#Blogmas Games Night

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Do you still play board games at Christmas? We do as now it’s only 2 of us at home, you usually need at least 1 extra person to play a game, so when Mini Moon comes home, they soon get whipped out.

Game of life what a classic, We don’t have the newer version. So we still need a proper banker. Though we have tried the newer one, and that’s cool too.

My favourite game of all time, seen as I like crime so so much. Cluedo. You’d think I’d be good at it, but I was beat!! The Moons are too good at it.

What is your family tradition at Christmas?

#Blogmas Krampsnacht

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Perhaps my newest festive fave, and a way to tie in my love of the spooky season and roll it into the Christmas/Yuletide season.

Most European Germanic countries celebrate this, a kind of dark, mean version of the good jolly St Nicholas aka Santa. Half goat, half man, snarling long tongue deity with horns. I can see why Christians think of him as the devil.

Out to seek the naughty children, to whip with sticks and bundle off in his sack. He’s the reason there’s a naughty list. Perfect to ensure your children stay on the nice list.

So to celebrate, we have to bring out the drinks and snacks, and of course movies!! Wish we could party but that’s another story.

This Krampus film I’ve watched a few years ago, really loved it, deliciously camp and horror filled. Perfect antidote to all the twee preppy Christmas films.

This year I intend to follow up with these two too.

Mother Krampus I think she will be even more evil surely?

And then we have a sequel to the first Krampus

Krampus 2 The Devil Returns yes I think these are going to be perfect tonight, some hearty IPA to drink and winter eve tarts, I believe the festive season has started.

Adding some Greenery to start the festive vibe, though the pumpkins and skeleton I can’t quite remove yet.

Home time But first…

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We woke up super early, packed and loaded up the car and checked out of our lovely weeks home.

Instead of going straight onto the road, we popped to Boscastle for that last pasty (I swear no one makes them as good as this shop)

St Nectans Glen is our mission today, not the paid part as we don’t fancy it, but the woods to it is all free. Only a quick walk, as we have a long drive home.

Cairns are built in the stream, a spiritual place for a lot of people. I wash and cleanse my chakra bracelet again.

Nearly didn’t get up again, stupid hip playing up.

We found a log with money hammered into it, so paid our fairies some silver as it’s tradition.

Once we reached the part that goes to the paid section, we retraced our steps back to the car.

All in all I’ve loved this holiday, definitely felt odd at times, and sad, not having the gathering, drummers and dancers, having no restaurants open or pubs it did spoil some aspects of it.

Now home to try and recover this awful awful hip.

Port Quinn Walks

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In our penultimate day, we’ve took a day of walking that is further up the coast from the Rumps.

In fact you can see it in the distance. Weather much calmer and warmer too.

Cute little castle that you can stay in is here, totally isolated and looks amazing too.

We found mine shafts and caves.

Bit scary in places. Thankfully they had some fencing around.

Hip is getting much worse, and I’m taking a lot more painkillers than I had originally planned. But I’m hoping it will settle once we are home.

Our little cottage was glowing in the glorious sunshine.

What a welcome home!! Now it’s time to start packing, we have to leave in the morning. Forever grateful we managed to stay the whole holiday while the lockdown came down earlier.

The Rumps Walk

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Another windy day, but we don’t really mind, as honestly it makes us giggle, and have so much fun all day.

This time we are doing a walk called The Rumps.

Wrapped up well and wearing the right clothes, it makes the weather all the more exciting and interesting. Had to start using a walking pole following Tintagel incident.

Stunning views and some lovely people we met along the way. Waves crashing and spraying, it was amazingly exhilarating.

I could really imagine living here and having this on my doorstep, but I also know it’s not that practical, and it’s just a dream, but a girl can dream.

We were totally blessed with another double rainbow, this is the reward for having slightly drizzly rain and glorious sunshine.

Rocky Valley Spiritual Walk

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Continuing on our Boscastle holiday, we took the option of walking Rocky Valley, though the wind was around 85kmph so windy in fact it blew me to the floor a couple of times, I clearly can’t brace well with my weak hips!!

A few noticeable changes to the bridge this year, this time we didn’t have to step in the river to get to the step.

we cleansed our matching chakra bracelets in the roaring river, to cleanse and envoke the energies and properties of the water element. The Air element ever present, Water all around is, the Earth showing us how amazing cliffs and coastline can be, while Fire kept is warm under the weaker autumnal sun.

We saw the labyrinth carvings there, horrid mud but needs must, to touch them and try to visualise the 4000 thousand years they have seen.

Strange to think of the era’s, the people the world’s changes in all that time, blessed to be able to visit something so historical and meaningful.

Even though the weather made me pretty scared as my vertigo also causes anxiety, the views were amazing and dramatic. I can see how romantic novels are inspired from such coastlines.

We were even blessed with a double rainbow for a few minutes, such a beauty to behold. Felt like we had had every type of weather on this day. Even treated to sea foam and spray all over us at times.

Not being wet enough and only a short walk, we went back to Boscastle to enjoy the harbour.

The energies raised today with the Elements made this our most spiritual and emotive day. Sheer divinity.

Tintagel Walk Hippie Woes

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Woke up on our Boscastle break away to rumours of a second lockdown, and we are on our second full day on holiday.

So now we have an uneasy feeling of what are we meant to do? Pack up and leave? Stay? Rules are unsure around holidays, So it’s 1st Nov and time to kick off this Sunday with a lovely walk at Tintagel.

We walked down to the beach and the cave of the Merlin legend. With hindsight I shouldn’t of done it. But as ever you feel like it’s holiday and you want to see and experience everything. So off we went down so many many steps.

Once down I shrugged off worries about getting back up again, and went to see the roaring sea, and waterfall.

Before this photo, the roaring sea roared so much I got soaked, from mid calf downwards, so totally wet feet. Must be a tradition now, this happened last year in Port Isaac!!

Off to the cave, Rich explored more inside than I did, I just hovered just inside the front.

The climb back up the steps was the MOST painful thing I’ve ever done, I can’t describe it enough, it felt like my left hip had snapped. Total bone on bone grinding and crunching, it was horrific and had it been quieter I think I would of sobbed.

Once up, we took stock and it was then I decided I can’t do this anymore, I need a new walking stick and a shed load of painkillers.

Did tinge the day with a bit of sadness.

But we saw some donkeys, and the scenery really does feed the soul and spirit. I did however avoid a field of cows as they intimidate me so much.

Had an incredible day and we rounded it off with painting pumpkins.

Boscastle Minster Samhain Day

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Up early, not bright eyed and bushy tailed,but a breakfast of pancakes and bacon sets us up for the day.

The plan is to visit Joan Whytte to honour the ancestors, pave a walk from Boscastle up to the Minster, woods and hills where she is buried in a secret area. We went last year so it’s feels like a pilgrimage.

Who is Joan Wytte?

Original text by Cecil Williamson:

‘You are looking at the mortal remains of Joan Wytte of Bodmin, Cornwall, a witch known in her day as the fighting fairy woman of Bodmin, Joan Wytte was born in Bodmin in 1775 and she died in 1813 from bronchial pneumonia in Bodmin jail, aged 38.

Town records of 1524 list a John Wytte as being a weaver and yarn twister. By 1780 to 1790 weaving and yarn spinning had gone into a decline, and a Wytte of back street, now Pool Street, Bodmin, was listed as a “tawner” that is maker of white leather, a trade for which Bodmin by then had become renowned.

This white leather of finest quality was in demand for ladies’ and gentlemen’s gloves, gauntlets, boots and shoes etc.

This skeleton has been submitted to inspection by a home office forensic expert the report states that the skeleton is that of a female person, aged about 38. That she was a heavy tobacco smoker and used a clay pipe. Her diet included a large consumption of stone ground flour. That in stature she was a small, short person, undernourished and very slim.

Her arms were long for her height and her hands slender with bird-like claw fingers. The body does not show any sign of arthritis, but the bones are exceptional in that they show two things.

One that the water supply source used by the Wytte household was exceptionally rich in natural fluoride, the other that the bones show that she was in long contact with kaolin or china clay.

The report concluded by pointing to the huge abscess cavity in the right wisdom tooth. It is of interest to know that James Chappel, governor of Bodmin jail from 1780 to 1827 stated in an interview with the press that, “yes, I admit that we have had women that we could not tame, but never a man,” poor Joan Wytte, she must have endured considerable pain over a long period from the abscess under her wisdom tooth. As the home office expert said, anyone with a thing like that would certainly be bad tempered and aggressive, which would account for her being dubbed, when one also takes into account the smallness of her body, “the fighting fairy woman of Bodmin” and it was her fighting spirit that landed her in jail.

For many years she was used in Bodmin jail as a parlor tricks and entertainment, and then onto the Witchcraft Museum where she was displayed outside.

Thankfully modern day witches and the curator of the museum at the time in 1998 buried her in a secret area, and put no longer abused on her headstone.

It was a hard walk for me, the old hip issues rearing their head up again. But pain aside, the day was deeply emotive, and reflective too.

Though Boscastle felt wrong with no drummers, no dark Morris dancers and pagans as far as the eyes can see. However we did the exact walk, and watched the sun go down, with our hearts and minds thinking of the past and future.

Boscastle Break Away

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On the 30th October it was the start of our week long getaway. We had booked it last year as it was for the Dark Gathering, but alas due to the virus that had been cancelled.

But as we could still travel, we opted for a self contained holiday, instead choosing to do walks and take in some much needed time away from social media and news.

We checked in at 4pm and after a long day of traveling we simply settled in and relaxed with pizza we had brought down and some movies on the horror channel.

It’s a tiny cottage called The Nest, and it’s around 25mins drive from Boscastle. So snug and cosy and best of all it has a log fire too.

We settled down and put music on, ate pizza and decorated the cottage to be all Samhain themed.

On with the disco lights and the alcohol came out play too in syringe themed shots.

All in all we are extremely happy to be here, and didn’t stay up too late as we had plans for sightseeing the following day. Feels good to be back.

Samhain Movies 3

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What a month!! And technically Samhain doesn’t end 31st but I’ll end this movie collection then.

#UpsideDownMagic a Disney film and I loved it, how different it was, and how silly, I hope they make more.

#ABabysittersGuideToMonsterHunting another I hope carries on, loads of scope in storylines and kids are sure to love it. I was hooked straight away.

#Rebecca having not seen the original I enjoyed it, a picturesque gothic film, a good afternoon film rather than evening though.

#Coco one of my favourites as it touches more on the spiritual ancestors theme than scary creepy Halloween, more in line of the background of Samhain

#BureauOfMagickalThings a little series I found on Netflix, about elves and fairies, so perfect for me and little ones.

#OverTheMoon musical goodness, with Luna goddess as the main theme, found it quite sad as deals with grief. But as Samhain is remembering lost loved ones it made sense to watch.

#Zombies with a halloweentown style it’s zombies with normal schoolies and how they come to see they aren’t so different after all. lessons we still need to learn now.

#Zombies2 well I had too, and we get a treat of the hairy kind in this one. I see this as a good franchise films like Halloween town so hope for more.

#Haunt found this on Amazon Prime and what a good film!! jumpy, scary and equally creepy. Though a tad gruesome.

#FreaksOfNature

What a fun film, full on silliness and daft humour but thoroughly enjoyed it. Zombies vamps and humans living together.

#YoureNext

A typical slasher though I never saw the twist in the plot coming, so it was an enjoyable unpredictable watch. Bit gruesome but all slasher films are.

#Countdown

Really liked this, plot felt different and though it wasn’t terrifying it certainly had a creepy factor. If like a second film to be made.

#GirlVsMonster

Well I just had too, use the Disney + app to watch all sorts of Halloween themed movies.

Officially that’s my 31 films for 31days of October Samhain Movies all done. But I do have a few more movies lined up for our Samhain Holiday so I will share them at a later date.