Nov. 7th, 2012 04:01 pm
forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)
So very proud of my home state.
Last night, Maryland became the first state to approve an equal marriage law by popular vote.

Maine and Washington state also approved equal marriage laws.

Maryland victory

forest_choir: (Shadow - portrait)
A total stranger just made my day.

I was walking down the pavement when a middle-aged woman crossed the street near me.  Looking over, she smiled and shouted across to me, "Redheads are the most beautiful people in the world!"

Then she grinned and added, "I'm not just sayin' that because I have one and because I love one...They really are the most beautiful people."

Lady, I don't know who you are, but I love you so much for that. 

forest_choir: (beach torches)
If you can correctly pronounce every word in this poem, you speak English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.
Try them yourself.

tongue-twister )

Home now!

Nov. 8th, 2009 09:32 pm
forest_choir: (Shadow - portrait)
We're finally back from FaerieCon.
We had such a good time there.
The Guests of Honor were author Charles de Lint and artist Charles Vess.
(As soon as I'd found this out, I'd written to [livejournal.com profile] stormsongk, "We are going.")

We arrived late in the afternoon on Friday - after the panels had finished for the day. We checked into our room, relaxed for a while, then got dressed for the Good Faeries Ball. At the ball, we met up with my boss's sister Sharon (whom I'd never met) and her husband. She'd been told to look for a redhead in a green dress, not knowing that every redhead chose to wear green that evening. :D  Everyone who attended the ball dressed up.  I've honestly never seen so many devastatingly attractive people in one place in my life.
Storm's little goblin character garnered quite a bit of attention, especially from the ladies.

good faeries ball

Also at the Good Faeries Ball, we were excited to see S.J. Tucker (Sooj) and Betsy Tinney play the opening part of the show. Storm was pleased to finally see "Alligator in the House" played live. I danced and sang along.


At breakfast on Saturday, I got a tip from an acquaintance that there would be a FaerieCon-exclusive printing of Charles Vess's new art book Drawing Down the Moon, limited to 50 copies in hardcover.  (The book is scheduled to be published next month.)  As soon as the dealers' room opened, I slipped downstairs and bought my copy of Mr. Vess's book and got it signed. Yay!

Charles Vess

At midday, the brothers of the Order of the Greenman, led by our Faire-acquaintance Bramble, marched and sang their way through the dealers' areas bestowing Green Blessings on everyone.  They left me giggling with their "Green green green green" chant and when they went down the center aisle of the dealers' room singing "Magic Dance" from Labyrinth.  Then they went to introduce the main guests, Charles & Charles, calling them "two of the greenest guys we know...they may even be greener than us!"

green men

Charles de Lint signed my copy of his chapbook of Make A Joyful Noise, one of the Crow Girls stories.  In the afternoon, we attended a concert given by de Lint and his lovely wife MaryAnn Harris.  They play a regular Celtic music gig at a pub near their home in Ottawa Canada, so I was excited to get the chance to see them play.  Charles played guitar and harmonica, while MaryAnn switched between shakers and mandolin. 

MaryAnn and Charles

De Lint often writes about musicians, writers, artists, and community.
Songs and poems are interspersed with prose.
This little concert was SUCH a cool thing to witness.

After the concert, we headed to our favourite restaurant, An Poitín Stil, for supper: baked brie, fish & chips, and a wonderful meatloaf.

We went back to the hotel for the Bad Faeries Ball. While the Gypsy Nomads were playing, Sooj and her partner K spun glowy poi in front of the stage.  Extremely cool and crowd-pleasing.

glowy poi

On Sunday, we had breakfast in the hotel and a long chat with Bramble.  At 11, we watched Sooj and Betsy play again, this time in a quieter concert setting.  Storm was smiling all the way through "Cheshire Kitten". 
I enjoyed hearing two-thirds of the "Wendy Trilogy", "Were-Owl", and their haunting rendition of "Tam Lin".
Find them at http://skinnywhitechick.com/ and http://www.trickypixie.com/.

Betsy and Sooj


After the concert, we went down to the dealers' room for the last of our purchases.  Storm bought a necklace with an acorn pendant for me and I bought him a pin shaped like a Celtic peacock.  ;)
As we were heading out, we stopped by Sooj and Betsy's table to say goodbye.  You will never meet nicer people than these two gorgeous, talented women. 

Now we're home, the car is unpacked, and I'm happy, tired, and ready to fall into bed.
forest_choir: (forest)

It looks like the Costume Bomb has gone off inside my car.
I've got masks and wings and all sorts of fabrics everywhere.
And that's just [livejournal.com profile] stormsongk's stuff...big grin

forest_choir: (Luna)
I had a really, really good weekend.
All aboard, ye scurvy dogs! )
forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)
Well, the musical guests have been announced for FaerieCon in November and I'm excited.

Faun and Priscilla Hernández at the Bad Faeries Ball
Woodland and Trillian Green at the Good Faeries Ball

We have tickets.

Now I need garb! 

Dearest [livejournal.com profile] enemyfrigate, would you please kindly lend your opinions on how to craft my faerie best? These are masquerade balls.
forest_choir: (Hemlock Hole rockwork)
Rambles and reptiles... )ancient
So [livejournal.com profile] stormsongk and I went for another ramble this afternoon.  We started at the garden center...looked at many trees and shrubs for the yard...all of them too large to fit into my car.  (Note to self: Must rent a truck some spring day and bring a small forest home to the Down.)  A handful of plants followed me home: white crinums, pink-and-yellow lantana, and million bells in soft colours.

And then we kept heading south, following sidetracks into the wild places.  As we travelled through rainstorms, we passed an old tree we'd seen on our previous travels.  Stormy stopped the car and asked me to take a picture because he wanted a new desktop photo for the computer.

We looked for a place called Underhill Point that we'd seen on an earlier drive, but kept taking the wrong turnings.  As we headed round a turn, we managed to avoid running over a turtle in the road.  Stormy again stopped the car and hopped out in the pouring rain to rescue the poor thing.  As he showed it to me, it started to relax a little and poked its head out.

When we finally got home, I found this at my feet by the driveway.

It's been a good day.  :)

forest_choir: (yoink bunny)

On the way home from Saturday morning errands, I spotted some narcissus blooming near an old homesite. 

botanical geekery )


forest_choir: (Luna)
Last weekend, we went with our siblings to the beach for delicious fish 'n' chips in good company.
The waters were wild and the winds wiley.
forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)

One of the supervisors came down to my office singing,
"Fifteen men on a dead man's chest..."

I nearly hurt myself laughing.

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