Here’s a lucky find from a charity shop today! I’ve always had a weakness for ripping yarns – old schoolgirl stories, and girls’ annuals. These date from the late 1940s and early 1950s, and are packed with adventures. Girls saving others from burning houses, having midnight feasts, getting lost on Dartmoor, capturing enemy spies…you name it, they did it! I’ll hold my own fire now until I’ve had a chance to read through these, and then I’ll see how they match up to our Circle of Nine. I know for sure that I can find a Queen of the Night and a Weaving Mother there.
I was so happy to meet my favourite bird again recently! Boss the Eagle Owl was on show at the Exmouth Festival along with a fine selection of birds of prey. His owner says that he's a real softie, and even a little lazy too. He's also very calm, but observant, as you can see from those glowing golden eyes. I first met Boss at a medieval street fair in our own town of Topsham last year, and it was love at first sight. (for me, that is - I can't speak for Boss). With Boss sitting proud on my gloved hand I feel proud, regal, and in great awe, too, of his stature and powers. Could I be emulating the Queen of the Night?
Of course, owls have a connection to far-sightedness and wisdom. The Greek goddess of wisdom, Athene, was associated with an owl, and some species of owl are even named after her. This Eurasian eagle-owl though has the Latin name 'bubo bubo', which doesn't have quite the same ring about it.
The eagle-owl-eyed among you may notice that I'm wearing exactly the same T-shirt and hat as I am in the photo taken with Boss last year, on the 'About' page of this website. So is the photo a fake? No - just one of those strange coincidences! And I do have other clothes that I wear, I promise. Perhaps this is my 'lucky owl' outfit!