As it’s Halloween, I thought I would take a look at the witch’s cauldron in history and myth. It turns out that as well as being an ancient household cooking vessel and a witch’s potion pot, the cauldron has been a mystical symbol of life and, in some stories, an instrument of death…
This year sees the centenary of the birth of wonderful Welsh writer Dylan Thomas and celebrations have been going on throughout 2014. But today, October 27, is his birthday. He was born in Swansea just after the outbreak of World War I.
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Sorry to disappoint you if you thought this was going to be about the famous Sean Connery film in which he portrays a Russian submarine commander with a splendid Scottish accent…
No, this is just a post about the lack of red leaves in nature this autumn, compared to previous years. For example, look at those leaves at the top of this post. Here is the same tree this year…
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I just had to share this wonderful owl mural that appeared overnight on a wall next to our office in the centre of Cardiff. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there on Wednesday, but yesterday you couldn’t miss it.
There have been many artful surprises in recent weeks as part of the Empty Walls project, which finishes this weekend. Assorted paintings have appeared on many grotty buildings, empty hoardings and fences around derelict sites. I don’t know if they will all magically disappear or be whitewashed at the end of the festival, but I hope not.
The owl is signed PeacefulProgress.co.uk, so here’s a link to that artist’s website.
I don’t know enough about it to write much more, but here are a couple of illustrated stories other people have written on the festival…
At last it feels like autumn. There is a nip in the air in the morning and the trees are finally surrendering their leaves – although every tree seems to do this at a different rate.
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The village of Lytchett Matravers, to the north of Poole in Dorset, is one of my ancestral places. Several times in the past I had tried to find the parish church, but with no luck. We had driven around in circles in the middle of the village and there had been no sign of a tower that could have been St Mary’s.
Then this summer, when we were killing time for half an hour by driving around the country lanes, we took a “wrong” turn in the vicinity of Sturminster Marshall. And there, surrounded by patches of woodland and farmers’ fields, was a church. I was amazed – the nearest village was Lytchett Matravers, so this must be St Mary’s!
Amazing to think this is my tenth blog post about the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) I am following in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff. Thanks again to Lucy Corrander for setting up her Loose and Leafy tree-following project.
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