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Christine Sempers
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Jasmine
     I love Jasmine.     We have a well established Jasmine that grows up outside our front door and tumbles around the porch. At this time of year it is smothered in little white flowers, all of which seem to last for only one day, then tumble to the groun...

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Aconite
   This is an extract from an article 'A Witch's Garden' from the last issue of the Raven Newsletter        At this time of year there are many flowers in bloom, and in our front garden we have a particularly magnificent clump of aconite, known also as Wolf...

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The Day of Big Hair
The other day, when it was really hot, I was in the bath and sloshed water over my head, just to try and cool down a bit.      The water felt so lovely that I slooshed a bit more, and of course my long hair got well and truly wet through. But I was quite ha...

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Magical Fern
Ferns have always struck me as being magical plants.      They are certainly one of the oldest, and long before there were other trees, massive forests of tree ferns covered parts of the earth.      In the UK they are found in cool, dark and mysterious plac...

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Dem Bones, Dem Bones
Today is the first Sunday in the month, so (yippee!) it is the Humber Bridge Farmer's Market and the Walkington Car Boot Sale.      Today we found a butcher stall selling raw beef bones - 20p each! Bargain! So we bought a hunk of ribs for Bridie and a singl...

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To Dare
This is an article I wrote for the May 2017 edition of our Raven Newsletter: One of the things you come across when you start to practise magic is the Magician's Pyramid: To Know, To Will, To Dare and To Keep Silent.      And the one that most people will s...

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A Dog and a Half
Well, having Bridie has certainly enlivened China!      In fact we are all getting more exercise than we expected.      This is no fault of Bridie, she is just a very energetic, inquisitive and interested dog. She is also a lot bigger than China.      Bridi...

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A New Arrival !
Last night we were playing WoW (World of Warcraft), as we do, when we saw our son Mike (Thog) had come online. He doesn't normally play this game, but the app has an instant messaging service which is very handy.         'Hiya,' he said 'Just had a message ...

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Treasure!
Yesterday we had a fab morning out.      It was the first Sunday of the month, so the Humber Bridge Farmer's Market was on.      There are some things we always buy from here.      I like the home grown tomatoes, the Lincolnshire butcher with her dripping, ...

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Literally ....
Graham is a very straight forward kind of chap. He doesn't do subtlety.     This means that over the years I have eventually learnt that it is no good giving him hints about what I would like, as these are inevitably ignored.      So if I say something like...
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