Covering Heathfield, Ballicastle, Tyremoor, Innis Daingneach, Kildare, Hedgebrier, surrounding areas and Allies.     Issue 12-06
((--Disclaimer: any pictures used of actors/actresses is only for how that fictional character may look, no claims made.--))

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The King and Queen of Heathfield,  Karl and Honeee von Rundstedt, are pleased to announce the engagement of the Crown Prince, Andrew James Barrett MacNeil to Lady Noirin Morgane.  On a day where summer met fall, before the witness of the Sylvan Elves, he asked her to become his wife. He gave her the ring of his grandmother as a symbol of their pledge and it was sealed by their drinking of Elven wine.  A winter wedding is planned following the holidays. The time has come at last where the Prince will find happiness in partnership with another. His mother, the Queen, had worried on her son that he might not ever find that which she has in Karl. "Noir, is one that can love my Andrew the way he should be loved," she reported saying when asked how she felt about the woman to become her daughter-in-law. A woman that would be destined to be Queen of Heathfield one day by his side. Queen to the Sylvan Elves upon their vows. -submitted by the Velvet MacShire.

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Heathfield Canoe Race:
A Canoe Race was held in Heathfield on November 6th.   The water was colder and the rapids a bit tougher.  Many a racer was dunked before they reached the finish line but there were plenty of blankets, potcheen and hot cider to warm them up.  Tarro the Minotaur from Devonshires was on hand to help pull folks to safety and had a grand time doing so.   Heathfield's own Allan Cleary, together with his passenger, Devon Winters, made it to the finish line and received the grand prize.  Other winners were as follows: Rennie Savage took second place leaving Tarro, Madeline Foakes and Dani tied for third. Third prize will be tripled to accommodate.  A grand time was had by all.  Our thanks to Edward McAndrews and Michael Cunningham for running the event.
--submitted by Sara Devonshire

Devonshire Turkey Shoot:
Knights of Heathfield Lancely Caster and Aiden Collins and new arrival Cassie Saxton attended this competition in Devonshire. The first surprise of the evening was to find that, rather than the usual bird arrows used to hunt turkeys, the archers were given a quiver of three sponge-tipped bolts soaked in paint. Many laughed and queried Queen Victoria for her choice; wisely, she’d chosen this route so the winners did not have to carry with them large bird carcasses. Each representing our kingdom walked away with a turkey a piece, and the grand prize of a full flock of turkeys was awarded to Lady Tessa Kirstad of Solurius for her excellent archery skills! According to witnesses, a full paint battle broke out among some of the contestants that had forgotten completely about going after turkeys with the paint and not other people; however, none were injured and all joined in an outbreak of laughter.
--submitted by Cassie Saxton

Salaria Harvest Ball:
The gracious hosts of the magnificent, fairy-tale ball gifted each guest with a present of their own as a token of thanks. Each lady received a hand-blown perfume bottle imported from Egypt especially for the event, and each gentleman was given a silver-and-gold chess set, placed upon a board of glass, also specifically commissioned. Every flat surface was blanketed with colorful leaves of reds and golds, and every so often, a silver that would be the prize of the evening. Congratulations to Lord Tien for being the winner of the Silver Leaf Contest, and our own Kezia "Kizzie" Cohen for being a runner up for her amount of exuberance in her search. She was awarded a pure silver stein in the shape of a cornucopia in celebration of the Harvest. The grand event was, of course, ballroom dancing, and again, congratulations to Ambassador Master Thane de Chiel and Dame Rennie Savage for an absolutely perfect waltz. Representing Heathfield were, of course, Kizzie Cohen along with Crowned Prince Andrew MacNeils, his fiance Lady Noir Morgane, Devon Winters, and Cassie Saxton.
--submitted by Cassie Saxton

Solurius Hay Ride and Turkey Shoot:
There was a hay ride held on November  12th in the Moors.  Seamus and Joseph McAndrews attended, along with Cassie Saxton, Kizzie Cohen, Devon and Matthias Winters.  Seamus entertained with the King and Queen with a song in honor of their anniversary.  At the end of the ride there was food and drinks to share and then the ride back to the stables.  It was a relaxing and enjoyable way to say farewell to Autumn.  There was a return to Solarius on the 20th for another Turkey Shoot. The archers stalked wild turkeys and dealt with grouchy skunks, and other creatures as well as trying to shoot one of the elusive birds.  Wild Turkeys are much smarter than those raised on farms.  Those attending from Heathfield were Isolde Fitzpatrick, Kizzie Cohen, Lazare Carno, Lancely Caster,  and Aiden Collins.   In spite of a few sprayings, everyone had a wonderful time and even bagged a few turkeys. 
--submitted by Sara Devonshire

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Healer's Touch
by Samantha Golden

ALLSPICE - Allspice berries contain an oil that is the source of all its healing powers. Digestive Aid: Allspice oil is rich in the chemical eugenol, also found in clove and several other healing herbs. Eugenol may promote activity of digestive enzymes. Pain Reliever: Eugenol has also been found to be an effective pain reliever, lending credence to the Guatemalan practice of applying the crushed berries to painful muscles and joints. Anesthetic:  Dentists use eugenol as a local anesthetic for teeth and gums, and the chemical is an ingredient in the over the counter toothache remedies. It can be applied directly to painful teeth and gums as first aid until professional care can be obtained.

When using powdered allspice as a spice, season food to taste. For toothache, apply the oil directly to the tooth or gum, one drop at a time using a cotton swab. Take care not to swallow it. As a digestive aid, prepare an infusion using 1 to 2 teaspoons of all spice powder per cup of boiling water. Steep 10 to 20 minutes and strain. Drink up to 3 cups a day. You'll find that allspice has a warm, pleasant harmony of flavors: cinnamon, pepper, juniper and cloves. Medicinal doses should not be given to children under age 2. For older children and people over 65, start with low-strength preparations and increase strength if necessary

Safety Factor: Powdered allspice adds a warm rich flavor to foods but its highly concentrated oil should never be swallowed. As little as 1 teaspoon can cause nausea, vomiting and even convulsions. Although allspice oil is effective when applied externally, this may not always be a good idea. In people with sensitive skin, particularly those with eczema, the oil may cause inflammation. Allspice should be taken in medicinal amounts only in consultation with your doctor. For healthy non-pregnant, non-nursing adults, allspice is considered safe in amounts typically recommended.

Native to Central America and the Caribbean and now cultivated in South America, the 40 foot allspice tree has large, leathery, oblong leaves and produces clusters of 1/2 inch berries in July and August. --Taken from The Healing Herbs by Michael Castleman

Life Around Here

It was a busy month of November, bringing the first snow fall for Heathfield, blanketing the area with a light coating of fluffy snow, and glistening the trees. Several citizens went around hanging pine boughs and other decorations in preparation for the Christmas holiday. Donations of decorations, including popcorn strings, paper decorations, ornaments, centerpieces, wreathes, and all other kinds, are being taken at the Thistle to continue sprucing up the Thistle and rest of the castleship for the holidays.

Also occurring this month, following the Turkey shoot, was an Orphan's Feast, held at the Thistle, and hosted by Cassie Saxton, displaying a wide arrangement of foods, including several that were new to many, made by Kizzie Cohen. There was a good time had by all, and enough leftovers for everyone to take some home as well as some given to the orphanage. Thanksgiving was celebrated as well this month, a time of acknowledging the blessings we have been given, a good harvest, a time to be with family and friends, and hoping the blessings continue into the next year.

A thank you of sorts needs to go out to two of our local knights, Sir Lancely Caster, and Sir Aiden Collins, for the Mistletoe decorations around the Thistle and Heathfield. Using their inventive decorating talents brought out a visit from three Wee Men whose intent it seems was to obtain a bride, or at least several kisses. Miss Cassie Saxton, and Miss Kizze Cohen were gracious enough to entertain them during their brief stay, and we thank both ladies immensely for their participation

It was also a time of growth for the kingdom as several new faces were granted citizenship. Cassie Saxton, her sister Jessamine Saxton, and Kezia "Kizzie" Cohen were granted the honor, taking up residence in a cottage on Oak Street. Isolde Fitzpatrick, a glassweaver new to the area, was granted citizenship as well, and took over the glassworks shop on Apple Street. Jaelysa has also opened the Leather shop, located also on Apple Street. Also, a new face to the area, Devon's brother, Matthias Winters, has returned home from several years away at sea. He is currently staying with his sister. --submitted by Devon Winters and Isolde Kilpatrick

Births: None this month. Marriages: None this month.. Engagements: Andrew MacNeil to Noir Morgane. Deaths: None this Month. Citizenship: Please welcome Matthias Winters, Isolde Fitzpatrick, Kizzie Cohen, Cassie and Jessamine Saxton.

Look for Dear Kizzie in next month's issue. Send in questions you need some advice on to Kizzie Cohen

Christmas Superstitions
by Athalia Doe Edan

Contrary to popular belief, wassailing has nothing to do with singing Christmas carols at people's houses and then getting drunk with them. Wassailing is the custom of honoring one's livestock and crops during the Christmas season in hope that this salute will increase yield in the coming year. Toasts are drunk to corn, cows, and fruit trees. Celebratory fires are lit in fields and cider drunk in barns and orchards while men shoot guns into the air to scare off evil spirits. A plum pudding might well be stuck on a cow's horn and the beast frightened into running until it tosses the pudding -- if the pudding falls forward, a good harvest is predicted, but if it falls backwards, the harvest will be poor.

Stockings are hung by the chimney at Christmas, in remembrance of the largesse of St. Nicholas. Out of compassion he was said to have tossed three coins down the chimney of the home of three poor sisters. Each coin fell neatly into stockings left drying by the hearth. We therefore leave our stocking out in hopes that a similar bit of good fortune will befall us.

When making Christmas pudding, drop into a silver coin, a thimble, and a ring. He who is served the coin finds luck, he who retrieves the thimble brings himself prosperity, and he who comes up with the ring hastens a wedding in his family.


Tree Folk -- Although all trees are magical and many are sacred to faeries, only a few trees are sentient. These are treemen and treewomen. Treefolk can take on a humanoid shape and move a short distance from their tree, or, in extreme cases, uproot the entire tree and use the roots as a shuffling form of locomotion. In their humanoid form, treefolk are often described as resembling their tree, so that an apple treewoman might have green hair and brownish skin while an elder treeman might have eyes as purply black as berries. Obvious expression on the tree, composed of knotholes and strange permutations of the bark, is a sign that the tree may contain a spirit. Also check around prominent trees for roots that are above ground. Lastly look for loose dirt and overturned moss. Treefolk are likely to grow at the center of a faerie ring, to be a lone tree on a hillside or the oldest tree in a grove, to grow beside a welling spring or to be one of two intertwined trees. 

Treefolk will die if they are cut down, although some linger on as spirits to haunt those that caused their demise. Oak, ash, single thorn and female holly treefolk are thought to be protective. Oak trees are particularly sacred to faeries and have the greatest likelihood of sentience. Of the protective treefolk, the most powerful is the mountain ash, also known as rowan. It may be considered so protective because of its red berries which the female holly shares. The holly treeman, by contrast is considered malevolent as well the hawthorn treefolk. Hazel are wise and can impart their wisdom to those that eat their nuts. Apple give power and youth to those that eat their fruit. Sleeping under an apple tree is dangerous as one risks being carried away by faeries.   -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier - from Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Everyone should have one!


Mistletoe - Why do we smooch under a parasite poisonous plant every Yule?

Although many sources say that kissing under the mistletoe is a purely English custom, there's another, more charming explanation for its origin that extends back into Norse mythology. It's the story of a loving, overprotective mother. The Norse god Balder was the best loved of all the gods. His mother was Frigga, goddess of love and beauty. She loved her son so much that she wanted to make sure no harm would come to him. So she went through the world, securing promises from everything that sprang from the four elements--fire, water, air, and earth--that they would not harm her beloved Balder. Leave it to Loki, a sly, evil spirit, to find the loophole. The loophole was mistletoe. He made an arrow from its wood. To make the prank even nastier, he took the arrow to Hoder, Balder's brother, who was blind. Guiding Holder's hand, Loki directed the arrow at Balder's heart, and he fell dead. In the version of the story with a happy ending, Balder is restored to life though Frigga’s tears, and Frigga is so grateful that she reverses the reputation of the offending plant--making it a symbol of love and promising to bestow a kiss upon anyone who passes under it.  -submitted by Kizzie Cohen (( By David Beaulieu, Ancient Origins: Yule))

Yule Lore
(December 21st)

Yule, (pronounced EWE-elle) is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider.

Children were escorted from house to house with gifts of clove spiked apples and oranges which were laid in baskets of evergreen boughs and wheat stalks dusted with flour. The apples and oranges represented the sun, the boughs were symbolic of immortality, the wheat stalks portrayed the harvest, and the flour was accomplishment of triumph, light, and life. Holly, mistletoe, and ivy not only decorated the outside, but also the inside of homes. It was to extend invitation to Nature Sprites to come and join the celebration. A sprig of Holly was kept near the door all year long as a constant invitation for good fortune to pay visit to the residents.

The ceremonial Yule log was the highlight of the festival. In accordance to tradition, the log must either have been harvested from the householder's land, or given as a gift… it must never have been bought. Once dragged into the house and placed in the fireplace it was decorated in seasonal greenery, doused with cider or ale, and dusted with flour before set ablaze be a piece of last years log, (held onto for just this purpose). The log would burn throughout the night, then smolder for 12 days after before being ceremonially put out. Ash is the traditional wood of the Yule log. It is the sacred world tree of the Teutons, known as Yggdrasil. An herb of the Sun, Ash brings light into the hearth at the Solstice. -submitted by Mary McAndrews

Hanukkah History

About 2200 years ago, Greek kings, who reigned from  Damascus , ruled over the land of Judea and the Jews living there. One Greco-Syrian King, Antiochus Epiphanes, forbade the Jewish people from praying to their God, practicing their customs, and studying their Torah. Antiochus forced the Jews to worship the Greek gods. It is said that he placed an idol of the Greek God Zeus on the alter in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. In response to this persecution, Judah Maccabee and his four brothers organized a group of resistance fighters known as the Maccabees. They fought against paganism and oppression. The tenacity of the rebels, which came from their steadfast faith in one God, is one reason this military victory has been so celebrated by Jews in future generations. In one battle near Beit Horon, Judah 's small army is intimidated by the size of the enemy army and Judah tells them to have faith that God is on their side:

But when they saw the army coming to meet them, they said unto Judah : 'What? shall we be able, being a small company, to fight against so great and strong a multitude? ...' And Judah said: 'It is an easy thing for many to be shut up in the hands of a few, and there is no difference in the sight of Heaven to save by many or by few; for victory in battle standeth not in the multitude of an host, but strength is from Heaven. They come unto us in fullness of insolence and lawlessness, to destroy us and our wives and our children, for to spoil us; but we fight for our lives and our laws. And He Himself will discomfort them before our face; but as for you, be yet not afraid of them." (The First Book of Maccabees)

Against great odds, after three years of fighting, the Maccabees succeeded to drive the Greco-Syrians out of Judea . Hanukkah proclaims the message of the prophet Zachariah: "Not by might, not by power, but by My spirit." The Maccabees reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem . They cleaned the Temple , removing the Greek symbols and statues. When Judah and his followers finished cleaning the temple, they rededicated it. On the 25th day of the month of Kislev in 164 BCE, the Temple was purified and rededicated. According to tradition, when the Maccabees entered the Holy Temple , they discovered that the Greco-Syrians had defiled the oil which was used to Temple 's menorah. Only one vat of purified oil remained - enough for only one day. It would take the Jews a week to process more purified oil. Then a miracle occurred. The Maccabees lit the menorah and it burned for not one, but eight days, by which time the new, purified oil was ready. This is why the Hanukkah Menorah has eight candles (not including the shamash candle used to light the others) and one reason why Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days. -- submitted by Kizzie Cohen (( By Lisa Katz, About Judaism)

Merry Christmas
In Languages from around the world

(Albanian) - Gezur Krislinjden
(Argentine) - Feliz Navidad Y Un Prospero Ano Nuevo
(Armenian) - Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
(Bohemian) - Vesele Vanoce
(Brazilian) - Feliz Natal e Prospero Ano Novo
(China - Cantonese) - Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
Sing Dan Fai Lok

(China - Mandarin) - Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Sheng Dan Kuai Le

(Croatian) - Sretan Bozic
Èestit Boiæ i sretna Nova godina

(Czech) - Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
(Danish) - Gledlig jul og godt Nytt Aar
(Dutch) - Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Dutch (Netherlands) - Prettig Kerstfeest
(Filipinos) - Maligayang Pasko
(Finnish) - Hauskaa Joulua
Hyvää joulua ja Onnellista uutta vuotta
(French) - Joyeux Noël et heureuse année
(Gaelic-Irish) - Nolag mhaith Dhuit Agus Bliain Nua Fe Mhaise
(Gaelic-Scot) - Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
(German) - Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr
(Greek) - Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Ethos
(Hawaiian) - Mele Kalikimake me ka Hauloi Makahiki hou
(Hebrew) - Mo'adim Lesimkha
(Hindi) - Shubh Christmas
(Hungarian) - Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Boldog Karacsonyl es Ujevl Unnepeket

Kellemes Karacsonyt Es Boldog Uj Evet
(Icelandic) - Gledileg jol og farsaelt komandi ar
Gledlig jol og Nyar

(Indonesia) - Selamat Hari Natal
Selamah Tahun Baru

(Iraqi) - Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
(Irish) - Nollaig Shona Duit
(Irish) - Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
(Italian) - Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Buone Feste Natalizie
Buon Natale e felice Capodanno

(Japanese) - Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
(Korean) - Chuk Sung Tan
Sung Tan Chuk Ha.

(Lithuanian) - Linksmu Kaledu
linksmu sventu Kaledu ir Laimingu Nauju Metu

(Norwegian) - God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
(Peru) - Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
(Philippines) - Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon
(Polish) - Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia i szczesliwego Nowego Roku
(Portuguese) - Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
Feliz Natal e propero Ano Novo

(Romanian) - Sarbatori Fericite. La Multi Ani
(Russian) - S prazdnikom Rozdestva Hristova i s Novim Godom
(Serbian) - Hristos se rodi
(Serb-Croatian) - Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina
(Spanish) - Feliz Navidad y prospero Año Nuevo
(Swedish) - God Jul Och Gott Nytt År
(Turkish) - Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Yeni Yilnizi Kutar, saadetler dilerim
(Ukrainian) - Srozhdestvom Kristovym
(Vietnamese) - Mung Le Giang Sinh. Cung Chuc Tan Nien
(Welsh) - Nadolic Llawen. Blwyddn Newdd Dda
(Yugoslavian) - Cestitamo Bozic


Christmas Carol

Across the hills and across the plains
On a long journey, three wise men came
And in a manger lay such a joy
The promised king as a mere baby boy
All sing Gloria…all sing Gloria!

Gifts of frankincense, myrrh, and gold
To the baby Whose life would shape stories of old
Let peoples of all the nations say
"Christ the King was borne this day!"
From the stars to the oceans’ shore,
All sing Gloria…Gloria!
From east to west, south to north,
All sing Gloria…all sing Gloria!
A Poem for Yule
by Elspeth Sapphire
I hear the wind howling
The ice has entered my soul
The cold seems endless
The darkness black as coal.
Yet a spark of something
Shines bright through the night
Could it be the dawning
Of approaching light?
For it’s always coldest
In the hours before dawn
Darkness is its deepest,
Facing fears we’ve drawn.
How can loneliness dwell
With loved ones nearby?
Why the tiny doubts
Filling me with their cries?
So I turn my face away
Forget the winter’s chill
Celebrate Sun’s return
As my spirit thrills

by Robert Pack

Cascading snowflakes settle in the pines,
Sculpting each tree to fit your ghostly form
The surge of swirling wind defines
As if your human shape were what the storm
Sought to contrive, intending to express
Its consciousness of my white consciousness,
Sculpting each tree to fit your ghostly form.
Cascading snowflakes settle in the pines,
Swaying in unison beneath the snow,
Calling me to you with wild gesturings
Homeward into the howling woods, although
Thinking of your abiding spirit brings
Only a whiter absence to my mind,
Only whirled snow heaped up by whirled snow,
Only a fox whose den I cannot find.


Did You Know?

Guardians of the earth - It is a fundamental belief among the Kogi that they are the guardians of life on earth. That is what it means to be an Elder Brother. They order reality and engineer the fertility and fecundity of nature. The Kogi have been sustained in this conviction by the extraordinary vitality of the Sierra Nevada and by the powerful contrast between their own well managed landscape and the havoc at the foot of the mountains. The Mamas run this world as priests and judges. They are educated people, masters (and mistresses) of the Law of the Mother. They are specialists; although they have the same core knowledge, they have from childhood developed their own areas of expertise and concern. Thus one Mama may have particular knowledge of a group of birds and animals, another of history, another may be particularly with the harmony in the community and so on.

Aluna - The Mamas neither submit humbly to gods nor cast spells to control them; they work in aluna, interacting wit the ocean of spirit that is all life. Everything is an event not only in the physical world but also in the spirit world. Every tree, stone, river, has a spirit form invisible to the Younger Brother. This is the world of aluna, the world of thought and spirit. Aluna embraces intelligence, should and fertility: it is the stuff of life, the essence of reality. The material world is underpinned, shaped, given life and generative power in aluna, and the Mama's work is carried out in aluna. We have no grasp of this. We see only the dream world., the shadow world of materials. That is why we are unable to grasp the significance of our actions, our understand their effects. The shape and nature of the physical world, its processes of birth, growth and decay, are dependent on a complex ordering in aluna and the function of humanity is to try to sustain the perfect harmony of that ordering. -- submitted by Samantha Golden (taken from the book Earth's Mysterious Places, Reader's Digest)


from Leftover Beef Roast and Mashed Potatoes

1 small onion, peeled and chopped * 14 tablespoons butter, divided (1 stick plus 3/4 stick) * 1 1/2 pounds ground beef * Salt and black pepper * 8 to 10 medium red new potatoes * 2 cups milk * 1/2 cup sour cream * 2 cups instant biscuit mix * 1 1/2 cups niblet corn or mixed vegetables, prepared according to package directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beef Layer: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onion in 2 tablespoons butter. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside. Potato Layer: Peel and slice potatoes 1/4-inch thick. Place in a saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain potatoes and transfer to a mixing bowl. Whip potatoes with an electric mixer, mixing until moderately smooth. Don't over beat them; a few lumps are nice. Add 1/2 cup heated milk, 1 stick butter, and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Whip again until mixed. Adjust thickness by adding more milk, if desired. Biscuit Layer: Combine biscuit mix and 1 1/2 cups of milk. The mix should be thinner than that of normal biscuit mix but not runny. Spray a 9 by 9 by 2-inch pan (or any similar casserole dish) with cooking spray. Layer mashed potatoes halfway up the sides of the dish. Next, spread a layer of corn or mixed vegetables on top of the potatoes. Then add the layer of meat. Pour the biscuit mix over the meat. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over top. Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let stand for a few minutes before serving. -- submitted by Devon Winters



1 qt Apple cider * 4 Cinnamon sticks * 1 Whole nutmeg
1/2 c Honey * 1/4 c Lemon juice * 1 ts Lemon peel, grated * 3 Oranges * 3 ts Cloves, whole

Serving Size: 4 8-oz cups. Poke 1 ts cloves into each orange for Floating Cloved Oranges. Add cider, seasonings, and Floating Cloved Oranges to crockpot; heat at least 1/2 hour, and the longer, the better. Orange Stars: cut oranges into 1/2" slices. Stick 5 cloves around slice at equal intervals; cut out wedges between cloves. The result looks kind of like a star.  -- submitted by Cairenn Turlough



2 c flour * 1/2 c sugar * 1/2 tsp salt * 12 tbs butter * 2 c packed brown sugar * 4 tbs flour * 1/2 tsp baking powder * 1/2 tsp salt * 4 slightly beaten eggs * 3 tsp vanilla * 2 c chopped walnuts

Combine first three ingredients then cut in the butter until crumbly. Pat mix into ungreased 10x15 pan. Bake 350 for 12-15 minutes. Thoroughly stir together brown sugar, flour, baking powder and salt, add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Spread over baked layer. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Spread with Lemon Glaze while warm. Cut into bars

Lemon Glaze:  Combine 1 c sifted powdered sugar, 2 tbs butter, melted, and 4 tsp lemon juice. Beat until smooth -- submitted by Corina Turlough



(Greek Christmas Sweets)

16 fl. oz. olive oil * 4 oz. sugar * 1 whole egg and 1 yolk * 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon * 4 tbsps brandy * 4 oz.almonds, roasted and coarsely ground * 1 lb.flour

These delightful little sugar coated biscuits have a delicious brandy, cinnamon and almond flavour. They are the traditional Christmas sweets in Greece where it is customary to prepare them in every home although they are now to be found in most Greek cake shops and supermarkets during the festivities. Pour the olive oil into a large bowl and beat in the sugar. Add the eggs, almonds, cinnamon, almonds and brandy and beat again. Carefully add the flour until the dough is a soft consistency that will not stick to your hands. Divide the dough into pieces the size of a walnut and shape kourambiethes into rounds, oblongs and ovals. Place on an oiled baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F, for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool a little then sift icing sugar over them, covering them completely. -- submitted by Tara Shawenesey


2 pounds russet (baking) or Yukon Gold potatoes
1 medium onion * 1/2 cup chopped scallions, including the green part * 1 large egg beaten * Salt and pepper to taste * Vegetable oil for frying

Peel the potatoes and put in cold water. Using a grater or a food processor coarsely grate the potatoes and onions. Place together in a fine-mesh strainer or tea towel and squeeze all the water over a bowl. The potato starch will settle to the bottom; reserve that after you have carefully poured off the water. Mix the potato and onion with the potato starch. Add the scallions, egg, and salt and pepper. Heat a griddle or non-stick pan and coat with a thin film of vegetable oil. Take about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture in the palm of your hand and flatten as best you can. Place the potato mixture on the griddle, flatten with a spatula, and fry for a few minutes until golden. Flip the pancake over and brown the other side. Remove to paper towels to drain. Serve immediately. You can also freeze the potato pancakes and crisp them in a 350- degree oven at a later time. -- submitted by Kizzie Cohen


with Brandy Sauce

8 oz Currants * 4 oz Sultanas *4 oz Raisins * 4 oz Chopped candied peel * 1 oz Skinned & chopped almonds * 4 oz Wholewheat flour *1/2 ts Salt * 1/2 ts Grated nutmeg * 1/2 ts Ground ginger * 1 1/2 ts Mixed spice * 8 oz Brown sugar * 4 oz Wholewheat breadcrumbs * 8 oz Vegetable suet * 1 ea Lemon, juice & rind * 1 tb Molasses * 5 tb Water & rum mixed

Grease a 2 pint pudding basin & use a large saucepan to hold the basin. Wash currants, sultanas & raisins in warm water & pat dry. Put fruit in large bowl with candied peel & almonds. Sift flour, salt & spices into bowl & add sugar, breadcrumbs & suet. Mix well then stir in lemon juice, rind & molasses with enough of the water & rum mixture to make a soft mixture. Turn into the basin, cover with waxed paper & aluminum foil & put basin into pot.
Pour enough water into the pot to reach halfway up the side of the basin. Bring to a boil, cover saucepan & let pudding steam gently for 4 hours, watching the water level & topping up with boiling water if necessary. When cooked, cool the pudding & store in a cool dry place for up to 2 months. Before serving, steam pudding again for 3 hours. Turn out onto a serving platter & flame with brandy if you desire. Makes 8 servings
  -- by Sarah McDonough


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Job Finder

Contact Draven MacShire for: Harbor Master wanted. Top qualifications needed. Music Store Proprietor wanted. Donut Cafe, proprietor to open shop. Bounty Hunters, Chimney Sweeps. 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.

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: A leather bound journal. Please contact Jessamine care of Cassandry Rose

Found: A handful of coins in a green pouch, contact Matilda Dannon or Pearl Adlam.

Lost: A piece of kissing weed. Very important! Please contact Hobbles Hobo.

Thoughts for the Month

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale -- submitted by Sara Devonshire
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!  ~Charles Dickens -- submitted by Sara Devonshire
The laws of physics insist that light travels faster than sound, which is why some people appear to be bright, until you hear them speak. - Unknown -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier
Normalcy is a fallacy, propagated by the insecure. - Unknown -- submitted by Kathleen Frasier



Winter 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 at the Candle Shop.

Winter Arrangements Special: Carnations with frosted tree branches in silver and blue with sparkles, at Lisette's Floral Shop. Wedding bouquets, anniversaries or any occasion.

Benzaiten Imports will be receiving ornaments, toys from around the world, and specialty items for that certain someone from now until Yule. Hours are from 9:00 am to dusk. We are located in the warehouse district. Owners:  Alexander McDonough and Garath MacShire

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 for the freeze up.  Stop on by to get the Almanac pamphlets as well as any books that can give pointers on winter sports and how to keep warm.  Time to cover any flower bulb beds with leaves and other mulch.

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

Glassworks shop: Glass ornaments now available for the holidays from the Glassworks Shop. Also available; glasswares, vases, stained glass windows, and glass figurines. Samples now available, and orders for specific items can be taken. Contact Isolde Fitzpatrick or stop by the shop. 

??? Question Corner ???

1. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life? Is there anything you hope to do that is even better?

2. What was your most enjoyable dream? Your worse nightmare?

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

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) --This will be an interesting month. I feel a little silly writing that after, you know, everything else that's been going on. And you may be thinking, wow, thanks, just what I need, another really interesting month. Well, this is a different species of interesting entirely. And you're learning a lot from the others, correct? The particular quality of focus that you're beginning to attain is extremely rare. You are wielding far more power than you know, take my word for it. This month you get to take action on a very significant decision. You may be feeling unsteady now, but remember, any element of existence you wish to change will require a very light touch. You'll also find out that your soul feels more like a Harley-Davidson than it does like a candle burning in a church. One thing about Harleys is they actually get you somewhere -- 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.
Kennels  - Meadowland Kennels, Patrick and Edward McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Pottery  - Devon DeWinter, Heathfield.
Shipwrights  - Collin McAndrews and Thomas Douglas, Heathfield Port.
Exotic Imports - Ptahneferu J'Atar, Ballicastle; Xandar McDonough and Garath MacShire, Heathfield Port.
Linen and Lingerie - Marcy McGuire, Heathfield Commons.
Candles and Crystals - Kathleen Cleary and Samantha Golden, Heathfield Commons.
Tea House - Iwakura Sachiko, Heathfield Commons.
Clothing - Seamstress - Acacia Sterling, Heathfield Commons.
Fortune Teller - Nataliya Andree, Heathfield Commons.
Barrington Hospital - 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, Barrington Hospital Lobby.
Book Shop - Mariah McCormick, Heathfield Commons.
Orphanage - Henna Barrett Suex, Heathfield.
Archeologist - Kitavari Griffin, Heathfield.
Apothecary - Sinead NiAhearne Frasier and Aislin NiFaelen, Heathfield.
Raw Ores - Joseph McAndrews, Ballicastle.
Smelter - Eddie McAndrews, Ballicastle.
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- Carienn and Corina Turlough, Heathfield Commons.
Certain Somethings Shop - Sorcha Beirne, Heathfield Commons.
Leather Goods:  Jaelysa
Strawberries and Grains: Sagewood Farms run by Keefe Braidy
Dairy Products: NorthStar Dairy run by Allan Cleary
Glass Maker: Isolde Fitzpatrick, 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 are gaining more competition again as whirlwinds shoot in leaving lentils. At first we thought we were going to get some exotic new treat but instead found they were yentas, not edible at all. We were listening in as the one spoke on a secret door between their rooms so they could get together at night. Maybe they will not be much competition afterall! We're keeping an eye on the sky to see what else falls out of it but maybe the next will bring some cream puffs!

**Rumors had it one was harvesting sheep but we think someone really wants to harvest the shepherds! No wonder too as the Da is as handsome as the lads and the lassies the fairest Colleens. No black sheep there. Of course that brings us to the old joke about the ventriloquist who visited a farmer. Is that your dog there? Of which the farmer replied, yes he is so the ventriloquist asked the dog how his master treated him, the dog went on how great he was, fed him table scraps, played fetch and so on. The farmer was amazed, he never spoke a word to me before. The ventriloquist then asked if that was his horse over there in the field to which the farmer replied, yes it is. So they went over to the horse as the ventriloquist asked how his master treated him, the horse started telling him how great he was, good feed of oats and left to run as needed, rode him had a nice dry stall and so on. The farmer was once more surprised for the horse had never spoken to him before. The ventriloquist then asked, are those your black face sheep over there and the farmer immediately told him, They lie.

**There hasn't been much heard from the Strawberry patch with the run of children taking over the manor and the women conspiring to finding husbands for the last few ladies that visited. Perhaps their silence means they will be coming out with a big bang theory and wedding bells will be ringing.

**Rumors has it one private eye lass has been blushing around a certain marquis. Maybe the foothills need a better investigation this time around or perhaps try out the caves. Two adorable little ones included in the package with the tall, dark and handsome hunk. We could teach them a new game of I spy.

**While we're on package deals there is another great one that should not be passed up. We've updated the most eligible and desirable males. This blond Adonis comes with the cutest and smartest young girl that will melt your heart but you have to take the Da too. Except, take a good look and that should be no problem! We hear he's a trip of a unique kind.

** If the Potter marries the Dairyman she can rightfully claim all children are the milkman's.

**Speaking of children, our favorite kingsman has still not returned from his honeymoon. It's probably a good thing a lass can only get pregnant once at a time. Otherwise we would be invaded with miniature chair sitting lads leaving their own impressions behind.

**We hear the going rate for a wife is five buffalo skins and two horses to give the bride. Yet, it was refused. Pearl and I are available, we'll throw in a bear skin and fireplace and you can keep the buffalo and equine. We're agreeable for fair trading in wives. We have experience. Will we get Native names too?

**Which leaves the once childless man with five teenage natives. No one has seen much of him even after the five took off to the woods to build their own wigwams. That leaves us to wonder why the father has not still emerged. Is he sequestered with the housekeeper or just too tired to do more than tend to business?   And what's happened to his handsome brother?  Now that the Private Investigators are back, will we see more of him or will he be in hiding?

**Young love can be painful especially when it comes in triangles. Pearl and I are working on octagons personally as we marked off a few of these men from the infamous list for ourselves if we can wing it. Triangles have points and it seems those involved got jabbed. One went into seclusion, one went on a drinking binge finding himself a Angel to his rescue while the lass didn't know which way to turn. That leaves two men available by our calculations, I'm heading for the one that likes to be a recluse, I've got me a green thumb and can teach him lots about fertility in a greenhouse.

**There has been a lot of kissing going around in the Thistle, like they needed mistletoe? Which has us laughing as our Mr Gauntlet played a good one the whirlwind kissy lass. Seems Mr Gauntlet has been leaving a few ladies blushing in sharing his lips in a heated kiss. We're going to have to figure out a way to get one missed. Hunting rabbits, sneak up behind a lass he is about to kiss and push her out of the way! We're working on fine tuning our plan.

**The Wee Men brigade came one night as part of the prank played. There were plenty of lips for the ladies to enjoy if they didn't get a crick in the back. One lass found the best way, lay on the floor under where the mistletoe was growing under the lip of the bar counter. Of course that could become dangerous, one might get lost up her skirts. Seems one could use some lessons about suckling fingers instead of lips but then he was height challenged so took what was available.


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.

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