Sunday, 29 December 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014



Sentimental human beings that we are, we now look back wistfully on the year gone by.

2013 like all previous years had its share of ups and downs; our preference, however, is to dwell on the fun times experienced during the course of the year. Some of these are presented below in pictures and by the short YouTube video.





Here are the Lyrics should you wish to sing along:

Auld Lang Syne Lyrics by Robert Burns
Note: Burns’ original Scots verse[4]
(as Scots speakers would sound)
(Burn's own Ayrshire dialect)


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?
CHORUS
For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
and surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.
CHORUS
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie's a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS



Auld Lang Syne
(Modern Lyrics)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

CHORUS
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.









Wishing you all good health, happiness and prosperity in the coming Year.

 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

BoSt Dragon Gallery

Enjoy this collection of Dragon art from BoSt Productions.

Smelling the Daisies

Two Dragons stop to examine the trail of flowers left by the passage of their cousin the Quilin. (more about the Quilin at The Gentle Quilin). One of them loves to eat the daisies, the other seems to be content just to smell the fragrance.
Smelling the Daisies





Dragons by the Shore

Dragons enjoy hunting for sea creatures and quite often you can see them hovering over the shallows looking for whales and Great White Sharks.
Dragons by the Shore

The Long Way Home

After a full day hunting whales it is time for the Dragon to return to its own home territory to rest and enjoy a full belly.
The Long Way Home

Dragon Country

Even though the Dragon may enjoy an occasional trip to the seaside their home territory still provides vistas of natural beauty and abundant game.
Dragon Country


The Rustler

The increase in human population brought mankind into the Dragon's traditional domain and Dragons soon came to prefer the soft, fatty animals men brought with them. Men were so nice to keep their cows and sheep all together in fenced pastures and on ranges, and so smart to breed an animal that doesn't even have the sense to run when they see a Dragon swooping down on them.
The Rustler


Dragon Sunset

Another day ends for the Dragon and he heads home for a well-earned rest.
The Dragon at Sunset



Pendragon

As Dragons encountered mankind more often they, and man, got used to each other. Legends arose about Dragons helping and being equal partners with certain heroic figures. But Dragons live a long time and men usually don't. It was usually the Dragon who had to say goodbye to their friend.
Pendragon
















Return to Dragon Hall

Mankind was given rule over the earth, and used their technology to despoil the land and lay waste to the entire planet. Dragons went into hiding, mourning for the beauty they once knew. Finally, after most of the humans died out the Dragons returned and helped the survivors subsist in the new, harsh land.
Return to Dragon Hall











Otherworldy Dragon

When the desert winds pick up and the sand swirls in sheets the Dragon's sparse home gets very harsh indeed. Luckily Dragons are a hardy race and have evolved protection against the elements.
Otherworld



All pictures are digital artwork by Steve Caunce


Thank you.








Sunday, 1 December 2013

Dragons Celebrate the Festive Season

The Dragons Celebrate the Festive Season



In the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice is when the Sun appears at noon at its lowest angle above the horizon which usually occurs on December 21 to 22 each year. In the Southern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice usually occurs on June 20 to 21 each year.


The Winter Solstice is celebrated as a holiday season and many festivals and celebrations of different religions and cultures take place around this time.


The mythical Dragon is no exception; however, he is a shy one. Look about you, you may be fortunate enough to spot one when and where you least expect it.






The Twelve Days of Christmas



Lyrics:






On the first day of Christmas, 

my true love sent to me

A partridge in a pear tree.




On the second day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 



On the third day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 


On the fourth day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 




On the fifth day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Five golden rings,

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 



On the sixth day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings,

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 



On the seventh day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings,

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 



On the eighth day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings,

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 



On the ninth day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Nine ladies dancing,

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings,

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 



On the tenth day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Ten lords a-leaping,

Nine ladies dancing,

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings,

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 


On the eleventh day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Eleven pipers piping,

Ten lords a-leaping,

Nine ladies dancing,

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings,

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,

And a partridge in a pear tree. 



On the twelfth day of Christmas,

my true love sent to me

Twelve drummers drumming,

Eleven pipers piping,

Ten lords a-leaping,

Nine ladies dancing,

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings,

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle doves,



And a partridge in a pear tree!


Happy Holidays Everyone.