Dark Gathering 2019 Part 3

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Sadly our time to leave has come, and believe me when I say, we ae heartbroken. This place, this time, this event really touched us. It was perfect.

To end the trip properly, we gathered ourselves ready to walk the Rocky Valley.

This is what the website says about it.

Take in majestic views of the bay near Bossiney

The stream starts life high up on Venn Down, 820ft (250m) above sea level. From there it meanders through fields before tumbling dramatically, first at the waterfalls at St Nectan’s Glen, then through rocky bluffs and deep clefts all the way to the open ocean in the bay near Bossiney. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); type of walk: ‘Waterside Walks’, ‘Hidden Places’.

It was not EASY, and I struggled if I’m honest. But the sights were worth the pain, and stiffness.

We found the ancient labyrinth carvings, the old mill and raging waters.

Bridge wasn’t confidence inspiring! Least it warned us.

The walk itself isn’t long, but it is grand and energies felt around the water and stones, and earth. Brilliant place to end our spiritual journey on.

Dark Gathering 2019 Part 2

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The reflection of remembering ancestors still hanging in the air, we decided to lighten the mood for the morning and visit Port Isaac, home of Doc Martin I believe.

What a gorgeous picturesque village,the skies are blue (shock after weeks of grey and rain) the sea is twinkling and it’s pretty warm for October.

We meandered down to the harbour then the doctors surgery for photos. Lots of breaks though as it’s hard on hips here. And we had a mini picnic with flask of coffee, and coffee cake.

Just before heading off to Boscastle, we went to visit the harbour and walk to a cave. Big mistake, we went in for a photo, and the path we used had been submerged in 2 minutes!!

My photo just before it rushed in on us.

How fast was that, so cue us taking shoes off to wade back onto shore. It was up to our knees in less than 2 minutes. I would never have known the sea came in that fast.

After that excitement/ horror we clambered back to the car, to giggle over the adventure that was forced upon us.

And onto the next leg of our journey and that’s the Minster of Boscastle, to connect and honour a famous witch buried there, well just outside there. She had resided in the Witchcraft Museum for decades, but it was decided she deserves peace at last.

Joan Wytte” was born in 1775 in Bodmin, Cornwall. She was sometimes called the “Fighting Fairy Woman” or the “Wytte (White) Witch”.
Joan was famed as a clairvoyant, and people would seek her services as a seer, diviner and healer. Her healing practices included the use of “clooties” (or “clouties”), strips of cloth taken from a sick person and tied to a tree or a holy well as a form of sympathetic magic, such that when the cloth rots, the disease was believed to dissipate.
Later in life, she became very ill-tempered as a result of a tooth abscess, and would shout and rail at people. She often became involved in fights where she exhibited remarkable strength and people came to believe she was possessed by the devil. She was eventually incarcerated in Bodmin Jail, not for witchcraft but for public brawling, and due to poor conditions in the jail, Joan died of bronchial pneumonia at the age of 38.
Her bones were disinterred and used for séances and various pranks, then later displayed at the Witchcraft Museum in Boscastle, Cornwall. It is said that, while her skeleton was on display in the museum, they started to experience disruptive poltergeists, and a witch was bought in to advise them, who said that Wytte’s spirit wished to be laid in a proper burial. She was finally laid to rest in a peaceful wooded area in Boscastle, and her gravestone reads: “Joan Wytte. Born 1775. Died 1813 in Bodmin Jail. Buried 1998. No longer abused”.

I have had the most awful tooth issues this weekend, was that a coincidence? And upon leaving we spotted the most beautiful cat, so graceful yet timid. I’m sure it was Joan saying thank you for visiting, and honouring her.

Dark Gathering 2019 Part 1

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When it’s the 26th October and a Saturday before Samhain (Halloween) so that can mean only one thing! It’s #DarkGathering time at Boscastle.

The All Hallows Gathering, or Dark Gathering as it is most commonly known, is celebrated on the Saturday before Halloween each year. This conveniently falls upon the half-term holiday so it enables families and children to attend which adds to the all important theme of ancestors at this time of year.

It is basically a seasonal festival with dynamic performances from Morris dancers, musicians and the all important meeting of the Welsh Mari Lwyds with our Cornish Oss, Penkevyll marking the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter. The main venue of these performances is outside the famous Museum of Witchcraft & Magic in the pretty village of Boscastle, Cornwall.

And we are going!! All booked into a cottage, so we headed down on the Friday 25th to get all the travelling done, before the event day. Staying at Bodmin in a cottage called the Nest.And what a cosy romantic nest this is. A perfect getaway for us newly empty nesters. We are definitely finding our feet with being a couple with no responsibilities anymore.Friday is arrival day and first up is King Arthur’s Hall. It’s raining and we look bedraggled but loving life.Rain was terrible,but we walked anyways to kill time before check in. Looking for the remains of a rectangle ruin, claimed to be King Arthur’s hall. It was boggy underfoot, not signposted at all. And much further than I thought, but we found it, after walking through the gatekeeper cows, that admittedly terrified me.Thankfully hoseseasons let us check in hours early though. As after this walk we were drenched.Saturday arrived, I adorned as many clothes as possible, as rain was horrendously bad. Packed spare clothes too, armed with a lantern for later, we headed to Boscastle.The festivities start at 12pm with storytelling, so while that was on we did some walking around valenicy valley which sadly was flooded, so off to the coastal route to stroll before the dancing begins.At 3pm the crews gather to watch the groups of Morris dancers.Braving the cold and wind while they dance away.Once the dancing is over, there’s a quick opportunity for us to grab some snacks and drinks, I also change my clothes and grab gloves.When we return, it’s dark now, lanterns lit and the procession begins, the mood is more sombre the beat slower.

The real reason we are here has begun. Remembering lost loved ones, being grateful and blessed for all we have, while honouring those that have passed.It’s a deeply emotive time, a beautiful ritual, calling on ancestors to be with us. I was greatly moved and highly emotional , what a reflective thought provoking event.

And honestly I couldn’t video or photograph it, as it felt disrespectful to do so.When it finished and we drove home, the tone of the procession and ancestors honouring stayed with us for hours afterwards. I believe this will be our new tradition to do each year. Already planning next year’s.

Glastonbury #Faeryfair 2019 Part Three

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The last 2 days have gone in a blur, and the hand is coping well, I’ve even started thinking the steroid has worked in the left hand. And hip is coping too.

Camping is more enjoyable now my hip is replaced, but I learnt the hard way about leaning forward in the camp chair. Do NOT do that ever ever ever!! Ouchies.

Like this, never do it with a hip replacement, I have no restrictions from surgeon, but I think my body has set its own!!

So it’s up and at them again, off to the event. We heard from others that the vendors had complained about Jasmines queue, so we had to queue until doors opened, walk through then queue out the other side, so we didn’t block any stalls.

Thanks to Ian and Kelly for getting a photo of me and Hubby and Ian. The queues were less busy than Saturday,and we got some gorgeous postcards and even Disney ones too.

This time we had some noodles to eat, so we cooked them in the back of the car, with coffee to drink we were sorted, and getting ready to explore Glastonbury.

With that done it was time to head back for our last night in the tent, how has it gone so fast?? We’ve had times we’ve been chilly, but wrapped up and with our heater we’ve been lucky.

So many many things to see and explore in Glastonbury, there is never enough time it seems.

Glastonbury #FaeryFair October 2019 Part One

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It is my favourite event to go to, a #KarenKay event. A Faery Fair set in Glastonbury, and this time it’s a 2 day event, with my favourite artist #JasmineBecketGriffith showcasing her artwork once again.It is also celebrating 10yrs since it’s started, so I think all the vendors that make this event what it is, are going to feel pretty special about it too.Setting off on the Friday at the crack of dawn, it should be a giggle. Camping at a nearby (25 minutes drive out) campsite that has electric hook up and even an indoor pool. We went there last year, so it’s not new to us.Cappuccino made, pumpkin spice added, I’m feeling all autumnal and halloweeny. Side note (ewww my pumpkin spice syrup was awful, even know same make as usual)

Stopped off at Avebury, to walk the stones, feel the energies and have a picnic too.Gentle strolls to break up the day, before we continue off to the campsite in Glastonbury.Recreated some old photos of the first time we came to Avebury, back when we had 4 small daughters in tow.

Tent up, all snuggled up and now for first night tea, a grand fry up, just what is needed after a long long day of travelling and setting up.

Check out all the space, we use to use this for all of us, from 6 people to 2. It was nice to have space to spread things out too.

Some beers and giggles and connect four finished off our first night. Tomorrow up early to go to the #FaeryFair

Dealing with Empty Nest Syndrome

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Back when I had small children, some days I longed for this day to arrive, the day when you have no more children living at home! Man I would fantasize about the peace and quiet that would entail. As at the time I had 4 daughters, that loved bickering so so much.

But fast forward 27ys and that day arrived, and I wasn’t ready!!

I’m 43 and I’ve had children to look after since I was 15yrs old, so it’s fair to say children have been my entire life.

Yes older siblings had left periodically for their universities, but with having younger siblings at home, the mind was kept busy with them. But when the last one leaves, the peace and quiet can be deafening!!

Dealing with empty nest syndrome

Once you’ve seen your child safely settled in their new accommodation, you might find your home feels a little empty. For a bit of help making the transition, check out these handy tips below

Find a new interest. Having invested so much in your child or children you may find yourself with some free time on your hands. Perhaps there’s something you’ve always wanted to try, like taking up walking, volunteering for a local charity, or even going back to university yourself and starting a new business venture. (for us it’s visiting the countryside as much as possible, and going to the theatre)

Get to know your partner again. Some parents find that without their children at home they need to re-build their relationship with their partner to remember why they married them all those years ago. Schedule time together to do things that you both enjoy, or set yourself a regular ‘Date Night’ just for the two of you.

Keep in touch. You can still to be close to your child even after they have left home. You should try to maintain regular contact through visits, phone calls, emails and text, but also realise that you need to get the balance right so that they don’t feel smothered by too much contact. (We wait for her to video call us)

Don’t do it alone. Remember there are hundreds of thousands of parents in the same position as you are now. Talk to the people around you – your friends and partner – who know what you’re going through. If you’re finding it hard to shake the blues, you can visit your GP to talk about how you’re feeling and get some additional support.
Pat yourself on the back. It’s no easy task raising a child and you should congratulate yourself on your excellent work so far.
We’ve opted to clear out the clutter, and change the house from a family of six to a family of two. Slowly slowly declutter and refresh and have a positive outlook to these changing times.

Sting and Shaggy 44/876 Tour

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The album’s title refers to the country calling code for the United Kingdom (+44) and the North American area code for Jamaica (876), Sting’s and Shaggy’s respective home countries.

Following their win at the 2019 Grammys for Best Reggae Album, Sting & Shaggy have announced their return to the UK with The 44/876 tour.

A series of intimate and exclusive shows will begin at London’s Camden Roundhouse on 19 May with additional dates in Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester.

2018 saw Sting & Shaggy bring The 44/876 tour to North America, South America and Eastern Europe. Hailed as one of the most anticipated concerts of the year and a “reggae rock dance party that never lets up,” the show sees the pair collaborating on each other’s most celebrated hits such as Every Breath You Take, Englishman In New York, Message In A Bottle, It Wasn’t Me, Mr. Boombastic and Angel as well as new hits from 44/876

In spring 2018, Sting & Shaggy made UK headlines with a memorable performance of Don’t Make Me Wait at the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall. The pair also performed the track live on BBC’s The One Show, and in the latest series of Mrs. Browns Boys. 2018 also saw the release of Skank Up (Oh Lawd), a further collaboration from Sting & Shaggy that featured dancehall music sensation Ding Dong. 2019 will also soon see the release of the pair’s next single, Just One Lifetime.


Never been to the 02 academy before, and it was a very small intimate venue, easy to get to bar, and toilets, nice staff as well.

The music kicked off at 8.10pm while I was on the loo!! Weird as it said last entry at 8.30pm so I thought I had plenty of time.

Anyways straight into stings classics, with the crowd joining in. I needed a San Miguel, so headed to the bar, which was super efficient, well staffed and I was served pretty quickly.

Had a few tall tall people in front of us, but the odd one made an effort all night to duck and weave so us small ones could see. He was well into it!!

I think the crowd was predominantly for Sting, but behind me and including us (me and Mr moon) we were there for Shaggy, wooping and whistling when his songs came on.

Though admittedly we bopped and sang along to both sets of classic songs, as well as their collective new songs on the album. Some songs were slow at times and I personally would of loved the same reggae energy all he way through, but I had an absolute blast!! What a way to kick start the bank holiday weekend.

Weekend Vibes

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The weekend has arrived and I’m prepping for a birthday party for our soon to be 3yr old grandson Leonardo.

Cue mass meet up at ours for all of my children together, and my parents. It was chaos at times, loud other times, but good fun was had. And I think we had one very spoilt boy.

Laughs, cake and being together made it worth all the aches my hip gave me, preparing for this.

It was all Thomas the Tank Engine themed, he loves his trains.

Boy gifts and parties are all new to me, as I had 4 daughters, so everything was pink, lilac, glittery and Barbie, or bratz. So trains and cars are new to me.

Sunday came and it was family visiting day, but the treat is we get a Sunday dinner made for us.

And we got to capture a photo of us when we were in the audience of Ninja Warrior too. It’s from last week’s show.

3rd row up that’s me! Mini moon and Mr Moon. We went to Manchester last August and it’s finally been aired on TV. Hilarious seeing yourself on the Tele.

So from one hectic day, to a pretty relaxed chilled day, its been a perfect weekend. Spent with the people we love the most!!

Day 38 post #hipreplacement

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Still resting which is admittedly tedious. I’m just about doing basic chores, and keeping myself busy that way. I’m still too scared to even think about physio, though weirdly dying to start again too (catch 22)

So having to give myself things to do, just to occupy myself, and while my hands aren’t too bad (thanks to splint wearing and ibuprofen gel daily) I’ve started my colouring again.

I use Faber Castell pencils, but they are pricey so I only have 12 colours at the moment. But I do love the polychromos. They are buttery soft and don’t shatter unlike conventional pencils.

Its no secret that #JasmineBecketGriffith is my favourite artist, and I love that she does colouring books as well as her stunning paintings. You can check her out here

I also do papercutting when hands let me. My latest one that I finished

And then my ultimate favourite cut is perfectly me.

I’m glad I can do some crafts to keep me going when I feel all is lost with my hip, as it’s like a mindful meditation. It helps me focus on what I can do, an not what I can’t. They aren’t always possible due to Arthritis, but when I do them, they are immensely enjoyable.

Hoping all this rest pays off.

Day 26 #MySBSWin Hippie wins

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*shameless plug for my own stuff here* please feel free to ignore if you rather.

On my journey through my own hips saga, I have lost many many things, my mobility obviously, but a lot of hopes and dreams along the way, time too, I’ve definitely lost that, all of my 30’s in fact.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, I found a wealth of friends online, chronic pain friends that helped me feel less alone, I discovered crafting, as now it was all I could do! Ways to spend my time without moving, that challenged my mind, and made me feel productive. From this #MysticMoon was born.

I have used my jewellery designing to incorporate my hip and disabilities in a fun and funky way. My shop is currently in holiday mode, while I’m recovering but I hope to open again asap. You can find me here

I started jewellery selling back when I had my first BIG hip surgery back in 2009. I’d just had a triple pelvic osteotomy (pelvis broken and plated back together in new alignment) and femur broken and lengthened 2 inches and screwed together. I was housebound, and bored, lonely and my career was over!!

I also sell various charity awareness bracelets, covering #invisibleillnesses such as #Lupus #Fibro #Arthritis #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #Endo #SpinaBifida and many many more. It’s what got me noticed by #TheoPaphitis a former Dragons Den Dragon.

He chooses 6 businesses to retweet and become his Sunday Small Business Winners, as a winner you are mentored, supported not only by the dragon himself but all the other winners as well. And each year we all get together at an #SbsEvent Theo Paphitis puts on for us. Here we are given opportunities to speak to other famous CEOs, business owners, as well as connecting to buyers, investors and more. Next event is the 12th Feb so I really hope I can go.

Here above is my own personal affirmation hippie charm, it shows I had RTHR and it says Strength.

But I have lots of ways to do them, Bilateral screws, Bilateral replacements, no screws or replacements as we are all hippies!! Using purple for invisible illnesses, blue with it for hip dysplasia, and some with charity ribbons, or spoons. It’s faux suede so vegan friendly, or a bangle if you prefer.

I also have designed a Tragically Hip t-shirt via bonfire. They make the t-shirts after the campaign has finished (usually 2 weeks later) and ship them direct to you. I get a small commission of each sold.

I always wear mine to physio, and hospital appointments.

They do different styles of t-shirts and hoodies too, various colours and have a good range of sizing too. Delivery takes a couple of weeks for UK though. buy here