Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Whimsical wonders! George and the Dragon... William...

George and the Dragon


Happy St George's day to you, for those that celebrate it, not just in England, as it is also a day celebrated in other countries. The venerable Bede (c673-735) first mentions St George and he is also mentioned in the 9th century liturgy used at Durham Cathedral.  It was in 1222 that St George's day was declared a feast day in the Kingdom of England by the Synod of Oxford.  The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348, is the highest order of chivalry existing in England and is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England's patron saint. The cross of St George was flown by Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleight and also John Cabot on his voyage to discover Newfoundland.  The pilgrim fathers also flew the flag on the Mayflower when they arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  What I'll leave you with though for this little snippet, is the link for the recipe for the good old bread and butter pudding!  If you've not tried it before, I dare you to have a go and then let me know if you like it as much as me :)



William


This leads me to William Shakespeare, not only does his play Henry V invoke St George prior to the battle of Agincourt with the cry,  "Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!", today, 23 April is also the day that he died back in 1616, 30 odd years before my ancestors landed in new Canada!  I think that puts dates into a bit of perspective for me.

If you did Shakespeare at school, college, university, then this is my all time favourite, also reminds me of Star Trek (Undiscovered Country) which also has a really tenuous link in that Patrick Stewart aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard has acted for the Royal Shakespeare Company!

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'

Whimsical Wonders!


Well not actually whimsical wonders but I needed something with a 'W'.  It's Easy Events, and if you look at the E sideways it makes a W!


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This is great little stamp set and you can make some really quick and easy cards using this.  I have stamped various ones and then just punched the images out.  A simple card, used up some scraps and some ribbon, these will be nice and cheap at the craft fair!


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On that note, that's me done for the day.  Been to the docs this morning.  Ear infection and sinusitus still lurking and also a crackling left lung - a touch of pneumonia - caused by having this flu thing, possibly why I have also had so many headaches recently as well (the glasses haven't fixed those!) and then there are the wanting to hug the radiator one minute and sit in the freezer the next!  I've probably been fighting it for a few weeks now and it has (well nearly two weeks ago now, decided to burst forth). Just got some hefty antibiotics and have to rest, drink liquids etc etc.  I guess part of it is feeling a bit low now and then with the hip and back being a right pain in the *$&£^.  No doubt the sacroilitis/osteoarthritis is having a bit of a flare up -- this is the bit where I get the pain in the joints which are at the bottom of my spine - literally a pain in the bum (and hip).  I've noticed these past few days that it hurts after going up the stairs and even standing and sitting can become a pain in the butt!  If you don't know where your sacroiliac joint is, its the bit just under your lumbar spine and above your tailbone.


I'm off to bed to do some reading before I nod off into the world of slumberland :) Pat Barker and Ghost Road is quite good (one of the EMA books I am reading).


May the crafting mojo be with you!

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