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    It's been one of dem days BigCarnivourKid's Avatar
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    Off topic but Tamlin that's the first time I've heard it called that. All Hallow's Eve & Halloween but not SamHain. Interesting stuff that.
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    Samhain is the proper name really.. it's been around a bit longer than Halloween [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Where I grew in North Yorkshire, England, Halloween was frequently celebrated under the name 'Mischeif Night'. No pumkins, no costumes, no candy or other treats, just tricks. A particular favorite of mine was switching the gates to peoples drives around, that used to make the grown-ups crazy in the morning! Got up to lots of naughty stuff, but I don't want to give the younger readers ideas. We never stole any Utrics though.
    This custom probably owed a lot to the Celtic festival of Samhain. I don't know if Mischeif Night is still celebrated the way we did 35 years ago. I've a sneaky feeling that the commercialised version of Halloween has probably taken over as it has over the rest of the UK. Shame.

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    Hey Vic,

    Yor are around the New Forest area aren't you? Have you ever heard of Sybil Leek?

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    Looking in my crystal ball, I see you did not get germination of the ping. seed I sent. (Actually, I had a negative report from a friend in NZ i shared the seed with.) My apologies in advance: apparently the germination window for the N.A. temperates is narrower than I had imagined. We'll try again if I can produce seed from my seedling plants.
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    Hi Tamlin

    I used to live very close to the New Forest up until 1995, and know it and its ecology very well. I am not however familiar with Sybil Leek, is it a person (possible and I dont know her), a member of the onion family (unlikely) or a location (most probable, and near a spring, hence wet and CP rich)? I don't know it, but have detailed maps of the New Forest and will try to find it.

    On the subject of the Pings, your ball seems to be working well, actually I have been in comparing notes with the same person in NZ. I have no germination yet either, but won't throw them away just yet.

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    OOhps!
    After scouring my maps and finding nothing (I was hoping I could write something like; Sybils Leek is just around the corner from Dead Man's Bottom (real place name)) I have just discovered (thankyou Google) that she was a famous 20th Century witch. No I don't know her, but I have frequently come across very strange alignments of stones or logs in the New Forest, which were almost certainly occult in origin and very recent.

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    The New Forrest Coven is one of the oldest heridetary witch covens! How exciting to be there so close to it. Sybil did much to popularize the "old religion" and her books were, well, charming:-) Thanks much for the info. My eyes got wide as soon as I heard of the New Forrest.

    More bad news about the seed, another person I sent it to got no germination. Another perfect end to a perfect day. Sometimes you can't win.
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    This whole week has been pretty rotten. Wish my friend still did horoscopes. I'd really like to have one done for this past week [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] .
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