London Woodland Wicca- Full Moon Ritual- November 2014

These monthly Wicca & Witchcraft monthly Circles are ideal for YOU – if you have an interest and like to participate in an outdoor Wiccan ritual with like-minded magical people.

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How our event is organised

1. Meet n greet at a pre-fixed public place (Cafe/ Pub/ station – this may change so check each event carefully)
2. Walk together to the woods and to the exact ritual spot (this also changes depending on other factors on the day).
3. Set up altar & do ritual (see below for ritual format)
4. Feast & socialise
5. Tidy up & departure
6.Back to Cafe/ Pub for warm up and social and chats.

****** Please read the POLICY at the bottom ..about Photography/recording/ research /Journalists etc*******

The ritual (Wiccan format) 

• Sweeping
• Opening Prayer / Path working
• Consecrations with salt/water & incense
• Magic Circle Casting
• Calling of elemental quarters – with invocations & symbols
• Energy raising with chant . brief circle dance
• God & Goddess work (some times invocations)
• Magical work / spell-craft
• Blessing of cakes & wine
• Some training work/ wicca discussions (if time permits)
• Closing of energies
• Socialising / feasting
• Tidy-up & departure

These Wicca Circles are facilitated by Mani Navasothy (Wiccan High Priest with 19 years of Craft & Coven experiences in London). Some times we get assistance from other wiccan friends (initiated, solitary, hereditary etc).

Come and join us..! Please wear sensible outdoor (warm, waterproof) cloths, and shoes. Please bring some food & drinks/wine to share at the feast after ritual..
There will be opportunities to talk to Man and ask questions afterwards at social..

Meeting details

  • Date: Saturday 8th November 2014.
  • Meeting time (at Pub) – 4pm.
  • Meteing Venue: Woodman’s Pub. (This is 3-4 minutes walk from the nearest Tube station.. The Pub is on the main road..on corner of Archway Road & Muswell Hill).
  • Nearest Tube: High Gate (Northern line).
  • Ritual venue: Queen’s Woods (North London).


*We gather in the Pub and all walk together to the ritual spot. We regret we can not give extensive instructions to the ritual spot…because it is difficult to guide people to a spot in a wood full of trees.. We know it by sight ..so best join us at start ..in the pub..*

More details, training videos, wicca articles – on our website
http://www.WitchcraftAndMagic.org/ You can also join our e-mail list there for exclusive news, updates & more.

Bright Blessings

Mani Navasothy

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POLICY (PLEASE READ THIS):

-No audio/ video recording at any time!
-No photos during ritual (but before & after is okay..subject to individual permission)
-No photos of others without YOU asking them clear permission.
-No `observations’ or `note taking’ by research students/ Journalists.

-Mani (organiser/ Wiccan) has been in the public eye for over a decade, running many open pagan events – and has given personal & formal interviews etc for BBC, Channel 4, and others. Mani himself is an author/ publisher/ online Promoter & internet Marketer).
BUT – THESE woodland events .. are created for the sole purpose of teaching and sharing his Spirituality with other interested pagans/ beginners of the Craft.. So Mani is exceptionally protective of these events..and does not like media exploitation or intrusions…
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Tamesa the Dark- Samhain ritual by Thames 31Oct14

Join us on Halloween Night in Central London on…31st October 2014.. by Millennium Bridge (Tate Galley side). We will be facilitating our annual `Thames: River of Souls / Samhain’ Ceremony to honour the Spirit of Thames & Ancestors.

This is the actual Halloween night.. Mist of fun-people in London will be in fancy dress…So Wear Fancy dress…Masks.. Witchy Cloaks.. Wizard attire.. Ghostly look…Werewolves & Vampires welcome! Bring your carved Pumpkins… Lanterns with light or candle in it..!

Thames Halloween Walk -31Oct2014 temp

Meeting point/ Tube:
Nearest Tube station is St.Pauls (or Blackfriars). Then ask/find directions and get to the Millennium Bridge. Cross the bridge, and get to the `Tate Modern Gallery’ side .. We will gather by the seats near Tate Gallery entrance (next to the door / green space)..

Meeting time:
Please get there anytime from 5.45pm to about 6pm.

Cloths/what to bring:
-Wear warm/ waterproof comfortable cloths… Please check weather for London for friday evening and dress appropriate. Wear good footwear..as standing/ walking for longer duration can get hard on the feet.

Food/drinks:
-Please bring small picnic-style food and drinks to share.
-Bring things for self.. and if feeling generous, something to share with others..

Numbers:
We may have 5 -50 people. It’s unpredictable..

Media/ photography/ privacy:
-It’s all in the open, in a public place. Any passers-by may stop and take photos.. We can’t stop them.
-We will ask outsiders to be non-intrusive during ceremony (best we can do).
-If you don;t like being photographed by anyone.. best wear a mask / fancy dress! :-)

The plan (subject to changes on the evening):

1. We’ll meet n greet…so a bit of socialising.. share a sip of hot coffee and chalice / wine.
2.Then Mani (facilitator) will lead all to a nearby suitable spot along the Thames, to do the Ceremony for Samhain/ Ancestors. This is a serious but simple ceremony.. so children and non-pagans are all welcome.
3. After Ceremony (and more socials), we’ll have an informal candle-lit walk along the Thames-path (on pavement). The exact direction (towards Waterloo or towards London Bridge) will be announced at the meeting point.

Ritual content/ format:

-Simple consecration with salt/water & incense, followed by sacred-Magic circle casting, then calling the 4 elemental quarter energies.
-Invocation to the Dark Lord & Crone Goddess.
- All communing silently (meditative) with their deceased ancestors/loved ones who have passed away.
-Burning of regrets/ sorrows in Cauldron (small pieces of paper..)
-Blessing Cakes/ Wine and feasting (picnic)
-Offering coins to the spirit of Charon (ferryman) in the river Thames (to help dead spirits pass safely to underworld)
(At Samhain, circle & Quarters are not closed)

Our ceremonies are open to everyone, of all paths and religions. Children are allowed with parents or guardians supervision.

Bring some easy snacks & drinks to share on the way too..

Stay as long as you like.. and leave when you want to.

Safety note: No swords…no athames..or other `real’ weapons – or anything that might alarm the general public /police. We play safe and nice.. And you are responsible for your own good behaviour and health & safety!!

We do ask that you keep a watchful eye on your young children on the night. (If you bring your kids, that is).

With bright blessings
- Mani

link:
www.PaganFrontiers.com

Earth Web- A Warrior Call to Action against Fracking (4th Oct2014)

What is Earth Web?

Earth Web is an international ceremony to protect the land from fracking. All are invited to create their own ceremonies – whether in a group or as a solo activity – to help build this third TWC global day of ritual action into the biggest event yet!

(There is an Event in South London on Saturday, being organised by friends of mine.  See bottom of this blog for details – mani)

About Fracking

So many of humanity’s ills are inflamed by the fossil fuel industry’s greed. Wall Street has turned the fracking industry into an investment bubble big enough to plunge the world into another global recession. The recent atrocities in Gaza are undoubtedly affected by a wider plan to bring Palestinian gas-reserves under Israeli dominion. Peak oil has been and gone – Industrial Civilisation is now trapped within a downward and seemingly unstoppable spiral of decline. And, on top of all this, anthropogenic climate change is growing further and further out of control.

Fracking’s cancer has spread to the four corners of the globe. Even if you are not living in an area effected, taking part in this event will help those who are – its been fed back to us that, simply knowing people all around the world care enough to gather in this way, lights a beacon of hope in the hearts of those whose lives and health have been destroyed by these practices.

‘The Warrior’s Call’ is a global pagan movement against hydraulic fracturing and other forms of extreme gas extraction. We work to prevent sacred sites such as Chalice Well in Glastonbury from being made toxic through fracking. This is the third such global event organized by The Warrior’s Call.

What about other religions?

This is an event spearheaded by the pagan community, but all creeds are invited to participate in their own special way. Everyone is welcome to help create this global act of spiritual solidarity. So join this international wave of activity, and let’s make this – TWC’s third world ritual – the biggest event yet!

What’s Spirituality got to do with this?

In a world that has fallen into crisis, it is vitally important for spiritual communities to unite and stand together as one. Therefore, all people of good intent are called to create ceremonies for ‘Earth Web’, an international day of spiritual healing, that will protecting the Land from the blight of fracking and other forms of extreme energy.

Earth Web event in South London (near Sutton & Croydon)

Date : 4th October 2014

Venue: Beddington Park, Hackbridge, Surrey (close to Mitcham, Sutton and Croydon)

Time: 1pm gathering…for 3pm globally coordinated ceremony.

Meeting place:   Pavilion Cafe at Beddington Park, Hackbridge  (nearest Train station `Hackbridge’ – served by trains from London Victoria every 30 mins..  Then 10 min walk to park.)

Who is organising this one?    Hannah, April & friends.

Here is a home-made map I put together with key land marks in the Beddington park

Map link to Beddington Park

-Mani Navasothy

beddington park

 

Songs to be sung at this event:

1. MOTHER I FEEL YOU

Mother I feel you under my feet:
Mother I hear your heart beat (5x)
Hey ya hey ya, hey ya
hey ya, hey ya hey ho!
Hey ya hey ya, hey ya
hey ya, hey ya hey hoooo… (2x)
Mother I hear you in the river’s song:
Eternal waters flowing on and on (2x)

 

2.  THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER

The earth is our mother,
We must take care of her.
The earth is our mother,
We must take care of her.

Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.
Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.

Her sacred ground we walk upon
With every step we take.
Her sacred ground we walk upon
With every step we take.

Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.
Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.

The earth is our mother,
She will take care of us.
The earth is our mother,
She will take care of us.

Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.
Hey yanna, ho yanna, hey yan yan.

 

3.  BORN OF WATER

Born of water
Cleansing, powerful
Healing, changing
I am

Born of water
Cleansing, powerful
Healing, changing
I am
We all come from the goddess
And to her we shall return
Like a drop of rain
Flowing to the ocean….

 

4. FRACKING CHANT

FRACKING IS STOPABLE.

ANOTHER WAY IS POSSIBLE,

FRACKING IS STOPABLE.

ANOTHER WAY IS POSSIBLE

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Please do, if you feel you can bring a contribution of a poem or just your heartfelt thoughts. … we would love you to add your part too
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Links

For more information about fracking and The Warrior’s Call, please go here:www.warriorscall.org/

The Warrior’s Call will be holding a large-scale public ritual at Avebury stone circle in Britain. For more information about this event, please go here:www.facebook.com/events/1543073425916337/

More details of how to get to Avebury & updates at  Earth Web facebook page

Primordial Sleep (visionary art)

We Wiccans and Witches know these words well..  `Sink Down..Sink Down..  Sink Deeper and more Deep, into Eternal and Primordial Sleep..’  I had a thought few hours ago..and was driven to create this ..

Feel free to share, if it brings you peace and inspiration.  :-)

Primordial sleep (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Primordial sleep (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

(Visionary Artist  & Esoteric Tutor)

Outdoor Autumn Equinox Rituals in London -Sept2014

Hi All, there are 2 outdoor Autumn Equinox rituals going on this weekend.

  • Hern’s Tribe Woodland Autumn Gathering – TODAY – 20th ept’14 in Croydon
  • Druid Alban Elued/ Autumn ritual – TOMORROW – 21st Sept’14 in Primrose Hill

Here are some details

Hern’s Tribe Woodland Autumn Gathering

autumn htWe are gathering at the Croydon woodland venue for n evening celebration of Autumn Equinox 2014. We’ll have the usual combination of ritual, with sacred shamanic space, some chant & Drumming, and magical work of balancing the inner Dark & Light.. as day and night become equal at this time. A ritual fire will be carefully lit for this ceremony, and we’ll have home made bread & wine to share..

All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the ceremony and/or the social afterwards.

Remember to bring a bottle of wine, mead and some food to share at the Feast.

Date: Saturday 20th September 2014.
Time: 4pm  meetup at Coombe Lane Tram stop.

Outdoor preparations:

Please see our website http://www.Hern-Tribe.org for guidelines on what to bring, how to be prepared for outdoor rituals in woodlands, and some health & safety instructions.

Cloths:
Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes to walk in slippery or muddy surface.

Smoke smell:
We will have a ritual fire…and if you stay near it…your cloths will smell of smoke. So don’t wear anything that’s going to be ruined by smoke..!!

Druid Alban Elued/ Autumn ritual

autumn druids

Come and celebrate Alban Elued, our Autumn Equinox, as part of a series of open rituals celebrated throughout the Celtic year on the Sunday nearest the appropriate date under the Aegis of the Loose Association of Druids. If you’d like to be alerted to when our next event will be, please “like” the page :-) https://www.facebook.com/LooseAssociationOfDruidsOfPrimroseHill

We gather in the Hawthorne Grove between 12.30 & 12.45pm in order to select the concelebrants & to prepare the Site ready for a prompt 1 o’clock start.

Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm or Swiss Cottage
Nearest Overground: South Hampstead or Chalk Farm

Please bring a small contribution of picnic food & drink to share.

All are Welcome.

Celebrating the Three Druidic Freedoms: of Thought; of Speech; & of Association Called for by John Tollund in 1716, & assembled by Iolo Morgannwg in 1792.

DIRECTIONS

If you’re coming by tube to Chalk Farm,turn RIGHT on leaving the station & cross Adelaide Rd to get to Regents Park Rd into which you turn RIGHT (admiring the Banksy stencil graffiti of a uniformed maid sweeping dust under a wall) & go uphill to the cycle/pedestrian only bridge over a railway & turn LEFT over it.

Confronted by 3 roads take the middle one (still R P Rd) & continue past the trendy shops & coffee-houses full of minor celebrities as it curves very slightly to the left, until you reach the Queen’s Head pub on the corner opposite the gate into Primrose Hill.

Enter the Park thro’ this gate & take the steepest path in front of you to the top of the hill where you will find a viewing platform overlooking most of the old City of London to the South & East, & a Memorial to Iolo Morganwg.

To the WEST & just below the brow of the hill you will see a small copse of hawthorn trees which is where we meet. Do please come & join us & make yourself known.

And remember, we’ll be meeting up in the pub afterwards! :-)

Share and enjoy and remember – Please do note the caveat covering photography listed in our “about” section describing the LADS meetings:
“Please contact us first if you would like to take pictures, and please be sure that you obtain consent first. Thank you”

Birthday of Goddess Isis – Night of the Cradle-17th July – all over the Universe!

Wishing a very special Lady many happy returns.

Yes, It’s the day when Sky Goddess Nut gave birth to Goddess Isis.  (also known as The Night of the Cradle)

Birthday of Goddess Isis - 17th July - everywhere!

Birthday of Goddess Isis – 17th July – everywhere!

I will be leading a special (2nd annual) Ceremony and social gathering to mark this event on this coming saturday (19th July) at Richmond..

Do join us. . Meet at Richmond Station by 4.30pm.. and we’ll be walking up to the ritual spot later. (it’s a 15 min walk.. so we may `process’ in a nice line, carrying ritual items, a banner and a 1 metre Isis Barge that will be sailed symbolically on the waters later..).

Outline of Event 

Our Gatherings normally take the following form

a) Meeting at the Richmond Station, at appointed place, and then walking together to the selected Ritual area.

b) Pre-Ritual Social & setting up altar / getting into ritual cloths and explanation of ritual (delegating some ritual roles to people who are interested).

c) Ritual

d) Feasting & Social

e) Taking down altar, packing & tidy-up, and departures (Individuals make their own way back).

*Some people leave as soon as Ritual is complete. Others stay longer to enjoy socials & bonding with our friends.

**Venue**: Richmond Upon Thames- by River side.

This is normally finalised on the day by the Organiser, by judging the various factors. So please don’t ask for text/phone instructions .. We meet and go together and do the ritual. That’s the easiest way.
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A decorative altar with Sky Goddess Nut and a concealed statue of Isis will be set up.

Element consecrations (incense, lantern, salt/water).

Isis called by her many names! This will be a chant led by Mani and all repeat.

Isis is revealed.

Milk & flower Ceremony – all bath statue in milk), followed by offering of flowers.

Food & drinks blessed and shared.

Collected Milk & flowers offered to river Thames in a small boat!

Sailing of the Isis Barge

Feasting
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What to bring:
Food & drinks to share.

Privacy/Photos :
As it is a public place, passers-by may take photos or watch. That is accepted by the organisers, in the spirit of celebrating the Birthday of Isis :-)

Conduct:
We ask all to be in good public behaviour.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani Navasothy

mob: 077689-41373

www.PaganFrontiers.com
facebook event page:  Birthday ceremony of Goddess Isis

 

 

 

Pagan Pride Parade 2014 – London *All Welcome* (22 June’14)

Pagan Pride Parade – is a free street-based public event.. where all the pagans, witches, wizards, druids, new agers and ordinary pagan folks come together …to celebrate their path…with a flamboyant parade. Previously organised by Jeanette Ellis for 13 years as part of Beltane Bash.

Pagan Pride Parade 2014 - 22nd June 2014

Pagan Pride Parade 2014 – 22nd June 2014

Now being organised by The Atlantis Bookshop for the 3rd year running.

 *Police escort provided*

  • Bring Drums & acoustic instruments to walk with
  • Wear masks & pagan/ new age /esoteric costumes..  (or just come in normal cloths)
  • Carry your positive Banners & flags
  • Build a Giant and carry him/ her :-)

This is a celebration..   NOT a protest..  So make sure you put out a happy positive image of paganism to all  of London and the World!!

This year, it is taking place on Sunday 22nd June 2014.

Details to be confirmed..  but most likely, it will start at the usual spot – outside Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London and gathering time will be from 11am and starting at 12noon..

Afterwards, we will be having a picnic & social at the park where the Parade will conclude.  There Hern’s Tribe will be facilitating their own Midsummer ritual (all welcome to join).

**This blog page & our website entry & facebook group will all be kept updated.

**So check nearer the time.. :-) I will also send out update via the Pagan Frontiers mailing list…(pls visit website and join mailing list).

 

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Promoter / web Developer / Event Coordinator at Pagan Frontiers of London

 

Links

Pagan Frontiers of London – website feature on Pagan Pride Parade  & mailing list

Atlantis Bookshop

Pagan Pride Parade London – facebook group

Giants Return – Pagan Pride Parade London 2013

 

Other summer events in London

Midsummer Pagan Camp in London – June 2014

Pan’s Picnic 2014 – London – August 2014

Pagan Midsummer Camp London – June 2014

Join us to mark the Sun at it’s height of Power!    We are organising a Pagan Midsummer Camp at the great venue – Epping Forest (Debden) Camp site. (it has fire fields, cafe, showers, washing facilities and more).

Pagan Midsummer Camp in London (June 2014)  by Hern's Tribe & Pagan Frontiers of London

Pagan Midsummer Camp in London (June 2014) by Hern’s Tribe & Pagan Frontiers of London


Normal fee: £8 per person per night (tbc)
(we may ask for an additional donation to cover running costs)

Bring your own tents/ sleeping equipment and food – to cook on the communal fire.

There will be a small Midsummer woodland Ceremony* (Epping Forest is just a few yards behind the Campsite!)

All are welcome.. pagans, non-pagans, friends.. to participate in the Camp.. .

Remember to bring a bottle of wine, mead and some food to share at the Feast.

Date:
Main camp: Saturday 14th  - Sunday 15th June l 2014.
(you may join us a night early from Friday 13th June…and settle in ).


Event Page- facebook (Pagan Midsummer Camp 2014)

All enquiries via our Pagan Frontiers Contact Form.


Outdoor preparations:

Please see our website www.Hern-Tribe.org for guidelines on what to bring, how to be prepared for outdoor rituals in woodlands, and some health & safety instructions.

Cloths:
Please wear sensible outdoor cloths…waterproof is better..and good shoes to walk in slippery or muddy surface.

Smoke smell:
We will have a ritual fire…and if you stay near it…your cloths will smell of smoke. So don’t wear anything that’s going to be ruined by smoke..!!

-Mani Navasothy
(Founder of Hern’s Tribe  & Events Manager at Pagan Frontiers of London)

 

Links:

our website- Pagan Frontiers of London 

facebook page:  Pagan Frontiers of London

Pan chant for Beltane (with video)

Website- Hern’s Tribe (celebrating 10 years of outdoor seasonal gatherings in London woodands)

 

Other events in summer 2014 (London)

Pan’s Picnic   2014 – London 

Pagan Pride Parade London 2014 

 

 

Pan’s Picnic 2014 – London (All welcome)

Pan – the woodland God of Fertility- returns after a gap of 3 years, to grace us with his energy of fun & frolics!
Pan's Picnic 2014 - London by www.PaganFrontiers.com

Pan’s Picnic 2014 – London by http://www.PaganFrontiers.com    Photos (c) Mani Navasothy

Our last Pan’s Picnic took place in 2011 (ran for 3 years) but took a break, only to appear in pagan Pride Parade in 2011, and briefly in 2013 as part of the Hern’s Tribe Swearing n the Horns Ceremony. 


But finally it is time.. This event will take place at Queen’s Woods – birth place of Pan’s Picnic, within the space of 13 Oaks known as The Witche’s Coven..
It’s an afternoon affair – So bring your drums, your dreams, fun & frolics, food & drinks, and those you fancy.. Come to dance, to sing, to chant, to charm .. Bring masks, banners, picnic blankets & seats, sets, props, flowers & feasts..Come..rain or shine.. with love in your hearts, and laughter on your lips..
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Details:
Date: Saturday 9th August 2014
Time:  Afternoon to Evening
Venue (tbc) : Queen’s Woods, North London (nearest tube: High Gate on Northern Line)
Fees: Totally FREE
More details here soon.. (but what more do you need?   Pack a picnic..  invite your friends…turn up and and join the festivities..)
-Mani Navasothy
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Links:
facebook page:  Pagan Frontiers of London
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Be Loved..! (A Beltane Blessing)

“I thought you You loved me..!” I heard her screech, as I got closer.  She was in tears, and so was the guy walking besides her. It was long past midnight, and they were walking along a woody path, in pouring rain.

After a wonderful Earth day Picnic & Eco-Ceremony in Trent park, I was returning home. I had got the last bus from Modern, and still had a 10 minute walk – along a quiet path with trees on either sides and past a fat flowing stream.   The couple walking infront of me must have got off from the same bus..  and I heard occassional loud screeches from the distance. It’s only when I got closer (I walk fast) that I realised they were having some sort of an emotional exchange. It seemed that he was not there at a particular event or place, and she had had a bad experience.  All I could hear was silence and sobbing from him and few softly spoken words.

As I over took them, there was only one thought in my mind.

We all – you, me and everyone – want to be loved!  (Is that why we call some people in our lives, `Beloved..’? :-)

Beltane Blessings - Lord and Lady (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

Beltane Blessings – Lord and Lady (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

And when we do, it puts us on top of the world!!  And we are not, we are in hell..  !!

So, with whatever energy I had left of the wonderful Earth Day event, I spread a bit of magic their way – that they shall feel loved. And as I walked further, it came to me – that it’s a pretty good spell to cast on the whole world.

So on this Beltane Day, with the images of the Lord and Lady I caught in the flames last night, I wish you all fulfilment of Love.

Be Loved..

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

ps. The image at the centre is a real photograph..  one of about 200 I took of the flames..   and I saw so many shapes ..and this one seem to show a lady on the left and a lord on the right :-)  It seemed the perfect one to share on my 400th blog post. :-)