Pruning Help? #14

By: GardenGrrl , 6:44 PM GMT on February 26, 2014

Faery Dog

Large for a corgi, he has black fur around his face making him resemble a husky with stubby legs rather than the classic red/white corgi's that Queen Elizabeth favors. Captain Corgi of the Royal Woodland Rangers was feeling good about his work today. He had wanted to be a professor at the University, but duty calls, orders are orders and he became the legend he is today amongst the Rangers.

They had located one of "The Lost Ones". A corgi that had not had the magic bred out of it over the years and didn't know why they were so different. A small frightened pup with sable markings and the classic faery saddle outlined in the fur over her withers just below the back of her neck. Hours earlier the little dog had been tossed from the window of a speeding car by an angry family that called her a devil dog. She was just a puppy, she didn't know dogs shouldn't talk to humans.

Captain Corgi cleared his throat. It sounded a bit like a growl from his age silvered muzzle. The little pup shrunk lower into the floor, her ears flat against her head, eyes wide. Clara, a classic red/white corgi nuzzled the scared pup making soothing sounds.

"There there little one, he's not going to hurt you. The Captain is just not very good with children." She said, giving him a dark look.

"Uh, yes, right then. Didn't mean to give you fright child. Just clearing my throat. You would know it if I meant harm." Having said that earned him another sharp look from Clara. Captain Corgi gave a nod in Clara's direction, then continued; "You young lady are Corgwyn. You carry the magic of the Fey in your blood. In short, you are a Faery Dog. That's why you can talk."

The pup didn't understand. The humans never talked about whatever these Fey are. They did talk about demons and called her evil. She only knew dogs were supposed to have a human family and her family rejected her.

Clara nuzzled the little dog in a comforting way and said; "What he means is you are special and you have to be with a special family that will love you no matter what. Sometimes Corgwyn have to make a new family."

"But what am I? What's a Corgwyn?" asked the puppy.

Captain Corgi was waiting for this part. He loves to tell the stories and history of the Fey, especially of the Corgwyn.

"Ah, what are you indeed. Many years ago when the world was young. When magic and life were oft one and the same, the Fey folk roamed the land. Later, much later as the earth settled into it's rhythm, humans appeared. They had no magic but they seemed to have magical ways with tools. They changed the land to suit themselves. Learned to grow crops and built societies much like the Fey.

Of course the Fey were curious about humans, but due to their large size and strength, we Fey kept our distance from them for the most part. The humans fascinated the Fairy Queen from Pembrook. It became quite the fashion to wear human styled clothes and imitate them.

"The Good Queen Gwynyd found humans on horseback to be quite amusing. The Seelie and Sidhe are winged faeryies who really had no use of steeds but thought it could be great fun to have one. Thus, a committe was formed to create a dashing Faery steed."

The little pups eyes started to glaze over a bit. It was interesting and boring at the same time.
The Fey word for that being "skool". "Whats a committee?"

"Ah, good question. Now a committee is a group of people appointed by someone important like Queen Gwynyd. Half of them will be people that think they are important but don't really know much. The others will have some knowledge. Everyone will disagree. Eventually they compromise by using a bit of everyones ideas. Most of the time committees will completly bugger up a project."

"Captain!, language."

"Uh yes, right Clara." he said frowning a bit. "Right then, where were we? Yes, committees are cabals of idiots" (There was a reason Captain Corgi was sent to America.) In this case the Queens committee actually did something brilliant. They wanted a creature small, loyal, brave and charming. So they chose a dog to start with. Arlais The Learned wanted intelligence so they crossed the dog with a fox. A bit tall but very good looking. Twyla The Practical, sized the legs down by reversing grow magic. A jolly good job."

He paused, took a breath, then said " But Bronwyn, the Queens favorite niece, kept insisting they use a bunny. First she argued. Then she ran to the Queen and complained the others were not being fair. Thankfully the Queen had just met Tomas the Rymer and was too busy to dote on Bronwyn. She came back to the group saying she would hold her breath until she got her way. Arlais dared her to do it hoping Bronwein would pass out and they could call the vote whilst she was unconcious."

Spoiled as she is, Bronwyn is not a complete fool. She realized her mistake when turning blue and Arlais, her brother started looking smug. She took a breath, snatched up a small stick bug launching herself at Arlais threatening to smack him with the poor little sticky who had just come by with refreshments for the group. Carin The Kind, who you should know actually has a terrible temper when she gets pushed to anger, also wanted a bunny at first but then changed her mind likeing how the Corgwyn was starting look.

"Enough! " Carin shouted. "This is what we will do. Instead of a fox tail we will give the Corgwyn a cute little bunny butt. Bronwyn a bit startled said "A cute little bunny butt?" more as a question.
Carin said "All in favor say Aye" Everyone quickly said Aye just to get this over and shut Bronwyn up.

"At the end it was a great idea."

Captain Corgi liked puns. As it is all Corgis have a sense of humor. What he didn't say and most do not know, whislt the other committee members were congradulating each other, Drygioni slipped in a bit of cheerful mischief to the Corgwyns character...

Good Queen Gwynyd was so pleased with her Corgwyn that she named us the Official Faery Steed and Protector of Pembrook Kingdom. She traced a saddle into the fur of the first Corgwyns withers then kissed it on the nose setting a charm. The fur around the Corgwyns nose turned white and spread in a thin line up between it's eyes. This would serve as our shield against dark magic."

Captain Corgi of The Royal Woodland Rangers smiled and said with pride, "You little one are not just corgi, but Corgwyn".

And so that is the tale of how Corgi's came to be.

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49. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:04 PM GMT on March 07, 2014
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48. Ylee
7:41 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
A chocolate blog, strategically placed between Valentine's Day, and Easter? Perfect!

Don't really think about dangers at work; I just watch my behind, trust no one, and leave myself an out in case it hits the fan!
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47. WatchinTheSky
7:28 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
We used to have a couple big glass mugs from A&W, I know just what you mean!
I am sure your hummers will be happy :) We seem to out of bee season for a while, YAY!
New blog sounds Tasty :D
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46. GardenGrrl
6:59 PM GMT on March 06, 2014
Helloooo, it is starting to get sunny out. 49f. May go pull the bee feeders, wash them real good and convert them to hummingbird feeders again.

Will be changing this into a chocolate blog tomorrow.

Hi Sandi, thank you, it is good to have a Saturday.

Hi Oz, glad you liked it. Hope you post pics of your new pup.

Hi Briar, yep Roxie likes being an only fur child. She is certain they dismantle the dog park if she is not going to be there for awhile.

Hi Linda, some weather we are having. Has to be playing heck with your business. Dixie probably enjoys your being home though.

Hi Ylee, it's a jungle up there. Then again how many close calls do we have in our work that could be catastrophic?

Hi WTS, we have big plastic mugs with frozen water between the walls. (Great for root beer floats). They often turn a well chilled beverage into an icee.

Okay, hope I didn't miss anyone. Will be putting up new blog tomorrow.

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45. sandiquiz
11:57 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
You are chillier than we are, again!
I shall never understand weather!! lol

Happy Saturday!
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44. BriarCraft
12:41 AM GMT on March 06, 2014
Driving on ice is no fun, but the good news is you made it home to tell us about it and the telling did not include any talk of crashes.

I saw you drooling on corgi puppies over at Calpoppy's place. If Roxie saw you doing that, she would give you those big, soulful eyes again and make you feel guilty.

It's GGFriday!!!
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43. ozgalah
10:00 PM GMT on March 05, 2014
Hi GG loved the story! My new pup arrives Friday evening looking forward to it! Hope you warm up soon!
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42. sandiquiz
11:34 AM GMT on March 05, 2014
Happy Friday!
It is 33 F with you and almost 50 with me! I definitely think spring has sprung here!
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41. GardenGrrl
11:14 AM GMT on March 05, 2014
Good Morning All, it is my Friday. Dang I'm tired. Have to go get ready for work so Hi, thanks for coming by, will give real response tomorrow.
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40. Thoughtsteader
7:09 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Glad to see you're coping. It is flat miserable here. I thought the system was working its way through, but it's raining again and coooold. Maybe tomorrow.

Glad you had a chance to celebrate with your dad - and what a story. There are a couple of flyers in our family, and the tales they tell are remarkable - especially the one who's a Navy pilot. On the other hand, his dad is the one who's put a couple of small planes in trees. These things happen. ;)

Let's just hope that March has come in like a lion. If this is its lamb side, we're going to be in real trouble.
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39. Ylee
5:22 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
Looks like March is playing April Fools! :P Glad the ice wasn't too bad!

I wonder how many close calls in the air happen every day?
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38. WatchinTheSky
5:11 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
C likes her bubbles very chilled, so often the bottle will be in the freezer just before opening (even though that is a no-no). Once it was in for too long and we had champagne icee!

"They missed" - I think there is an 'understated gene' in most pilots ;)
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37. sandiquiz
11:33 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
What a brilliant retort from your father!!!
I love it!
Air traffic control do sometime get it wrong!

As I said to Linda on my blog, I find it difficult to comprehend that you in Texas are actually getting a colder winter than we are, and we are over 20 degrees latitude further north!

Hope there is no more frozen pipes today!
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36. GardenGrrl
11:22 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
Coldest day of the year and I spent most of it outside. LOL. Frozen pipes and such to deal with at work. Our electrician is a fun guy so it was actually enjoyable being outdoors.

Hi WTS, that certainly will chill champagne. I wonder if frozen correctly if it would still keeps some of it's bubbly while having a champagne-cicle? That would be an odd sensation. Fizzy frozen treat.

Hi Briar, great catch with the new bird. Yes it was good visiting Dad. He told a story of when he was a pilot. The Air Traffic Control tower radioed that he would be sharing airspace with an F8 fighter plane 2000ft above him.

About that time it came into view flying dead straight towards his plane full of passengers.
The fighter jet pulled up but due to speeds it got so close he could see the rivets on the belly of the jet and feel the afterburners rock his plane.
So he picked up the microphone, called the control tower and; "They missed".
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35. BriarCraft
11:14 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
Oh, the joys of driving on icy roads! At least you got to have a fun visit with your dad and celebrate his birthday.

Those prefab buildings are really something, where they just tip up ready-made walls into place and bolt them together. They have to be solid enough to pass building codes or insurance inspections, but we still have to wonder about them, don't we?

I hope your work week goes fast and you don't have to drive any more icy roads.
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34. WatchinTheSky
8:13 PM GMT on March 03, 2014
Shake and Bake! 80 two days ago, now 15!! That'll chill your champagne =:O Brrr.. Hope you guys warm up soon :)
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33. GardenGrrl
11:13 AM GMT on March 03, 2014
Good Morning it is more BRRRRRRR and cold. 15f with a wind chill of 0f to be exact. Have not had a day this cold in a long time.

Got to drive home on ice yesterday. This morning it looks like the cold temps, dry air and fierce blowing wind has evaporated it. At least on my street which wasn't too bad coming home last night.

Going to have to leave for work early in case the roads that were bad in Carrolton and Plano are still slick.

That said,

Hi Tony, okay you got me beat with cold temps. I'm still gonna whine about mine though ;)

Hi Bug, we have similar media campaigns here not to mutilate the crepe myrtles. Let them be trees!

Hi SP, thanks, now we all know where the bunny butt part came from ;) Hope you guys get a bit more rain in helpful proportions.

Hi Calpoppy, Oh Fun, Puppy Shopping! I wanna come too.

OKay bye, gotta go to work.

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32. calpoppy
9:31 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Your right Bug, some trees have to have that central leader. One of them is the European white birch, you cut the leader and it will not grow back.

One of my huge pet peeves on pruning is cutting all the branches back to the trunk, how ugly is that!!! They do that a lot to fruitless mulberry trees.

How fun to get all that chocolate!!! And you got cold again, probably from our storm that just left us. We have a warm up coming :( I am just not looking forward to warm days again!!

Gonna look at Corgi puppies tomorrow with my friend :)
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31. sp34n119w
7:29 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Corgi bunny butts - that's adorable :) And an enjoyable read!

Have to leave a thanks here for Ylee - I used to listen to Thistle & Shamrock all the time until the radio station stopped airing it. That was years ago, before the 'net was a source of replays, and I'd since forgotten about it. I'm very happy to have been reminded, and to have the link, and spent a pleasant hour Friday night listening to an episode in my headphones with the sound of rain in the background :)

It's really cold at your place, gg :(
Glad you got out to enjoy the fine weather while it lasted, and hope it comes back soon!
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30. palmettobug53
2:54 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Hi, GG.

I'm glad to hear your trip up to your Dad's went well. You managed to time it perfectly, weatherwise.

Back to the pruning? I know that, with some trees, you do have to leave the central 'leader.' With the crepe myrtles, you want to prune so that the lovely shape of the trunks is maintained.

There was an article in last Sunday's paper deploring the growing popularity of topping crepe myrtles severely every year. I think it looks awful.
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29. plapman
2:28 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Great Story.
I'd love to wake up to 30F, this morning we have a wind chill warning with a temp 0f -29C(-20F) and a wind chill of -42C(-44F).
Abbey and me are still house bound most of the time, it's just too cold for this old guy to venture out.
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28. GardenGrrl
11:05 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Remember yesterday when it got up to 80f? This morning it is 33f and we are under a winter weather advisory.

Had fun at Dad's yesterday. They put a Dollar General Store at the corner of the main road we turn on to get to Dad's. We were wondering how long has it been since we visited? They said they pretty much threw the building up in two weeks. Waiting for a strong storm to blow it over.

Hi Bug, oh there is a lot of pruning to be done around here too. Mainly rose bushes. I only trim the crepe myrtles to keep the branches off the house. Picked those as a fast growing shade tree that wasn't likely to blow over.

Hi Skyepony, thanks. That is a cool picture of the three storm bunnies. So does that mean March is coming in like a lion?

Hi WTS, it IS a lot of chocolate. I may have to share ;) Another box showed up of William Deans chocolates. They are very pretty bon bons like the Norman Loves which she says will be here Monday. There will be a chocolate tasting session soon.

Hi Ylee, thanks you too.

Hi Sandi, time really does fly by doesn't it? Weather was beautiful yesterday, we chose well. Got in late enough that I had to refill the bird feeders in the dark so they would have something to eating during this crazy temp drop overnight. They are talking freezing rain now. I thought step mom said he was 84 last year. This year she says he is 82. Am going to have to find out what year he was born in. lol. She can say some goofy stuff but he won't correct her.
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27. sandiquiz
8:46 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
Hope you enjoyed your trip to your dad's. I remember you going last year for his birthday and taking in his favourite meal....can it really be a whole year since??
Happy work week!!
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26. Ylee
6:26 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
Have a good day at work, GG!
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25. WatchinTheSky
7:43 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Hmmm.. 2 pounds of chocolate. Not sure how many raspberries and how much champagne would be needed to get through that, sounds like a challenge ;)
Hope the weather's not too bad for the BD trip!
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24. Skyepony (Mod)
6:16 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

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23. palmettobug53
5:39 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
Happy March and White Rabbits X 3!

I'm glad Briar could help with your pruning questions. My expertise is mostly crepe myrtles, azaleas and a little bit with roses.

I do know about pruning branches/limbs that are rubbing together or will be, if not pruned, and keeping the center open for air circulation.

I didn't prune my azaleas back last year (due mostly to allergy issues), so I have a big job coming up in a few weeks. Allergies or no, I can't let them go any longer.

Loved the corgi story. :-)
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22. GardenGrrl
4:21 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
White Rabbits and Sunshine today!

It's Dad's birthday this week so making the drive out to the boondies to bring fajitas from Rosa's.

Thanks for taking a look and the graphic Mighty Briar.
Your right about needing a hand saw. It is starting to bud a bit and tomorrow is cold weather again. Oh well. It's kind of young to bear fruit yet anyway.

Hi Wts, looks like it will indeed be "In like A Lion". Tomorrow is supposed to be cold rainy and possibly snowy.

Hi Shirly, it is certainly the time to start putting garden plans into action if you indoor sow.

Hi Ylee, cool graphic. That would make kind of a neat tattoo.

Hi Prose, now that is an adorable bunny puppy. Thanks for the flowers and spring pup.
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21. Proserpina
2:41 PM GMT on March 01, 2014
 photo 20140226_0244March_zps5700a85a.jpg

March brings breezes loud and shrill,
stirs the dancing daffodil.
-Sarah Coleridge

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20. Ylee
10:01 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
GG, this month, instead of three white rabbits, I give you three March hares, because the weather's been mad! :' )

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19. sandiquiz
7:04 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Looks like Briar has helped you out. I was always taught by my dad, that any bush or tree that needed pruning should be thought of as a Brandy Glass! A rounded bottom, with a slightly wider top, but an empty middle, to allow air to circulate.

Pear trees fruit on second year spurs, so once you have moved the crossing main stem, take out some of the "twiggy" bits but not into old wood. I can't see the top of the tree....but occasionally you get a "runaway" branch, that gets much taller than the rest. Cut that back to keep the tree in check, or the pears will be out of reach.:-)

Good Luck!

A two pound bag of will be ill if you eat all better send some this way!

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18. BriarCraft
6:04 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Here I come to save the day!

You are right that A or B does have to go.

Point #1: As it was explained to me, the branches of a tree should be like fingers spread wide. Nothing touching. Nothing rubbing or crossing.

Point #2: When faced with two branches that are too close together, keep the one that is stronger or in case of a tie, lose the one that will help to open the center. Looks like the gap is to narrow to accomodate pruning snips, so you might have to use a saw.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like #1 is a tie. So #2 seems to point at keeping A and losing B because it looks like losing B will open up the center a bit more.

I would also get rid of those little twigs between A and D.

See where I put the black line on B? That's where I would cut, at an angle. Be very careful not to cut into A while you're at it.

Hope that helps.

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17. WeatherWise
3:57 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Hi GardenGrrl! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!Trying to decide what other seeds to early start next. Has turned really cold here again. Hope the cold air leaves soon. I was just beginning to get spoiled to the 40, 50 and 60 degree temps. Looks like you are having a warm evening in Texas. Enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend!
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16. WatchinTheSky
3:11 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Yes, BC to the rescue!!
You have more cold weather coming? March is tomorrow!
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15. Ylee
3:01 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
Briar had an earlier blog about pruning; perhaps that's a good place to start?

Too soon for white rabbits! :' )
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14. GardenGrrl
12:41 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
This is a Honey Gold self pollinating pear tree I bought from Gurneys a few years ago. Really not sure how to prune. Out of A or B branch as indicated below, I'm not sure which one of those to cut. They look they will grow into each other.

On the other hand D looks kind of diseased or something. As most of my plants are ornamental bird/butterfly shrubs, I have no idea how to prune fruit trees.

Any ideas?

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13. GardenGrrl
10:01 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Tooooo much candy. A 2 lb bag of assorted Lindors, 8 flavors showed up on porch an hour ago.

New flavor called Lindor Sea Salt. Yum.

Hi WTS, CORGI's! A Queen! A Martini Glass? Sounds fun, can't wait :)

Hi Ylee, good link. Found the listen again part. Thanks.

Hi Ycd, thanks. All kinds of new music to find when folks contribute. I also found the you-tube videos of Terry Pratchets books done in cartoon this afternoon...which I spent the last two hours watching.
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12. ycd0108
6:09 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
I enjoyed the story also.
Music selection is also just fine around here.
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11. Ylee
5:20 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
GG, if you like Celtic music and the like, you may want to try out Thistle and Shamrock! We have it on our local public radio station on Saturday mornings!
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10. WatchinTheSky
5:10 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
OMG! Soggy hummers!! Even a drought busting .08" of drizzle :)

Great new story! I got a teaser for a new youtube video with this as a cover photo, Royal Corgies!

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9. GardenGrrl
3:53 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Hi WW, thanks for coming by. Are you going to get out and bird walk today?

Hi Sandi, Your right, this would be a really fun band to see live. The Wintersmith album is like a music track to a Terry Pratchets series, Wintersmith. Three books; The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and I Shall Wear Midnight.

Hi Briar, this is a pretty neat band eh? Who knew old ballads and poems could rock? Thanks for posting the lyrics, otherwise I make things up to fill in.

Hi Calpoppy, Thanks. Sorry that your friend was sick. Sure, send her the story, hope it cheers her up while she is not feeling well.
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8. calpoppy
3:02 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
Neat story! I need to send it to my friend who has had Corgis all her life! I was going to go with her to a puppy viewing but she got ill and postponed it. So hopefully I will go with her and get pics of the pups!
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7. BriarCraft
7:04 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Cute story, Grrl. And watch that growly sound when introducing yourself! So we have the tale of the tail and a picture of the end with the tail? Cute.

Like GG, I never heard of that Steeleye Span or the song, "Thomas the Rhymer". Off I went to YouTube, and here's what I found:

And since, as usual, I can't catch half the lyrics, here they are:

True Thomas sat on Huntley Bank
And he beheld a lady gay
A lady that was brisk and bold
Come riding o'er the ferny brae

Her skirt was of the grass green silk
Her mantle of the velvet fine
At every lock of her horse's mane
Hung fifty silver bells and nine

True Thomas, he pulled off his cap
And bowed him low down to his knee
All hail, thou mighty Queen of Heaven
Your like on earth I ne'er did see

No, no Thomas, she said
That name does not belong to me
I am the queen of fair Elf land
And I have come to visit thee

You must go with me Thomas, she said
True Thomas you must go with me
And must serve me seven years
Through well or woe as chance may be

Hark and carp, come along with me
Thomas the rhymer
Hark and carp, come along with me
Thomas the rhymer
(repeated twice)

She turned about her milk white steed
And took Thomas up behind
And aye, whenever her bridle rang
Her steed flew swifter than the wind

For forty days and forty nights
They rode through red blood to the knee
And they saw neither sun nor moon
But heard the roaring of the sea

And they rode on and further on
Further and swifter than the wind
Until they came to a desert wide
And living land was left behind

Don't you see yon narrow, narrow road
So thick beset with thorns and briars?
That is the road to righteousness
Though after it but few enquire

Don't you see yon broad, broad road
That lies across the lily leaven?
That is the road to wickedness
Though some call it the road to heaven

Don't you see yon bonnie, bonnie road
That lies across the ferny brae?
That is the road to fair Elf land
Where you and I this night must go

Hark and carp, come along with me
Thomas the rhymer
Hark and carp, come along with me
Thomas the rhymer
(repeated five times)
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6. sandiquiz
5:53 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Are you saying you had never heard of Steeleye Span?

I have seen them live on a couple of occasions, and their music is great for audience participation!!!

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5. WeatherWise
5:22 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Hi GardenGrrl! Looks like a great Corgi story! It is late and I will come back and read it again! Have a restful night and thanks for stopping by my blog!
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4. GardenGrrl
2:44 AM GMT on February 27, 2014
Hi Sandi, thanks. Went to You-tube and checked them out. Ended up on Amazon and downloading their "Winter" album :)

Okay, in my last blog on the Olympics Briar left this comment and you-tube vid. It's really inspiring.

From Briar;

Wait! The Olympics aren't over quite yet. The Paralympics starts March 7. They even have Wheelchair Curling! Too bad it doesn't get much publicity. There's a lot going on that could be inspiring to recovering Vets and others.

Back when I operated my own bookkeeping and income tax business, I had the good luck to have an inspiring woman as a client. You wouldn't think a one-legged black single woman with a young daughter would have much going for her, but she did. At the time I met her, she was just getting started as keynote speaker. And she knew all about being a winner, having competed in the Paralympics.

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3. sandiquiz
7:30 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Brilliant, what a great imagination you have!
Are you a Steeleye Span fan by any chance??
Tomas the Rhymer - indeed!!

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2. GardenGrrl
7:09 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Thanks Ylee, hey today you're Number One!

Sometimes I do wonder about Roxie and what she gets up to while I'm gone. Now I'm tired though. Woke up early and banged that story out.

Time for a nap.

Oh yeah, Briar, I want to move your comment and you-tube video from the last blog to this blog. It's pretty cool. Feel free to move it here if you come around while I'm napping.

Back in a few zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
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1. Ylee
6:53 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
So, is Roxie a "lost one"? :' ) Good story!

Have you hit the new bosses up for a raise yet? :' )
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