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29 Goodreads ‘A Treasury of British Folklore’

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A Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes & MistletoeA Treasury of British Folklore: Maypoles, Mandrakes & Mistletoe

by Dee Dee Chainey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 29 of my Goodreads Challenge

This is a beautiful little treasure trove of a book, split into three parts giving a wonderful and varied selection of tales from British Folklore.

Part One: Of the Land, Plants and Animals

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An apt place to begin with short insights into the seasons and the folkloric year. For example did you know that

… a sneeze on Wednesday in Hertfordshire means a letter is coming.

Part Two: Witchcraft, Magic and Heroic Tales

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This section also includes several ghosts and hauntings along with various versions of stories of the hauntings of the Hell Hound

Part Three: The Milestones of Life

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This sections as expected covers births and deaths, love and marriage etc. One thing that interested me here was the prominent part that cheese seems to play in a birth ceremony often called ‘the groaning cheese’

In Oxfordshire, a ring was cut into the middle of the cheese, and the child would be passed through it for luck on their christening day.

Where to find Folklore
This wonderful list of festivals can be found at the end of the book. Each festival is listed under the month in which it is celebrated, and often includes a link for further information.

All in all a beautiful book with simple black and white illustrations dotted throughout. Great for dipping in and out of at your leisure.

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Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse New Release

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Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse by Rose English

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One lonely seal
in the midst of the ocean
rolls on the waves
to the rhythmical motion.
The seal watches over
the child on the sand.
Her lovely young daughter
born of the land.

On Midsummer’s Eve seals swim up onto the sand, shed their skin and transform into beautiful young women to give thanks to the mysterious Moon Goddess.

Lost in dance, no one notices a shimmering sealskin being stolen; leaving one beautiful Selkie trapped on the land forever.
Can an unlikely friend help her reclaim her skin, or is she destined to remain forever in human form?

‘Seal Mother’ – a magical Selkie tale of love, loss and deceit, told in verse. (Click image to enlarge)

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Amazon: http://viewbook.at/SealMother

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40745694-seal-mother—a-selkie-tale-in-verse

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About Rose English:

Rose English, author

Living on ‘England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, among the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, Rose’s house is wall to wall books. She even has a ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks’.

Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time alone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.

Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with children, was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.

Author Links

Website: https://roseenglishukauthor.wordpress.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoseEnglish.UK.Author/

Twitter:  @RoseEnglishUK

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#WIP Seal Mother 27th June 2018

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Click the image to enlarge. The illustrations are all by the young, talented, Hannah Ryan.

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The Seal-Maid & Fisherman Marry.

So for today’s sneak peek you should already know that the handsome fisherman guided the Selkie home from the beach. Slowly she is adapting to her life on land but she longs for her family in the ocean.

Still no wiser about her missing sealskin, (which is locked in the deep dark, chest in the bedroom). She believes the fisherman to be a kind soul, he does indeed love her dearly and treats her with great kindness. The magical creature has brought light into his mundane life, and one day he asks her to marry him.

It has been many weeks since the Seal-maid’s beautiful pelt disappeared and she is losing hope. She needs protection in this strange world. Fearing humans, she keeps well away from them. However, slowly she grows fond of the fisherman, with his gentle caring ways. Eventually the Seal-maiden gives him a little piece of her heart, and then the pair are joined in wedlock.

On land it was hard for
the Seal-maid to cope.
Of finding her skin,
she was losing all hope.
Then the fisherman said
“You’ve brought light to my life,
I love you most dearly
so please be my wife?”


Seal Mother Updates

I hope you are enjoying these little insights into my Seal Mother – Selkie Tale in Verse. So the latest news is that Hannah is working on the cover for the book to be in FULL COLOUR, and fingers crossed we may be able to do a cover reveal on Sunday for #IndiePrideDay.

But to tease you a little bit more here is a sketch of one of the seals that could very well be adorning the cover.

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Watch this space. Thanks for visiting if you enjoyed being here please share with your reader friends.

Happy Reading

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#WIP ‘Seal Mother’ 25th June 2018

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The illustrations are all by the young, talented, Hannah Ryan.

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Seal Maiden Rescued??

So for today’s sneak peek the beautiful Seal-Maiden is trapped in her human form –  naked. Having had her sealskin stolen away on Midsummer’s Eve. (Click the image above to enlarge).

Meanwhile the young fisherman, who actually stole the prized shimmering skin, (under the sight of the Moon Goddess) is strolling along the beach hoping that the Selkie will be there and he can take her home to be his bride.

The sealskin was hers
this he knew from the start,
but they’d soon be together
she would be his sweetheart.
So he took off his coat
then when he felt bolder,
with tenderness he wrapped
the coat round her shoulders.

The handsome fisherman falls madly in love, he takes the lost, lonely maiden back to his cottage on the edge of the beach. He feeds and clothes this magical creature, whom he longs to take as his own. He is determined that she will become his wife.

All she longs for is to find her skin and return to her family in the sea. The Seal-maid is quite unaware that her beautiful pelt is only in the next room, locked away. Hidden from view in a deep, dark chest.


Seal Mother Updates

I hope you are enjoying these little insights into my Seal Mother – Selkie Tale in Verse

It is unbelievable how quickly the tale is now coming together, after my sister-in-law Sylvia suggested I write the story in verse. It was only a matter of months since I went to visit her in Frecklton, Lancashire.

Sylv had to go to work, so she told me to perhaps look at turning the Seal Mother into a poem. Using a similar style to Young Ebenezer ~ A New Christmas Carol which I released Christmas 2017.

So I took myself to the pub, settled down with a latte (and then a white wine spritzer, well it was a pub it would have been rude not to). Within the 2hrs I waited I had re-written the whole story, and converted it into approximately a sixty verse poem. WOW I admit I shocked myself.

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Finding an Illustrator

Hannah Ryan was sent to me by fate I believe. But I’ll tell you about that in another blog.

Watch this space. Thanks for visiting if you enjoyed being here please share with your reader friends.

Happy Reading

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Floral Poetry & Prose ‘The Snowdrop’

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Whilst researching for several of my books, I came across some beautiful poems, several I used within the books themselves. I thought it would be nice to share some of those  findings here and perhaps in a regular blog feature ‘Floral Poetry & Prose’. The majority of the poems are from a book I discovered that was printed in 1800 ‘The Poetry of Flowers’ by Mrs Kirtland.

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The Snowdrop

As Hope, with bowed head, silent stood,
And on her golden anchor leant,
Watching below the angry flood.
While Winter, ‘mid the dreariment
Half-buried in the drifted snow.
Lay sleeping on the frozen ground,
Not heeding how the wind did blow.
Bitter and bleak on all around :
She gazed on Spring, who at her feet
Was looking at the snow and sleet.

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Spring sighed, and through the driving gale
Her warm breath caught the falling snow.
And from the flakes a flower as pale
Did into spotless whiteness blow;
Hope, smiling, saw the blossom fall.
And watched its root strike in the earth,—
“I will that flower the Snowdrop call,”
Said Hope, “in memory of its birth;
And through all ages it shall be
In reverence held, for love of me.”

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“And ever from my hidden bowers,”
Said Spring, “it first of all shall go,
And be the herald of the flowers.
To warn away the sheeted snow :
Its mission done, then by thy side
All summer long it shall remain.
While other flowers I scatter wide
O’er every hill, and wood, and plain.
This shall return, and ever be
A sweet companion, Hope, for thee.”

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Hope stooped and kissed her sister Spring,
And said, “For hours when thou art gone,
I’m left alone without a thing
That I can fix my heart upon,
‘Twill cheer me many a lonely hour.
And in the future I shall see
Those who would sink, raised by that flower.
They’ll look on it, then think of thee ;
And many a weary heart shall sing.
The Snowdrop bringeth Hope and Spring.

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‘The Snowdrop’ is one of my most favourite poems, I have been unable to find out the poet, as in the book there is no name listed against it. However, I do know that it is a story from folklore of two sisters Hope & Spring. The first being sad that winter is upon them and the second to cheer up her sister, breaths life into a tiny snowflake creating the snowdrop that brings joy to the other that lasts well into summer time.

I hope you enjoy this new feature on my blog I would love to read your thoughts. Poems similar to this are featured in my book ‘Lost Love in Spring’

Happy Reading

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