Dulled: No need for change

Firstly, I would like to say thank you to those who participated in the poll posted last week. And if you haven’t, then I would be very appreciative if you would take a couple of moments to fill it in.

Anyway, to get back into blogging I thought I would start with the daily prompt: dulled. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/daily-prompt-dulled/

The drinking of the potion does remind me of Alice in Wonderland, don’t know if that was the intention. My second thought was Harry Potter.

If someone asked me which of the senses I would prefer to be sharpened, at the cost of the others my immediate response would be that I would prefer to have 20/20 vision and no need for glasses. This would certainly make wearing sunglasses easier and cheaper, at the moment I have to choose between my fashion sunglasses which means I can’t see properly or my less attractive prescription glasses. However, repairing sight seems to be a common wish and if I’m honest I don’t mind wearing glasses, after 12 years you get used to it and I think I look weird without them now.

After some thought, intensifying taste would probably be the most enjoyable due to a love of baking and thus eating. Although, this is ignoring the fact that smell and taste go hand in hand and if smell is dulled then taste will also be affected. Then again, would a sharper taste mean you couldn’t eat stronger foods as it would just be too much?

Maybe I’m just happy as I am – no need for change. A good motto for many people methinks.

 

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Views on Floating Homes

Hi again 😀 I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post but I’m rather busy with my degree atm. Hopefully I will get back into blogging again – especially when I get my new laptop and don’t have to wait half an hour for the thing to wake up and load.

Anyway, currently I’m studying an Environmental module as part of my degree and for this next assessment I have to choose my own extension project, related to the issue of flooding. I have chosen to assess opinions on floating homes. I hope you will read the information below and answer the related poll.

Floating homes such as canal boats have been used both in the UK and other countries for many years. However, over recent years a new type of floating home has been developed and has proved popular in countries such as Holland and Canada. The term ‘floating’ is ambiguous as unlike house boats these homes rest on land and only rise on the water during floods. This prevents damage to homes, businesses and livelihoods. The first floating home in Britain was given planning permission in 2012; it rests on the River Thames in Buckinghamshire and rises at the same level as the water around it.

The technology used in Canada differs from the Dutch method; it is the Dutch technology of ‘smart levee’ that the UK is currently interested in. It works by putting sensors in flood embankments which constantly monitor the condition of the levee and sends a warning when it weakens.

Floating Homes Another, way of escaping flood damage has been utilised for many centuries in places such as Indonesia and Thailand where houses are built on stilts so that water merely passes underneath leaving homes high and dry. This is a much simpler way of avoiding flood damage but one would have to guess the possible height flood water would reach and this could alter over the years, especially with the issue of climate change.

stilt house
Further information is available at these sites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20502736

http://www.ecofloatinghomes.com/floating_homes.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2240293/Could-amphibious-homes-prove-solution-floods-Floating-houses-range-ideas-touted-combat-increasingly-frequent-inundations.html

Thank you for reading this far and I hope you will help me by participating in the attached poll. Multiple selection is available and please leave any other comments if you wish. 

February

Even if you aren’t into spirits and myths this months advice will strike a truth and maybe inspire you to actually meet those New Years resolutions you’ve already considered abandoning. 😀

February

For most of us, February means shorter days, longer nights, and colder temperatures. Our ancestors coped with the dead of winter by hunkering down by the fire and conserving energy. They got up later, went to bed earlier, stayed home with the clan or family, and generally did less. Unfortunately, our modern society doesn’t lend itself to this approach, and we often end up pushing ourselves too hard during a season when energy is hard to come by.February

February is a good time to turn inward. Hibernation isn’t just for bears. People can benefit from slowing down and following the natural inclination of the season toward quiet and introspection. You can start to plan the year ahead, even though it is to early to actively do much with your plans (that can wait for spring). If you write – whether it is journaling, poetry, short stories, or books – now is the prim time to reconnect with your muse. Pain, play music, or have small intimate gatherings instead of big parties. Or just spend time by yourself, rediscovering your inner witch.

And don’t forget to use this quiet time to get in touch with your spiritual side. In the silence, you may be able to make a deeper connection with deity that you can during the hustle and bustle of the warmer months. Sit by your altar and speak from the heart and listen for the answer that comes out of the dark. Slow down and sit tight – spring will come soon enough.

Hibernation Spell

Darkness falls and nights grow cold

And like the Witches of old

I turn my speed from fast to slow

And bank the fires down to low

Looking inward in the night

I seek that sacred shining light

Ancient God and Goddess wise

Watching down from moonlit skies

Quiet home and quiet heart

I’ll hibernate ’till springs new start

Content to be at peace and warm

Entranced by winter’s slower charm

Stone: Amethyst

Flowers: violet, primrose

Animal: Otter

Ruling planet: Uranus

Deborah Blake, Llewellyn’s Witches Callender 2013

Snow, Snow, Snow

I love the snow, my heart leaps as soon as a speck of white is spotted in the distance. I wish for it to settle, turn the place into a winter wonderland.

Blacksmiths Lane Dog Walkers Flower Holly LaneSnow close up

In fact, I love winter as a whole. I suppose the miserable wet days are no fun, but you do get those all year round. As soon as the frost bites and hats, gloves and scarves come out I feel the need to make a hot chocolate (perhaps with a splash of Baileys in the evenings); drink soup; make steak pie followed by treacle sponge and custard. I want to buy jumpers, snuggle up in front of the fire on the sofa in a cardigan with a good book or film.

Snow TreesSnow
Unicorn Inn
Trees (2)Pots

Everyone hustles into the house and whacks the heating up so high you’d think it was mid-summer. No, I prefer to layer up the jumpers and wear my cosy slipper boots. Much more satisfying – especially with that bailey-spiked hot chocolate 😀

Red leafTrees

Berry

The photos where taken on a day where literally everything was white – ground, buildings, roofs, trees and sky – so some may not be as good as the could be despite my efforts in altering them on the computer 😀

A Witches Calender: January

I brought a calender this year – I know, not exactly thrilling news. I picked out one themed with witches because I liked the pictures, when I got it home I discovered each month tells a little story. Today I thought I’d share January’s. Sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

HoldaJanuary

We are in the time of the Snow Queen, who is also known as the Northern Germanic goddess Holda. Holda, or Holla, is a deity associated with spinning, fertility, childbirth, and domesticated animals. Holda is the keeper of a sacred pool through which the souls of newly born infants enter the world. It was thought that if women bathed in Holda’s sacred pools, they would quickly conceive. Holda is also one of the leaders of the Wild Hunt. The season of the Wild Hunt began at the Winter Solstice and continues throughout the months of winter. Holda is a patroness of Witches, and she has a shamanistic type of energy, as Witches called on her for nighttime flights or to aid in astral projection.

Holda may appear as an old, bent crone cloaked in gray or as a beautiful young maiden dressed in shimmering white. According to folklore, when Holda makes her bed and fluffs up her feather pillows, it snows. This is how she earned the title of Snow Queen. When fog rolls in during the winter months, it is believed that this is the smoke for Holda’s fire. In southern Germany, this deity is known as Perchta (sometimes spelled Berchta). The name Perchta translates to the “bright one”. Also, a goddess of the Wild Hunt and childbirth, she was accompanied by and cared for the souls of children and babies who had passed to the other side. The festival day for Perchta/Berchta and Holda is January 6.

These goddesses of fertility and death walked here between the worlds of the living and the dead. During the month of January when the snows settle in and the night seems very long, you may call upon Holda to watch over and protect you.

Spell to Call on Holda

All around me now icy, winter winds do blow, 

I call Holda and Perchta, the Queens of the Snow.

Leaders of the Wild Hunt, great ladies, please hear my cry,

Watch over and defend me as you sail through the sky.

By the powers of the earth, air, fire and water,

Guard and protect you magickal sons and daughter.

January Correspondences

Stone: Garnet

Animal: Snow goose; owl; bear

Flower: Carnation; snowdrop

Ruling planet: Saturn

(Not my own words, copied from ‘Llewellyn’s Witches Calender 2013’: Ellen Dugan)