Story Time, Greetings and Thanks

21 Oct

It’s been another quiet, stay-at-home, curl-up-with-a-good-book sort of a day today too as  Storm Brian blows a hoolie outside. Today, however, we have had the best treat, two hours of having a story read to us! Not just any old story either but the first of Philip Pullman’s brilliant new trilogy, The Book of Dust,  read by Simon Russell Beale on BBC Radio 4 this afternoon – two and a half hours of entrancement.

Philip Pullman’s new novel

I promised you more of the Onondaga Nation’s Greetings and Thanks to the Natural World. Here are the next two panels.

and from the four directions…..

and now the sun

Tomorrow, the Moon….

Just found this photo which demonstrates the hoolie very well! Thanks to Adam Sprague for this amazing photograph.



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9 responses to “Story Time, Greetings and Thanks

  1. calvin

    October 23, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hoolie picture, or as they say in Jamaica ‘raw rage’. Short of fire and brimstone, nothing can be more impressive than the fury of Mother Nature scorned. When it comes to storms, and despite the adherent risk, am the moth to the flame (within reason).

    When the weather outside is the pits, then a good book dished a la audio just makes it more special. Some books are just meant to be experienced not just read.

    Amen to Four Winds. The ‘greetings’ instantly reminded of a song which is a folk anthem of sorts in this country, for the hardships of those whom work and are connected to the land -Four Strong Winds by Ian and Sylvia.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      I love to watch the crazy waves too, within reason. The wild waves in Cornwall carry rocks with them so it is important not to get underneath!
      Have you read Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy? We loved it and The Book of dust is the strat of his next trilogy. He says it is neither prequel nor sequel but equel, his spelling.
      I have loved the nostalgia brought on by listening to
      Thank you very much. We have the Greetings on the wall so that we are reminded every day.
      All the best to you. 🙂

      • calvin

        October 24, 2017 at 10:07 pm

        I really should read them. I shall, I shall. Now that I have a second home in Nova Scotia, the plan, if there really is a plan, that this will be my reading place and thinking space.

        And here is one for you; published in 1928 by Frank Parker Day titled Rockbound. The language of the characters will test your metal, if you choose to read.

        Thank you for the Four Strong Winds linky. I listen to that song usually once a month or so it seems.

        • mybeautfulthings

          October 26, 2017 at 7:11 pm

          I shall look for that book, thank you. We are just beginning to plan our trip for 2018 to Glacier NP, coming over the border into Canada for a few days! 🙂

          • calvin

            October 27, 2017 at 1:18 am

            I’ve never been to Glacier National Park in Montana, so I look forward to your photographs. I assume you be going into Alberta or perhaps BC. Either way, Canada will embrace you. Just don’t pet the Grizzlies.

            I have been on several glaciers in British Columbia and a few Alaska. Glaciers, big or small just ‘ awe-in·spir·ing ‘ and eerie.

  2. commonprose

    October 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Love the Onondaga blessings. Those people are so immersed in nature and grateful for all its gifts. What a wild storm! Thanks for the photo. I would not have imagined it could be so wild.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 23, 2017 at 7:45 am

      We didn’t get to see the wild waves ourselves this time. We like to go to Portreath, as did Mum and Dad, when the seas were wild. The force of nature is quite something to witness in that small harbour. 🙂

  3. nrhatch

    October 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Sounds like a great way to spend the day while Brian howls outside.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 23, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Indeed, especially as Mr S came home with a bug that has needed quiet recovery. Much better now, Monday. 🙂


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