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Three Blogs That……..Part 1!

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Three blogs that…..I have been stalking.

Despite having been missing from here for a while doesn’t mean I haven’t been haunting other people’s wonderful blogs.  Something  lovely happened yesterday to prompt me to take keys to screen again.

The first blog I have spent lots of time around is the wonderfully illustrated ziggyshortcrust as she describes herself “elf whisperer, skinnydog wrangler, campervan tootler” how could I not spend time there!   I have long been an admirer of her line drawn elves of many types so when she announced a project to revive the ‘lost art of letter writing’  I practically begged to be included!  After thinking I would have to wait with my nose pressed up against the letterbox for weeks….yesterday I came home to the most perfect rendition of both my Raven and Mage!!

Hope she doesn’t mind but I love them soo much I want to share them here, go and look around her site and maybe claim one of her illustrated letters with elves for yourself.

Mageand Raven


Crows and Rooks and Ravens Oh my!

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As I have neglected my blogs namesake{s} in posts so far I thought I would remedy the situation in a small Corvidae way.

Why was a raven like a writing desk? there was no definitive answer from the Hatter or Alice,  I’m  just happy to see my favorite birds popping up in one of my favorite books.  But one explanation could be  because Poe wrote on both – that is, Edgar Allen Poe wrote ‘The Raven‘, and therefore wrote on {the subject of} ravens, but he also wrote on a writing desk, we presume, literally.


“Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us – by that God we both adore –
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore –
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’ ”  – Edgar Allen Poe    Illustration by Gustave Dore

>Vincent Price in 'The Raven', 1963<br /><br /><br /><br />
     Vincent Price in ‘The Raven’, 1963  Photo: REX FEATURES

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