Ravens and crows only live in nests when they are young and when they are brooding. During the rest of the year, they sleep in favourite roosting places. In the mountains and forests surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona, specific families have specific roosting areas. Prior to the Great Fire of London in 1666 Ravens lived all over London but after the fire there were so many Ravens feasting on the carnage that the citizens petitioned the King to have them removed. A soothsayer told Charles 1 that when the last Raven left the Tower the British Crown would fall. To this day captive ravens roost in the Tower.
Visiting the Triton's Realm
by Jill Sullivan
Jill Sullivan is a visual artist who works in various media including textiles, paint, print, book arts and who has also, since joining the Soul Food Café at the beginning of 2008, started to experiment with the written form.
She is inspired by nature in all her glorious guises and the 'inner' worlds she has inhabited and inhabits, with maybe those of other wanderers she may meet along the way.
Like a magpie bright things attract her so her use of colour can be bold, an expression of energy, life-force and joy!
For the past few years she has been working predominantly in group projects but is now concentrating on much more personal work.
She loves to work in what she terms free-form which consists of random drawing, doodling, writing - letting the subconscious take over as in free-associative, stream-of-consciousness writing, sometimes with a definite theme in mind, sometimes not, the better to make those inner connections with self, spirit and the natural world.
- Meandering Muse
- "let the beauty of what you love, be what you do" Rumi
- Wyrd Spirit
- This is where I will chart my travels with L'Enchanteur into the realms of Lemuria and beyond. All of the pieces relating to those journeys and the feelings that are evoked will be recorded here. Please enjoy.
- The Waiting Game
- It is a matter of waiting to see how this blog will evolve and take shape.
It has been argued that Charles Dickens is responsible for the revival of the Christmas spirit during the nineteenth century. Charles Dickens has probably had more influence on the way the Christian world celebrates Christmas today than any other person. Dickens is well known for his Christmas philosophy, which manifests itself through his novel, A Christmas Carol. This novel, undoubtedly one of Dickens' greatest pieces of work, show us in detail, the author's Christmas philosophy of affection and hope towards mankind. Although Dickens achieved much success from this novel, it can be argued that he segregates a large part of the population that does not share his philosophies of Christmas.
Dickens seemed obsessive about the holiday, and more than once he depicted lavish Christmas feasts rife with “old fashioned” traditions which were little more than literary creations. Nevertheless, people followed right along, enchanted with the atmosphere he created and wishing to capture it for themselves. People accepted fiction as if it were true and thus allowed life to imitate art.
It seems, if Christmas at Riversleigh is any indication, that Sibyl Riversleigh has been infected by the spirit of Charles Dickens.