Saturday, 3 December 2011

Little Tom Tucker

Sang for his supper.
What shall we give him?
Brown bread and butter.
How shall he cut it
Without e'er a knife?
How shall he marry
Without e'er a wife?

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

It's Election Day!


I'm a Kitty Cat!
My name is Parker and I'm full of purrs for my new mommies!


1950s or 1960s
Witch's Apprentice Applicants!



Mr. and Mr. Whiskers

1890s Kitty Seek and Find!

Cat in the Box!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Tea of the Day!

Victorian Rose (Eastern Shore Tea Co.): 4/5

(You can also get it at Wegmans!) I love love love this tea! It is, as it says, a Rose flavored tea. It is black tea, but possibly the first one I have ever had where I actually had to check the label to make sure. I cannot taste the black tea at all, and it does not get enormously strong like most black teas if you leave the bag in for too long (and believe me, I am the expert in leaving the bag in longer than I ought to). It does not turn bitter either if you leave the bag in extra long.

Being, well, Rose, it is very very floral (especially as, as previously stated, I cannot even find the black tea part) - if you like a nice cup of Jasmine tea, you should definitely try this! I cannot say that it tastes like the smell of the fresh roses on my windowsill, but if you have ever worked with dried rose petals, that is what it tastes like (mostly because that's what it is) (it also has both hibiscus and rose hips - neither of which I can taste - apparently rose petals are STRONG. yay!)

The bag recommends drinking it with a cinnamon stick, lemon, or honey (none of which I have tried - all because I never remember to add them until I'm most of the way through the cup, but I'll get there someday). I recommend drinking it (quite a lot), with a sunny afternoon and a jammed scone on a fancy plate!

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." ~Henry James, Portrait of a Lady

English Afternoon Tea:
Under Queen Victoria, the taking of tea in England assumed the form that the world recognizes today. This genteel, stately ritual evolved for the most prosaic of reasons: Anna, seventh Duchess of Bedford and lady in waiting to the queen, could not make it through the long period between an early breakfast and a late dinner without something to eat. She appeased her hunger with tea and cakes, a fashion that caught on with her peers.

English afternoon tea is serene and formal. The hostess brews black leaf tea (not tea bags) in an elegant pot. For those who take milk, it is poured into delicate china cups before the tea is added. Thin, crustless sandwiches are served; classic fillings include cucumber, watercress, egg, and smoked salmon. Cakes, pastries, scones with clotted cream and jam(!), muffins and sweets may round out the fare. Afternoon tea is not the same as high tea. The latter, also called 'meat tea,' is a dinner meal traditionally associated with working class men and women - who also became devoted tea drinkers in the Victorian era.

-All About Tea Knowledge Cards

Monday, 31 October 2011

The Witching Hour!

The time has come! The votes are in! (for some reason blogger has been put under an awful spell and is not letting people comment! *sadface*) The Witches are busy recounting, just to make sure we've got it right!

Happy Halloween!
Joan Blondell and Friend
The Hufflepuffs!

Clara Bow

Joan Crawford

The Slytherins


and Lily

A witches coven at the Home of the Aged in Norfolk, England

And the Wickedest Witch of them all are here to tell you that the winner of this year's Halloween Costume Contest is:

A FOUR way tie! (Folks, when voting, you have to pick your favorite! As in singular! Two votes is cheating!) So I cut out everyone's second vote. And we STILL have a two way tie between the Mermaid and the Cutest Black Cat Ever! Well, obviously since the witches are the ones tallying the votes, this year's winner is:

The Cutest Black Cat Ever!

(though truth be told I really wanted to go with the original four way tie breaker and choose Gin&Tonic because of Tonya's reasoning...)

Happy Halloween to All, and to All a Good Night!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Reviews

Quick! Before you read this! GO VOTE for the Costume Contest!

I think that, just by looking at the cover, we can all see why I chose to pick up Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children! Flipping through it, and seeing all of the crazy antique photos strewn throughout the pages convinced me, and now it is my turn to convince you!

Jacob was raised on the fantastic and adventurous stories of his beloved grandfather's youth. Then he grows up a bit and realizes that, of course, everything Grandpa says is hokum, and the stories are just his way of coping with the horror of living through World War II and his journey to and life in a home for war orphans in Wales. Then Grandpa is murdered, and Jacob starts seeing the monsters from the stories. Which, naturally is all marked up as some sort of stress related reaction and, when his birdwatching father decides to go to Wales for some research, Jacob's psychiatrist agrees that it would be therapeutic for Jacob to go along and do a bit of his own research about his grandfather's time at the orphanage.

Unfortunately, the orphanage no longer exists. On a remote island off the coast of Wales, Jacob gets the same story - the orphanage and all the children were destroyed by a wayward bomb. Then, and I won't tell you how, Jacob finds himself at the orphanage again, only this time, instead of an empty shell full of unbelievable photographs similar to the ones that his grandfather had, it's a living breathing community of, not orphans, but Peculiars. Children with extraordinary powers (like Olive, the floating girl on the front cover!). You'll have to read (and I highly recommend that you do) the book to know how this is possible. But know that something is threatening the Peculiars. And now everyone has a choice to make. Other, similar groups of children all around the world are being attacked. Do they remain in the comfort of an endlessly sunny day, waiting to see if the monsters will eventually find them? Or leave the safety of the orphanage grounds and try to put a stop to the evil plot? And Jacob? Will he return to his father and the boring existence that was driving him nowhere? Or remain in the 1940s (how did he get THERE?) and use his own Peculiar powers to help his new friends?

The book is AMAZING. I highly recommend it to both boys and girls. If you liked Percy Jackson, chances are you'll enjoy this. Only two things bugged me. The first is that it ends with a cliffhanger. For once I really just wanted a good old fashioned stand alone book. But I imagine I'll get over that as soon as the sequel hits the shelves. The second is (naturally) the photographs. They are specified within the story as being from certain time periods. And they're just not... And there is definitely one photograph that is described as being a girl, and the child pictured is very much a boy. Side part and all. Oh well. This is where I'm too nit picky for my own good. The point is, read the book! *shoo*

Saturday, 29 October 2011

When Suddenly, There Came A Rapping!

Rapping, at my chamber door. It's the Annual Halloween Costume Contest!!! (Late, I know, but that's what happens when it snows in October. People get confused and turn around to go home.) The point is, all the guests have arrived and since none of you lovely readers are going to be out and about tonight, you'll have plenty of time to chat everyone up by the eyeball laden punch and submit your favorite costume vote in the comments section before you head off to bob for some apples! And the lineup, lead by our favorite Waterskiing Witches:

Last year's winner: Mr. Toad!

Jack! The Pumpkin King!

The Cutest little Black Cat you ever did see!

Complete with a Mouse to chase!

George Washington showed up

With Medusa!

Someone Spiked the Punch!

Which was awkward once the Mermaid jumped in...

The Family of Blood's minions put in an appearance for all the Doctor Who fans.

Beware the Creepy Doll carrying an equally Creepy Doll!

And DON'T follow the Old Hags home. They'll lure you into their house on Chicken Legs and Eat You Up!

Winner to be posted at the Witching Hour on Halloween!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Clap Your Hands If You Believe!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Back in the Habit!

That means I'm actually going to continue on with the posting and stuff! And just so you know I'm telling the truth...


1860s Sister M.M. Joseph of the Sister's of Mercy (North Carolina Civil War Medical Unit)

1890s Chartreuse. I'll bet at least one of them knows the ingredients...

1849 Angers, France

1860 Msgr. Jaquemet Nantes, French Bishop

1955 Polish Seminarians

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Monday, 17 October 2011

You Can Dance If You Want To

Just checking in! Working 9 days a week leaves little time for blogging. I DO miss all of you terribly though! :( Never fear though, the HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST will be up this week!!!!!

It's not a photograph, but it fits quite well here! Also, it's fantabulous!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Is My Blog Holier than Yours?

I'm am up for my first blog award! Yay! (mostly because I told Dave that he had to nominate me...but that's not the point!) Please please pretty please, if you love my blog, go over to The Crescat and vote for meeeeeeee! (Under "Best Visual Treat") And now, because I've been nominated on a Catholic blog, I shall ingratiate myself to her general viewing audience!

Beginning with MAN LACE!

1888 Bishop John Foley

And Carmelite Novices taking their vows in 1944

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

1860 England (so she's probably Anglican. sssshhhhh.)

1954 Puerto Rico

1894 Un Solo

1866 Saint Bernadette Soubirous

And as a special treat, Pre-Saint Katherine Drexel at 7 and a half years old in 1866!