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Field of Dandelions: Contemplation

Last year, a friend suggested a special word-choice contemplation to use for the whole year. Choose one word you want your year to be full of–such as gratitude, compassion, happiness, peace.  Or choose an abstract word that has relevance to … Continue reading

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Clouties

What in the world is a cloutie? It makes me think of children getting clouted in the ear for misbehaving–and what does this clouting have to do with the image of this cross? The cross is an ancient stone one near … Continue reading

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The Wishing Tradition

At one time there was a chapel opposite St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall built for pilgrims on their way to to the Mount. I don’t think it exists any more. Old-time pilgrimages ended in the mid-sixteenth century, but here is … Continue reading

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Marazion

Marazion is another beautiful place in Cornwall, opposite St Michael’s Mount. Its strange name has one odd explanation. Supposedly it commemorates Jewish traders whe came to hold fairs, and to purchase tin. Marazion is supposed to mean Bitter Zion to … Continue reading

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Mên-an-Tol

The Mên-an-Tol (also Men an Toll) is a small formation of standing stones near the Madron-Morvah road in Cornwall, United Kingdom (grid reference SW426349). It is about 3 miles north west of Madron. It is also known locally as the … Continue reading

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St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:St_Michael%27s_Mount.jpg St. Michael’s Mount is a sacred site in Cornwall about ninety miles from King Arthur’s Castle in Tintagel.  It is a small island accessible on foot when the tide is out and has been a place of pilgrimage … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Female Sex, from the Age of Sixteen to Sixty

In the Old Post Office in Tintagel, Cornwall, there are Victorian samplers on display.  I couldn’t locate any images of the actual ones you can see there, but this mid-eighteenth century English sampler is rather interesting: The words embroidered at … Continue reading

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Bodmin Moor: King Arthur’s Hall

Emily and her brother Byron, in Emily’s Shadow, mistakenly call the moor Bodwin rather than Bodmin, because many signs had been removed during war time to thwart the Nazis should they ever invade Britain. The map their father had was … Continue reading

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The Old Post Office in Tintagel, Cornwall

The old post office in Tintagel is a 14th-century yeoman’s farmhouse. It was called the post office because during the Victorian period, for fifty years it held a license to be the letter-receiving station for the district. The old decaying … Continue reading

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Merlin’s Cave

Merlin, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth in Historia Regum Britanniae, might well have been the son of a demon who impregnated a mortal woman who was a nun. Yet, Tennyson in his Idylls of the King describes ocean waves bringing … Continue reading

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