A danse macabre for Halloween week.

With my lantern at the ready I’m getting in the mood for Samhain/Halloween, at the weekend. I found this rather clever video, with,what I have always thought to be cracking spooky music. The dark nights may be here, but there’s plenty of fun to be had. Come out of the shadows and join in. I’m not that scary. Oh, okay then…I am!

S0, how do you celebrate this time of the year?

Do you make a lantern?

Or do you hide inside – away from the trick or treaters?

 

Thanks for dropping by here and have a great day.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

Calling all Mike Oldfield fans: a confession.

I don’t need any excuse to play a bit of Mike Oldfield music and if it’s accompanied by a rather clever video – then even better.

I first discovered Mike as a twelve year old and I’ve been addicted to him ever since. I must have most, if not all of his albums. As a keen music student myself I was captivated by the knowledge  that Mike played all of the instruments himself on Tubular Bells. When Hergest Ridge was released I remember listening to it on our local radio station, one night. They played both sides of the magical and eerie album. I saved up my paper round money and bought it, as soon as I could.

Mike used to live in a village near to my sister. One Christmas she and a friend collected a piece of overhanging holly, from a bush in his garden. I’ll admit I was tempted to stalk him when I found out where he lived. But, my husband didn’t think it was a very good idea. And no, I’m not going to tell you where it was, because there’ll be a mad rush of crazed Mike Oldfield fans all trying to nick holly from the garden. You’ll all be hanging out in the frozen food aisles of the local supermarket, as you try to discover Mike buying his fish fingers.

Any fan who is a proper fan will know that Michael now lives abroad…sob! and therefore there is no hope in hell of meeting him by the fish fingers…even if we do happen to think that he probably knows how to show a fish finger a brilliant time.

So, Mr Oldfield that piece of holly that you most definitely will have missed, all those Christmases ago…it was my sister who nicked it. In an attempt to drive me wild with jealousy, for you.  I can let you have her address, if you want? I’ll meet you by the fish fingers…I’ll be with my husband, who also likes your music. Okay?

Love from a crazed fan, who is old enough to know better, but just can’t help herself.

Thanks for dropping by here and enjoy the video.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

Chilled out ironing.

 

I have a monster of an ironing pile to work my way through. So, I’m going to drink Earl Grey tea, kick off my shoes and listen to some chill out music, whilst I iron out those creases. (Why do we do this? We stuff them in the wardrobe, they get creased up again and we’re back at the ironing board? We can’t venture out looking creased! )

I’ve been hunting for suitable chill out music and have come across this. I reckon it’s too beautiful not to share.

Do you have any ironing to do? Why not join me and listen to /watch this? The ironing won’t get done, will it? Because there are plenty more like this : which just have to be watched. Oh dear!

Thanks for dropping by and have a great Sunday, ironing or otherwise.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

My autumn: a video, music and me just playing.

Sometimes I like to just play around… it’s good for the soul: and this blog is all about the inner child.

I love autumn… in all of its glory.

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The mist, sunrises, sunsets, early frosts, the coming and going of birds, the dramatic animal shows and of course nature’s spectacular splash of colour.

I may be called Dorne and yes, it is pronounced dawn, but, I am not a true morning person. So, some of these shots are absolute miracles, as they were taken at dawn.

Here’s a short video, with an original track I’ve put together. I don’t think Mr Speilberg has anything to worry about!

Hope you enjoy and thanks for taking the time to drop by here.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

Sculptures in Aberfoyle: a tribute to former crofting communities.

Found on collacubed.com
Found on collacubed.com

On my latest trawl of the internet to find interesting art installations I found this. On his website, Scottish sculptor  Rob Mulholland has this to say about his amazing sculptures at the David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle, Scotland click here for more information.

 

“Scottish sculptor Rob Mulholland has created a ghostly art installation in the woodland walk at the David Marshall Lodge in Scotland titled Vestige. Originally intended to be temporary, the six mirrored life-size silhouettes (three men and three women) have been so popular that they are now to become a permanent fixture in the previously inhabited woodlands. Mulholland’s idea behind the installation seems twofold: 1) to create a vestige of the people who once occupied the land until following World War I, when they were re-located while forests were planted to generate timber and; 2) to make people ‘reflect’ upon man’s impact on the nature.

The almost imperceptible sculptures camouflaged by their surroundings have an eerie quality that has been compared by many to the predator in the 1980s film of the same name that seamlessly blends into its surroundings.”

He has also made a short video to give you a taster of his work and how it sits in the beautiful landscape.

I haven’t seen this installation in person, but certainly from the beautiful images, which first caught my attention and the beautifully shot video ( along with one of my favourite songs) I would certainly visit, if I got the chance.

I think it’s a fitting way to honour the former communities of this part of the forests and woodlands, that were displaced by the First World War and the need for fast growing timber.

Certainly to me, the sculptures come across as glassy ghosts that still inhabit the remains of their well-loved crofts and settlements in the forests.

I can almost imagine myself crunching through the undergrowth of the forest, taking in the heady scent of the pine and other trees; and suddenly encountering a transparent ghost. I’d feel the cold, glassy surface and look at the world beyond, or behind: through the ghostly, silent figure. (Whether it be on to a summer’s, lush forest, an autumnal flash of amazing colour, a slowly – waking spring vision, or a bed of beautiful, pure snow.) A figure that haunts its former home and connected with it so much, that it is content to remain. A reminder of what once was and how man lived in this landscape.

 

I hope you enjoyed exploring these sculptures as much as I did and thanks for stopping by here.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

 

 

 

Tree root chandeliers.

Found on zeutch.com
Found on zeutch.com

I’m still a Pinterest virgin, but I’m learning…I hope. Today’s foray into this wonderful and inspiring internet zone has brought these rather cool images to my attention. So, now I bring them to you. Keep clicking on the images to bring up a proper size picture.

In this installation by Guiseppe Lican tree roots emerge from the ceiling.

I love all things trees, their leaves, bark, roots, the sounds they make and the cycles they go through. Where would we be without beautiful trees….quite possibly extinct?

What a cool idea for chandeliers. Just stunning…I hope you agree.

That’s it for now and a big thanks for dropping by here. Have a great Thursday evening.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

 

The humble starling: or is he?

Photo credit: petinfoclub.com
Photo credit: petinfoclub.com

The starling: a beautiful and very clever bird in his own right. But, put him with a few friends in the fall and they can do this:

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Unbelievable indeed. Quite how and why they do this is beyond me. But, sometimes it makes nature’s spectacles all the more magnificent, when we don’t have all of the answers and we can just observe things like this…through child-like, wondrous eyes.

It is one of my dreams to film a display like this one day. If I ever manage it, I will post it on here…I won’t be able to help myself.

Nature at its most amazing.

Enjoy.

Thanks for visiting and have a great Sunday evening.

Until the next time.

Dorne x

Witch’s Tea/Blog Party!

I love the idea of this, so reblogging. Spooky images and words.

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First Witch:
When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch:
When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

— from Shakespeare’s Macbeth

There’s a change in the air, autumn is on its way, and so is one of my favorite holidays: Halloween!

Yes, we’re hosting a blog party! And if you’ve got a blog, you’re welcome to join us on October 31st, 2015.

Here’s how it works:

You post a Halloween or  Witch’s Tea blog on October 31st and then come to the ParaYourNormal Witch’s Tea Party page (not this one – the one that posts on October 31st). Link to your blog post (your actual post, not your general blog) in the comments. Your post can be photos, a spooky story, recipes, spells, pets in funny costumes, anything Halloween or witch-related, or even a real Witch’s Tea party. It’s an opportunity to have some…

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Oh England…my lion heart.

This rather lovely video and song sums up just what it means to be English. Yes, I love other places…Scotland springs to mind. But, I am English through and through.

I  love our weather, rain, fog, snow and barmy sunny days. We’re all obsessed with the weather…because we have so much of it. Life would be so much poorer for having the same weather, day in, day out.

I love our different landscapes, that go from flat, with huge skies, to mountainous and dramatic. I love the purple of the moors and the grey of the sea.

And I love the different accents and dialects.

Wherever you are, you’re at home, in England.

And wherever you are today, thanks for dropping by here and have a great Saturday.

Until the next time.

Dorne x