Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lady Clare

This is one of my most favorite poems.

Lady Clare, by Alfred Lord Tennyson

It was the time when lilies blow,
And clouds are highest up in air.
Lord Ronald brought a lily-white doe
To give his cousin, Lady Clare.

I trow they did not part in scorn:
Lovers long betrothed were they;
They two will wed the morrow morn;
God's blessing on the day!

"He does not love me for my birth
Nor for my lands so broad and fair;
He loves me for my own true worth,
And that is well," said Lady Clare.

In there came old Alice the nurse,
Said, "Who was this that went from thee?"
"It was my cousin," said Lady Clare;
"To-morrow he weds with me."

"Oh, God be thanked!" said Alice the nurse,
"That all comes round so just and fair:
Lord Ronald is heir of all your lands,
And you are not the Lady Clare."

"Are ye out of your mind, my nurse, my nurse,"
Said Lady Clare, "that ye speak so wild?"
"As God's above," said Alice the nurse,
"I speak the truth: you are my child.

The old earl's daughter died at my breast;
I speak the truth, as I live by bread!
I buried her like my own sweet child,
And put my child in her stead."

"Falsely, falsely have ye done,
O mother," she said, "if this be true,
To keep the best man under the sun
So many years from his due."

"Nay now, my child," said Alice the nurse,
"But keep the secret for your life,
And all you have will be Lord Ronald's,
When you are man and wife."

"If I'm a beggar born," she said
"I will speak out, for I dare not lie,
Pull off, pull off the brooch of gold,
And fling the diamond necklace by."

"Nay now, my child," said Alice the nurse,
"But keep the secret all you can."
She said, "Not so; but I will know
If there be any faith in man."

"Nay now, what faith?" said Alice the nurse,
"The man will cleave unto his right."
"And he shall have it," the lady replied,
"Though I should die to-night."

"Yet give one kiss to your mother, dear!
Alas, my child! I sinned for thee."
"O mother, mother, mother," she said,
"So strange it seems to me!

"Yet here's a kiss for my mother dear,
My mother dear, if this be so,
And lay your hand upon my head,
And bless me, mother, ere I go."

She clad herself in a russen gown,
She was no longer Lady Clare:
She went by dale, and she went by down,
With a single rose in her hair.

The lily-white doe Lord Ronald had brought
Leapt up from where she lay.
Dropped her head in the maiden's hand.
And followed her all the way.

Down stepped Lord Ronald from his tower:
"O Lady Clare, you shame your worth!
Why come you dressed like a village maid,
That are the flower of the earth?"

"If I come dressed like a village maid,
I am but as my fortunes are:
I am a begger born," she said,
"And not the Lady Clare."

"Play me no tricks," said Lord Ronald,
"For I am yours in word and in deed;
Play me no tricks," said Lord Ronald,
"Your riddle is hard to read."

Oh, and proudly stood she up!
Her heart within her did not fail:
She looked into Lord Ronald's eyes,
And told him all her nurse's tale.

He laughed a laugh of merry scorn:
He turned and kissed her where she stood;
"If you are not the heiress born,
And I," said he, "the next in blood--

"If you are not the heiress born,
And I," said he, "the lawful heir,
We two will wed to-morrow morn,
And you shall still be Lady Clare."



Lady Clare, by John William Waterhouse

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Elaine, by Herbert Gustav Schmalz

I think this about the most lovely painting I have ever seen.

Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happiness Is...

Happiness is walking into ones room and finding a little girl with the lightest blond hair asleep on the floor.

Have a lovely day.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Girl With Rabbits, by Federick Stuart Church
Have a lovely restful day.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I am Thankful For...

I am thankful for being thankful. It may sound a bit odd, but it is true. First of all, can you imagine how horrible life would be if you and I were ungrateful? No mater how much we had, we would never be satisfied, always wanting more and never being appreciative. Secondly, I pride myself in not taking things for granted. I don't mean to be smug or boasting, but it is true. I am truly deeply grateful for my warm, clean bed, knowing how to read and to write, hot and cold running water, the food that I eat, the clean water that I have to drink, my sister's ability to go to collage (Anytime in the past and she wouldn't be able to, be it that we are poor or be it that she is female), heating and air, all of my limbs and all of my fingers and all of my toes (Really, everyone else says they never appreciate them until they are hurt or something.), living in a nice and safe place, and so much, so very much more.

Today always makes me sad. Sad because I am always surrounded by people and the last thing they look like they feel is, well, thankful. Be it the men and kids out to have a good time, hanging out or playing, or be it the women, out to be stressed and busy. Oh, for about five minutes every Thanksgiving we say something we are thankful for. But no one really cares about that, they are just thinking about the candy they get afterwords and how/if and when they get more. I don't mean to be cynical or depressing, I just want to make my observations known.

So, as I said, I am thankful for being thankful. And for so very much more.

Have an absolutely wonderful day.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I made the fillings for four pumpkin pies. Kae made the crust. Afterward Kae made a bit more pie crust and we with out two little cousins used special little leaf shaped cookie cutters and made leaves out of pie dough to decorate the pies with. I made lots of oakleaf shaped ones and put them all along the edge of one of the pies. It was henceforward called "Julie's Pie" even though I had made all of them!

It was getting dark when I finished and I went out to feed my pets and put away my mothers chickens. The air was the most lovely temperature and the sun was setting in the West, shining on the last of the red leaves. I looked up at the glowing-red treetops and wished my friend a happy birthday. Then I ran from place to place, the weather was so nice.

As I put the chickens away I remember a long time ago, that was only actually a few years ago, an evening much like this. It was when my aunt and her then fiancee were going to come. On that night I was thinking of them and I saw a shooting star. I was so lovely, so very lovely. I came in and it was warm and noisy. But not nearly as warm or as noisy as it soon will be. Seize the moment. When the present is this nice, live in it.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I am Thankful For..

I am thankful for music. It is about one of the uttermost wonderful things that there is.

Have a glorious day.

I am Thankful For...

I am thankful for family and friends.

Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I am Thankful For...

All of the wonderful blessings that have been bestowed upon me.

God deag

I am Thankful For...

I am thankful for water. The most perfect and wonderful element in all creation.

Photo : Bruno Monginoux / www.Landscape-Photo.net

Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Making Music, by Edward Robert Hughes

This post is for the dear ~A.K.~

Beauty in Profile , by Jean-Jacques Henner

She'll know why.

Portrait of an auburn beauty, by Jean-Jacques Henner

In the Grass, by Arthur Hughes

God Speed, by Edmund Blair Leighton

Have a wonderful day.

I an Thankful For...

There are so many truly amazing people in my live. I am thankful for them. They inspire me, and inspiring someone is about the greatest thing a person can do.


The Princess Out of School, by Edward Robert Hughes

A Virgin...

A Virgin, by Abbott Handerson Thayer

I think this has to be about one if the most lovely paintings I have ever seen.

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, November 19, 2010


Making Friends With a Collie, by Arther Hacker

I am Thankful For...

I am thankful for my dear and wonderful mother, who means so very, very much to me and is about the most understanding person in the world. Now one in a thousand years could do all that she does and not have to get hauled off to Arkham. (That is, go insane.)

It really is remarkable, all that she does.

She's wonderful and that's all there is to it.

Have a great day!


Well, blogger has this new thing where you can see how many people looked at your blog and where they were looking at it from and which country they were in and such. It was quite surprising how many folks looked at my blog!

And what was very surprising, was that someone/s in the Netherlands have been looking a By Castle and River a great deal. I am quite flattered!

But anyhow, I'd like to be polite and say
hallo en goed dag, to the reader/s in the Netherlands.

Have a nice day!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Saxon Princess

Portrait of a Saxon Princess, by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Have a nice day!

I am Thankful For..

I am thankful for being me.

It may sound a bit odd, at first. But when you think about it, there is no one, absolutely no one I'd rather be. Because, really, who else would I want to be?

I'm the only person who likes all of the same things that I like. I'm the only person who is friends with all of the people I want to be friends with.

Sure, my live isn't perfect. But when you think about it, it is perfect for me.

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Leaves Falling

Yesterday, I sat on my bed and looked out my open window and watched the yellow and brown leaves fall. It was the most lovely thing.
They make the most wonderful sound, when they fall. Like water and like wood.
They float down in a sort of way that is like one last great and glorious act before they are laid to rest on the forest floor.

God daeg

I am Thankful For

I am thankful for all of my wonderful aunts and uncles who are so very dear to me.

Photo credit : (cc-by-nc-nd) Bruno Monginoux / www.Landscape-Photo.net : nature and urban photography, free stock photos

God daeg

I am Thankful For...

I am thankful for J.R.R Tolkien. I cannot even begin to say what he and his works have meant to me.

Fare well wherever you fare.

Saxon Prince

Portrait of a Saxon Prince, Lucas Cranach the Elder

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I am thankful for so very, very many wonderful things...

God deag

"In the Peristyle"

"In the Peristyle" John William Waterhouse

Monday, November 15, 2010

I am thankful For...

I am thankful for the wonderful air of the Autumn morning.

God daeg


Portrait of a Boy with Blond Hair, 1516, Ambrosius Holbein

God daeg

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I am Thankful For...

I am thankful for lovely children.

Bubbles by John Everett Millais

God daeg

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I am Thankful For...

I am thankful for rest.

God daeg

Friday, November 12, 2010

I am Thankful For...

I am thankful for the brave men and women who have fought for my country.

I salute The Veterans.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Photo credit : (cc-by-nc-nd) Bruno Monginoux / www.Landscape-Photo.net : nature and urban photography, free stock photos

Have a wonderful day.

I am Thankful For..

I am thankful for my wonderful sword, that glorious blade bestowed upon me my my Dear Uncle.

God deag

I am Thankful For..

I am thankful for the morning sun that shines from the East through the yellow and orange trees making them to glow the most wonderful colors, like a fire that does not consume.

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I am Thankful For..

I am thankful for the green leaves in Spring and the golden leaves in Autumn.

I am going to try and to a lot of these leading up to Thanksgiving. I see no reason why I shouldn't be able to do one every day.

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The world has no room for cowards.
We must all be

ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die.
And yours is

not the less noble because no drum beats before you
when you go out to your daily battlefields, and no
crowds shout your coming when you return from
your daily victory and defeat.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


...because I couldn't think of what to call a post that was just a bunch of pictures of me.

So I was messing around with my camera the other day...

And this is what came of it.

And for those of you that don't like it that I "always look so sad..." in pictures....


Have a wonderful day.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Have a wonderful November.