From the growling stars

Jane Dougherty Writes

I paid the Oracle two visits in quick succession as the first message seemed not quite right somehow. The second visit gave a poem that is completely unequivocal.

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on stormy seas,

heaving with wind and rain.

Shadows on the sun sweat blood

beneath these cool blue skies,

whisper me music to die for.

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from the growling stars,

old as the oceans

with their ghost fish.

Wild hearts

in the dark of night time,

ask only for a bit of love

and a soft voice

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Folk tales, local legends and fairy stories? – Guest posts wanted!

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

It is five o’clock here in England and my daily featured spot is empty again. I feel unwanted, abandoned, bereft… Here I am, all ready to welcome guests, and not a guest in sight! I could just sigh and reblog a post I have enjoyed, or I can use the space to offer it  to you. I already have the regular Be My Guest and the Elusive Realities series detailed below, but what if I asked for something else?

I love learning about different times and places, especially the kind of lore that seldom makes it into books. The blogosphere has no nationality and encompasses the whole world…  what better place to learn?

How did your granny predict the weather? What did your great uncle Albert tell you about the little green men he saw in the woods that night? What strange creature stalks the woods in your area?

So…

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“Married in the Nick of Nine (Cass & Nick Book 1)” by Alretha Thomas

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Married in the Nick of Nine (Cass & Nick Book 1)

by Alretha Thomas

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Fiction/Romance

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Cassandra Whitmore is facing yet another Valentine’s Day alone. Her love life is as dry as the Sharpie pen she uses to mark an even more dreadful day on her calendar—her upcoming 30th birthday. Driven by the maddening ticking of her biological clock, Cassandra is determined to meet, fall in love with, and marry “The One” within nine months.

When Cassandra accompanies her cousin to a night club, her Type-A quest to meet a man is quickly rewarded by a stranger’s velvety, baritone voice asking if he might occupy the seat next to her. He’s Nicolas Harte, whose good looks leave Cassandra speechless, but not for long. After mustering enough courage to strike up a conversation, she learns Nicolas is everything she wants in a…

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Great Egret Hunting In The Grasses

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I found this Egret walking through water a little deeper than normal, but the reason was full thick grasses. They are filled with small lizards, insects, and tree frogs.

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Most photographs show Egrets fishing. But they will hunt just about anything. Wading birds are not picky eaters.

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The Giant and the Sun – The one with the magician…

The Silent Eye

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Our penultimate church was in Batcombe… these days a small and straggling hamlet, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. There has been a church on the site of St Mary Magdalene for nigh a thousand years and very possibly more. It stands in a green valley, far from enough people to make a congregation seem barely feasible.

The church boasts a tower taller, in proportion to the rest of the single-celled building, than many grander churches we have seen. Indeed, the first impression you get when you arrive is of the height of the tower and the isolated beauty in which it stands.

The church is a simple one, with the main entrance still being through the base of the fifteenth century tower, and leading to a nave and chancel. It is a long, narrow building and lacks both ornamentation and stained glass. It is vaguely unkempt, appears almost abandoned……

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