Feline Friday: one of our favourite authors lets her story out of the bag

This is Blodyn, one of our favorite poetesses.

She shares her life in pictures and words over at Hywel’s (pronounced Howell’s) garden site.

Today, after a week of protests, wars, upheavals and such, we thought everyone could use a little chill time.

So, check out B’s recent work, A Birthday Rhyme.

Published in: on October 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM  Comments (1)  
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Ok, ok, we know you’ve been wondering. So, here it is. Observations Upon “The Religion of Doctors” — Your end of summer read about a FABulous wedding on gorgeous Prince Edward Island awaits!

No, we didn’t plan it this way, but apparently theRoyal couple, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine nee Middleton) are beginning their Candian Tour tomorrow and making a stop on beautiful  Prince Edward Island * for the Fourth of July weekend.

If you’d like to enter the contest to win a trip to PEI, the good folks at Tourism PEI are sponsoring a “follow in Royal Footsteps” contest, allowing the winner to go to all the charming spots in Canada the Royal couple will visit.

Observations Upon “The Religion of Doctors,” Book 5, of the series we’ve been publishing about the Gardner Museum heist (by Acascias Riphouse), had been rolled as of today. It is the penultimate book of the series, and features a contemporary Labor Day wedding on Prince Edward Island (home of LM Montgomery’s famous red-headed Anne of Green Gables).

If you’re wondering what it would be like to vacation on PEI, pick up a copy now and tag along to find out about all the PEI summer hotspots while solving the mystery.  Or, hang on to it for your own end of August getaway (or that destination wedding your dreading) and see how your adventures stack up with ours. Hopefully your holiday / wedding won’t end in murder!

If you want to check out the first few chapters, you can do that on our main website, or check out Google Books.  Haven’t read the earlier books in the series? No worries, you can always catch up. If you want to see just how beautiful the island really is, click Dan James’ CEO Blues Gallery link and see our favorite shot. Dan, amazingly is not a professional photographer, but CEO of silverorange web systems.

This book is only available in Trade paperback or e-Book formats, because really, who buys hardbacks these days?

Next month we’ll be devoting some blogspace to an author interview. So, fasten your seatbelt, we’ll be asking all the ugly questions about the Welsh, autoimmune diseases, auction houses. And the most important, did you know Whitey Bulger was living in Santa Monica? And hopefully we’ll have some dish on the final book of the series Loose Fantasies:  The Memoirs which will be available at the end of August.

*(Yes, it really is Prince Edward Island, not Prince Edwards Island, but we probably messed that up at least once somewhere in the book, or on the website, or even on the cover. Sorry.)

Are you looking over a three-leaf clover, that you overlooked before?

As people go about their day today celebrating St Patrick of Ireland by the wearing of the green, let us pause a moment and remember that Patricus was actually Welsh.

St Patrick was an educated Welsh boy from a good Romano-Briton family that practiced Christianity. His father was a deacon, his grandfather a priest. The Christian church had married priests then.

Patrick was kidnapped by the pagan Irish, from his home in Wales, and sold as a slave. Eventually he escaped back to his home in Roman-controlled Wales.

After some years, he had a vision that he should return to Ireland and try to Christianize the pagan Irish and help the numerous Brito-Roman Christians that had, like himself, been kidnapped by the pagan Irish and sold as slaves to masters there.

These are his actual words:

“I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: “The Voice of the Irish. As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea—and they cried out, as with one voice: “We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.”

Today, as you honor St Patrick, and the great contributions of Celtic Christians, remember it all began with a humble Welshman who was willing to return to the cruel country of his captivity to minister to slaves.

Published in: on March 17, 2011 at 8:30 AM  Leave a Comment  
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And behind every great man, there stands a greater woman — St Non

And because behind every great man, there always stands a greater woman . . . the final day of the 3 days is dedicated to St Non, the mother of St  David. How close were David and Non? He set up his cathedral not far from her home. And when David became a big wheel, she retired gracefully to a convent in Brittany.  The best moms always know when to bow out.

Published in: on March 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Do the little things (Gwnewch y pethau bychain) – Happy St David’s Day

Today is St David’s Day. That’s St David of Wales.  A well known vegan, St David’s symbol is a leek.  So settle in  (it’s actually a 3-day holiday), with a nice bowl of potato – leek soup, a vase full of daffodils, and a little Welsh choral music!

To learn more about our patron saint, you can pop over to Rhys James Jones site.

Published in: on March 1, 2011 at 8:01 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Hello Young Lovers wherever you are . . . it is St Dwynwen’s Day

“Nothing wins hearts like cheerfulness”—St Dwynwen

January 25th is  St. Dwynwen’s Day in Wales. St. Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers. In her special area of patronage, love, it is said her intercessions will always be granted of God in favor of all true-hearted lovers, so that they should either obtain the object of their affections or else be cured of their passion.

The 14 foot hight Celtic cross above, at Llanddwyn, was placed by the Hon. FG Wynn of Glynllivon, son of the 3rd Lord Newborough, in 1903. No word on whether he put up the cross asking for help obtaining his true love’s heart, or put up the cross as a thank you for help successfully granted.

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 8:09 AM  Leave a Comment  
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