Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Stone Giants

Been tinkering with some photos, one of the Ring Of Brodgar on Orkney and another of Zoe. I had a quote in my 'inspiration' notebook I copied from a book in the cottage we stayed in when we went to Orkney and I wanted to use it on a page.

Journalling reads:
The standing stones that are everywhere in Orkney were giants. They did their business and held their revels by night.They were great stupid, blundering, fighting creatures. The sun was death to them, so they had heard, and therefore they didn’t go about in the daytime. What happened to the giants nobody knows for sure. But their last night on earth must have been spent in some kind of celebration. What is the Ring Of Brodgar but the giants going round in a dance? The dancing had gone on since the previous sunset, and was scheduled to end half-an hour before dawn. All the giants of Orkney were there. They drank hogshead after hogshead of heather ale, and the mirth waxed fast and furious round about midnight - it was like thunder rolling among the hills. Whatever giantess it was who brewed the ale she had never made it stronger. Dance followed dance; the pipe music was like the howling of a tempest. Presently the soberest giant there said, “It’s a half-hour till sunrise” and he lurched off home over the hills. Others left singly or in groups of two or three. Three lugged an inebriate one off in the direction of Maeshowe... “Fools!” shouted Megalith the host. “Cowards! Afraid of a blink of sunlight!” And he led the dancers who were left round in a rejoicing circle. Then the sun rose and turned every giant in Orkney to stone - not only the dancers, but those who were speeding or staggering homewards. The tallest giant of them all was standing by the Loch of Stenness thinking how delicious a drink of cold loch water would be after all that ale, when a sunbeam petrified him. The gods were merciful in the case of that giant - every new years morning they allow him to stoop down and take a sip of Loch Stenness.
By George Mackay Brown from Letters from Hamnavoe.
Ring Of Brodgar

Background - from Melody of your Heart and A Little Bit of Autumn both by Bluebell Scraps (blended together)

Magical Swirls 3 - Winter (Kitty Design)

Moss by Dawn Createwings (gift in Enchanted Forest by Madame Mim and Milla)

Clouds - Weather Station (Dawn Inskip)

Sparkles on face - Stroke of Midnight (Paint the Moon and Jofia Defoe)

Stones from September Days by Michelle Batton (at Mellow Butterfly) (engraved by me)

Moss on stones from Pacific Grove (Paint the Moon)

Alpha from Funky Junky (Kate Hadfield)

1 comment:

blackdogdesigns said...

Rocking as you well know. Really like this one big time.