Monday, February 01, 2016

Weekend Walkies

Just some twisted old stumps on Northrepps Road
 I didn't plan on posting another Norfolk Walks post immediately after the last one, but as Saturday was (mostly) bright and sunny, if a tad cold, and I had the afternoon free, I set out on what I thought was going to be just a quick walk around the woods behind Castlette DeVice.
 However, as it took me a while to warm up, I kept telling myself: "Just a little further", and "Well, I'll just walk into Northrepps village", and "I might as well walk up Hungry Hill a bit now that I'm here", etc. etc...
 Anyway, before I knew it, I'd walked bleedin' miles!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Walkies

 As it was another unseasonably warm day (13°C, or thereabouts) without the predicted rain, I thought I'd venture out to check on my marker sigils, amongst other agendas.
 But first, before we get to the photos from today, the following three photos are from Sunday's walk:

Some rather internal organ-y looking fungus
I think this will be some sort of ghastly lily when it grows up
Ah, snowdrops!

Monday, January 25, 2016

I'll take "Vulcan Love Slave" over "Burning Hearts of Qo'noS" any day*

 Or, Vpon her flew the flie and ſuckt her ſweet**

 Here we are with the first book post of 2016.

1. Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White

 I bought this book to read to Babyzilla when she comes to stay, but realised that I hadn't actually read it myself (or if I have, I can't remember). I've seen the film though, but that was decades ago. 
 I was struck by how useless and selfish Wilbur appears to be, and had to keep reminding myself that Charlotte considers him her best friend, so he can't be completely rubbish. Charlotte's inevitable death was very sad but the way she died confused me as it didn't happen like I thought it did. You see, before I read this book I'd recently watched Blade Runner, and there's a scene in which Rachel is telling Deckard of a memory she has when she was a little girl. She remembered watching a spider build a web outside her window and lay some eggs in it, and when the eggs hatched, the baby spiders ate their mother. I managed to mix up my own memories and was expecting Charlotte to be eaten by her kids!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cold in Cromer

 For the first time in what seems like an age, we had blue skies here on the North Norfolk coast (although, maybe we have had more nice days recently but I just hadn't looked out of the window and noticed?). Rather than waste them, I decided to take a walk - the first one since the New Year. I did contemplate going out on Broom, but it's barely above freezing outside, so the wind-chill would have been horrendous.
 Anyway, here's some evidence of blue skyed loveliness:

Cromer pier in the distance

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Waiter! Waiter! There's a dog in my gin!

Stop everything! Black Shuck's got in the Gincuzzi!

Oh, well. What's the worst that could happen?
 Anyone for a G&T?

This gin was a Christmas present from Inexcuseable and her husband.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

New Year, Old Art

 As we've got nothing prepared at the moment, I'm just going to drop a couple of photos of some old artwork here that the Host produced many years ago. 
 I found these photos languishing in our 'downloads' folder, and as I have no idea what to do with them or where to file them, I thought we might as well plop them in on the blog then at least they are somewhere. The originals are floating around Castlette DeVice, being moved from place to place (not on the walls - they're not that good, as you can see) as, just like with the digital images, I don't know what to do with them.

This 3D thingummywotsit is about 20-22 years old - something the Host created at art school. Or possibly at college, which would make this 22-24 years old. Christ, I'm old.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Lighthouse Lookout

Cromer lighthouse on New Year's Day
 A new year has successfully begun (for those that observe the Gregorian calendar, amongst others). One has to check, though, as there's nothing worse than languishing in the stinky, alcohol-soaked ruins of the Old Year. So, this morning, I risked single digit temperatures (that's centigrade/Celsius, rather than the ridiculously confusing Fahrenheit) and made my way to the lighthouse on the cliff top to ensure that the Old Year had been well and truly vanquished by the New.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The 2015 Coven Awards - A Year In Review

 Welcome to the 2015 Coven Awards, and thank you for enduring yet another year at Castlette DeVice.
 Yes, although we've celebrated ten years of this blogging lark, this is only the seventh Coven Awards ceremony due to three rather slack years.
 Yeah! We're looking at you 2011, 2012, and 2013. 
 You may be pleased to know that this year's awards show will not be as drawn out as last year's tedious affair.
 That's what you think!
 Yeah! We got our second wind when creating the award headers and now there are loads of them!
 Oh, dear gods... We'd better get on with it then, I suppose. As usual, I'll recap our blogging efforts through the year.
 And I'll present the various awards.
 Right. Take a deep breath and don't look down as away we go: 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Bertie the Balloon and other books

 Here we are - the final book post of the year. And what a year it's been. We managed to trounce last year's total of 39 books read by an amazing 20 books!

 56. Bertie the Balloon at the Fairground, by Kim Robinson & Aneta Neuman

 OK, yes, this is a childrens' book (and a Christmas gift for Babyzilla), but I still read it, so it counts! And it's written by one of my best friends, so I just have to feature it here.
 It's a delightful little story of a red balloon named Bertie who get's blown away from his home with Clancy the Clown, and has a series of adventures throughout a fairground. At the end of the story, Bertie eventually ends up with a little boy and is ready to start a new adventure.

 The whole story is told in rhyme and is beautifully illustrated. The first production run of 500 copies has pretty much sold out, but Kim's having another 500 books printed, so if you know a little girl or boy who might like Bertie the Balloon at the Fairground, please message Kim at the Facebook link above (or contact me with your request and I'll sort it out for you).

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cromer Crab Cadavers

A collection of crab tails
 In A Witch Wanders Toward Winter, after being presented with only crab claws, Hound asked what happened to the rest of the body parts.

 Well, a few days ago I took another walk on the beach, and - Abracadaver! - discovered the missing pieces of the puzzle:

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Stop & Go

 Usurping lx's oft asked question "Did I win yet?" in the comments of the previous Items of Interest post was Dinahmow. And I have great pleasure in announcing that, "Yes. Yes you did win!"

Oh dear. The Ampelmännchen seem to have polished off my decanter of absinthe!

 The Items of Interest were, of course, the Ampelmännchen that lx gave away as prizes here

On an absinthe high, the Ampelmännchen hallucinate flying saucers!

Congratulations Dinahmow!