Monthly Archives: December 2015

What’s New for the 27th of December: New Riders of The Purple Sage, Beatrix Potter’s gardens, German chocolate bars, Anime, Northumbrian music, Garner’s The Owl Service, Welsh mythology and quite a bit more!

That Blod-woman was pretty poor,” said Roger, “however you look at it.” “No,” said Huw. “She was made for her lord. Nobody is asking her if she wants him. It is bitter twisting to be shut up with a person … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Travelling (A Letter to Ingrid)

Dear beloved, I’m headed to meet you in Saint Petersburg this coming Monday as my flight leaves this Sunday evening. I’m looking forward very much to being back together with you, as it’s been too long that we’ve been separated, … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 20th of December: Winter Holiday food and drink, a dreydl tale, Debussy’s ‘War Carol’, Kage Baker and Christmas, an egg nog recipe, a Solstice story, an offbeat Christmas film, Steeleye Span & Pratchett, Christmas Revels, music by Loreena McKennitt and much more!

Let me turn down Hambo in the Barn , the excellent recording by Andrea Hoag and friends, that I’ve been listening to on this, the last morning of Fall as counted on the calendar. But really we’re into Winter proper as the weather … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Winter is Almost Upon Us

A letter from Lady Alexandra Margaret Quinn, Head Gardener here in the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India, to Tessa, her botanist friend who … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 13th of December: Ruth Crawford Seeger biography, Jazz music, Decking Out the Estate, Spiegelman’s Maus, Nordic live music, Italian-American women on Italian food, live Nordic music and a bit more

The roasting, the feasting and the hours of horseplay helped to create a special warmth on this cold, hard day. Then the fire was stoked and fed to make a warm place where there could be dancing until darkfall. Martin … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Greening the Estate (A Letter to Anna)

Dear Anna, It’s over the past fortnight that the greening of the Estate takes place and that means I’ve been very busy gathering such things as holly, winter berry, pine boughs, pine cones, and setting up the Several Annies and … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 6th of December: An Irish Music guide, Gingerbread, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Frank Zappa live, de Lint’s Crow Girls, Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, two live music cuts, a guide to Irish music and much more

Remember I mentioned recently that we got snow? Well now it’s quite different, as it’s a steady, icy rain and a gusting wind which has kept every soul inside save the staff that needs to tend the farm animals. My Several … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Gingerbread

I hope you’re enjoying the still-hot-from-the-oven gingerbread with a scoop of Madagascar vanilla ice cream on it. Bet you another piece that you don’t know the history of this culinary treat, do you? Thought so. So do take another piece … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 29th of November: Kage Baker reading her work, Stockpots, Nordic roots music, America’s Whiskey, Maddy Prior, Nero Wolfe, Finnish music and much more

Behind every traditional hardanger fiddle tune, there is always a story,
 is always a fairy tale, and you actually tell the stories when you play the fiddle. — Annbjørg Lien, one of the artists featured on the Nordic Roots set … Continue reading

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