Thursday, 9 December 2010

Jethro Tull Lyrics Fires at Midnight

Lovely Wintery Song and Lyrics
Jethro Tull 'Fires at Midnight' Lyrics:
Song 2 on Playlist

I believe in fires at midnight ---
when the dogs have all been fed.
A golden toddy on the mantle ---
a broken gun beneath the bed.
Silken mist outside the window.
Frogs and newts slip in the dark ---
too much hurry ruins the body.
I'll sit easy ... fan the spark
kindled by the dying embers of
another working day.
Go upstairs ... take off your makeup ---
fold your clothes neatly away.
Me, I'll sit and write this love song
as I all too seldom do ---
build a little fire this midnight.
It's good to be back home with you.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Murder Mystery Weekends and Evenings

Venues taken from an acticle written By Laura Tait

Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes, London
£54.40pp, plus rooms from £135 (sleeps 2)
The hotel: Modern and elegant boutique-style hotel situated in two 18th century houses, with a trendy cocktail bar and fitness centre with gym, sauna, steam room.
The event: Sherlock Holmes is called in when murder is committed, after Professor Bugel wins an award for an amazing discovery. You lot, in your 1920s fancy dress, will attempt to solve it. And if it turns out you’re better at accessorising than you are at crime-solving, there are prizes for the best dressed too.
What's included: Welcome cocktail, three-course dinner with wine, and disco.

Langtry Manor, Bournemouth
From £215pp, inc 2 nights accommodation
The hotel: Old-fashioned and charming manor, built in 1877 by Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry.
The event: They only happen twice a year (Nov and March) but they’re extravagant. The mystery pans the entire weekend, from meeting the characters over pre-dinner drinks in the drawing room on Friday, to Sunday morning post-breakfast unveiling and summing-up, with a murder at any time in between. Everyone will play a part and each event has a different story and theme – the next one (26-28 November) is Pirates of the Caribbean, set in the 1820s.
What's included: Champagne cocktail reception, all meals inc. Fri night dinner and six-course banquet on Sat night, 2 nights stay.

Kitley House, Devon
£39.50pp, £44.95 with disco, rooms from £79 (sleeps 2)
The hotel: A listed Grade One building over 500 years old, with gardens and woodland paths based around a series of lakes.
The event: A murder will take place during dinner, with actors from the Candlelight Theatre Company of Torbay laying the clues for you to unravel, and it's up to you to investigate and accuse a suspect. Concludes over coffee with the police supervising. Plots and themes change regularly so you can go again and again.
What's included: Cocktail reception, three-course dinner with wine.

Walworth Castle, Darlington
£26.95pp, rooms from £95 (sleeps 2)
The hotel: Set in 18 acres of lawns and woodlands, with parts of the atmospheric and medieval-esque castle built in 1189, rumoured to be haunted by a girl who became pregnant by the stable boy and was locked in the turret.
The event: Surprise-filled Sherlock Holmes-style whodunit, with the plot unravelling over a leisurely dinner.
What's included: Three-course dinner with wine.

Best Western Grosvenor, Stratford Upon Avon
£175pp inc 2 nights accommodation
The hotel: 180-year-old grade II listed Georgian building with intimate lounges and individually decorated modern bedrooms.
The event: Another one that goes the whole hog and takes all weekend, with highly developed plots, loads of twists to keep you guessing and different dress codes depending on what the theme is that weekend, from 1920s distinguished or 1970s school reunion to modern day party.
What's included: All meals, drinks while dining and 2 nights stay.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Designosaurous Blog, Art, Craft and Graphic Design

Thankyou to Jessie for Posting this Halloween Feature showing various Etsy Artists and Halloween Printables for your coming Parties.
Jessie's Blog Link below..

Black and White Party listing Digital sheets shown above small selection shown see link below, will be sent as soon as payment is received on orders for Halloween. Artwolf on Etsy

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Haunted Hotels for the Brave or Bold

Daphne du Maurier's The Jamaica Inn, Cornwall
A Cosy coaching house on Bodmin Moor with cobbled courtyard, beamed ceilings, roaring log fires and real ales, immortalised in Daphne du Maurier's novel.
Who Haunts there? The most famous and oldest is a man who sits on the wall outside, believed to be the ghost of the stranger who was lured outside while drinking in the bar in the 1800's. His body was found on the moor the next day, but his killer was not.

The Holt Hotel, Near Steepleaston, Oxfordshire
Beautiful traditional coaching inn dating back to the 15th century, with ultra modern facilities.
The ghost of legendary highwayman Claude du Vall, who often spent his ill-gotten gains from the road at the inn before he was executed in 1670. Guests often heard heavy footsteps walk the corridors and rooms of the hotel, while female guests have regularly report the feeling of being watched, mainly in Room 3.

Chillingham Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Famous for its moaning and whimpering Blue Boy. His bones and some scraps of blue clothing were discovered behind a wall where his cries have been heard, suggesting he may have been immured there. In the meantime, the rustle of a dress on the turret stairs heralds the passage of the restless spirit of Lady Mary Berkeley as she searches in vain for her husband (he ran off with her sister). Then of course there's the white lady in the pantry, the voices in the chapel etc.

Elvey Farm, Pluckley, Kent, England
Ghosts from the grave ... Pluckley in Kent is 'England's most haunted village'. Pluckley may look familiar as the setting for The Darling Buds of May but, according to the Guinness Book of Records, it's also England's most haunted village. Mediaeval Elvey Farm is slap bang in the middle of it and boasts beautiful bedrooms with ancient rafters and, if you're lucky, a "weeping wanderer". In the vicinity you might also encounter the unhappy wraiths of a schoolmaster, a soldier, a highwayman, a screaming man, a miller, Red Lady Derring, a white dog and many others besides.

Maes-y-Neuadd Talsarnau, Gwynedd, Wales
Not all apparitions aim to frighten, of cours,this 14th-century granite manor house is home to a ghost who is really quite friendly. Maes-y-Neuadd's Morfa Suite is the scene of many sightings of a woman thought to have been a children's nursemaid. Rather than being terrified, guests claim they became very calm in her presence and found themselves drifting pleasantly off to sleep. If you don't receive a visitation, you can at least console yourself the next morning with the hotel's eye-easing views of Snowdonia

Friday, 22 October 2010

Friday, 8 October 2010

Pirates of The Caribbean IV

Children at the Meridian Primary School in Greenwich were given a special treat this week, when movie heart throb Johnny Depp turned up.
The star who is filming in London on the forth in the series of Pirates of The Caibbean, Strange waters, responded to a letter from pupil Beatrice Delap and entered the school in his Captain Jack Sparrow costume, all the children of course were delighted, and who can blame them.

Johnny loves to surprise and delight the children, he made a secret visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital in January 2008, donating £1 million as a thank you for saving his daughter's life, his daughter Lily-Rose was treated there for kidney failure. He revisited the wards at a later date and told bedtime stories to sick children while dressed as Captain Sparrow.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Practical Magic Party Post

Apologies for the lateness, I had designed something for my magical visitors but it refused to upload (gremlins) so I have included recipes for some uplifting coctails instead, for Adults Only of course.... except the Cinderella, which is just a refreshing fruit mix.. Linda :)

Hell Bender
1 measure of Gin
3/4 msr of Cherry Vodka
1/2 measure of Sloe Gin
2/3 measure Passion fruit juice
1 teaspoon of Caster Sugar
3 ,1/2 msr Lemonade
Shake and strain into an ice filled glass,then top up with lemonade
1, 1/2 msr of White Rum
1 ,1/2 msr madarin or orange juice
1, 1/2 msr grapefruit juice
1/2 to 1 tsp caster sugar (fine sugar)
Shake and strain into an ice filled glass
This one below is my own favourite concoction, quite sweet 3 or 4 and you should feel Happy
Noo's Black Ice
2 msr white Vodka
1 msr Tia Maria
4 msr Cocoa Cola
Poured over 2 cubes of ice

and a non spirits cocktail...
a Cinderella.
2 msrs Orange Juice
2 msrs Pineapple juice,
1 msr Lemonjuice
1/2msr lemon syrup
shake and strain into ice filled glass and top up with a splash of soda water and a slice of lemon.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Ghost Walks

Delightfully frightful tales from the tomb, chillingly told by your host and ghost-master Marc Tuckey. Come with us as we visit actual locations of ghostly hauntings and dastardly deeds on the Island.

"Let us guide you through the dark side of The Isle of Wight."
The Isle of Wight Ghost Experience started life as Paranormal Perambulations and the Newport Ghost Walk in 1994 with Marc Tuckey and guidance from Gay Baldwin, author of the ghost books and true stories of the Isle of Wight. Marc and Gary claim the Isle of Wight to be the most haunted in the world with the ley lines running under the Isle of Wight directly from Stonehenge.
The above info was taken from Gary and Marc's website, for more info on individual walks, dates, prices and more just click on link below...if you dare

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Shooting Stars in The UK Tonight

Shooting stars are set to provide a dazzling display of celestial fireworks across the UK on Thursday night.
Experts said the annual Perseid meteor shower, which occurs each August, would be one of the most spectacular in recent years.
Conditions for watching the meteors were likely to be near perfect, with dark moonless nights and clear skies over much of the country.
Every August, the Earth ploughs through a swarm of dusty particles shed by passing comet Swift-Tuttle.
As the particles, each no bigger than a grain of sand, hit the atmosphere at 135,000mph they burn up, producing trails of light that shoot across the sky.
This year, the Perseid shower will peak at around 11pm, when observers in the countryside may be able to see meteors streaking overhead at a rate of one almost every half a second.
Even in light-polluted cities, where only the brightest meteors would be visible, as many as 10 an hour may be seen.
The meteor shower was expected to continue through the night, with activity still strong in the early hours of Friday.
Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "The best time to see the Perseid display is after about 10.30pm on Thursday evening. You can look anywhere in the sky. Though the meteors come from the direction of the stars of Perseus in the eastern part of the sky, they can appear anywhere."
Happy Skywatching.........

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Magicians Treasury on Etsy

Sheryl at Arcanium Antiques has created a wonderful treasury dedicated to the Magician's art.

Friday, 9 July 2010

ADO Challenge, Art Dolls in Wonderland

Most of these are Jesters Batons or Wands which I have taken to making over the last couple of years, along with a few models. All Batons and Models are made primarily from Paperclay and were made in the last couple of months for the ADO Art Doll Challenge.

Monday, 10 May 2010

WIP 2nd stage Alices Characters

Ok Here is the next bit, They are made from Eberhard-Faber White paper mixture, which is lovely to use, air dries and can be added to, at any time, helping with the modelling process, well it does suit my funny ways, anyway.:)
I drilled holes for eyes, set and modelled round them, & drilled holes for the wooden handles.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

WIP Characters from Alice's adventures

I modelled these three before my trip into hospital, they are at the first stage of becoming batons. They are the Unicorn, from the Unicorn and Lion fighting, The White Rabbit, and The Cheshire Cat, Next step is find appropriate eyes to set and drill holes for them and the wooden wand handle.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Ghost Island

As well as many other names such as the Garden Isle, and Dinosaur Island, one of the best loved nicknames is Ghost Island, as we seem to have more than our fair share.
Just why there are so many ghosts on the Isle of Wight is a mystery. Some say it's because of powerful unseen energy or ley lines which run under the Island.
This small island is home to hundreds of ghosts and spooky happenings. It has everything - from phantom monks, grey ladies and poltergeists - to the shades of smugglers, soldiers, Royalty and Romans. There are ghostly murderers and their victims, ghost-ships out at sea, and even a ghost-train still running on long vanished rails.
With the Island’s rich historical heritage, its violent and colourful past, it’s not surprising that ghostly goings-on and haunting echoes of those turbulent times continue to reverberate through 21st century, with the spirits of smugglers and shipwrecked seamen walking still on lonely West Wight beaches.
The Most Haunted team including Derek Accorah, Yvette Fielding and Richard Felix paid a visit to Ghost Island last year to film two programmes of Most Haunted, and their amazing experiences at Arreton Manor and Appuldurcombe House can be seen on Living TV’s new fifth series.

Arreton Murderous woodcutter Morey who was deemed to have killed his young grandson in cold blood in 1737, was tried and hanged, and his corpse left rotting on the gibbet at Gallows Hill, near the Hare and Hounds, until it became ´an offence to eye and nostril´. The gibbet crossbeam, complete with a notch cut in it beside the date of his execution can be seen in the pub. Morey´s restless spirit can also be seen, roaming Gallows Hill, carrying a large axe...

APPULDURCOMBE HOUSE, Wroxall . This handsome haunted mansion with its 365 windows and 52 rooms is now a shell of its former self. The ghosts however, remain. They include a phantom carriage, brown-clad monks, dark shapes glimpsed flitting through the grounds. Unseen hands regularly leaf through pages of the visitors' book.

You may never find this one, but have fun trying! One dark November night, two Island men set out from Newtown, on what became the strangest night of their lives. They came upon a pub - the Falcon or the Vulcan - where they shared a drink with some unsociable spirits. The drab bar felt unwelcoming and cold. Hostile eyes turned towards the two strangers and all conversation ceased. They drank up quickly and left. The strange old-fashioned pub, which was along a narrow lane somewhere between Newtown and Calbourne, has never been seen again. Despite repeated attempts, neither the lane nor ghostly pub has ever been found.

Journalist and local author Gay Baldwin has been investigating and researching ghost stories for over thirty years. Her series of Isle of Wight ghost books, video, DVD, audiobooks, you can order on-line at
In 1993, Gay devised the popular Newport Ghost Walk - a spooky stroll around the old town with a supernatural slant, which has introduced thousands of Islanders and visitors to the darker side of Newport.
Led by professional storytellers in Victorian costume from the Isle of Wight Ghost Experience, the walks leave St Thomas's Square, outside the haunted Wheatsheaf Hotel at 8pm on Wednesday nights. There's a new route every year and you can buy tickets on the night or book in advance at any of the Island´s Tourist Information Centres for the walks, which take approximately 1.5 hours.
You can also try several other walks throughout the year, such as the Botanic Garden in Ventnor, Cowes Old Town, Ghosts of Godshill, St Catherines Lighthouse in Niton (including supper), Arreton Manor Grounds and Freshwater Bay. All walks are subject to availability. If wet, do dress appropriately. Call 01983 520695 or check