Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Day

 "'Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume:
There's crimson buds, and white and blue,
The very rainbow showers
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers."
-  Thomas Hood


 "The folk celebrations of early May in Europe began as a celebration of life and fertility, the time for planting of crops and vegetable gardens, and for the regeneration of life that comes with increased sunlight.  In fact, Beltane is derived from the Celtic word for "brilliant fire."   Many of the so-called folk or pagan festivals and days of observance were tied to the solar and lunar cycles and the great cycles of life.  By the start of May, most trees are in full leaf, many Spring flowers are in bloom and the Earth is brimming with both plant and animal life taking advantage of the high sun levels and ever warmer temperatures.  The longer daylight hours allow folks to take advantage of the natural light for both work and play."
-  The Weather Doctor, May Day 

Monday, 28 December 2015

Book Review ~ Gothic Dreams Steampunk

Gothic Dreams Steampunk by Henry Winchester and foreword by G.D. Falksen is a visual feast for the eyes. The written content has many interesting snippets of information covering the origins of steampunk, fashion, books, screen and art. This book really delights though with it's lush images throughout the book. Every page is adorned with at least a single spread, some are double spread and smaller images of delightful steampunk imagery are dotted in between. It's a delight to pick up and many of the pictures are accompanied by delightful quotes.

Warning, this post is now photo heavy but I had a hard job picking my favourite out to share.




Monday, 31 August 2015

Dinosaur Britian TV Program

Dinosaur Britain is on ITV tonight at 9pm, a set of two programs with the second episode on tomorrow night, at 8pm. Most previous programs on dinosaurs have concentrated on the ones found elsewhere in the world, hopeful this program will do something to redress that balance and raise some interest in our home grown dinos. This is the news quote about the program.

"Dinosaurs! The very word conjures up fascination and intrigue with millions of us dreaming of becoming a palaeontologist when we were younger. Yet few of us realise that over 50 different dinosaur species have been found in Britain.
Dinosaur Britain tells the amazing story of many of the dinosaurs that once roamed our country revealing how they hunted, what they ate and how they died from the evidence revealed from their bones.
Presenter Ellie Harrison, who fell in love with dinosaurs as a child, teams up with 25‐year‐old Dean Lomax, one of Britain’s youngest palaeontologists, to bring Dinosaur Britain to life as never before. Ellie and Dean come ‘face to face’ with incredible CGI dinosaurs against the backdrop of some of Britain’s most famous landmarks – including Big Ben and Stonehenge.
Britain has yielded one of the best dinosaur fossil records anywhere in the world. Giant Sauropods measuring over 20 metres – the length of two double decker buses – once lived throughout Britain.
Raptors, fast moving and carnivorous pack‐hunters, were discovered in Dorset – along with three types of Tyrannosaur. Huge teeth from the Iguanodon were discovered in Sussex while stegosaurs, with armoured plates positioned along their back, lived in Swindon and Peterborough.
From the world’s first dinosaur discovery in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire in 1824 to the most recent discovery – a new dinosaur species discovered in Wales in 2014 – Dinosaur Britain features the most fascinating dinosaur finds across Britain to tell an enthralling story 200 million years in the making."

This is the link to more information on the ITV program.

 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Industrial Steampunk Chic

Someone gave me a copy of the new Dunelm Autumn/Winter Catalogue at the weekend so I've been indulging in a nice spot of wishful dreaming of what I'd love if I won the lottery (which as I don't play isn't likely). While not exactly Steampunk the general look of industry and urban decoration does seem to be on trend at the moment and much of it can be adapted or slotted in to a steampunk look.

 I'd basically just like to have these two rooms just transplanted in to my home. I love the packaging style drawers, they'd be ideal to store my rubber stamps and paper crafting in. Though I readily admit it would never be this tide under my stewardship.

 This is the piece I'm really in love with. I guess it's not beyond the capabilities of some to make a plank table on wheels like this but it is beyond mine. I just adore this table.

Two other smaller accessories I could most definitely find house room for. The letterpress cushion appeals to my love of lettering and the whole printing process and I'm always a push over for anything related to clocks and time.

If anyone else is equally looking for a bit of light home dream time then the Dunelm UK website can be find here. Please note this post is entirely based on my wishful dreaming and I've no association with the shop at all.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

You think cats are annoying?

If it wasn't for the little matter that they are extinct, Velociraptors
would most definitely steal the limelight away from cats on social
media.