyme, then it should be spoken with a regular, definite beat.

Incantations are often long and repetitive.  This is so the magician performing the incantation can gradually build up his or her energy through the rising inflections and sonorous, rhythmical, often rhetorical use of the words.  Doing an incantation should charge the magician with energy--he or she should feel it building and building until the words are almost being shouted.  There should be a rising state of intense excitement that explodes with the final declaration.

It is important to be thoroughly familiar with the incantation.  For this reason, it is not good magical practice to simply repeat, parrot-fashion, words that are written in a dead or unknown language.  It is necessary to know the language in order to give the correct pronunciation and the necessary inflections.  Incantations are done as a part of working magic, although not all magic calls for them.  Sometimes Witches use incantations in the magic they do. --
submitted by Aislin NiFaelen (taken from 'The Witch Book' by Raymond Buckland)



1/2 c. brown sugar * 1/4 tsp. salt * 2 qt. cider * 1 tsp. whole allspice * 1 tsp. whole cloves * 1 (3 inch) stick cinnamon

Combine first 3 ingredients in 3-quart saucepan. Tie spices in cloth bag; add to cider mixture. Bring to a boil; simmer for 20 minutes. Remove spice bag; serve hot.  -- submitted by Sara Devonshire


2/3 c. butter or shortening * 4 c. brown sugar * 1 c. crushed pumpkin, cooked * 4 eggs * 3 1/2 c. flour
1 c. apple juice * 1/2 tsp. nutmeg * 1 c. nuts, chopped (walnuts or pecans) * 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon * 1/2 tsp. baking powder * 2 tbsp. baking soda * 1 c. applesauce

Cream butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, beating all together real well. Stir in applesauce and pumpkin. Now sift the dry ingredients together and add with the apple juice. Now stir in nuts and pour into 2 greased bread loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven. -- submitted by Downy Feather


4 Medium Potatoes, cubes * 1 Onion, chopped * 1 Rib Celery, chopped * 1 Carrot, chopped * 1 c. Chopped fresh mushrooms * 2 c. Milk * 1 c. Water * 2 t. chicken bouillon * 4 oz. Shredded Swiss or Cheddar Cheese

Put first 4 ingredients in 3 qt. saucepan, cover with water and cook till tender. Season with garlic salt to taste. Blend 1/4 c. flour with 1/4 c. melted margarine. Add remainder of ingredients. Add to potato mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. -- submitted by Sarah McDonough



Pumpkin seeds (fresh) * 2 tbsp. melted butter

Scoop out the seeds from a pumpkin. Wash the seeds. Put on paper towel to dry. Grease cookie sheet with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Spread seeds on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt. Bake in 300 degree oven for 1 hour or until seeds are golden brown.. -- submitted by Sara Devonshire


8 slices Cubed bread, crust removed * 8 oz. Old English Cheese, cubes * 1 can Mushrooms, drained * 3/4 of a Green pepper * 8 oz. Sausage, cooked and drained * 8 Eggs * 1/2 c Margarine * 3/4 t. Dry mustard * 1 t. Salt * 1/2 t. Pepper * 2 c. Milk

Grease a 9"x13" pan. Layer bread, cheese, mushrooms, peppers and sausage. Melt margarine. Combine eggs, milk, melted margarine and seasonings in blender. Pour over layered mixture. Refrigerate overnight. Bake 350° for 30 minutes covered, 30 minutes uncovered (usually takes longer to bake).. -- submitted by Sarah McDonough


6c Flour * 9 tsp baking powder * 3 tsp baking soda * 1 1/2 tsp salt * 3 tsp cinnamon * 3 tsp vanilla * 3 c pumpkin (1 large can) 3 c sugar * 3 eggs * 1 1/2 c oil * 2 - 12 oz bags choc chips

Mix together sugar and eggs, add pumpkin and salt, mix well. Add cinnamon, vanilla and oil. Add dry ingredients (first three listed), mix well before adding chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees (approximately 13 mins depending on size) Grease cookie sheet. Makes approximately 6 dozen large cookies using well rounded tablespoon size -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier


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Job Finder

Contact Draven MacShire for: Harbor Master wanted. Top qualifications needed. Music Store Proprietor wanted. Loorking for Firemen on a volunteer basis. Donut Cafe, proprietor to open shop. Bounty Hunters, Chimney Sweeps. Glassmaker, shop already set up for one to take over. Cobbler store position available.

Contact Malcolm Douglas for: Dentist needed to set up office. Butcher to take over established shop. Another Bower needed. Light Tower Keeper to fill vacancy.

Thanks to the Job Finder the Librarian position was filled before it reached the paper by Abigail Frasier. Along with the Leather Shop Proprietor being transferred to Jaelysa. Congratulations on Ted Simons retirement. Anyone looking for a job not listed or offering their services/hiring please contact Draven MacShire.

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

Lost: Ornate key, brass engraved with the initials SB. If found please return to Sorcha Beirne.

Found:  A light blue scarf trimmed in gold. Contact Corina Turlough.

Thoughts for the Month

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. - William Shakespeare --submitted by Sara Devonshire

May the sun shine, all day long, everything go right, and nothing wrong. May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true! - Irish blessing --submitted by Sara Devonshire

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. -Albert Einstein -- submitted by Allan Cleary



Fall Colored and Scented Candles are specially priced for the season. Fill your home with invigorating scents to compliment the month's celebrations. Ask for Kathleen Frasier or Samantha Golden.

Autumn Arrangements Special: Carnations and mums complimented with colorful leaves, at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquets, anniversaries or any occasion.

Benzaiten Imports has masks from different lands throughout the world. Some are beautifully decorated with feathers and faux or real jewels.  All are hand painted.  There are wooden, porcelain, and paper ones, some suitable for children. Some are wonderfully horrific for the goblin in you. 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:  Winter  is knocking at the doors and it is time to bundle up soon.  Imported fabrics have been acquired for the balls and dances.  From a velvet gown to a wool tailored suit.  Any pre-made clothing for Winter will be on sale with half off the asked price.

The BookStop: Things are ready freeze up.  Stop on buy to get the Almanac pamphlets as well as any books that can give pointers winter sports and how to keep warm.  Time to plant any bulbs, books on when and how to.

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

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. Emergency service.

Certain Somethings Shop.  Special this month are woolen scarves, and cloaks.  We carry accessories needed to complete every outfit.  Shoes, gloves and purses can be made or dyed to match.  Hats of all types are coming in every day.  Our items are made by artisans from the Realms and we also carry imported items.

??? Question Corner ???

1. What is your most treasured memory?

2. Have you ever hated anyone? If so, why and for how long?

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

Monthly Horoscope

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) -- There appears to be a struggle brewing between the Cut Loose aspect of who you are, and the Play it Safe one. I should just tell you right now, Play it Safe doesn't stand a chance, and is going to unravel all the more thoroughly for any effort to have its way. Putting up pure resistance to that process will simply hurt. But we could look at a deeper perspective. Play it Safe is mainly seeking commitment, so it feels safe enough to take the risks that it needs to take. Cut Loose is not as rowdy as you might think; this part of you mainly wants an opportunity to create some semblance of a new reality for you, quite literally to create a space of life that facilitates enduring pleasure. Both parts are working toward the same end. I suggest that if you want to maintain your balance, let your imagination run overtime. Let yourself be as wild, inappropriate, daring and pleasure-seeking as you want, within your inner space. When opportunities to experiment in the physical world arise, and this appears likely, you'll see your chance. -- submitted by Sassy Golden  See Planet Waves for other months.


Where To Find It - Services Offered

Want to better your business?    Place a listing here!

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.
  - 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 - Gates Barrington, Sara Devonshire, 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.
Veterinarians - Donovan and Katherine McKnight.
Frasier Signs - Kyle Frasier, Heathfield Commons and Ballicastle.
Sugar and Spice Candy Shop- Cariann and Corina Turlough, Heathfield Commons.
Certain Somethings Shop - Sorcah Beirne, Heathfield Commons.
Leather Goods:  Jaelysa
Strawberries and Grains: Sagewood Farms run by Keefe Braidy
Dairy Products: NorthStar Dairy run by Allan Cleary

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.

**Halloween has hit sooner than we thought as the call of the banshees nearly had the death of me and Pearl. We were witnessing the straddling of a McAndrews there upon the Thistle floor and mouth to mouth reviving when the ghouls came out of nowhere. Had I not grabbed Pearl by her blouse, she would have been devoured and I'd have no tea nor gossip partner.

**There has been a lot of hanky panky going on from the shores of the lake to the floors of the tavern. Another rumble and tumble in the sand by none other than one of our favorite blue eyed sexy devils. We admit, there are a few. We tried to get closer but the bear in the woods came to make a deposit. No amount of curiosity would have us crossing that line, nor stench. We took what we had and ran.

**Making pottery has become the latest fad especially for one particular man. Is the Potter's wheel spinning overtime? Does he have a fetish for clay or just wants to get his hands on the red headed lass who is teaching him all the tricks? Who will teach the most? Here too the two were caught on a moonlit ride in a canoe. Pearl and I have purchased one of our own and soon a sign for giving rides. It must be the new approach for getting somewhere in romance.

**The blond, glowing blue eyed male has proclaimed remaining a bachelor after recent events but the Library has a new Librarian, maybe that will change his mind. Even we would not have left such a man high and dry but then most are not at our level of scruples. Pearl agrees. Le sigh, maybe we should become matchmakers and find the handsome lad one far better than he fumbled with.

**The head of the private eyes is still reported missing, one can wonder why he has not returned even if he was found to be the culprit of the mail order brides. Is he having his own interlude somewhere between here and Germany? Or just evasive measure to ensure any tempers have deflated in the distancing? Pearl and I are tempted to go on a search party for that hunk ourselves and make the offering too hard to refuse!

**Speaking of which we are still keeping tabs on those three mail order ladies. One has gotten at least a position under the man she was sent to marry. Will it become more living under the same roof or will that roof rise so high with the naturals inside it will blow off completely? So far they are camping out in the fields behind and what a view if one wants to get up real early to explore the nearby streams and lakes. They are very natural! Smelling salts a must if you're like my best friend Pearl.

**The rumors stay on the princess of Innis even if she and her ladies have not step foot upon our shores. We've seen the brother and his close friend on the run for it is said they wish a wedding bed. The Queen of Ballicastle should get wind of this and test her skills on two that have not been caught. The challenge as good as the glove being tossed down on her doorstep, will the King interfere? Perhaps there will be even more children to bear.

**We've been checking out the strawberry expert and may well have him over for some preserves and tarts. Word gets around his mother or grandmother (for that matter) likes to test her hand at matchmaking. Maybe we can recruit her to our cause as long as at least one is saved for me and one for Pearl when all is said and done. We've got the list of eligible bachelors, bribery is not beneath us.

**The teens are indeed still around as two were spotted heading north to the notorious tavern. It seems it attracts them for getting a certain kind of education or just as one would head for a circus, especially the side show attractions. Oh to be young again, me and Pearl sometimes reminisce of when we were young and which one would have our hearts doing flip flops. Then again some of them have very eligible fathers still running free. They're on our list too.

**The Thistle experience an Ice Storm the other night with the antics between this minx of a lass from allied lands and our very own mountain- man cattle rancher. The banter played out like a fine flute until she passed out in his arms. Potcheen soused. She was carried away to one of the rooms upstairs and we're not quite sure if this blue eyed devil returned.

**Rumor has it, and has both myself and Pearl sweating  in anticipation, that the jewelry lady is going to get a lineup of males for a handmaiden from an allied castle. The theme will be Little Boy Blue come blow your horn so that no limp limbs will be allowed. It is said the lass enthusiastically volunteered.


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.