What's It Like To Ride a Gryphon?
Wowee! Want to get a little taste of what it must be like for Jake to take a ride on Red up into the sky? Check this out! Somebody strapped a tiny camera on a real live eagle. Ok, it's not a gryphon, for real, but you've got the eagle head there! You just have to use your imagination. I can't believe how smoothly the eagle flies. Amazing!!! Enjoy ~ G. :)
Good Morrow, Gentles!
YES, WE WENT THERE. I am talking about the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, forsooth! And a merry time was had by all. Even better, we got to go with E's mom and dad, who were visiting us from out of town. Here are a couple of photos from the highlights of our day. :)
Let the other ladies crowd around the handsome knights. I wanted to get my picture taken with the Fool. Birds of a feather, doncha know! So here's me and Skidmark. I suspect the Village Idiot may be smarter than all the knights put together, anyway. Rather than risking getting a lance in the eye, all he has to do for his job is sit there making fun of passersby. Huzzah!
It was a great day and we had really nice weather, too, so we were lucky. It wasn't too hot for the most part. If I can figure out how to work my new HD video camera, I'll upload the vid we took of the medieval parade. Hmm, after such a fun time, don't be too surprised if our next series down the road turns out to be a medieval fantasy of some sort! Time will tell. ;)
A Visit To Giant Land
Archie Bradford’s Field Notes
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I am forbidden from divulging the exact location of the great Scandinavian tree of legend, Yggdrasil, in whose vast branches the Nine Worlds are tucked away like so many bird nests, including the giants’ realm of Jugenheim (pronounced YOO-gan-hime, the J is silent). But I deem it safe to note that the tree stood on a mountaintop one day’s walk from the shores of Oslo Fjord. We had to cross an enchanted wood and deal with the frightening guardians the Tree, REDACTED. (No spoilers!)
Giants are surprisingly competitive, especially the warriors, who are especially fond of boasting. (Jake fit right in.) They, as well as the royal family, are and must be brave to the point of almost being foolhardy. It is the only way to win the full respect of the people.
Giants of all walks of life pride themselves on their toughness. They are generally a simple folk, hardworking and fascinated by stories and songs. They can be gullible, but they love jokes. They most enjoy crude humor; anything with a burp or a fart brings uproarious laughter from males and females alike.
Perhaps we are not so different from them after all.
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