Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You know you're old when....

So I named "Snowfoot" Poncho. Morgan suggested the name when we were at the Vet Section of the Berks County Humane Society and I was at the counter waiting for the receptionist to tell me how much I owed.

When Morgan said "Poncho". I said (of course), "Oh, Cisco" and then "Oh, Poncho."
Morgan laughed but the girl at the counter looked at us as if we were nuts...well, we are, but that's not the point.

Then, when I was at work, I said the same thing: "Oh, Cisco...Oh, Poncho..." Nothing. Blank looks.

And that's when it hit me. That day, with Frank off, I was the oldest person in the office.

Oh, Cisco...Oh, Poncho...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Penny and Peter Peacock...

...on top of Morgan's truck.

Poncho-The big-footed cat once named Snowfoot and Lalalalalola....

I'm not sure about this place - maybe I stay inside here. (Look at the size of that paw)

Okay. This place not so bad. Cool and soft and the other kitties haven't hissed at me - yet.

Oh, alright...maybe I'll stay. Miss Lady not too bad, even though she took me to the Vet's. She talks to me, scritches my head and tells me I'm sweet. I think she may be a little disappointed that I'm not a lady like her - but I am such a handsome boy.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

13 to Life

Shannon Delany's first book in her new trilogy is now out. 13 to Life has a wonderful heroine who has some dark secrets, but not as dark as the secret being kept by the new love in her life.

From Shannon's Amazon Page:
Previously a teacher and now a farmer raising heritage livestock in upstate New York, Shannon Delany has always been fascinated by history, myths, legends and paranormal research. Learn more about her at Explore the world of Junction at

Friday, June 18, 2010

Cadbury Castle

"Castle" means a plateau, a place for a hillfort. This plateau near Cadbury has been long thought to be the site of Camelot. Archeological excavations in the late 1960s showed that there were ruins of a large fourth-fifth century fortification with ramparts, a chapel, a large hall and other buildings. It was large enough and fortified enough to have been the fort of an important British chieftain. Arthur?

A view from Cadbury Castle.

A man-made rampart of the hillfort.

Trees on the lane up the fort give the impression of a magical land.

The lane to the top of the castle.

The Tor

Views from the Tor

The Tor from Chalice Hill

Does Arthur lie asleep in a cavern inside the Tor, waiting for a time he is needed again? What better time than now?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Views from the Tor

Rising 500 feet above the Somerset plain, the Tor is the major topographical site of the area. The tower on its peak is all that remains of the second church built on hill. Both were destroyed by earthquakes. Arthurian legend has the mortally injured king taken to the Isle of Avalon on a boat, to be healed and put to sleep for millennium until he is need again (one story) or to be cared for until his death and buried. Many people the Tor is hallow with many chambers. Could Arthur sleep under this gentle slope? Will he return when needed and is the time now?

One of my heroes

Geoffrey Ashe is probably the foremost authority on King Arthur and Glastonbury. He took us on a tour of the Abbey.

Here, Geoffrey shows us where monks in the 12th Century found an ancient burial site. The burial, in a hallowed out oak tree, was of two people, one very tall and one smaller. An iron cross with the words: "Here lies King Arthur on the Isle of Avalon" crudely engraved on it. The cross has been lost but there are drawings of it.

I saw Geoffrey and his lovely wife again at the Abbey Tea Shop across from the Abbey. I watched them walk across the street to the car park next to the Abbey grounds and the words "Sir Geoffrey" flashed through my mind. This man deserves a knighthood.

The Chalice Well Gardens

Many of the Arthurian Legends tell of the Chalice being hidden on this hill, in this well.

More Glastonbury Scenes

Wasn't I just (like six years ago) in this very town, traveling through Cornwall, seeing the very same sites? Well, yes.But I wanted to return. I had a wonderful guide, Jamie George of Gothic Image Tours who knew the spiritual and the historical meanings of the sites.

Wearyall Hill where legends states Joseph of Arimathea planted a staff that became a thorn tree. This tree is one of its descendants.

Monday, June 14, 2010

England June 2010

Scenes from Glastonbury