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04.25.11: Chronicles: Koalas and Cybergoths

Travels Down Under:
Koalas and Cyber-goths

Monday, April 25, 2011
* Area around Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia *

A later start to the day, Sir Bluey heated up the last of the kangaroo meat for lunch. This time the adventuring duo spiced it up with a peanut satay sauce which Sir Thomas Leaf thought tasted amazing. Sir Thomas Leaf also gifted Sir Bluey with some Pirate Relief stickers for his car after finding them while organizing his gear as he would soon be heading off for the high seas. Sir Bluey Bee proudly displayed them on his car as they were soon off to Gibraltar Falls. As the delvers headed down the path towards the cliffs leading to the waterfall, Sir Bluey expressed strongly to Sir Leaf not to wander off the trail out of fear he might slip and fall on the rocks. For once (perhaps in his lifetime) Sir Leaf listened. But Sir Bluey Bee did not to his own advice and a slip, slide, tumble, roll, and splash … Sir Bluey was on his ass. Luckily he was fine. But they both laughed. Quickly distracted from the humor as they were in awe of Gibraltar Falls. Scenic panoramas and beautiful tumbling waters falling down the rocks. After wandering around the falls, the explorers headed off to the Tidbinbilla Nature reserve in search of kangaroos, eucalyptus trees, wallabees, quolls, and koalas. Wandering through the park provided much viewing of kangaroos and wallabies, and even a koala. Admiring the flora and fauna, Sir Thomas Leaf photographed and notated all the different species he spied. He even actually saw a Platypus, but unfortunately it went underwater before he could take a photograph. That evening, Sir Bluey Bee and Sir Thomas Leaf donned their darkest dress and headed downtown Canberra for the Chrome Goth Night at the Underground Bar underneath the Canberra YHA. Cyber-goth pleased, the two comrades had a blast at the night as they shared ciders and flirts with the fair maidens … a late night and a good sleep welcomed them in the wee hours of the morn.


[ Chronicles: The Vegemite Down Under ]

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Sir Bluey Bee


Sir Bluey Bee
Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

Sir Bluey Bee, one of Australia’s men of mystery, a bard in his own right, is one of the many adventurers who have travelled with Sir Thomas Rhymer Oisin Leaf McGowan during his travels through Australia. This amazing man, was instrumentally helpful in guiding Sir Thomas Leaf along his coastal journey from Melbourne and up the Sapphire Coast, through the Snowy Mountains, and all around Canberra within the ACT. Not only is this man a polite knight and a graceful host, but a comedian, comic, and incredible musician. An employee of the Australian government, a father, and a fisherman … he is truly a blessed friend to have. Thank you Sir Bluey for the amazing Australian adventures you made possible during my trip to Australia.

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04.22.11: Chronicles: Resting in Canberra

Travels Down Under:
Return to Canberra

Friday, April 22, 2011
* Canberra to Australia Capital Territory, Australia *

Awake in Canberra, our Sapphire Coast travelers are back at their home base. Sir Thomas investigated the intriguing plastic un-tearable Australian money. The duo set out for a day of exploring downtown and for Sir Thomas Leaf to cash in on his winning of the dead kangaroo bet with Sir Bluey Bee. Sir Bluey took Sir Thomas downtown to show him where he worked … an immaculate building in the heart of downtown, very cutting edge. A nice walk downtown to some of Sir Bluey’s favorite haunts, with an intent to stop at PJ O Reilly’s … which was closed so they moved on to the Phoenix for some cider drinking. It was there they discovered on Sunday would be a vendor’s market where Sir Thomas could face paint and/or do tarot. They also looked into the happenings at Bar 32 for going-ons, but it was dead, so the travelers headed back to Sir Bluey’s estate for some more cider and passing out.


Sir Bluey lost the bet …

[ Chronicles: Canberra Nightlife ]

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Chronicles 4/21

Travels Down Under:
Narooma to Batesman Bay and Beyond, Counting Dead Kangaroo

Thursday, April 21, 2011
* Narooma to Batesman Bay, New South Wales, Australia *

Breakfast at the Narooma YHA, Sir Thomas Leaf sadly said goodbye to his new German friend as he and Sir Bluey Bee set off for last bit of wanderings around Narooma, sadly saying goodbye to his piece of Australian paradise. Sir Bluey took Sir Thomas a wandering to view some more geological formations on the beaches as they headed up towards Batesman Bay. En route, Sir Bluey took Sir Thomas to a beach for a swim while he went a wandering for some last chances at fishing, again to no avail. They then bartered a bet for a cider as Sir Bluey claimed they would see dozens of dead kangaroos and wombats along the roadside, to which Sir Thomas challenged they wouldn’t see 5 from Batesman Bay to Canberra … and lo and behold, they only saw 3. They did check out them, and was glad to find out that road crews would check the fresh kills for babies in the pouch. Those checked would be spray painted with a large red “X”. They originally were going to meet up with couch surfer “Jungle Jane” but missed the connection as they were passing through Batesman Bay. Instead, they went down to the city park, fed the seagulls fries and had their last fish n’ chips at the Bay Marlin before heading inland. En route, Sir Bluey showed Sir Thomas one of his favorite forests … and before dark, they returned to Canberra.

[ Chronicles: Back to Canberra ]

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04.20.11: Chronicles: Relaxing in Narooma


Fonzie’s grave?

Travels Down Under:
Relaxing in Narooma …

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
* Narooma, New South Wales, Australia *

Sir Bluey and Sir Thomas Leaf awoke in the restful Narooma YHA and started planning out their day after breakfast and tea. They also decided to stay an extra night in Narooma, which pleased Sir Thomas Leaf ecstatically since he already fell in love with Narooma. Swimming was on Sir Thomas Leaf’s mind, and fishing was on Sir Bluey Bee’s … so off they went to explore the beach for the day. Parking up by the Narooma Cemetery, the adventurers wandered down the forest path along the back picket fence, down onto the beach, where they found soft warm sand, a warm winter’s day, and chilly crystal clear water. Sir Bluey began to fish, and Sir Thomas began to swim, with Sir Bluey constantly warning him about sharks. Intriguing underwater photos as Sir Thomas tried out his underwater camera bag for the very first time. After a good day on the beach, the duo went to do some clamming using a tool that the YHA manager’s lent them, but again, to no avail. No catches. While Sir Bluey was clamming away, Sir Thomas went back to Taylor’s for a dozen oysters to feast on. Afterwards, the two headed over to Bar Beach, and while Sir Bluey fished, Sir Thomas went to see the Seals, sting rays, manta rays, and other sea life for a photo shoot down by the docks after which Sir Thomas entered the cold waters once again for a swim. Sir Bluey finally caught a small fish which they fried up that night for dinner. That evening, Sir Thomas met a nice German who he had long conversations with through the night until the communal room was closed. A good night was had by all.

[ Chronicles: Off to Batesman Bay & The Dead Kangaroo Count ]

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04.19.11: Chronicles: The Road to Narooma


A wombat in the trail

Travels Down Under:
From Bittangee Bay to Narooma …

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
* Bittangee Bay to Narooma, New South Wales, Australia *

The exhausted travelers slowly awoke this morning to a quiet morning, minus the patter of a jumping wallaby outside. Sir Thomas Leaf crawled out of his tent to find Sir Bluey Bee had struggled with his tent last night and had a beautifully engineered makeshift tent job using the tree branches he was under as a center pole. Sir Bluey however was not to be found. Sir Thomas then wandered down to the shore and spied him fishing off the rocks down below – so Sir Leaf had a brilliant plan to sneak up on him and roar like the Bittangee Bay beast to give Sir Bluey a good morning rustle … climbing down the rocks in sandals was not the most fantastic idea however as he slid and stumbled down the cliff side. But Sir Bluey hadn’t noticed him, so his plan was still in effect. Tossing a few rocks nearby and growling from a bush, Sir Bluey’s response was a big “WTF?” No fish was caught, but he did catch himself a Bittangee Beast! A good morning crawl along the cliff side/bay side rocks, the two adventurers explored the water side up to the Bittangee Bay Storage Ruins greeted by historic graffiti sprawling of “Nimble John” on its side. As Sir Bluey continued to try to catch fish, Sir Thomas wandered up the trail for a hike, and pondered hiking to the lighthouse. Unfortunately it was much farther than he realized, so just as he was about to turn around, he came upon a stream bank with a big giant roundish teddy bear staring at him. He froze in his tracks, as did this Wombat who wasn’t sure if he had sensed Sir Leaf. Sir Thomas took a few steps towards him, to which the wombat picked up, and after realizing blindly there was a being in front of him, he shot off waddling at high speeds down the trail, stopping frequently to listen if Sir Thomas was following. After chasing the wombat for a bit, Sir Thomas Leaf returned back to camp and caught back up with Sir Bluey, had breakfast and broke down camp, engaging into a long discussion with the camp steward about Aborigine “Secret business”, the “Bittangee Beast”, “camping areas”, and various other travel suggestions for the delvers route along the east coast of Australia.

The duo then got into Sir Bluey’s carriage, headed back down the bumpy road, with a turn-around getting a bit lost, and stumbling into the Green Cape Light House. They wandered up to the lighthouse, impressed with it being powered by solar energy, took a few shots of it, then wandered down to the water for some scenic shots of the thrashing waves against the rocks. The wanderers got back into their carriage and rolled on off to Merimbula for a gander downtown. They past through the South East Forests National Park alongside numerous termite mounds in the park on the roadside. Driving along the South Coast of New South Wales, the adventurers soon came upon the awe-inspiring Narooma. Sir Thomas Leaf simply fell in love with the place. He stated that if he ever moved to Australia, this is where he’d live. After checking into the YHA, the travelers went down for a walk on the beach – finding one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Sir Thomas was instantly transformed into a relaxed, de-stressed, floating leaf that just blew in from the Princes Highway. Exploring the seascape, the tidal pools, rustic beach structures of driftwood, shell collecting, and wading into the waters (while being warned about sharks from Sir Bluey) …. he was in paradise! While Sir Thomas went a wandering … Sir Bluey tried to catch some dinner. No luck, they wandered back into the village of Narooma, and settled for some Fish n’ Chips at Taylors before retiring to the Narooma YHA.

[ Chronicles: Relaxing in Narooma ]

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04.17.11: Chronicles: Naked Flowers – Beaches and Roses in Melbourne

Travels Down Under:
Naked Flowers: Beaches and Rose Gardens

Sunday, April 17, 2011
* Melbourne, Victoria, Australia *

Early to rise, the first agenda that our trio had on their minds was fresh laundry. So a pit stop at the local laundromat was first order of business. Waiting for their loads to complete their cycles, Sir Thomas Leaf and the Queen of Science went for a latte’ at the Down to Earth cafe while Sir Bluey Bee went on his own expedition for some supplies. After Chai and Laundry, the trio of adventurers were off across Melbourne, towards the nude beach for some sun and waves. En route, Sir Bluey Bee educated Sir Thomas Leaf about Vegemite. Prior, all Sir Thomas Leaf knew about it was from the Men at Work song “Down Under”. Sir Thomas Leaf was also very intrigued by the various road art and displays along the journey. Before long, they were at Campbell Cove Beach. What they found was a small strip of a rocky beach with not too enticing water, shady looking guys lurking around, and not really the proper bathing environment. Water much too murky. They did get some sun when another beach-goer’s dog wasn’t constantly coming up and shaking off on them. They gave it a couple of hours, then headed to the Werribee Rose Gardens. Just in the nick of time too, as the trio of explorers discovered the gardens were starting to close. The historic mansion was closed, but were able to tromp around in the Rose Gardens a bit before being shooed out by the caretaker. With a full moon in the sky, the adventurers were soon back en route for downtown Melbourne. Inspired by the deliciousness of Lentil as Anything, Sir Thomas Leaf and Bluey Bee were headstrong on eating there for dinner again. A wonderful vegetarian feast … the travelers were satisfied. A fitting meal for brave adventurers soon to embark upon exploring the East coast of Melbourne. An early night, the adventurers all turned in for a busy day tomorrow …

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04.16.11: Chronicles: Sciencequeen’s Going Away Party & Exploring Melbourne

Travels Down Under:
Exploring Melbourne & Farewells to Sciencequeen

Saturday, April 16, 2011
* Melbourne, Victoria, Australia *

Early to rise, the travelers headed out to the train station for a brief wandering around metropolitan Melbourne before journeying to St. Kilda at the Local where they would bid farewell to the Science Queen. Sir Bluey Bee in his comical self, humor Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Sciencequeen over their journey with lots of picture taking in action. Once hitting the central station in the city centre, Sir Thomas Leaf and the Sciencequeen grabbed a latte at the Streat kiosk while enamored with the architecture and design of the station. Walking about the artsy city centre of Melbourne was a tantalizing array of artistic spectrum, architecture, and unique oddities. Sir Thomas Leaf was intrigued by the “Pie Face” booth as he soon realized the Australians were addicted to the “pies” n’ “pastries” just as much as the British was. Walking past “China Town” they were soon back on the train to St. Kilda where the party would be. Sir Thomas Leaf was perplexed by the “Hungry Jacks” logo/fast food place they passed because it “looked like a Burger King” but was called something different. He figured he’d have to research that one by Google in the near future to understand how that isn’t copyright/trademark infringement. On the train, Sir Thomas Leaf was greeted by a scrawling of “Leaf” on the seat in front of him as if he was meant to be “… was here” as it was oddly spelled the same way he spells his name, not unlike the typical “Leif” most spell it who are named as such. Enter St. Kilda, the travelers were in a rush with Sir Bluey Bee struggling to keep up while distracted by photo moments, as they raced to meet the Science Queen’s friends at the Local. St. Kilda was a welcoming “artsy” district in Melbourne that Sir Thomas Leaf quite liked. “The Local” had several tables reserved for Sciencequeen’s going away party, and soon enough after claiming them, were populated by her comrades and loved ones … much local beer tasting ensued, as did Sir Thomas Leaf with his cider fix, topped off with a plate of mussels that were to die for. Joking around, humor, festive, and frolic, good conversations and new friendships were made. After some drunken debauchery (for some), they wandered off for gellato treat by the beach. En route, Sir Correct-a-lot encountered a very badly chalked inscription in front of the library saying “Are … Politicians Known Eor There Honesty” which he could not pass without correcting said such … and grabbed some chalk from a restaurant down the road, ran back, and fixed the typo and commented “At least politicians can spell” as a side note.

Past the Amusement park and the Palais theatre, the motley crew found the Fritz Gelato awaiting them with good prices for large portions. Mesmerized by the flavors, indulgence overtook the innocent as frozen fun ensued. Down to the Gazebo, the friends had their farewells as sunset took on the night with possums climbing down trees and even further madness to occur. Much of the party left, as a handful headed back to Sciencequeen’s flat for some more drinks and conversation with more friends added in the mix. A pit stop for some liquor demonstrated how pricey alcohol is in Australia – a typical cheap bottle of rum that Sir Thomas Leaf would pay $9.99 for in the States, was now $35 – “Egads!” he thought in horror. Pit stop for pizza to go and back to the flat. Good times. A good night was had by all ….

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04.15.11: Chronicles: Albury to Melbourne

Travels Down Under:
Journey through Victoria

Friday, April 15, 2011
* Albury, New South Wales, Australia to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia *

The weary adventures awoke in the mildew smelling dorm room of the Albury YHA, rolling out of bed, but with a restful sleep. Downstairs the showers awaited them, after which they made omelets for breakfast while preparing for their journey onwards through Victoria. The women from last night, and two new girls, joined them in conversation during breakfast as they prepared to figure out their routes. As some new coastal route ideas were presented to them. They headed off shortly from Albury onwards towards Melbourne. Sir Thomas Leaf found the “Koala” crossing signs a bit humorous as they scanned the treetops for koalas during their drive across the countryside. They saw a few antique cars pass them by and upon stopping at a rest area, saw an old fashioned “meals on wheels” service vehicle with high prices for their meals so went on to their budget and made tuna fish sandwiches. The lady running the cafeteria bus jumped to the conclusion that Sir Thomas Leaf and Sir Bluey Bee were “mates” and not in the Australian manner of “mate” but as a gay couple. They corrected her and she apologized for jumping to the conclusion. Perhaps it was Sir Leaf’s floral shirt with pink. After the rest area, they proceeded on the road towards Melbourne. Within hours the humorous duo made it to Australia’s Metropolitan Mecca of Melbourne. As entering they saw a Toyota van that had a car dealership sticker on it saying “Blood Toyota”. What an Odd name thought Leaf. To get their bearing since they got a little lost, they pulled into the “free” WiFi spot at a McDonald’s to do some Google Earth for directions. Since Sir Thomas Leaf has boycotted fast food in his life as of late for health reasons, he always “cringes” when he enters such facilities. He took a peek at the menu to see how Australia’s outrageous prices would be on dollar menu and meals – much to his horror they were quite pricey compared to the U.S. After gaining directions from the internet and from Sir Bluey asking kind blokes for directions, the adventurers were back on track to Lady Sciencequeen’s flat in Melbourne. Sir Thomas Leaf was quite impressed with many of the street murals in Melbourne. They finally found their way to the flat, and was greeted with many smiles and hugs from Sciencequeen. After dropping the bags and social greets, the three of them headed off to “Lentil as Anything” – a fabulous Indian-style vegetarian buffet that’s All you Can Eat price tag is to pay whatever you feel by dropping donation money into a pay box in a dark corner of the hallway when you enter or exit the establishment. What a innovative idea Sir Thomas Leaf thought thinking he’d like to make a seafood buffet at his and Wendy’s future Mermaid temple someday. The explorers were greeted by a possum blindly climbing up and down a tree by their table. As they were quite satisfied with their meal, Sir Bluey Bee with his smoking charm, lured back a few Australian students to join in their conversations and for a photo moment. After Sciencequeen, Sir Thomas Leaf, and Sir Bluey Bee returned back to the flat, they had a nightcap, conversation, and games until they were worn out. Big day awaited them tomorrow.

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04.24.11: Chronicles: Flea Markets & Botanical Gardens

Travels Down Under:
Flea Markets and Botanical Gardens

Sunday, April 24, 2011
* Canberra to Australia Capital Territory, Australia *

Sir Thomas awoke early and headed down for a bite at the Bytes Cafe having a deliciously sweet blackberry and banana pancakes in the Canberra YHA. A brief Skype with his friend Lady Victoria back in the Etats-Unis, shortly thereafter Sir Bluey was waving and honking down below with a chariot awaiting Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas and Sir Bluey then headed over to the Phoenix Flea Market in downtown Canberra. Unfortunately, there were no other vendors for the market and hunches were being thrown around it was because of the bus strike and/or Easter Sunday. Nevertheless, Sir Bluey and Sir Thomas Leaf set up a face-painting table and waited for patrons. The bartender and Sir Bluey got painted up. Lady Mikki joined us soon after, they all grabbed some Indian cuisine to go, and hung out in the Phoenix hoping some others would arrive. Very few. Lady Mikki bestowed the knights with chocolate bunnies that they were very thankful for. After Lady Mikki left, Sir Bluey drove Sir Thomas Leaf to the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Sir Thomas of course was in bliss as he is an avid botanist and photographed every plant he could. Brief encounters with kangaroos and numerous species of various Eucalyptus he made quite a few additions to his compendium he’s creating. That evening, Sir Bluey made the duo some leftover kangaroo as a culinary feast. A good night’s rest was had by all.


Body painting at the Phoenix

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Pirate Relief’s : “Project Black Pearl”

Pirate Relief’s: Project Black Pearl
* Piraterelief.com *

Project Black Bearl is one of Pirate Relief‘s projects they are seeking by no later than 2015 in achieving. At present, negotiations are being made in the use of some “historic tall sailing ships” that are already in use, as a means of vehicles to use until we can afford our own to purchase or build. As the end of 2011/2012 is focused on achieving a home base on the coast somewhere in the world through Project Gypsy, most likely England near Penzance; Oregon near Eugene / Ashland / or Portland, Washington near Point Roberts, Seattle, or Bellingham; or Florida near St. Augustine, Melbourne, or Miami as being the most realistic of locations due to support, community, services, land, and/or ship expertise located in these regions that might become accessible to us. The first exciting and alluring vessel we’ve had our eye on is “The Black Pearl” which is currently on sale for a mere $994,000 (currently located in Honduras). Of course, no-where in our budget line at the present moment, but definitely an aspiring dream to work towards. Realistically though, we’ll start with any good, sturdy, long distance sea worthy tall sailing ship vessel, and will even start out with a small sailing boat or yacht if we have to.

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Pirate Relief

Pirate Relief
www.piraterelief.com * Facebook *

Imagined by Captain Leaf McGowan in May 2010 as a dream, the ghostly ship didn’t manifest into conceptualization until June 2010 as he was to embark across the “Great Pond” to England. He posted the concept on facebook and expected to be laughed at but was greatly supported and encouraged to have the ship set sail. Investigations into the idea, networking, and fundraising took effect immediately as a crew of over 20 committed individuals enthusiastically climbed on board. At this stage, the group is planting the seed to make the project a reality. The crew and project has a facebook group and a web site with several projects being set into motion.

Pirate Relief is a roving band of pirates, gypsies, artists, musicians, environmentalists, scientists, & relief volunteers who are striving to bring together a fleet of tall sailing ships to sail the seven seas to ports around the world – sharing art, music, drama, theater, folklore, performance, storytelling, history, & culture to those they encounter. They are setting out to share the wealth of the Living Myth. When able to assist in coastal disaster areas – they plan to set into port to uplift the spirits of those who had their lives affected – bringing back hope to the hopeless, guidance to the lost, and insight to the inquisitive … sharing whatever resources they have on board or the crew has to offer – whether uplift of spirit through entertainment, stories of hope, supplies, medical aid, arts, education, inspiration, or a helping hand. They are also working on environmental projects to assist in ecological tragedy by approaching areas affected such as the Gulf oil spill, the Pacific Trash Island, and how to address pollution issues with our waterways. They are targeting our concerns by embracing ecological and sustainability ideas for a new approach to living, caring for the environment, mobility, and keeping culture, arts, & sciences alive. “Through Storytelling and the Arts – The Living Myth shall live on! “ Their PDF Brochure can be downloaded Here. By the return of Captain Leaf McGowan from England, the crew was soon involved in Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon and Brethren Con 2010 in Denver, Colorado presenting a presence to share about the legacy and visions of the project. Still in its infancy, the captain is soon to set sail on a historic vessel to learn the ropes at sailing a tall ship, investigating the foundations of what will need to be accomplished to make this dream a reality.

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Chronicles: Sept. 3, 2010: Friday at the Burn, Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music

Friday at the Burn 2010:
Bodypainting, Dust Storms, Art, Music


“The Man” – 2010

Friday, 3 September 2010
* Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada, United States of America *

Awakening to the hot sun after a mid-morning glare peering into the Vanwagon vardo, Sir Thomas Leaf stumbled out of the van, off his futon, and into this bodypainting station camp. Pulling out the paints and getting the Body Painting Station ready for its patrons for the day. Dust on the horizon. Lots of wanderers coming in to get painted and painting each other when Leaf was gone. Leaf took a wander-a-bout in search of his brother the mad Docteur Mangor again to no discovery. While he was gone, Dr. Mangor had stopped into camp and left him notes. After a pitstop at the free soft-serve “Psychedelic Ice Cream” camp for some vanilla and chocolate twist, he spent the afternoon painting many beautiful people. As he was finishing bodypainting a lovely Canadian Goddess, the mad doctor arrived. Then it was an afternoon of exploring the playa and cycling around, viewing the amazing art pieces on the playa, visiting camps and getting drunk, dancing to music, and playing well into the evening. Pitstopped in to see the lovely Bonefinder who unfortunately was under the weather so unable to go wander-a-bout with this crazy duo. They searched for Karen at Deathguild who was on her own wander-a-bout. Late night fun with two beautiful princesses from Sweden that was camping within Mangor’s camp, Sir Thomas Leaf and Dr. Mangor went adventuring to an 80’s dance club, a goth night, and several intriguing bars.


Desert Faerie riding into the dust

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07.31.10: CSTL: Faerieworlds, Day 2: Bad Faeries Day

Travel Day 3: Faerieworlds Day 2: Bad Faeries Day

Saturday, 31 July 2010
* Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Absinthe Alli, and Princess Astranna awoke for a morning of explorations around Faerieworlds on Bad Faeries Day. Frolick time with Lady Bonefinder and Fairy Girl as well as their campmates was most of he day. The adventurers dressed appropriately dark. Wandering through the woods for some photoshoots, exploring the marketplace, swimming in the river, catching up with friends. Some most excellent performances were done through the day and night. Lady Kimmy and her band of rambunctious pirates “Man Overboard” rocked the stage. They were followed by the ever enchanting Gypsy Nomads. Some swim and food breaks the the explorers and back to the stage for the ever-impressive Telesma, then non stop dancing for Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Allison to the bouncing beats of Delhi 2 Dublin and the ever enchanting awe-strucken music of Faun. Faun was followed by the night ritual “When Darkness Falls” (see video below) The adventurers had expected to see Mythmaker do the evening ritual like previous Faerieworlds but instead were entertained by other dancers and performers. Lady Kelly Miller-Lopez with members of Woodland and Faun performed music and poetic invocation while Lucretia of the troupe Serpentine did fire and tribal style bellydance and ritual accompanied by fire breathing by Connor Fenix Cobbledick of the Kirkos fire troupe. Onwards from there to Netherworlds for some stunning aerial performances and spinning skits by the Wishing Tree. Hanging out at the Campfire and catching some more of Tricky Pixie for an un-scheduled late night dance tromp. The evening was spectacular as was the day. The adventurers got off to sleep very late but well worth the fun that was had in Faerie land.

Someone’s great video of the daytime celebrations found online:
http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/rsrc.php/v1/y9/r/5hhEmC4T-TT.swf?v=142108385813041&ev=0

with Delhi 2 Dublin then Faun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUyySCMC7As
Faerieworlds Night Ritual: When Darkness Falls


A musical and poetic invocation spoken by Kelly Miller-Lopez, with music by performed by members of Woodland and Faun. The dance features Lucretia of the dance and fire troupe Serpentine, with fire breathing by Connor Fenix Cobbledick of Kirkos fire troupe. Poetry and music written by Emilio Miller-Lopez of Woodland.






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07.30.10: CSTL: Faerieworlds, Day 1

Day 2: Faerieworlds : Good Faeries Day 1

Friday, 30 July 2010
* Albany-Eugene, Oregon, United States of America *

Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Absinthe Alli, and Princess Astranna awoke after a good night’s rest at the Motel 6 ready for their journey into Faerie. They donned their faerie gear and costumes, did makeup, and realized they were short of some crafting supplies so googled a craft shop. After checking out of the motel, they headed off to Joann Fabrics and Super K for stocking up on gear while in Albany, Oregon. By 11:30 am they finally landed in Eugene, Oregon with enough time to grab provisions for their quest at Trader Joe’s. They got in touch with Fairy Girl of the Emerald City and Lady Bonefinder of British Columbia to pin-point the gateway where they were all camping. They drove onwards into Buford Park at the nature sanctuary of Mount Pisgah. Thanks to Lady Kimmy, Sir Thomas Leaf was blessed into Faerieworlds and Lady Absinthe Alli and Princess Astranna picked up their passes. On into the Camping Area, the adventurers soon enough found Fairy Girl and Bonefinder, dropped off their gear and unpacked the carriage. Setting up a tent for Leaf and Alli, then borrowed a tent from Fairy Girl for Princess Astranna to get her own private quarters. Mead and Absinthe was then head before dressing up as Good Faeries and wandering off for the days entertainment. A mystical opening ritual was done gifting the “standing stone circle” to Mt. Pisgah and Faerieworlds for eternities to appreciate. A beautiful rite and circle spiral dance was enjoyed. Most amazing, Sir Thomas Leaf thought. As he had experienced Three Wishes Faerie Festival in Bodmin Moor upon the lake of Sir Arthur’s Excalibur … he was warmed with enlightened joy that Sir Emilio, Lady Kelly, Lady Kimmy, and their merry band Woodland brought forth some enchanting pieces of the Isles back home with them. Then the festive music took place on the main stage with first up on stage was “Tricky Pixie“, followed by “Brother“, and then “Woodland“. The Fae felt that “Brother” and “Woodland” did amazing performances and were fabulous choices for opening up the music of the weekened. Following the performance, the fae migrated over to Netherworlds for some stunning aerial arts. Mesmerizing performances were found throughout the inner circle of Faerieworlds. Mystical workings in effect and an enchanting night was had by all. Various parties all around as Faerieworlds embarked on all night entertainment camps through the night with a campfire with festivities in the camping areas. It was a late night for the travellers as they were exhausted from their long journey. A whirlwind of fun enjoyed by all.






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Chronicles: July 5-28, 2010: Pirates, Environment, Portal, Road to Faerie


Me and Faerie Twig

Journeys around Colorado, July 5-28, 2010

As we join back with Sir Thomas Rhymer Oisin Leaf McGowan on his journey between the worlds we see that much contemplations about the dimensions, wanderlust, adventures, and concerns about the Earth has been swarming around in his mind and his concerns. He begins to feel restless and out of place. He begins to feel change stir and action begin to ignite with new plans and adventures amidst.

Around the middle of July, Sir Thomas Leaf, accompanied Lady Absinthe Alli to view The Portal. A multimedia extravaganza of mystical lore, myths, legends, with sacred visions, and insight of times past to future events to become. Later that weekend, He joined Quartermaster Q, Absinthe Alli, and Lady Cristina to enter the village of Larkspur for their 2010 Colorado Renaissance Faire. The adventure party was beset on finding goods for their life journeys and style as well as much merriment to be had at the Pirate Pub for comedy, song, and festive mead drinking. Watching the knights joust, the Washing Wenches doing their shenanigans, and admiring fine garments. Barbaric devouring of turkey legs and roasted artichokes. Much much more mead was imbibed by the crew.

Before exiting the Renaissance Faire, Sir Thomas Leaf encountered the gorgeous and ethereal Fairy Twig who granted him a magical stone as a charm for his next journey. That evening, lucid trance dancing was had by Lady Cristina and Sir Thomas Leaf as they partook of the musical visions of Lunar Fire at Cervantes.

Discussions of projects to be had with Pirate Relief were set into forward action during these weeks as plans to adddress the great Pacific Garbage Patch (aka Trash Island), involvement in the upcoming Brethrencon, and travels for the road to Faerie for more omens and insight about Faerie Renaissance to come.

The world is coming to some transitions and levels of dangerous concern as its inhabitants are not being aware of sustainability, ecological awareness, recycling, and environmental disasters such as Garbage Island and The Gulf Oil Spill, wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Recessions, and natural disasters.

Ideas brewed between the crew of Pirate Relief as they learned the stories of Captain Charles Moore who had stumbled upon the monstrosity of the Vortex in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Not only are there several of these vortexes, but some of them are larger square acreage than the entire United States. No one seems to be addressing these issues, rather just mark and track them with no real set plans on addressing a cleanup. Pirate Relief not quite sure what they can do about it has beset to start investigating some ideas for implementing a cleanup. Ideas around the Plastic bottle island in Mexico and the successful arrival of Plastiki: the catamaran built of 12,000 water bottles that sailed from California to Australia set into much inspiration about future projects.

A weekend of camping and relaxing on the river outside of Leadville led to many contemplations about life, journeys, transitions, and quests. Accompanied by Lady Cristina and her son, fun adventures were had by all as merriment was found celebrating birthdays of dear friends, music, food, story, and song. Sir Thomas Leaf gained some vision about what he wanted out of his future and his upcoming quests.

Blessings of Lady Kimmy, Lady Kelly, and Sir Emilio made the journey possible for Sir Thomas Leaf to visit the land of Faerieworlds again this year. Discussions with his crew, Sir Thomas Leaf and Pirate Relief’s Booty Girl (treasurer – she who counts the booty) Absinthe Alli, and her daughter princess Astranna decided to make the trek to the land of Faerie. On Wednesday, 28 July 2010 after Sir Thomas’ work in the Curation lab and Absinthe Alli’s work in the accounting office – they set off on the road to Faerie late that evening as they drove in Absinthe Alli’s carriage from Colorado through the rolling plains of Wyoming ….


Colorado Renaissance Faire






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5 April 2007: LotR: Ch. 7: The Road to Avebury and Stonehenge … breaking the Enchantment …

Thursday 5 April 2007
:: Avebury/Salisbury, England::



Stonehenge

Sir Thomas Leaf awoke without knowing his destination for the day. The plan was to be abducted by Lady Marion of Salisbury. The adventure party never heard from her since Malham, only that she would meet them at the train station and take Sir Thomas Leaf in her carriage to the stone circles. A ticket was already purchased for London, so the real plan was simply to be dropped off at the train station and let fate serve its destiny, whether it be London or Avebury.

Early to rise, the party walked up and down over a hill to a food co-op to get some groceries for breakfast of porridge, eclairs, and tea. Before long, Queen Susan picked them up and carriaged them to the depot. As they pulled up they spied Lady Marion weirdly chatting with Sir Robin the Fool. Robin was meeting them there and spied Lady Marion from the adventure photos. He had went up to her and said in his serious, yet comical nature … “I recognize you by your bum”; of course Lady Marion said “Excuse me?” and he told her he saw digital pictures of her bum. How quaint is that? So hugs and farewells were made, Sir Thomas Leaf knowing he’d be missing his Lady Vanessa and his comrad-in-arms Ingo, and the Royal family as he sets off to his journey to meet the mighty ones and to break the enchantment on the ring. Lady Marion abducted Sir Thomas Leaf into her carriage and off across the countryside for a 6 hour drive to Salisbury. From there, he would catch a train to London, explore the crazy city, and on saturday depart for his home in the American wild west. He would return again to Europe, per chance maybe again this summer for Castle Party, otherwise not again till next year when him and Lady Vanessa will take a trip to the Alps and to explore France.

An enjoyable road trip was had with Lady Marion and Sir Thomas Leaf, minus several stops along the route dealing with a potentially overheating engine. Around 5 pm, they made Avebury, parked, and hiked around the circle. Sir Thomas Leaf was imbued with the energy of the ancients – feeling those of who once wandered here, the magical and empowering energy of the stones. Then as they walked around the defensive ring and atop the gully, there they were … the mighty ones … the elders …. a ring of sacred trees, calling for Sir Thomas Leaf’s audience, he climbed up within them, felt their energy, heard their calling, and knew what he had to do. He took the cord, found the faerie in the branches, and tied it amongst the branches with the saying of the sacred words to break the enchantment that was cast on the Lady of the Rhine’s ring. The spell was lifted. Lady Vanessa was freed and was once again back to her royal self. There was hope to learn the secret of recovery from the illness of jetlag from the mighty ones … but they had nothing to share on the subject.

Lady Marion and Sir Thomas Leaf then headed off towards Salisbury with a stop-off at Stonehenge. The tunnel and visitor center had just closed, so they had to admire the monuments from the road. Sir Thomas Leaf was in his glory. He knew he’d return to this spot again. Then as the skies slowly started to darken, they arrived in Salisbury to check out train tickets to London. While Sir Thomas Leaf wanted to stay longer and take Lady Marion’s offer of staying in Salisbury, due to Good Friday delays with the train projected … he knew he should continue on to London, plus he didn’t want to miss the registration hours at the hostel. He said farewell to the sweet and wonderful Lady Marion. He hopped the train to London – meeting a family from the States who had purchased their tickets to London six months in advance for $199.00 each round-trip. With envy, Sir Thomas Leaf realized he should plan ahead earlier for the next trips. 2 hours later he arrived in London and switched trains to Oxford Circus. The streets were truly a circus so it was adequately named. He found the Oxford Street hostel, and while registration was closed (it was past 10:30 pm) a night attendant checked him in. He met his bunkmates from Spain. Dressed up nice and wandered around Oxford Street in search for music, dance, and drink. He hit “The Bunker” – a post punk, new wave, glam trash night where he got his soo needed fill of “britpop and post punk” music. Danced a bunch, drank a bunch. It was a good night. He went back and crashed around 4 am. His bunkmates didn’t return till 6’ish. A day of exploring London ensued with many more adventures to be told in a different tale from Jack the Ripper to a near-miss mugging in the park, an Italian guido giving away leather jackets, museums, and a long flight home. Sir Thomas Leaf had the most splendid of trips ever. And of course, our adventurers lived happily ever after ….


Sir Thomas Leaf at Avebury …


The Mighty Ones


A fairy tied amongst the branches

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4 April 2007: LotR: Ch. 6, Pt 2: The Ruins of Bolton Abbey, More Money trees, Dairy 99, and Curry

Wednesday 4 April 2007
:: Bolton Abbey, England – Yorkshire::
Chapter 6: Part 2


Sir Thomas Leaf and the Ruins of Bolton Abbey

The foot-sore adventurers piled into the coach, adjusted to the driving on the left hand side of the road, Sir Thomas Leaf constantly with reflexes of grabbing a steering wheel that doesn’t exist while sitting in the passenger seat on the left – and the Queen charioted them along the Yorkshire countryside. Passed through some very historic towns and villages, including the hideaway town of Linton. Then the final adventure of the day – The Ruins of the Bolton Abbey. Another hike, down to the Ruins, along the river, to another money tree. A treat from Queen Susan and Sir Robin the Fool for a Dairy 99 with a chocolate chip – mmmm. A humorous audience watching people cross the stepping stones across the river – missing a crossing stone, so everyone splashing into the water to get across even though signs warned them the stone was missing.

It was in the ruins of the abbey, that a piece of cord was found inbetween a flagstone. It was this cord that was necessary to present to the mighty ones at Avebury for breaking the enchantment on Lady Vanessa’s ring. All the pieces are in place, the elements gathered, tomorrow Sir Thomas Leaf will venture with Lady Marion of Salisbury to Avebury and Stonehenge to complete the circle of this adventure.

Evening, the adventurers went into the shady area of Bradford in search for Curry. They stopped at at the shining gates of world reknown Mumtaz – and ended the evening with some delicious Indian fare. A good sleep was in order – as tomorrow morning, Sir Thomas Leaf was to be carriaged to the train station – either boarding a train for London or be abducted by Lady Marion of Salisbury for the breaking of the enchantment. Will she arrive to meet the knight?


Celtic Cross …


The guardian gargoyles


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4 April 2007: LotR: Ch. 6, Pt 1: Kettlewell to Grassington … back to the Royal Family

Wednesday 4 April 2007
:: Grassington, England – Yorkshire::
Chapter 6: Part 1


Sir Ingo the Great of Koln, Lady Vanessa of the Rhine, and Sir Thomas Leaf Cartographer of Colorado

Once again, Sirs Thomas Leaf and Ingo the Great awoke early long before the breakfast buffet began. Hanging out thumbing through some books on Yorkshire lore … searching desperately about the tradition of the money tree. Once again, no luck. The buffet was ok – nothing for our adventurers to write home about. Before you knew it, the exploration party was out the door, heavy backpacks on, and off through the village center looking for where the Dales Way picked up. A little turned around, and Lady Vanessa and Sir Ingo doubting Sir Thomas Leaf’s directions … they turned out true as they came across the Scargill House (A global Christian commune) and continued along the Dales Way towards Grassington. More limestone pastures, past lead mines, up over the hills to high pasture. Small flat-topped hill with a cairne they came across that was known as Conistone Pie. Their journey took them through the medieval settlement of “Lea Green” which archaeologically stood as evidence of a Romano-British village of oblong hut shapes surrounded by a wall with a nearby dew pond as its possible water supply. Two lead veins cross the path and are marked by two lines of shallow pits as evidence of lead mining in the area. It was learned that the Faeries in the Yorkshire Dales avoided exposed areas on the Dales – bogs, marshes – they loved the sheltered middle reaches of the Dales, especially the conical hills. The adventurers past by a large ‘privately owned’ ash kiln along the way. Before the party knew it, they were in the bustling town of Grassington. Through the market streets, perusing stores, and picking up some chutney along the way for the Queen, they made it to a Tea house that welcomed them with the omen of a dead blackbird in the doorway. The adventurers ignored the superstition, and entered into the cafe, for a pot of yorkshire tea in the back patio. Sir Thomas Leaf, knowing this is soon to be his last day in the Yorkshire Dales, decided to order a Yorkshire Pudding for lunch. It was quite tasty! Before long, Queen Susan and Robin the Fool arrived, and joined the adventurers to afternoon tea excited to hear about the adventures. Plans were made to hop into the carriage and head off for the Ruins of Bolton Abby and then an evening to Bradford’s infamous curries.


on to Grassington …


old settlement

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3 April 2007: LotR: Ch. 5, Pt 2: Kettlewell & The 100 Dwarves … An Ingredient of the Spell gained

Tuesday 3 April 2007
:: Kettlewell, England – Yorkshire::
Chapter 5: Part 2


a horde of gnomes, dwarves, and hobbits
revealing secrets to the adventurers

With relief of the rainbow, the sun peeked through the clouds. The adventurers could take of their raingear. The road to Kettlewell from Arncliff had steep moments as it went up and down the mountainsides and following the River Skirfare to Hawkswicke. Their legs were killing them and they were ready to stop or the day from Arncliff to Kettlewell – yet it was about 3-4 miles remaining. Stopping for second lunch in Hawkswicke along the River Skirfare after passing by some old settlements, climbing up the Stepping stones, past the Knipe wood, and finally through an old settlement/quarry, down the mountainside into Kettlewell – home of the legendary “Calendar Girls”. The explorers stopped at the first cafe/bistro in town, “The Cottage Tea Room”, each for a pot of Yorkshire Tea and scones with whipped butter, cream, and jam. After a nice charming quaint stop for tea, the adventurers weaved their way up to the Kettlewell Hostel where they would reside for the evening. The hostel was empty and did not open it’s registration desk until 5 – so they explored town, the graveyard, and churchyard. Then as they stopped by a cottage with advertisements for the “Calendar Girls” tour, where the film was made, and after a visit to the historic may pole in the town center, feeding an apple to a cute horse, and yet another pot of Yorkshire Tea at Zerach’s … they came upon hundreds of garden gnomes, dwarves, and hobbits. These garden gnomes and dwarves, all a humorous and enchanting sort, all quite merry. It was in their presence that Sir Thomas Leaf discovered the secret to the dis-enchantment of the wicked spell cast on Lady Vanessa’s ring …. he must present a ribbon to be tied by the faerie amongst the great elders at Avebury and whisper certain words while doing so to the Great ones.

After the visit with the gnomes … the explorers checked into the hostel and then wandered down to the Blue Bell Inn for dinner and drink. Sir Thomas Leaf enjoyed a Lamb Shank with Poppins and bubbles; while Sir Ingo and Lady Vanessa both ordered the Farmer’s Casserole – all of which were very good. Drinking lots of beer, cider, and Jameson/Coke … they had a boisterously funny time. A pitstop off at the King’s Head pub after dinner for some more cider – they laughed themselves to exhaustion. It was time for bed. Before leaving the pub, they met a couple from London who were also hiking the trail, though they were camping at the Kettlewell campground (only 6 pounds/night). They didn’t know the answer to the money trees either. Sir Thomas Leaf was dead set on finding the answer to this tradition. It was a very good night.


River Skirfare erosion
delicately hard at work …


Welcome to Kettlewell!

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3 April 2007: LotR: Ch. 5, Pt 1: The Trek from Malham to Arncliff along the Monk’s Trail …

Tuesday 3 April 2007
:: Arncliff, England – Yorkshire::
Chapter 5: Part 1


Sir Ingo the Great, Lady Vanessa of the Rhine, Lady Marion of Salisbury
in the rain by Malham Tarn

That morning the sore legged adventurers awoke early to the Malham Hostel breakfast of champions – a breakfast buffet of ham, eggs, bacon, croissants, cereal, yogurt, potatoes, juice, and tea. Lady Marion of Salsbury joined the explorers with much discussion of the trek for the day. Sir Ingo the Great and Sir Thomas Leaf were the first to awake, and prior to breakfast joined one another for some British television and news. There was a British “Project Respect” where live they were going to barge into the doors of “anti socials” with several agencies from TV, dogs, drugs, rent, etc. to fine and arrest them for a plethera of minor crimes since they were “anti-socials”. It was a bit shocking. Thunder and rain clouds spread across the sky. A think mist of rain was ever so coming down. Lady Marion offered the party a ride in her coach up past the Malham Cove to Malham Tarn where they had walked yesterday, so they didn’t have to repeat any of the trail. Since the party would not miss a foot of trail yet explored by them, they took the Lady up on her offer. Piling into her carriage, they arrived at the Malham Tarn trailhead where they hiked through yesterday. The rain started coming down heavier. It was a cold and dampening rain. Lady Marion joined the group up to and around Malham Tarn along the Pennine Way – and then they departed ways where the adventurers needed to get on the Monk’s Road – up and over a steep hillside and back on sheep pastures. Up the trail to Mountains, Moors, and Valleys to Arncliff they went. Atop the first hilltop they broke for second breakfast. Across the plains for miles they went – with rolling fields, stone walls, and sheep aplenty they did see until they came over the ridge to see Arncliff. They stopped for first lunch and discussed their route and plans. The skies couldn’t decide what to do – rain or shine. By the rise to Arncliff, A rainbow greeted them with patches of sunshine here and there along the countryside. Down the hill they went to Arncliff in search of a cup of tea. It was just before noon, and the only cafe in town, appeared closed. They wandered through the town center quite unimpressed by the layout of the town. Through the churchyard and graveyard, up around the corner, past the historic stocks, draws, and quarters – they continued the path to Kettlewell, with hope of finding a place for tea in Hawkswicke.


Rainbow above Arncliff


Mother sheep and her baby lambs

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3 April 2007: LotR: Ch. 4: Lady Marion, Villages of Malham & Settle; The Naked Man …

Tuesday 3 April 2007
:: Malham, England – Yorkshire::
Chapter 4: P2


Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Vanessa of the Rhine, Lady Marion of Salisbury

Reaching the Malham Hostel, the Lady Vanessa was tired so went to take a nap. Sir Thomas Leaf set off to the pub for a Jameson & Coke as well as to check to see if a friend had emailed their address – no luck and would be the last email check for quite a few days. Postal rates change tommorrow so he took the stamps he had and hit the mailbox. Leaf went back to join Sir Ingo at the hostel – hanging in the courtyard. Lady Marion of Salsbury joined the Knights and offered them a ride to some local sites if they were up for exploring, which they were. She also offered Sir Thomas Leaf a ride to Avebury and Stonehenge if he’d like, and then he could take the train from there. So dilemma solved. The dis-enchanting spell for the ring lies in Avebury with the mighty ones. If a few days, Sir Thomas Leaf will meet up with Lady Marion of Salsbury and join her on a trip across England in her carriage to the mighty monuments. Lady Marion was just about to go rustle Lady Vanessa when she walked out into the courtyard – invitation to her to sightsee which she was interested in – so the party took off to go see some ruins, a waterfall, and whatever else they could find on the drive-a-bout. As they drove into the village of Settle, which is a bit bigger than Malham and actually has a bank, the knights talked Lady Marion in stopping so they could exchange Euros and Dollars for pounds. They wandered around the village of Settle and started a walking tour from a guide Vanessa received at the information center (the staff, all of whom did not know anything about the money tree belief, so still a dead end). The Ladies wanted to stop off at the “Naked Man Cafe” for some tea and pastries. So the party adventured into the Naked Man and got some nice custard pies, berry milk tasting milkshakes (not real milkshakes, Sir Thomas claimed they tasted like cold berry flavored milk, not a bit of ice cream in it), Yorkshire Tea, and pastries. Good times. Afterwards the party ventured up to Castle Rock for a view of the village. Then back in the carriage and back to Malham where enroute they spotted an old lime kiln that Sir Thomas Leaf had to investigate which overlooked a beautiful hidden waterfall; then they ran into a horny herd of very long-haired cattle who copulated infront of the car. Back at the village, a stopoff at the pub for some brews, and then off to bed since a long day waited the party tomorrow.


horny cattle

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2 April 2007: LotR: Malham Tarn, Cove, & Beck; Comb Scar; Sacred Pools

Monday 2 April 2007
:: Malham, England – Yorkshire::


Sir Thomas Leaf on the Malham Cove,
overlooking the village of Malham in the valley below

Our adventuring party continued their journey along the Pennine Way, back to the village of Malham. Sir Thomas Leaf was in deep contemplation about the new journey set forth before him … a trip to Avebury to see the mighty ones. He had no plans (though many desires) to go to that part of England, and was lacking the resources to make the journey, plus he had already paid for passage straight to London from Leeds/Bradford area. Vanessa, Lady of the Rhine and Sir Ingo the Great was already booked to return to Dusseldorf after this 4 day hike. Lady Vanessa asked Sir Thomas Leaf if he would embark upon this mission. He must do his Lady’s bidding. The party went up past many cairns and shake hoes in the Craven District, through Tings Plantation, and back on path with Pennine Way at a large lake called Malham Tarn. There the party stopped for first Lunch, up against a stone wall, sheltered from the wind, and under the shade of a thicket of trees which are rare in this area. Good conversations and great views of the rolling hills and divided plots of land from ages past.

After lunch the adventurers continued on, over Comb Hill, down through Comb Scar and Ing Scar where they stopped for second lunch at the bottom of a scar atop some nice flat rocks overseered by large rock walls – some with caves Sir Thomas Leaf was tempted to go explore if only his legs weren’t ailing him. After lunch, it was off to Malham Cove, where a criss-crossed, trenched and faulted massive Limestone Bedrock floor awaited them. Hopping from stone to stone, some wobbling belong, with crevaches below, absorbing the intense scenery – it felt like they were on top of the world. Then the climb down from the Cove, down many intense and steep steps and scrambles … some stoned by previous hikers, others not. Down, down, down to Malham Beck – a very enchanting little stream that was overlooked by the massive Cove cliffs above. Another money tree greeted our adventurers as they made their way to the pool where the water poured down. Sir Thomas Leaf inquired amongst other hikers the secrets about the money tree – but they did not know though thought they had once knew. Any guessing it was like a wishing well. They sat on the rocks and took in the awe of Malham Cove and Beck and spied some rockclimbers climbing the wall. Amazing. After a brief rest, our adventurers returned to the Pennine Way back to the village of Malham where they returned to the hostel for some rest and recovery from their day’s hike – all dreading tomorrow when they would again return to their heavy backpacks and gear, and have to hike up and over the Malham Beck, Cove, and Tarn – enroute on a 7-10 mile hike to the village of Kettlewell …


Malham Cove


Entering Comb Scar

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2 April 2007: LotR – The Faerie Queen of Janet’s Foss: Quest of the Enchanted Ring:

Monday 2 April 2007
:: Malham, England – Yorkshire::


What in the Faerie Goddess’s name is wrong with that trunk?

Early to rise our fine adventurers stumbled down to the hostel breakfast buffet to fill their bellies for a 7-9 mile hike around Malham, it’s scars, and many waterfalls. ‘Tis also the morning they set out to meet the Faerie Queen of Janet Foss in hopes that she’ll grant the spell to remove the enchantment placed on Lady Vanessa’s ring. Vanessa’s bunkmate, a Lady Marion of Salsbury near Stonehenge, came down and joined the delvers for breakfast. Very nice warm woman – geographer and former geologist. She would have joined the adventurous party, but she had already made plans to do a different route – though thoughts were that the paths might cross through the day. The adventurers also had a very dangerous scramble they would need to scurry up after Janet Foss. The adventurers packed light, the hostel supplied them with sack lunches, and Sir Ingo the Great relentlessly volunteered (well since he had the smallest and lightest pack) to carry the lunches and the gear so Lady Vanessa of the Rhine, and Sir Thomas Leaf could have their hands free. Many thanks to Ingo the Great!!! Set forth out of town, the adventurers followed the river, through more fields of newly born lambs, and into very garlic scented lush woods hidden into a magical valley that led to Janet’s Foss. Wild garlic covered the lush gully wall to wall floor to foot. Along the path appeared a tree trunk … that looked very strange indeed ….


gully wall to wall garlic – definitely guaranteed to keep werewolves, vampires, and blood suckers from this magical gully!

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2 April 2007: LoTR: Money Trees, Folklore, and Faeries …

Monday 2 April 2007
:: Janet’s Foss :: Malham, England – Yorkshire::


Hammered Coins into a Trunk

Money Trees at Janet’s Foss (Malham, England)
On my trip to England, hiking across the Yorkshire Dales, I came upon an English tradition that I still do not know the full story of. I’ve asked over a dozen different people through my travels on Dales countryside and most could not remember the belief or myth behind the practice of hammering coins (mainly pennies or 2 cent quids) into fallen trees, trunks, or logs. These are most commonly referred to as “money trees” or “Wish Trees.

Some believe, and have told me it’s a common practice similar to throwing coins in wells – for wishes. Others state it is for safe passage. Romans would always offer a coin to the Gods before crossing water. Others as a tithing or offering to the tree spirits as an apology for human intrusion and destruction of the woods or impeding on a fairy path. Coins are sometimes used, hammered deep into the tree trunk, however the practice of tying pieces of cloth to the tree may also qualify, although this is more often directly associated with nearby Clootie wells as they are known in Scotland and Ireland or Cloutie or Cloughtie in Cornwall. It is likely that an offering is also being made to the tree spirit as elsewhere the ritual is to place objects into water, so here they are ‘hedging their bets’ and effectively making an offering to both.A rare example of a ‘Wish Tree’ exists near Ardmaddy House in Argyle, Scotland. The tree is a Hawthorn which are traditionally linked with fertility, as in ‘May Blossom’. The trunk and branches are covered with hundreds of coins which have been driven through the bark and into the wood. The local tradition is that a wish will be granted for each of the coins so treated. [3] On the island of St Maol Rubha or St Maree, in Loch Maree, Gairloch in the Highlands is an Oak Wish Tree made famous by a visit in 1877 by Queen Victoria and its inclusion in her published diaries. The tree, and others surrounding it, are festooned with hammered in coins. It is near the healing well of St Maree, to which votive offerings were made. Records show that bulls were sacrificed openly up until the 18th century. Others state for a sacred spring or foss. Trees have long been associated with wells and waterfalls. An old sycamore is the ‘money tree’ at the holy well of St Fintan near Portlasie, Ireland. Tradition states that St Fintan dropped some water on the tree and the damp hollow in the trunk bears a trickle of holy water. Pilgrims used to tie clothing to the tree, but more recently hammered coins into the bark, so that its base is now more metal than wood. There are several myths/beliefs involving that the money is offerings to the faeries for protection, blessings, wishes, or safe passage. Here’s a belief posted on a blog stating “…We even saw a money tree on the way home – it was absolutely covered from head to toe with coppers and 20 and 10 and 5ps. And they could be taken at your leisure. But now – legend has it that the pixies long ago took money off travellers who would be given invisibility to protect them against the giant serpent that lurked in the waters. That’s right – genuine 2002 coins way back in the early centuries. By gum they kept up with the times in those days. Anyway – if anyone picked a coin from the tree it would anger the pixies and you would be in danger of their wrath …”


Penny offerings for good luck
and as gifts to the Fae

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Lotr: The Faerie Queen of Janet’s Foss; 2 April 2007: Quest of the Enchanted Ring:

Monday 2 April 2007
:: Malham, England – Yorkshire::

Early to rise our fine adventurers stumbled down to the hostel breakfast buffet to fill their bellies for a 7-9 mile hike around Malham, it’s scars, and many waterfalls. ‘Tis also the morning they set out to meet the Faerie Queen of Janet Foss in hopes that she’ll grant the spell to remove the enchantment placed on Lady Vanessa’s ring. Vanessa’s bunkmate, a Lady Marion of Salsbury near Stonehenge, came down and joined the delvers for breakfast. Very nice warm woman – geographer and former geologist. She would have joined the adventurous party, but she had already made plans to do a different route – though thoughts were that the paths might cross through the day. The adventurers also had a very dangerous scramble they would need to scurry up after Janet Foss. The adventurers packed light, the hostel supplied them with sack lunches, and Sir Ingo the Great relentlessly volunteered (well since he had the smallest and lightest pack) to carry the lunches and the gear so Lady Vanessa of the Rhine, and Sir Thomas Leaf could have their hands free. Many thanks to Ingo the Great!!! Set forth out of town, the adventurers followed the river, through more fields of newly born lambs, and into very garlic scented lush woods hidden into a magical valley that led to Janet’s Foss. Wild garlic covered the lush gully wall to wall floor to foot. Along the path appeared a tree trunk … that looked very strange indeed ….


What in the Faerie Goddess’s name is wrong with that trunk?


gully wall to wall garlic – definitely guaranteed to keep werewolves, vampires, and blood suckers from this magical gully!


Approaching Janet’s Foss …

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LotR – Chapter 1b: Night 1 Malham: 1 April 2007: Quest of the Enchanted Ring

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Sunday 1 April 2007
:: Malham, England – Yorkshire::

: B


Daffodils along the roads of Hanlith Village, England

The adventurers arrived in the small village of Malham around 3 o’clock. (13:00) As they came over the hilltop to where they could see Malham in the distance, they could also see a pretty active little shire … lots of families out enjoying the warm weather, the sunshine, and pre-Easter weekend relaxation. Malham is a small town, with a little snack hut, 4 bars/cafe’s, a handful of bed and breakfast’s/inns and a Youth Hostel. There is an outfitter shoppe that has some gifts as well as a Park service information office. That’s it. Groceries, banking, Post Office, schools, etc. one would have to travel to Settle. There was one Inn that had a free internet terminal. There was a mail drop. That’s about it outside of a couple of payphones for communication with the outside world. Lots of charming little cottages and homes. Malham is quiet, peaceful, relaxing, and activities end very early in the evening.

Our adventurers arrived at the hostel to find it would not open it’s reception desk until 5 pm. So bound by heavy backpacks, the crew found a local cafe/pub that did not stink to high heavens of greasy food like the Muddy Boots Welcome cafe did – where they first tried to stop. The village of Malham, estimated population of about 200, was pretty bustling with families walking around. Made the village seem bigger than it really was. Many beautiful views all around. Would be a nice romantic get-a-way for lovers.


Village of Malham in the distance

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1 April 2007: LotR – Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring: Chapter 1 – Gargrave to Malham

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Sunday 1 April 2007
:: Gargrave, England – Yorkshire::


The adventure party and the Royal family: Sir Ingo, Lady Vanessa, Sir Robin, Queen Susan

Just as the adventure party expected, Vanessa’s nephew, Sir Luca the Valiant, who has explored Skipton in great detail, must have found the parchment for the details about seeing entrance with the Faerie Queen of Janet Foss. Since Luca the Valiant is far away in the lands of Germany, they would have to continue on their adventure without the scroll.

10:30 in the morning, Queen Susan and Robin the Fool picked up the adventurers from the JenDen and took them to the 6 mile section of the Pennine Way that runs from the villages of Gargrave to Malham. They walked with Vanessa Lady of the Rhine, Sir Thomas Leaf, and Sir Ingo the Great and set them off at the trailhead where they climbed over the wall to the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales as they started their walk across a sheep pasture. Just shortly before the pasture, they sat and watched the operation of the locks for the houseboats in the canals. Thoughts of owning a houseboat bombarded Sir Thomas Leaf’s head. Someday he thought. It would be a new adventure ground. Back on the walk they said their departures to the Royal family and started their trekk on the trail. The ground was mushy, odorous, and one could not see the trail. Sir Thomas Leaf did his best to navigate between the sheep patties and the mushy ground down to a gate, where unknowingly he lost his journal with notes of directions. As they went through the gate, he discovered his loss, backtrekked and luckily found the journal. A short delay, but they were back to the adventure momentarily. Unknowingly, Sir Robin the Fool was spying on the party and had noticed Sir Leaf going back, and worried they were lost. But as the party turned back around and vanished over the hill, one would hope the party would find their way.


Canal locks at Gargrave


Pennine Way signpost

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1 April 2007: LotR – Lady of the Rhine, Quest of the Enchanted Ring

Sunday 1 April 2007
:: Bradford, England; Skipton, England – Yorkshire::

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful woman named Vanessa, Lady of the Rhine – who was the envy of all of the ladies in the village of Dusseldorf, along the Rhine river in Germany. One of the local enchantresses who envied Vanessa, had one day found a meeting with her, admired her ring, and cast a intoxicating spell of wickedness on this ring, that could now, never be removed. It changed the Lady of the Rhine’s life drastically and she saught after a cure for this enchantment. She summoned two of her beloved knights : Sir Ingo the Great of Koln, a mighty knight of the Rhine River; and Sir Thomas Leaf of Colorado, a foreigner of the Nacerima, well known cartographer, trekker, and adventurer. Upon Sir Thomas Leaf’s arrival on the Jet Dragon Air Berlin, a day of coordination and rest, they met Sir Ingo at the train station, and boarded the Air Dragon Jet2 for the lands of England, where they were to seek guidance from the Faerie Queen of Janet Foss to find the spell that would remove the wicked enchantment from the ring.


Cartographer Sir Thomas Leaf

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06.26.10: Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf: WPP: Day 22 – Bushmills, Dunluce Castle, Gilligan’s World, Sligo, Knocknashee, Cannamara


The delvers were up early ready to explore the vast distillery of the sacred waters of life known as Bushmills. After breakfast; Sir Thomas Leaf, Sir Sven and Lady Vanessa of the Rhine wandered on over to the corner market for some lunch items. Onwards to the infamous Bushmill’s factory that brews their “waters of Life” from the volcanic imbued spring waters of Northern Ireland. Alas though, the factory was on traditional break, as it awaits aging process and fermentations protocols. There is no production of whiskey in june and july so it was a pretty ‘dead’ factory during their visit. They still gave tours explaining the process and as a gift for not seeing live production, gave small bottles of Bushmill’s at the end in addition to free drinks at the end. A unique and only available from the distillery special blend of Bushmill’s reserve is sold to visitors of the tour. Sir Thomas Leaf purchased one to bring back to the States to use in his Druidic rituals for sacraments. Upon returning to the parking lot, the adventurers discovered someone had backed into their rental car putting a dent into the back. They checked with the security cameras but no one was caught doing the crime.

The party then headed off to explore the ruins of the Dunluce Castle, previewed the current excavation taking place there, and explored the escape tunnel off to the Sea underneath the rock upon which the castle sits. They returned to their journey along the Giant’s Causeway Scenic Route towards the Mussenden Temple. A pitstop at the Mussenden Temple / Downhill / and Bishop’s Gate. They wandered down to see views from the beach and to embark on a 5 hour drive towards Galway and Cannemara.

While Sir Thomas Leaf was engaged in writing his journals, he felt a calling to look up – just as Lady Vanessa was passing by a sign in the countryside out in the middle of nowhere saying “Gilligan’s World: Lore of the Faeries” through the corner of his eye. He convinced Sir Sven and Lady Vanessa to take a side trip to explore this intriguing sign. It led to a drive down weaving country roads into the middle of nowhere. Just as the party was to give up, there appeared another sign, leading the party further. Quite possibly a trick played by the Faeries … but then they spied a small stone portal just the right size for faerie height. Inwards was an abandoned/empty theme camp for faeries only that these adventurers were the only visitors. Just as they were about again to give up hope – out appeared a small humble woman, who turned out to be a Barronness who began to open up shop just for us. She began rambling about the lore and legends of the Tuatha de Danaan and sent the delvers up to the faerie circle to request a wish. The party wanted to hike up to the true site, the Knocknashee, but time wasn’t permitting as they had to make check-in time with the hostel in Cannemara.

Racing to Conanmara they arrived at a darksome and drury hostel in the middle of nowhere, with no phone, no internet, and no place o purchase food nearby. They were about to deduce that the place was empty just as the clerk rambled out his door in order to take the meager night’s stay pay and bid the party goodnight. They were pretty convinced they were the only ones staying in this large mansion alone tonight. They drove down into the village of Clifton, 20 minutes away, in search for food. All the grocery stores were closed, so grabbed some grub at the gas station, and then realized the village was larger than it appeared – and setled for some fish n’ chips at a late night stand near the taverns – hit the Irish pub for a pint of cider to some traditional Irish n’ Celtic music. Good evening. Some mild rains in the evening. Upon return to the hostel, again it was dead empty, quiet, charming, mysterious, and romantic.

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