Thursday, July 3, 2014

Uplift your day


Kellianna's wonderful song 'I walk with the Goddess' is SO uplifting and joyful. It always gets my feet tapping and me singing along - perfect for summer fun!





Sunday, February 16, 2014

Can't wait for books of 2014!

Oh yes, this is such an exciting topic as some great books I just CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on are due out this year!!

So without further a do here they are...





City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Wow, following and loving this series from the beginning I can't believe it's coming to a finale. I am desperate to know what happens...yet am reluctant for this series to end!! No more Jace and Clary adventures?!! *help!*










Written in my own hearts blood by Diana Gabaldon

The 8th (but not the last) book in the amazing, unforgettable, unputdownable Outlander series :-)







Play by Kylie Scott

I absolutely enjoyed the first book 'Lick' and a character I loved from that book was Mal. I was thrilled then to learn there would be a second 'Stage Dive' novel and that books hero would be Mal, yum! 








The One by Kiera Cass

Book 3 in this dystopian romance trilogy. What more is in store for America? Can she and Prince Maxon sort things out?!  I hope so ;-)








Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole

Ok, so this ones been out for a while. However as an audiobook listener and a huge fan of this series I'm eagerly awaiting the release of Demon from the dark on audio! Hurry!!









Monday, January 6, 2014

Emotive Poetry

Hola! Poetry has the amazing ability to lead you to feel deeply, and connect with something in our heart's and in our soul's.
Here are a selection of beautiful poems that connected with me in this way...



Water Psalm


Bless the water,
the flow, the ebb, the seep.
Bubble it, keep it clear.
Rinse your divine face in it, salty or fresh,
fast or pooled. Feel it in your hair
beneath the storm, hear it
outside your window, running in your dreams.
Let your ancestors' voices flow
from it to bring us together in psalm.
Keep the tide in place, keep the levees whole.
Let every molecule of water say it's name.
Bless the water in us, the tide in us,
the moon that pulls it through our veins.
Bless the water that will carry our ashes home.


By Carol Buchofner from her book Breakfast at the Brass Compass

Carol's website www.carolbachofner.com
Poetry Zone, Carol's poetry blog write365poems.blogspot.co.uk














Little Snowdrop


The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn't bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.

But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.

The little one we longed for
Was swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.

And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do.
For every beating of our hearts
Says that we love you.


Author unknown




Wild Geese


You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. 
Meanwhile the world goes on. 
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting  over and over announcing your place in the family of things.


By Mary Oliver from Dream Work

© Mary Oliver




Love's Philosophy


The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the Ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;  
All things by a law divine In one spirit meet and mingle.  
Why not I with thine? -

See the mountains kiss high Heaven  
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven  
If it disdained it's brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth  
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth  
If thou kiss not me?


Percy Bysshe Shelley


'Snowdrops' image courtesy of Keattikorn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Friday, July 12, 2013

Beautiful Fantasy Art: Walfrido

My last post on a favourite fantasy artist of mine had a great response (thanks for your lovely comments!), so I'm back again, this time focusing on the work of... Hawaiian artist Walfrido!

I first discovered Walfrido's painting's 9 years ago. I instantly loved his vibrant, dramatic style, which I feel really manages to capture the 'essence' of the place he's painting.

Walfrido is a Hawaiian artist born in the Philippines.  His father Eduardo F Garcia was also a well respected artist and his son's mentor.

Mainly a painter of natural scenes such a seascapes, waterfalls,volcanoes and caves, Walfrido's artworks use bright colour and interesting explorations of light to create beautiful, romantic and powerful paintings.

Aswell as painting and exhibiting his own art, Walfrido is an art teacher and demonstrater. He also produces the 'Art made easy' videos. And, for all who love Disney, Walfrido has recently painted a series of Disney artworks.

My favourite Walfrido painting has to be 'Dockside Dreams'. To look up more about Walfrido and his work go to his website www.walfrido.com and http://www.shafferfineart.com/The_Art_of_Walfrido.htm which is a link to one of the galleries to exhibit his paintings.




'Dockside Dreams'




'The Moment Of Glory'





'Island Romance'




And for those of you who love Disney, here is one of a series of Disney paintings done by Walfrido :-



'A Night Romance'



Monday, May 6, 2013

Celtic Heaven

Recently I've been listening to some beautiful Celtic music I've come across. I loved both of these songs within the first 30 seconds!!
The first song below is by Celtic/Folk Metal band Eluveitie. However, this song is not Metal but a hautingly beautiful, timeless piece of Celtic/Folk music.
The second song is the rousing last track from Joanie Maddens album Songs of the Irish tin whistle. Enjoy!















Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tristan and Isolde, and the Cornish language





I've been listening to the Album Tristan and Isolde by Celtic Legend. What I love about this and their other Album Lyonesse is that the story of the legend is told through song.

This lovely song is 'Ysolt Ynn Gweinten' sung beautifully by Gwenno Saunders in the Cornish language.



The Cornish Language


Cornish (or 'Kernewak' ) is a Celtic language of Indo-European origin. It is mainly spoken in the south-western British County of Cornwall ('Kernow').

The ancient British peoples spoke a Celtic language. When the Anglo-Saxons began to settle in Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries AD, many Britons were pushed north and west, into Scotland and Wales. Also into Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany and the very north of Spain. Other British tribes stayed, mixing and inter-marrying with local Anglo-Saxon settlers.


The Celtic language spoken by the Britons split into 2 branches:-

Goidelic (Irish Gaelic, Scots Gaelic, Manx)

Brythonic (Welsh, Cornish, Breton).


There was also a fourth Brythonic language, the now extinct Cumbric.


At one time the languages of Old Cornish and Old Breton were almost identical to each other.

Cornish was spoken as a main language in Cornwall up until the 16th century after which it began to gradually die out. Some Cornish speakers still used the language at home and within the family into the 19th century.

Today, Cornish is a language undergoing new interest and revival. In 2002 Cornish was recognised as a UK minority language.



Some handy phrases in Kernewek (Cornish):-

I have worked out the phonetic pronunciation for those words that need it and put it beside each phrase below. 'g' is a hard g as in the English 'gate'. 'dh' is said as a English 'th' sound. 's' is an English 'z' sound. Otherwise you can't go too wrong to just say it how it's spelt.


Dydh da! - Hello! dith da
Duw genes! - Goodbye! (to one person) dew gen-ez
Nos da - Goodnight noz da
Mar pleg - Please mar playg
Meur ras - Thank you mer raz

Fatla genes? -How are you? fat-lah gen-ez

Pur dha, meur ras - Very well, thanks purr tha mer raz
Da lowr, meur ras - Ok, thanks da low-r mer raz

Keslowena! - Congratulations! kez-low-air-na
Chons da! - Good Luck! Chonz da
Penn bloodh Lowen! -Happy Birthday! Pen bloth low-en
Nadelik Lowen! -Merry Christmas! Na- dellick low-en



If you want to hear audio clips of different phrases in the Cornish language then this website link is a good one:-

http://www.magakernow.org.uk/default.aspx?page=314



Article by Natalie

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The 2011 List

Books. Books. Books. I've read (well, listened on audiobook to) more books than I thought I would this year! From Historical novels of various eras, to magical Lands of Fantasy, to paranormal books about Angels, Carpathians, Werewolf's, Vampires and... (oh, yes)Shadowhunters!!

Out of my reads of this year, here's the books I enjoyed most in (sort of) chronological order:-



1. A Time of Singing - Elizabeth Chadwick

You always feel in good hands with Elizabeth Chadwick.  This book tells the story of Roger Bigod and Ida De Tosney in 12th Century England, set against the life, intrigue and politics of the Angevin Court.



2. The Falcons of Montabard - Elizabeth Chadwick

Good read. I found it brought vividly to life Scotland and the Holy Land of the 1100's. I learnt alot about the Holy Land and surrounding areas that I hadn't known before.



3. The Mortal Instruments Series - Cassandra Clare

I read books 1 to 4 and can't wait for the next in this urban fantasy series. Interesting world and characters I loved and cared about. My favourite is book 3 'City of Glass', although the scene at the Seelie Court in book 2 'City of Ashes' has to be one of my favourite scenes ever!! Me and my mum re-read that part lots!



4. The Infernal Devices Series - Cassandra Clare

I really enjoyed these. Interesting and atmospheric, bringing to life Victorian England with a good dose of fantasy/Steampunk! A variety of great charcters with many laughs and touching moments too. Loved the attic scene! My fave is "Clockwork Angel" but both book 1 and 2 are wonderful.
Audiobook read fantastically by Jennifer Ehle.



5. The Prince of Hazel and Oak - John Lenahan

The second book in this funny magical trilogy, (the first being 'Shadowmagic'). Me, my Mum and Dad all listened to this on Podiobook and loved as much as the first book. Following the continuing adventures of Connor in Tir na nog, along with a great cast of supporting characters - including the fiery Princess Essa!
John Lenahan reads these books great www.podiobooks.com



6. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

"My Classic" read of the year. I was pleasantly surprised as I didn't expect to like it so much - I loved it!  Now I know what everyone goes on about...



7. The Earth's Children Series - Jean M Auel

I read books 1 and 2 'The clan of the cave bear' and 'The valley of horses'. I found them a bit slow paced - rather like an epic easy moving film - but the way the prehistoric world is brought to life is fascinating. Loved Ayla's character.
Audiobook well read by Rowena Cooper.



8. Dark Legend - Christine Feehan

Gabriel and Francesca's story. Gabriel is one of the legendary brothers, an ancient Carpathian hunter who wakes from the earth to unexpectedly come across his lifemate - kind and gentle healer Francesca.
I felt this book was well written with a good storyline, I enjoyed the relationship between Gabriel and Francesca very much. Interesting, as it was different to the relationships between characters of previous novels in the Dark series.
Enjoyed the audiobook read by Rebecca Cook



9. Dark Guardian - Christine Feehan

I've waited 7 years to read this book! When I discovered the Dark series it was Dark Guardian I first came across. Fast forward and I finally get to read it - and I wasn't disappointed! Lucien is an interesting character - the most powerful of his people - and he and Jaxon make a good team. I found this the most comical of all the Dark series books and laughed out loud a number of times - always a good sign!
Juanita Parker reads many of the Dark series on audio and her performance is always good.



Out of all the good books I've read this year, my favourite has to be Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.