Wednesday, July 28, 2004

I just laughed so much that I'm totally Mutleyed.

A triumphant message from Norman, King of Gnomes:

The King of Gnomes to me he said,
Today as I was lying on my bed,
"Will you, good Sir, give all my thanks
To the Limeys, Welsh, misc and Yanks
Who took your heed to scroll up top
to stop my brothers from going pop
and deliver them a present dear
that I have been working on for near a year.
That gift is such, which once was mine,
a word for Grove with which to rhyme
So my best to you on Witchgrove
And the best from my dog - his name is Rove-
...r .........

No wait... dont write that last bit down, let me think...... OK how
about 'and my dog is choking on a clove?' No? What do you mean its
not true? Im the King of Gnomes young man! Here doggy-doggy,
Rover.... Too violent? Ok. Well...erm.. Are you still writing this
down? Dont put that, and make the whole thing rhyme. And sort your
hair out you hippy. And... wait, dont click that Scroll up, SCROLL
UP.... *POP*"

Gnomes work hard to run the net,
Without their help we'd have never met,
But I have a habit I have to stop,
I think its funny when Gnomes go *POP*.

Copyright Phoenix Thorn 2004

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Those kids at work really spoil me...

...not only do I have Matt flirting as only a handsome, shy 18 year old can, but Katie W brought in a CD she'd made, that'd she'd deliberately put two of my favourite songs on.

Every now and again she'd say "Kate, go stand under a speaker", so I'll toddle off to the Sport table and pretend to tidy it while singing along.

This sone is the best, it sends shivers up my spine. I guess it's the musical equivalent of reading The Dark Is Rising or most Alice Hoffman books. The hair on the back of my neck rises and the world is suddenly full of sparkles...

Drops of Jupiter - Train

Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's time to change, hey, hey
Since the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey

Tell me did you sail across the sun
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star
One without a permanent scar
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

Now that she's back from that soul vacation
Tracing her way through the constellation, hey, hey
She checks out Mozart while she does tae-bo
Reminds me that there's room to grow, hey, hey

Now that she's back in the atmosphere
I'm afraid that she might think of me as plain ol' Jane
Told a story about a man who is too afraid to fly so he never did land

Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back to the Milky Way
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind
Was it everything you wanted to find
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken
Your best friend always sticking up for you even when I know you're wrong
Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance five-hour phone conversation
The best soy latte that you ever had . . . and me

Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back toward the Milky Way

Tell me did you sail across the sun
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated

Tell me, did you fall for a shooting star
One without a permanent scar
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day?

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Which Domestic Goddess Are You?

Which Domestic Goddess Are You?

You scored 18.2% Hestia

The goddess of the hearth, Hestia is the ultimate Earth mother -- kind, open, and nurturing. If you are ruled by Hestia, your home is your castle, and cooking your greatest talent and pleasure. You love being surrounded by people and, more importantly, taking care of them; your favorite place is the kitchen, redolent with the smells of food baking or a stew simmering. Comfort is all-important -- your home is warm and cozy with furniture you can sink into -- and you favor clothes with an easy-to-wear, easy-to-take-care-of style. To bring out your inner goddess, decorate with small homey touches -- crochet an afghan or needlepoint a pillow, make a pretty wreath for the doorway, or begin a collection of whimsical china animals -- and stick with a warm color palette, lots of earth tones, russets and oranges. Easygoing Hestia would rather spend her time starting seeds from scratch than polishing furniture, and every room in her house has a nice, relaxed feel to it. Sometimes, though, you forget that the world is worth exploring, and you need to call on Artemis to awaken your sense of adventure. Make sure, too, that you don't ignore romance in your life (you need it, after all); call on Aphrodite to open yourself up to passion and pleasure.

Find out how to bring out your inner Hestia if you scored low in this category.


You scored 18.2% Artemis

Ruler of the wilderness, Artemis is the free spirit of the domestic goddesses. If you are ruled by Artemis, you are unconventional and secure in your own likes and dislikes. You are your own interior decorator, a collector, eclectic in your tastes. Those mix-and-matched plates and napkins you've been using forever reflect your individuality perfectly. Bright colors (think pinks and greens) in patterns and stripes appeal to your inner goddess. Your favorite room is apt to be lightest, brightest room with the largest windows -- no fussy curtains for you, just bright sunlight, the perfect place for a spur-of-the moment gathering. Trust your own individual flair -- remember, you had animal prints before they were in -- and let your spontaneity shine. Maintaining any easygoing approach to housekeeping and sharing your home with plants and animals appeal to Artemis' love of the energy of the outdoors. Even if you live in a small apartment, let the Artemis in you blossom with a small container herb garden to awaken your senses. You may sometimes put other, more conventional types off with your individual style. And you may also find it hard to sustain a committed relationship because you are attracted to so many different types of people. Take inspiration from Hestia to calm your Artemis side down and become more grounded. Or listen to Kuan Yin to let a different kind of energy into your life.

Need more of Artemis' influence? Find out how to get it.


You scored 18.2% Penelope

The "weaver" and the most creative of the goddesses, Penelope inspires us to express our personalities and tastes by making things and trying new crafts. She is the part of us that loves working with a glue gun, buying a piece of fabric, stenciling borders on walls and refinishing furniture. If you are ruled by Penelope, you are skilled with your hands and get great satisfaction making things for yourself and others. You are open and free with your gifts and have a large circle of friends and acquaintances. To express this inner goddess, decorate with soft, restful colors -- blues reminiscent of the skies and oceans, with a touch of green -- and focus on the handmade or rescued piece -- the homemade pillow, the updated flea market find. Penelope is unafraid to express her own tastes; don't be afraid to experiment with new ideas, new materials, new color combinations. To bring this goddess into your life, teach yourself a new skill or embark on a new project, such as making picture frames or starting a scrapbook. Be patient with yourself -- there's no particular rush to finish your project on a tight schedule. Sometimes, Penelope has us ignore our need for quiet; call on Kuan Yin to remind you of the simple pleasure of sitting alone, doing nothing. You may also become housebound if you're not careful -- working on something new -- so invite the spirit of Hera in and explore the outside world a bit. Your special talents will be well appreciated.

Find out how to become more like Penelope if you scored low in this category.


You scored 18.2% Aphrodite

The goddess of love whose domain is the bedroom and garden, Aphrodite is the ultimate romantic spirit. If you are ruled by Aphrodite, you are energetic and spontaneous, emotional and romantic, a gifted decorator and a fine gardener. Small details and pretty touches are one of Aphrodite's trademarks -- scented soaps in the bathroom or a bowl of dried rose petals in the bedroom will bring your inner goddess to the fore. Rich floral prints, the look of layer upon layer in window treatments, the most delicate of laces, and soft velvets can make any room in your house or apartment a place of love and romance. Feel free to experiment with rich sensual colors -- the mossiest of greens, the deepest of pinks -- to bring a different kind of depth to your surroundings. (Aphrodite isn't shy about her wants.) Cut flowers or a small bowl filled with pebbles and a single daffodil bulb will bring the spirit of Aphrodite into the house, even in midwinter. Use candles, particularly scented ones, to let your inner Aphrodite free and follow your instincts. Keep in mind that your focus on love and romance might lead you to neglect some parts of your life that need tending. Take inspiration from Athena, and remember, being just a bit more organized will make your life that much easier.

If you scored low in Aphrodite, find out how to invite the goddess of love into your home.


You scored 18.2% Hera

The queen of the Greek goddess, the multitalented Hera is always on the run. If you are ruled by Hera, you are an assured multitasker who sees tending the home as just one part of a busy life. Decidedly down-to-earth, you're likely to be involved in lots of different activities -- anything from working, coaching a soccer team, tutoring or volunteering or pursuing your own interests -- and your decorating style is practical and low-maintenance. Easy-to-mop floors, washable fabrics and sturdy furniture help simplify your life, as does the latest in kitchen equipment. You favor darker colors that don't show wear and tear. Your favorite style of entertaining is a potluck dinner or a barbeque so that you can do what you like best: talking and listening to other people. Try a five-minute centerpiece to set a mood without a lot of fuss. Get in touch with your inner goddess by setting up a reading group or volunteering where you live. Sometimes, though, you spread yourself too thin and don't give yourself enough of the downtime you need and deserve. In moments like these, call on Kuan Yin for a bit of introspection or take a hint from Athena and do just one thing at a time.

Could you use a little more of Hera's influence? Find out how to bring her out.


You scored 9.1% Kuan Yin

The domestic goddess of compassion and understanding, Kuan Yin is the necessary corrective to the busy and fast pace of everyday life. If you are ruled by Kuan Yin, you are introspective and spiritual by nature, focused on the essential things in life. You are the friend whom others turn to in times of turmoil and trouble. Simplicity is this goddess' hallmark, and your decorating style is open and uncluttered. Clean, classic lines appeal to you -- no ruffles or flounces. A single, beautiful object will give your eye a spot to linger, such as a tabletop fountain created in one of your favorite vases. Open up to this goddess's influence by choosing natural fabrics -- cottons and linens -- over synthetics and sticking with a color palette of wood tones, black and white, and the occasional jewel tone, such as amethyst or emerald. Set aside a place for meditation in your home -- it need only be a windowsill -- and choose objects with personal resonance, such as a beautiful seashell, a perfect flower or a candle to decorate it. Appealing to your inner goddess will awaken your spirit. Sometimes your need for perfection gets in your way and your unhurried nature has you running late or missing deadlines entirely. Quiet by temperament and inclination, you sometimes miss some of the opportunities afforded by the outside world. Call on adventurous Artemis or romantic Aphrodite to bring a little spice into your life.

Learn how to nurture your inner Kuan Yin.


You scored 0% Athena

The domestic goddess of order, Athena is an organizer and an efficient perfectionist. If you are ruled by Athena, others often look to you for advice and guidance, particularly when it comes to decision making, and you are likely to be the leader of any group. You are a skilled, if formal, hostess, and you're likely to set a color-coordinated table, with gleaming silver and crystal accents. Your traditional tastes give your home an easy, timeless elegance -- you prefer whites and the palest of pinks, blues, and celadons -- and you naturally gravitate to simple, classic design for both your living and dining rooms. Your inner goddess is a natural housekeeper; she loves the look of an orderly closet and organized drawers. The perfect flower arrangement in a beautiful vase will give you a great sense pleasure. To some, you may seem a bit set in your ways, and sometimes your inability to leave anything undone makes it hard for you to relax and unwind. Call on Artemis to free up some of your energy, or ask Hestia to remind you to just let go a bit. You don't really need to polish the furniture today.

If you scored low in Athena, find out how to tap into her powers.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

My sister Emily, being a beach babe. Posted by Hello

New layout

I was bored with my old layout, so got a new one.

It means that all my comments vanished though...WAHHH! But I remember and treasure them all.

I shall post a photo of my sister in a minute I think...

Phoenix couldn't sleep last night... he wrote poetry instead.

Whether you're Witch
Or whether you're Wittan,
In the US, Europe or Britain,
Whether your druid, heathen or Celt,
There's a place that love can always be felt.
Its a little place right here on-line,
Where everything is good, everythings fine,
Some talk of laughter others appease,
People like me only spout Cheese,
But one things for certain as I sit by my stove,
It really hard to rhyme the word 'Grove'.


When you're surfing the internet back at home,
Dont make the mistake of thinking your alone,
For in Pagan Cyberland a few creatures reside,
Who run and duck and duck and hide,
From pagan 'Real-ies' who invade their home,
With broad band connection or dial-up phone.
For their existance is always threatened,
By lazy 'Realies' not nuclear weapons,
So after you click - scroll back to the top,
Coz every half page makes a Gnome go Pop.


That's what happens when he can't sleep....

Monday, July 19, 2004

Midsummer Morning, Southwold Beach Posted by Hello

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Can't sleep...must do quizzes....

Piggy Bank
You like to shop but you don't go crazy with
spending! Good for you!  You buy everything
that you need or want but make wise choices to
make sure you are getting the most for your
money.  Keep it up!!

Are you a shopaholic?!?
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Saturday, July 17, 2004

Today I found music!

Well, a tape anyway.
I was doing some tidying in the "library" and found a box of cassettes. There was some very random stuff in there and also one tape labeled KJ 1 6/7/00. This means that it was the first mix tape I made while I was with James (who I lived with for a year) and I made it on the 6th July 2000.
The music is fabulous!
Track listing:
More Life In A Tramps Vest - Stereophonics
Road Rage - Catatonia
Tied To The 90's - Travis
Midnight In Chelsea - Bon Jovi
Monday Morning 5:19 - Rialto
Drop Dead Gorgeous - Republica
Not Where It's At - Del Amitri
Lullaby - Shawn Mullins
Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden
Any Way You Look - Northern Uproar
Traffic - Sterophonics
I Don't Know - Ruth
KATE - Ben Folds Five
Smooth - Santana
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
One Week - Bare Naked Ladies
Sitting Down Here - Lene Marlin
Local Boy In The Photograph - Sterophonics
Untouchable - Rialto
Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
I Quit - Hepburn
Rushour - Joyrider
Beautiful Ones - Suede
Ladykiller - Lush
You & Me Song - Wannadies
Perseverance - Terrorvision
SEE!!!! Look at the TUUUUNES!
I had a big big music phase that summer and not only was I buying up lots of new singles from new bands (Rialto, Hepburn, Bare Naked Ladies) but I also dug up some old stuff that I'd been reminded of by the Glastonbury Festival. I mean I'd watched Travis headlining on the Saturday night, then I got home and listened to their very very first single from about 5 years before (cos I bought it while doing my GCSEs I think, and that was 1995).
So I have the music on LOUD and Phoenix is downstairs with the tv turned up. I think it might be too loud as the occupant of the end room shut the door earlier, and they haven't done that since we moved in!
We've got stuff to list on eBay today so I suppose I'd better get it done!

Another Quiz Pinched From Anna's LJ

Stranger in a Strange Land
You belong in Stranger in a Strange Land.  You are
an alien amongst your own kind.  Your wisdom is
recognized by few, and your awesome power is
balanced by your boundless love.

Which Heinlein Book Should You Have Been A Character In?
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Didn't I get this book in another quiz?

Monday, July 12, 2004


Salvador Dali Melting clocks are not a problem in
your reality. You are an unschooler. You will
tolerate a textbook, but only as a last resort.
Mud is your friend. You prefer hands-on
everything. If your school had an anthem, it
would be Dont Worry, Be Happy. Visit my blog:

What Type of Homeschooler Are You?
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Glastonbury Camping

I just spoke to the man from this campsite and he's confirmed there are spaces.

I also found it on a map, so now we know where we're going! (It's the one to the west of the town, not the one by the Tor)

Sunday, July 11, 2004

I updated my OTHER blog!

I put the books I've been reading onto my other blog at last. I've been meaning to do this for ages but adding the links and things always makes it really involved.

Just won a nice cross-stitch book on eBay, more stitchy ideas woo hoo!

Still working on the first of my two secret projects. Mab really liked the first one and the way I'm cracking on with it I might well finish it tomorrow.

Going to go see what I can find to turn into patterns.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Weird day

It's been strange today. I had a horrible feeling of forboding hanging over my head until about half five. Phoenix is off doing a Greenpeace thing tonight and tomorrow morning so I am all by myself until he gets back tomorrow night. I really wasn't looking forward to it but the after work got a text reminding me that he loved me very much and that he was doing this "to try to create a better world for our children" which made me all teary.

But I should be ok tonight. I do have period pain from hell, but have invested in a few things to keep me ticking over:

Red Wine
Kettle Chips
Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Icecream

Plus I bought myself two new books:

Depression for Dummies
Healing Without Freud or Prozac

These might just help me get my brain sorted last!

Right then, off to read WitchGrove and then to watch tv, read Lone Pine books and eat icecream!

Monday, July 05, 2004

I'm more Georgia's sister than I thought...

You're a Civil War era corset. You southern belle,

What corset are you?
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Friday, July 02, 2004


Sewer Walking

You and me, we used to talk
Like a river underground, the sewer where we used to walk.
The hole at the end empties out to the pier
Where paperboats disappear

Me, I try to send this note,
Float it like a paper boat,
But paper sinks and words are weak.
I try but I don't speak

Join together in the silent snow
Turn our faces up to see
Not endless night, but day
A pier
And you and me, talking.

(This is Grace's poem from Joan of Arcadia.
You should be dating a Aries.
21 March - 19 April
This person is a leader, very energetic, always helping others to achieve their dreams. Though at times, Aries can be be bossy, jealous, and selfish, this ram enjoys sexy new challenges in bed!

What Zodiac Sign Are You Attracted To?
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Phoenix is out at a Greenpeace meeting tonight so I have been left to my own devices. I'm done all my usual internet stuff, watched the latest two episodes of Joan of Arcadia, and moved the stereo from the bedroom to the computer room as I need music while I surf (earlier I had Mariah Carey singing some awful christmas song stuck in my head over and over).

While looking at my CDs (mostly bought while I was at uni) I spotted the one that mum gave me when we went home for Nana's funeral.

It's the CD called Bridging the Gap by Allen Beechey's Bright Stars of Jazz. Now I'm not usually a jazz kind of gal, but this CD is different. This is a CD featuring a young man named George Fagg on piano. You can find out a bit about George here.

I just decided to listen to it for the first time tonight. It's pretty damn groovy really, although I know bugger all about jazz except for what Richard at work tells me. But I know that in about 5 minutes I will be crying my heart out.


Because Track Five will be playing, I Will Weather The Storm; written by George Fagg, and performed by his fellow band members at his funeral.

Better go find some tissues...

Tee Hee Hee

This Oh My Gods! strip is soo soo true!

I get questions like this ALL the time!