Thursday, 13 September 2018

The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep

Instagram and Facebook seem to have taken centre stage 
and I find myself, once again, apologising for my absence.

Posts have become few, but my thoughts are many, as I 
appear to be waking from the deepest of slumbers, my mind 
fresh with ideas, my heart leaping with static-like excitement.

I long to lose myself among trees, gathering moss, pine-cones and 
other woodland treasures, as my beloved Autumn has finally arrived.

~

The following image was taken whilst on a stroll through
Gnoll Park, Neath. There were little fairy doors on
many of the trees there. It was a perfect day.


This next is a recent image of one of my favourite witchy tomes.


An image taken at Pembrey Country Park, where I
did actually lose my way, but didn't worry too 
much, as I was in great company.


A beautiful tale, and if you ever find a copy, do read it.
You'll be far from disappointed.


A fairy house, within the grounds of Park Howard Mansion.


What can I say about Susan Hill's writing that I haven't
said a fair amount of times, already? I could read
this woman time and time again.

This image was taken while on a stroll 
through woodland in Volda, Norway.


One of my favourite places to both lose myself and get lost in.


Ah, one of the Woodland Witch vials I've created 
and sold in The Shop over the years.


This walk is very close to my home and also my heart.
One which holds the fondest of memories. Memories of 
blackberry picking, Pooh Sticks, gliding swans, and most 
importantly, my little girl, now grown and flown the nest.


A day spent reading in my own garden,
and the woodland treasures I find there each year.


I adore this image of my little Nala, of Autumn's crisp leaves 
laying on the ground, mirroring the colours in her fur.


I hope you've enjoyed your little stroll with me today,
discovering woodland and books galore...

Two of my favourite things.



(Today's post title is taken from a Poem by Robert Frost)

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Love Spells Giveaway: Two Winners

Thank you to all who entered last month's book giveaway.

You were each given a number, in the order in which you commented.

I inserted these numbers into the random.org generator.


The first number drawn was (4).

This was the lovely Little Gothic Horrors, who 
generously decided to give her prize away.

Congratulations, dear Debi!


The next number drawn was (7).

Congratulations Magic Love Crow!


I'll contact you both privately for delivery details.

~

There's sure to be another giveaway at the end of June, 
so please don't be disheartened if you didn't win this time.

If you'd like to purchase one of these books 
for yourself, you can find them HERE.

Sending wishes of love to you all.



Thursday, 31 May 2018

Love Spells: A Giveaway

It's been a while since I've hosted a giveaway,
but it just had to happen sooner or later,
and here it is.

Are you tired of waiting for fate to take its natural course,
or fed up of looking for love?  Then fear not, because
help is at hand, and it comes in the shape of a book.

~

I have two copies of...

The Modern Witchcraft 
Book of 
Love Spells 

by Skye Alexander

...to give away.





To be in with a chance of receiving one of these magical copies,
all you'll need, is to be a follower on Instagram and Facebook.

~

Just comment below and you'll have a number designated
to you, which I'll insert into the random.org generator.

Numbers will be drawn, and two winners selected,
in time for next Thursday's (June 7th) post...

...et voila!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

May Monster Madness: A Blog Party

This year, May Monster Madness is hosted by the very lovely
My contribution is a collection of movie stills
of one of my favourite monsters of all time...

Dracula.

~

1931: Mr Bela Lugosi, pictured here preparing to drain
the blood of Helen Chandler, who played Mina.


1958: Mr Christoper Lee, having already claimed his next victim.


1979: Frank Langella, being slightly more romantic with his approach.


1992: Gary Oldman, gazing into the eyes of the very beautiful Winona Ryder.


2014: Luke Evans, looking extremely dashing in his vampiric battle attire.


...and there you have it, my contribution to today's blog party.

I look forward to seeing everyone else's posts.

Have a perfectly bloody day!





Thursday, 19 April 2018

Vintage Volumes

Some weeks ago I headed to Ceredigion, which is the
next county to mine, in search of books.

 I was amazed (and very much like a child in a sweet shop)
 by all the gorgeous vintage tomes I found there...








It's so difficult to list books in the Winter Moon Books shop,
when I actually want to keep them all for myself.

What item can you not resist when you go thrifting?

Have a beautiful day.

Yvonne x

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Wandering Welsh Girls

I've recently embarked on a trip to Norway, to get 
away from everyday life and more importantly,
to visit my fiercely independent daughter.

~

My journey out there took 24 hours and I got to meet
plenty of interesting people along the way.  

It began with a bus to Stanstead airport.  I'm pretty sure I fell 
asleep en route, but that part is all quite a blur.  I do remember 
the impressive picnic I'd packed and didn't have to share though.

 From Stanstead Airport, I boarded a flight to Oslo, this part
only took 2 hours, but I wish it had taken longer...

I sat next to a lovely Norwegian gentleman and we began to 
chat about our children, amused at the coincidence of 
my daughter studying literature in Norway, and 
his son studying literature in the UK.

Once in Oslo, I was surprised by how warm it actually was,
considering the vast quantity of powdery snow which
covered everything in sight... including the roads, 
which worried me slightly, because my next
journey was on the night bus.

I should add...the night bus was a big purple double decker, 
which should impress any Harry Potter fan reading this.

I would happily ride this particular night bus again.
I was one of just two people on the lower deck,
the lights were dimmed and we were provided
with pillows and blankets.  Our seats
reclined into sleeping position,
and we did just that.

The gentle, rhythmic hum of the engine and 
distant sound of slush over tyres lulled me
into a deep and dreamless sleep.

I reached Volda in the small hours, and also travelled to Alesund on day two.

The rest I will let you see for yourselves...













I'd love to go again, but I think somewhere new might be on the cards.

Have you travelled anywhere lovely that you'd recommend?

Have a perfect day!

Yvonne...x

Monday, 9 April 2018

Magical Monday


My daughter absolutely loved the Harry Potter books as a child 
and the stories still lie close to her heart. Having lived with a
lover of all things Potter, naturally, the stories remain with me too.

So for today's post I'd like to introduce you to a wonderful illustrator, 
who has re-imagined each and every Harry Potter book cover.

Olly Moss created these as e-book covers, but the prints
can be purchased in poster form over on his website.

I should warn you in advance...you'll find it difficult to
tear yourself away from all his amazing imaginings.






Thank you for dropping by.

Have a magical Monday! 

x