I’ve been a busy witch lately between work, study and spending time with my boyfriend and I know I’ve neglected writing on here for some time. Sorry folks! I’ve got some interesting blog posts in mind and will hopefully get some time set aside to update things. Keep your eyes peeled!
In the meantime meet this little rascal:
This is Thelonious, my plushie mandrake familiar acquired from The Beast Peddler. He is the cutest wee mandrake root ever (I am a little biased). What makes him even more special is that he was given to me by my lovely boyfriend.
This wee guy has an energy about him that’s hard to explain. It’s almost as if a wee spirit resides within, and why not? I am an animist so I recognise the spirit within all things.
He’s a very low maintenance sort of mandrake but quite partial to a glass of milk and biscuits.
Apologies in advance if I become an insufferable mandrake mama and spam my blog with his adventures 😉
Saturday 11th April was a busy day for me, but also a very special day. I’d spent the morning and afternoon at the Scottish Pagan Federation Conference and in the evening returned to Dundee to attend the launch party of a dear friend’s business.
My friend Juan launched his business Conjure, along with 2 other businesses (Siobhan Diamond Photography and Jill Sime Make Up Artist) in collaboration with Moonberry Creative Studios.
Over the past several months I have watched him put in a tremendous amount of hard work and effort and the stress such work brings with it, and I can say with confidence that not only did he face the storm but he came out the other side and brought some beauty into this world.
Conjure is not only a business but it’s also a labour of love for Juan, and he expresses his creativity through making handmade esoteric themed accessories, jewellery, apparel & art.
The artist in his studio
So I arrived that evening with another good friend and was pleased to see a good turn out for the studio launch for all three businesses. Free wine and champagne and bars of chocolate were given out and there was live music from a fantastically talented group called Sinderins, (formerly Anderson McGinty Webster Ward and Fisher). There was a raffle with a lot of lovely prizes and overall everyone managed to raise over £300 for the renal unit ward at Ninewells Hospital.
In Eastern central Scotland where I was born and still live, I grew up speaking two languages: English and Scots. Now some folk don’t see Scots as a language but more of a dialect. But it’s a language in my book, and has it’s own words, phrases and history. It’s still commonly spoken in the lowlands, and in the north east they speak a version called Doric. It’s also spoken in parts of Ulster.
My Dad didn’t like me speaking Scots and often corrected my speech by making me say things in English and pronounced in English than with an oary Scottish tongue. He thought Scots was common and ugly. I think it’s part of our rich cultural heritage and we should take pride in it.
So just thought I would share some Scots words and phrases with you 🙂
Blether: talk nonsense
Bra/Braw: Great, brilliant.
Clout: to hit, slap or strike
Dreich: dull, grey, gloomy (usually in reference to the weather)
Flit: to move (house)
Greet/Greit: to cry
Hen: Term of endearment for a woman
Radge: mad, angry, rage
Scunner: disklike, disgust
Teckle: good, great
Hud Yer Wheesht: be quiet!
Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye!: What’s meant to happen will happen.