Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Ashfort, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 10-08

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Haggis Hurl: A night of fun was held on September 8th in the spar hall field. Haggis hurling as teams were made up of those that could attend. It was the first of such events held within the lands. Graham Frasier was teamed up with the lovely Brigid MacKinlay staying within the lands from Kildare. The lady had a good arm in hurling the clumps of haggis and Graham running with his bucket in catching the most, having them take first place when all was done. A purse of 500 coins was awarded along with a Dalmation puppy from Eddie McAndrews' kennel. Rumor has it both planned to purchase a racing stallion. The second couple, Gabriel Vaughn and Maeve NiCasCorach gave a good challenge against the winning couple. They too were awarded prizes that included 300 coins as well as a bow to be crafted by Fearghus Frasier, arrows included. Last, but certainly not least was the team of Aiden Collins and Maureen McLoughan, with a well known disgust of haggis on Aiden's part, he did well in catching what he could. They were awarded 100 coins and a large woolen blanket from the McCormick mill. Others came to watch or at least socialize that night. It turned out a fun event that will be held again sometime in the future.  --submitted by Gabriel Vaughn

Canoe Race: Another night of fun was held on September 15th at the river that feeds the CrystalGoldLake, hosted by Logan and Michael Cunningham. Luckily the night was warm for those that ended up in the water. Towels, blanket available as well a lending hand by any of the royal guards along the river banks to help. Safety was foremost in mind. First up to test the waters was Athalia Doe, who for a near getting stuck on the rocks at the second leg of the journey ended up making it all the way down to the lake. None others who attempted runs afterwards made it that far, leaving her the winner of the event: a purse of 1000 coins along with a new canoe loaded with picnic equipment as well a plaque with her name as winner of the event. Michael Saxton along with his wife, Keriann, as a passenger, took second place, winning 500 coins plus a new canoe. Although the night seemed to hold an even bigger surprise for the couple as after Keriann christened the canoe as well her husband, turns out she is with child. Congratulations to them both! Gabriel Vaughn took third place even with the mishap of getting stuck on the rocks. He received 200 coins and a picnic basket. --submitted by Logan Cunningham

Barrett Memorial Zoological Gardens Grand Opening: The grand opening of the Barrett Zoological Gardens was held on a lovely early fall evening, on September 22nd . While there were many who wandered the path of the zoo grands, six brave souls took part in the Pig-Wrangling Contest:  Amory Randall Anhur al Azhar, our own Head Zookeeper, Calum Creighton, Gabriel Vaughn, Mikhail MacKay and one brave woman, Morgan Murray. Two young piglets, now named Mavis and Grunts, by popular vote, were the objects of the chase..  Each participant was allowed five tries.  The pigs were switched to allow them to rest.  There were many close calls but it wasn't until Morgan Murray caught Mavis that anyone actually managed to get their arms around the wiggly piglets.   The winners and prizes were as follows: First place, Morgan Murray, who won 200 QCC coins, and a choice of ring, necklace or bracelet, courtesy of Velvet MacShire; second place, Calum Creighton who courteously declined, giving Mikhail MacKay his place, 150 QCC coins and a new hat or belt, courtesy of Joseph McDonough;  third place,  Amory Randall, 100 QCC coins and choice of Good Luck statue from China,  courtesy of Alexander McDonough; fourth place,   Anhur al Azhar, choice of candle and holder, courtesy of Kathleen Frasier; and fifth place,  Gabriel Vaughn, choice of any book, courtesy of Carisa McCormick. All in all, everyone had a grand time and the Pig-Wrangling contest will be an annual event. Our thanks to those who took part, donated prizes and visited the zoo. --submitted by Kaylea MacKay

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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

Celery Seed - Celery stalks don't do much but add crunch to salads. But scientists have discovered a surprising number of healing benefits in celery seed. They may help relieve insomnia and high blood pressure and may even help some people manage diabetes and congestive heart failure. The ancient Greeks gave celery wine to winning athletes, and celery elixirs have been used in healing throughout history. India's traditional Ayurvedic physicians have prescribed celery seed since ancient times as a diuretic to treat water retention and as a treatment for colds, flus, indigestion, arthritis and diseases of the liver and spleen.

The medieval German abbess/herbalist Hildegard of Bingen wrote: "Whoever is plagued by (the arthritis of) gout should powder celery seeds because this is the best remedy." English herbalist John Gerard claimed celery "provoketh urine" as an aid to weight loss and expelled "phlegm out of the head." England's Nicholas Culpeper also recommended celery seed as a diuretic for 'dropsy' (congestive heart failure). Later herbalists suggested it for insomnia, obesity, nervousness and several cancers, as a menstruate promoter and to bring on abortion. It has even been recommended as an aphrodisiac. Oddly, America's botanical physicians, the Eclectics, ere not impressed. They considered celery a mere footnote under its close relative, parsley. If parsley were unavailable, the Eclectics grudgingly recommended celery as 'a nerve tonic' and for arthritis and chest congestion. Contemporary herbalists recommend celery as a diuretic, tranquilizer, sedative and menstruation promoter, and as a treatment for gout, arthritis, obesity, anxiety and lack of appetite.

Healing with Celery Seed, several of celery seed age-old uses in healing may be standing up to scientific examination.

Weight Loss: Celery seed contains a diuretic substance. This finding lends credence to its traditional use in treating obesity, because celery would tend to eliminate water weight. Keep in mind, however, that any water weight lost using diuretics invariably returns. The key to permanent weight control is a low-fat, high complex carbohydrate diet and regular aerobic exercise.
High Blood Pressure: Physicians prescribe diuretics for high blood pressure. In one study, celery oil injections significantly reduced high blood pressure in rabbits and dogs. Of course, people don't take their celery by syringe, so Chinese researchers gave the herb to 16 people suffering from high blood pressure. Fourteen showed significant reductions. If you want to use celery seed in your treatment plan, talk it over with your doctor.
Congestive Heart Failure: The fact that celery seed has been shown to contain a diuretic also supports its traditional use as a treatment for congestive heart failure, which involves serious fluid buildup. If you think you'd like to use celery seed for this purpose, discuss it with your doctor.
Anxiety and Insomnia: Celery seed oil contains chemicals (phthalides) that have sedative effects in animals to humans, but if you're anxious, nervous, or wakeful, try this herb and see if it works for you.
Diabetes: Several studies have indicated that celery seed reduces blood sugar (glucose) levels, an important part of managing diabetes. Diabetes requires professional treatment. If you'd like to use celery seed as part of your treatment plan, discuss it with your physician.
Women's Health: Celery seed stimulates uterine contractions in animals, lending support to its traditional uses in menstruation promotion and abortion. Animal results don't always apply to people but pregnant women should exercise caution and not use it. Celery stalks, however, are not harmful. Other women may try it to bring on their periods, but do not use celery seed to try to induce an abortion. Diuretics help relieve the bloated feeling caused by premenstrual fluid retention. Women bothered by premenstrual syndrome (PMS) might try some celery seed during the uncomfortable days right before their periods.
Intriguing Possibilities: Celery contains chemicals (psoralens), which have been used to treat psoriasis and more recently, one form of cancer, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. But further research is needed before this herb can be used to treat these diseases.
Safety Factor: Diuretics should be used in consultation with a physician. They can deplete body stores of potassium, an essential nutrient. Those who use diuretics should also eat foods high in potassium such as bananas and fresh vegetables to replace lost electrolytes. High blood pressure, congestive heart failure and diabetes are serious conditions. Celery seed may help manage them, but it should be used in consultation with your physician as part of an overall treatment plan. Pregnant women should not take diuretics without a physician's approval. Celery seed and oil are considered nontoxic and on the list of herbs generally regarded as safe. For otherwise nonpregnant, nonnursing adults who are not taking other diuretics, celery seed is considered safe in amounts typically recommended. Celery seed should be used in medicinal amounts only in consultation with your doctor.
-- Excerpts Taken from The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman

Community News

Greetings from the Barrett Memorial Zoological Gardens.  Before I delve into the main body of this article, I would like to take the opportunity to express my most profound and heartfelt thanks to my colleague, Miss Kaylea MacKay.  Miss MacKay served as the gracious hostess at the grand opening of these zoological gardens, and she hosted the celebratory opening special event, the First Annual Barrett Memorial Gardens Zoological Gardens Pig Wrangling Contest.  The contest was won by Heathfield's own crafty and capable Soap Lady, Miss Morgan Murray.  I've no doubt that Miss Murray availed herself of her own wares to wash away the mud that she'd accumulated over the five rounds of the contest.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit the gardens, please come by and visit us soon.  Not only is the talented Miss MacKay an exceptionally gracious hostess, she is responsible for the institution of the petting zoo attraction, and the extraordinary avian exhibits.  I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to those sponsors that donated the gifts and prizes awarded to the contestants; Lady Velvet MacShire, Lairds Joseph and Alexander McDonough, the Duchess Kathleen Frasier, and Lady Carisa McCormick.

Now, as to the main body of this article.  As was mentioned in previous articles published in this periodical, we are planning on exhibiting a griffon eventually.  There are still a few logistical considerations that need to be resolved as yet, but I am confident that these obstacles can be overcome.  A common mistake among those that have not seen a griffon is to confuse or mistake one for a hippogriff.  While the names of the creatures in question are a bit similar, the differences between the two are marked and distinct.  While both creatures are possessed of avian features about the cranial and facial structures, and wings, the griffin is possessed of a leonine torso rear limb structure, with forelimbs resembling those of an eagle.  The hippogriff presents a more equine torso and limbs, each limb culminating in an eagle-like set of talons.

Both species are capable predators.  Griffons tend to prey primarily upon horses and other creatures of the equine family, while hippogriffs are omnivorous, and seek a much wider variety of prey.  Both creatures are of roughly the same size, with the hippogriff being slightly larger and heavier.  Both creatures have a wingspan that may surpass 20 feet from tip to tip, though the wings of the hippogriff are slightly more colorful and ornate than those of the griffon.  It is interesting to note that both species are capable of being trained to bear riders, if properly handled.  I hope to make such training of the griffon to be on display at these zoological gardens part of the exhibit.

In closing, I would like to offer my thanks once again to everyone who took part in making the grand opening of the Barrett Memorial Zoological Gardens a memorable, enjoyable affair. --Head Zoo Keeper, Calum Creighton.

Falkirk Downs: The grand opening has been postponed due to extenuating circumstances. The tracks are ready and with new techniques, races can be held throughout the winter months, sans severe weather. Four stables have joined with registered race horses, they are: Barrett Royal Stables, owned by the Queen Honeee and overseen by Melantha Quinn. McDonough Stables, owned and operated by Rory McDonough and his wife Kia. Golden Dawn Stables, owned and operated by Diane Cleary and Wolfe Stables, owned and run by Kean Wolfe who is also housing race horses for Justin McDale. There are a few individuals as well who have registered racers.

I would like to take the moment to welcome Melantha back to the lands. In this I mean that her grandfather, Jaxon Quinn, use to be the Stable Master under the Queen's father, Andrew Barrett until his untimely death. Jaxon had set the thoroughbreds free into the wild so that the usurp Rath could not misuse them. Horses were a passion of Andrew's when alive. It had been uncertain what had happened to the Stable Master during those dark times but with the return of Melantha, we now know that part of history. Jaxon had fled with his family to keep them safe after setting the horses free. As the saying goes about coming full circle, the Quinn family has returned home. The equine descendants are the ones that Rory McDonough rounds up a few each year to be trained as individual mounts and  for breeding the hearty workhorses we now have.

It is hoped that the grand opening will commence in another week or at least within a month. --Proprietor, Patrick Frasier.

Births:  none this month. Marriages: Draven MacShire and Tara Shawnesey on September 4th. Engagements: None this month.   Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: Please welcome Melantha Quinn, Kean Wolfe and Maeve NiCasCorach.

by Athalia Doe Edan

Weather Lore:   Who better to tell which way the weather will go, than the Romani?   Clouds: 'Red sky at night, shepherds delight, red sky in the morning, shepherds take warning.   A mackerel sky predicts a fine day in the morrow, as long as the clouds are high and fine. A greenish tinge in the sky mean's rain is on the way. 'Rain before seven, fine by eleven'. The Moon:  If the sun shines through the cloud's and has a halo, then fine weather is expected, a halo around the moon means rain within three days. If the crescent moon appears to have her horns facing upwards, she is holding her water, the weather will be fine. A small high cold silver

moon means frost. Major changes in the weather normally occur at the moons quarter. Stars:  If stars are small and seem to blink, there will be wind the next day. If they are large and blink there will be wind and rain A thunderstorm at night, will freshen the air for twelve hours. Lightening at night without thunder, the next day will be humid. Mist and Fires: A low mist ensures a fine day. Mist high on the hills brings rain. If the smoke from a fire draws high and straight into the sky fine weather it will be. If smoke clings to the ground, rain is on the way When fire burns bright and steady in spring or autumn expect a frost. --from   Gypsy Superstitions and other Lore


October, the tenth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the second month of Autumn’s rule, derives its name from octo, the Latin word meaning “eight,” as October was the eighth month of the old Roman calendar. It is one of seven monts with the length of 31 days.  The traditional birthstone amulets of October are opal, rose sapphire, and tourmaline; and the calendula is the month’s traditional flower.  October is shared by the astrological signs of Libra the Scales (or Balance) and Scorpio the Scorpion, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Cernunnos, Hecate, the Morrigan, Osiris, and the Wiccan Goddess in Her dark aspect as the Crone.  During the month of October, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to Halloween (Samhain Eve), one of the four Grand Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world. In the old Japanese calendar the month is called Kan'na dzuki.

Oct. 31, the eve of All Saints' Day, observed with traditional games and customs. The word comes from medieval England's All Hallows' eve (Old Eng. hallow=saint). However, many of these customs predate Christianity, going back to Celtic practices associated with Nov. 1, which was Samhainsä'wĭn, the beginning of winter and the Celtic new year. Witches and other evil spirits were believed to roam the earth on this evening, playing tricks on human beings to mark the season of diminishing sunlight. Bonfires were lit, offerings were made of dainty foods and sweets, and people would disguise themselves as one of the roaming spirits, to avoid demonic persecution.

The Romans adopted the Celtic practices as their own. But in the first century AD, Samhain was assimilated into celebrations of some of the other Roman traditions that took place in October, such as their day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, which might explain the origin of the tradition of bobbing for apples on Halloween. The thrust of the practices also changed over time to become more ritualized. As belief in spirit possession waned, the practice of dressing up like hobgoblins, ghosts, and witches took on a more ceremonial role.

The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated not with the Irish Celts, but with a ninth-century European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul's passage to heaven.

The Jack-o-lantern custom probably comes from Irish folklore. As the tale is told, a man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of a cross in the tree's trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that, if he would never tempt him again, he would promise to let him down the tree."

"I will dance
The dance of dying days
And sleeping life.

I will dance
In cold, dead leaves
A bending, whirling human flame.

I will dance
As the Horned God rides
Across the skies.

I will dance
To the music of His hounds
Running, baying in chorus.

I will dance
With the ghosts of those
Gone before.

I will dance
Between the sleep of life
And the dream of death.

I will dance
On Samhain's dusky eye,
I will dance."  
-  Karen Bergquist, An Autumn Chant
--submitted by Mary Colleen McAndrews

With the Flaming Shades of Fall
by Dark Tranquility

"Colors burst in wild explosions
Fiery, flaming shades of fall
All in accord with my pounding heart
Behold the autumn-weaver
In bronze and yellow dying
Colors unfold into dreams
In hordes of a thousand and one
The bleeding
Unwearing their masks to the last notes of summer
Their flutes and horns in nightly swarming
Colors burst within
Spare me those unending fires
Bestowed upon the flaming shades of fall."
--submitted by Melantha Quinn


To One Hated
by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Had it been when I came to the valley where the paths parted asunder,
Chance had led my feet to the way of love, not hate,
I might have cherished you well, have been to you fond and faithful,
Great as my hatred is, so might my love have been great.

Each cold word of mine might have been a kiss impassioned,
Warm with the throb of my heart, thrilled with my pulse's leap,
And every glance of scorn, lashing, pursuing, and stinging,
As a look of tenderness would have been wondrous and deep.

Bitter our hatred is, old and strong and unchanging,
Twined with the fibres of life, blent with body and soul,
But as its bitterness, so might have been our love's sweetness
Had it not missed the way?strange missing and sad!?to its goal.


by John Greenleaf Whittier

"Once more the liberal year laughs out
O'er richer stores than gems or gold:
Once more with harvest song and shout
Is nature's boldest triumph told."
--submitted by Gabriel Vaughn

by Charlotte Bronte

"The gilding of the Indian summer mellowed the pastures
far and wide. 
The russet woods stood ripe to be stripped, but were ye
 full of leaf. 
The purple of heath-bloom, faded but not withered,
tinged the hills...  
Fieldhead gardens bore the seal of gentle decay; 
... its time of  
flowers and even of fruit was over."
--submitted by Keriann Saxton

by Van Morrison

"Well, it's a marvelous night for a Moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
'Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I'm trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the night's magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush."
--submitted by Kaylea MacKay


With the Flaming Shades of Fall
by Dark Tranquility

"Colors burst in wild explosions
Fiery, flaming shades of fall
All in accord with my pounding heart
Behold the autumn-weaver
In bronze and yellow dying
Colors unfold into dreams
In hordes of a thousand and one
The bleeding
Unwearing their masks to the last notes of summer
Their flutes and horns in nightly swarming
Colors burst within
Spare me those unending fires
Bestowed upon the flaming shades of fall."
--submitted by Brigid MacKinlay


Did You Know?

Spirit Lines: What are known as landscape lines exist in a variety of forms around the world. They include not only ley lines - tracts that follow alignments of ancient sacred sites, but also rows of standing stones, such as the Merrivale stones in England, and a number of huge designs carved onto the landscape, such a the Nazca desert lines in Peru. Concerning such remarkable creations, one question is almost always asked: Why did diverse peoples in many different places spend so much time and energy making lines in the landscape? Researchers have been asking this question for a long time when the discoverer of the massive and ancient English landscape feature known as the Stonehenge  cursus, antiquarian  William Stukeley, first theorized that a cursus was a Roman racetrack. Many less mundane theories for the landscape lines have been put forward since that time.

Straight Line Theories: In this century, Alfred Watkin's theory that the mysterious landscape lines in Britian are leys, old straight line tracks made by the prehistoric Celtic peoples, has been perhaps the most durable of the popular theories. The idea has since been taken up by other earth mysteries enthusiasts who have embellished it with their own pet theories. Some researchers claim that leys are lines of energy. Others believe that the alleged energy can be tapped by extraterrestrial spacecraft, which use the lines to refuel before returning to their home planet. Scholars reject such absurd theories. They prefer to rely on evidence from the past to try to determine the function of any lines on the landscape. Archeology, anthropology, and astronomy are just some of the disciplines that have provided evidence of the ways these straight lines may have been used by the people who created them. One theory that has recently gained considerable support among researchers is that the mysterious lines that crossed the ancient landscape were what might be called spirit lines - straight lines along which spirits were believed to travel. The theory has been developed by British earth mysteries researcher Paul Devereux. Evidence that Devereux has culled from archeological and anthropological sources suggests that this ancient linking of spirits and lines may be a part of shamanic tradition. Shamans were magicians, the only members of the tribe who were able to intercede with the spirit world in order to gain special knowledge and powers. To do this, the shaman, who was usually male, would go into a trance, during which his 'spirit body' would become separated from his physical body. These journeys of the disembodied spirit were known as magical flights. It is now thought by some researchers that the ancients transposed this concept of magical flight onto the landscape in the form of straight lines of various kinds. Flight is, of course, the straightest way over the land - hence the popular saying 'straight as an arrow'. Arrows themselves were common symbols of shamanic flight. The landscape lines, whether on the Nazca pampas of the British countryside, may have been guides for shamanic flight. Yet the peoples who made these lines died out centuries ago and left no written record, so it is not possible to know for certain what they intended the lines to represent.

Spirit Paths: The belief that spirits traveled in straight lines was widespread in northern Europe. Folklore and superstition provide many examples of this belief. The Celts believed that fairy paths ran in straight lines from one prehistoric hill to another. It was therefore considered bad luck to build one's house on a fairy path because to do so would curtail the travels of fairies and sprites. In his book, The Middle Kingdom, Dermot MacManus recounted the story of how on Irishman began to experience poltergeist-like disturbances at one end of the new house he had built. A local wise woman told him that a corner of his house was blocking a fairy path and that the only cure was to remove the offending corner. When the man heeded her advice, the strange disturbances at his house reportedly ceased. In Russia fishermen once ran around stone labyrinths on the shoreline of the Baltic sea. The idea was to prevent any trolls (whose mischief might bring foul weather) from following them on board their boats, by trapping them in the turns and twists of the maze. Similar stone labyrinths can still be seen on the shores of Scandinavia. Indonesian temples have low walls inside their gates to block the paths of spirits wishing to enter. Peoples as various as Celts of Britain, the Aborigines of Australia, the Plains Indians of North America and the Kogi Indians of South America, believed that straight lines, whether in the form of a landscape line, roads, or even stretched threads, facilitated the movement of spirits. Other peoples thought that spirit movement could be impeded by twisting the lines or blocking their paths.

Keeping the Lines Open: But building straight lines along which the spirits could travel or removing any obstacles that stood in their way was not always believed to be sufficient to aid the spirits in their flight. Sometimes the lines themselves were actually swept to keep them clear. Northern European lore describes a special 'spirit flail' made from branches tied with willow bark. This device was used to sweep unwanted spirits from old pathways. The Andean Indians of South America ritually swept a line or strip of ground. This was considered to be a symbolic way of creating sacred space. Some researchers believe that the spectacular Indian lines, such as the pampa lines of Nazca, Peru, may have been swept for similar reasons in ancient times. -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from the book Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


Baked Pumpkin

1 sm. pumpkin * 2 tbsp. apple cider * 2 tbsp. honey * 2 tbsp. melted butter

Wash pumpkin well and place on a pie pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin 3 to 4 inch diameters. Scoop out pulp and seeds. Mix together the honey, cider and melted butter. Baste the mixture over the flesh of the pumpkin. Replace top, return to oven and bake 30 to 40 minutes more, basting occasionally. Cut into wedges and serve with leftover basting mixture. --submitted by Athalia Edan


Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

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 Esmeralda Frasier


Pistachio Cake

1 pkg white cake mix * 2 pkg pistachio instant pudding * 4 eggs * 1/2c oil * 1c club soda * 1/2-1c chopped nuts * sm jar machino cherries cut up

Beat above mixture slowly for 2 minutes then on high speed for 4 minutes. Add chopped nuts and cut up cherries. Turn into a greased tube bunt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until done. Turn over onto plate and sprinkle top with sifted confectioners sugar. -- submitted by Brigid MacKinlay

Pumpkin Bread

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree * 4 eggs * 1 cup vegetable oil * 2/3 cup water * 3 cups white sugar * 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour * 2 teaspoons baking soda * 1 1/2 teaspoons salt * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon * 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg * 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves * 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
--submitted by Sarah McDonough


Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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


Killer Cranberry Sauce

1-1/2 C sugar * 1 navel orange * 1/2 t grated ginger * 4 C cranberries * 1/2 C (2 oz.) toasted pecans

Grate the orange peel and add to a pot with the sugar and ginger. Add the juice from the orange into the pot and simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and cook until they pop - about 5 minutes. Add pecans and cool sauce. -- submitted by Morgan Murray

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Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

In January, September and November the greater benefic Jupiter forms a helpful angle to Saturn. You will now have the chance to stabilize your home situation and may actually buy a residence with the intention of staying there for a very long time. Your home base will become of paramount importance to you during these months. There may also be some rewards come to you from past good deeds involving your family and early upbringing.

In March, May and November Jupiter makes a helpful link to Uranus. This is likely to incline you to want to completely change your lifestyle, which may mean a total change of location for your home base. You need more excitement in your life and will feel the urge to satisfy this in one way or another. You can also find yourself in the right place at the right time so have a little flutter at the races.

In November Saturn opposes Uranus and this will require all your patience and tolerance to handle. There may be some onerous duties that you have to endure which involve an elderly person or someone who is ill or confined in some way. Your health may suffer somewhat due to the heavy demands that are placed on you, or that you take on out of a strong sense of duty or obligation. You will need to rest some of the time as otherwise your health will suffer.

During the next twelve months, the ‘greater benefic’ Jupiter will occupy your sector of home and family matters and your early upbringing and will go into retrograde (backwards) phase for five months between May and early September. This is a wonderful time to move house as you will tend to choose somewhere that is very spacious and gives you a feeling of freedom of movement. You may feel as though you want to live there forever, so choose wisely. Your home and family will become a source of pleasure and happiness.

Libra, the taskmaster of the zodiac will continue to occupy your sector of secrets, behind the scenes people and places such as hospitals or retreats up until November of next year. Saturn however, will be in retrograde motion (backwards) between January and April. There may be a need to get some medical or hospital care during this time that is prolonged and brings various restrictions into your life. There may be back problems develop that inhibit your freedom of movement. During the retrograde phase it may seem that issues or people connected to your distant past are getting in the way of your future plans. During the direct phase (between May and the end of the year) you may have to take some responsibility for your previous actions that will eventually liberate you from what went before.

Uranus, the planet of change, will continue to occupy your sector of health, work and your daily routines during which time he will be in retrograde phase between late June and late November. You can safely believe that this area of your life will not remain static while this planet is in this sector. Your health may be unpredictable and you have to deal with matters at a moments notice. Changes can occur spontaneously and with no warning. You may decide to work in a totally different area than you are used to. Fields such as electronics, aviation, modern technology, inventions and astrology are some of the areas that may take your interest now. During the retrograde phase you could alter your whole daily routine and upset those you work with and have to deal with every day. During the direct phase (January to June and again late November to June of next year) the excitement that is generated from your decision to do precisely what you want will be worth it.

Neptune the planet of mystery, will continue to occupy your sector of romance, children, creativity, speculation and the pleasures of life, though will go into retrograde (backwards) phase between late May and up to the end of October. This can be a time of high productivity if you are at all creative and can put your imagination to good use. Your romantic notions though may become very sentimental and dreamy and you could have some wonderful experiences with your lover that make you feel you have met your soul mate. During the retrograde phase there may be some questionable times that confuse what you thought was a very real and deep felt emotion for the object of your desire. During the direct phase (January to May and November to December) the enlightenment you receive will serve you well in the decisions and commitments you make to your beloved.

Pluto, the transformer of the zodiac, will now occupy your sector of home and family matters and your early upbringing (with the exception of a retrograde phase back into your sector of of communications, siblings, neighbors and short distance travel between mid June and late November). Often there is a significant event occur in relation to your family and your home environment that literally transforms this area of your life during this long range transit that will continue up to the end of the year. During the retrograde phase it may be necessary to confront some issues connected to your early upbringing to see how they have influenced your life up until now. During the direct phase (January to March and again from September to the end of the year) your ability to see beneath the surface of people and situations will help clear the decks for you to create a more simplified future.
-- submitted by Samantha Golden:

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. Various positions for the Zoo.

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


Thoughts for the Month

Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." -   Elizabeth Lawrence

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. -- Crowfoot (Blackfoot warrior and orator)
-- submitted by Sara Devonshire


How do ghosts begin to write their letters?
Tomb it may concern... 

Why are black cats such good singers?
They're very mewsical.

How can you tell when windows are scared?
They get shudders.

What do you call serious rocks? 
Grave stones.
-- submitted by Lei McAndrews


Autumn Scented and Hued Candles -  Brown in apple cinnamon, dark red in bayberry are specially priced for the autumn. 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: Masks for adults and children. . Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk.  Located in the warehouse district. Owners:  Alexander McDonough and Garath MacShire.

The BookStop -  All horror and Halloween books  - 25%  off.  Special discounts for students. Marisa and Carisa McCormick.

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

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

Certain Somethings Shop - Special this month:  Wool scarves, hats, and 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 and balms for allergies and rashes.   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 various Halloween treats. Haypenny candy available. Corina and Cairenn Turlough.

Leather Shop -  Closed until further notice.  New shop will be opening in Kildare.

Deli Delights - Bring your sweetheart in for a slice of pumpkin 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 -- all sheet music.  Special prices on used instruments for students. See Lorelei Barre.

Blue Marlin Inn and Tavern - is running a special on land and sea 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 - For the month of October, we are running a special on protective and purifying scents.  During this time when the veil is thinnest, help protect yourself from stray ghosts and goblins with a blend of white sage and rosemary.    One bar: 5 qc      Two bars: 9 qc. Also on sale - any blend including cinnamon, clove or pumpkin scents. One bar: 5 qc     Two bars: 8 qc.  Morgan Murray proprietor.

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

The Glass Shop: 25% off orders placed during the month of October. Holiday orders welcome. Specialty items can be made upon request as well. Isolde Fitzpatrick proprietor.

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

Lost: Gold pendant of Ra, lost the night of the pig wrangling. Contact Anhur al-Azhar if found.

??? Question Corner ???

1. Is it easy for you to accept help when you need it? Will you ask for help?

2. If you were helping to raise money for a charity and someone agreed to make a large contribution if you would perform at the upcoming fund raising show, would you? If so, what would you like to perform? Assume the show would have an audience of about 1,000.

---- reply to last month's question:

1. Would you rather die peacefully among friends at age 50, or painfully and alone at the age 80? Assume that most of the last 30 years would be good ones.

That is a hard question to choose from and lends me to want another option! It assumes that we can choose our death which is rarely the case. What is important is how your live your life and how it positively affects others. With that in mind I would in this instance choose to die painfully and alone at the age of 80. Death is a personal experience done alone even if many are around you. Pain, is well worth the cost if I can gave thirty more years beneficial to myself and others as granted in this question. --submitted by Gabriel Vaughn.


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

Where To Find It - Services Offered

Want to better your business?    Place a listing here!

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

Leather, Beef, Horses - Maurice, Joseph and Rory McDonough, McDonough Ranch Heathfield.
Wool, Yarn & Cloth - McCormick Sheep Ranch, Heathfield.
Cider, Flour, Grains, Apples, Milk, Eggs, Vegetables - Draven MacShire, Ravanna of Heathfield.
Potcheen - Sean DeBurgh, Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire of Heathfield.
Baked Goods - Teri's Sweets Shoppe, Ballicastle.
Shipping, Trips by Sea - Rhett Shawnesey, Dunshire, or Bovee Shipping, Heathfield.
Kennels  - Meadowland Kennels, Patrick and Edward McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Pottery  - Devon DeWinter, Heathfield.
Shipwrights  - Collin McAndrews and Thomas Douglas, Heathfield Port.
Exotic Imports - Xandar McDonough and Garath MacShire, Heathfield Port.
Linen and Lingerie - Marcy McGuire, Heathfield Commons.
Candles and Crystals - Kathleen Cleary Frasier and Samantha Golden, Heathfield Commons.
Tea House - Iwakura Sachiko, Heathfield Commons.
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 - Alyse MacKenna, 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
Mystic Tattoos: Seanan O'Caiside, Deirdre Callihan - tattoo artists, 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.

**While trying to get a peep at the goings-on at Crystal Gold Lake, our Matty slipped and fell into the lake and has taken to her bed for feeling poorly, so I'll do me best to take her place.

**We been seeing the reappearance of some of our teens.  The quiet lass who has gone through several names now was seen riding off with two brothers.  We couldn't catch up but saw them returning at dusk.  Wonder what sights they saw.

**The fiery tempered Frasier has been out and about, mostly at the tracks.  Two lovely stable owners were talking to him and while we couldn't get close enough to hear we can just imagine what the talks were about.  Horses and studding.  Makes one fan themselves just to think about it.

**The Celtic Gardens has been nearly as popular as the Lake.  We heard voices one evening and me and Matty had a peek.  We saw one of Heathfield's formerly most eligible bachelors tying the knot.  That means another man taken off the market, though his son is still available! Wonder if he likes older women?

**We hear tell that a mystery man will be moving into the harbor area.   Since Matty is sick, I'll be sneaking down to where the new building is going up and trying to learn what I can. A few new men as he comes with partners. I wouldn't mind a partnership. Hubba hubba.. howwwwl.  I'll keep you all posted!

**Among the going ons at the lake is the sudden appearance of a boat.  It's a mystery how it got there but it might have something to do with the vardo where there's been some activity.  It's another mystery to be solved!

**Tallest of the dark and handsome has been seen showing some newcomers about.  One is a man who is blonde with a mustache.  Matty has a thing about men with mustaches.  Maybe I can introduce them.  The thought might make her feel better! Matty's coughing in the other room but managing to get out, set me up!

**That tallest Laird was seen going into the music shop with his daughter.  Makes me wonder if there's some beautiful music going on in there, besides the playing of violins!

**The leader of the rangers has been around again. He moves too fast to follow but we know he's been talking to the lass with the wolves.  Maybe there's been some howling at the moon? Testing out her skills. That just threw Matty into another coughing fit!

**The grand opening of the zoo set our hearts to a flutter when we saw the shirtless men.  Didn't matter that they were covered with mud.  Such a sight near to set us both to swooning.  When the blue-eyed Egyptian man stripped down to near nothing, I thought Matty's eyes were going to pop out. Probably land and stick to the mud on his chest.

**I saw the lady warrior and one of the knights leaving Sibios and heading for those popular Gardens.  I couldn't follow because those twinkling lights kept confusing me, but it seems they've been avoiding one another.  Make me wonder what happened in there!

**The brother of the Bounty hunters has been away for a while but he's back and likely to send a few lasses hearts' to beating faster.  He's already been seen talking to that other warrior lass as well some other pretty lasses in the tavern, though she was also seen chasing the man who wanders about looking for something.   We haven't figured out what that is yet, but we'll keep trying. We tried following him one night but it was like Alice in wonderland following the white rabbit. We gave up when we near fell down a hole.

**Where oh where have the King's Men gone?  Sightings have been rare of late and not even the one who has the love of food in common with Matty has been seen.  It seems we have another mystery on our hands. Maybe it has to do with the change of seasons and a mystery for Hallow's Eve!

**The treehouse being built has been the scene of plenty of activity and that's how Matty fell into the lake.  We were trying to get close so we could have a peek.  Maybe when it's finish, and Matty's feeling better, we can get a tour.  Might take two of the winged men to get her up there though.


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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