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Shire May Queen Election, Part 1: Mustering the candidates

posted Apr 3, 2020, 8:35 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 8:40 AM ]

By Nannie 

Another year gone and tis time ter start the search once more!

Each year around this time, the Shire decides which of the brave lassies who come forward, will be ter next wearer of the floral crown. From humble housewife ter hard working crafters, the race is open ter all

Now, as the leaves on the trees change every year, tis only fair that ter Queen be renewed each year, otherwise we'd be keeping the same lassies and no giving others the chance.

So... Are ye a lass of the Shire? Do ye have what it takes ter be Queen of the May? Do ye know of someone who would do the Shire Proud? If so, then don't delay, send yer name to me, Nannie, and ye could be the lucky one!

Over the years we've many a fine queen of the May. Miss Acorne, Miss Amorey , Miss Dassa and our current holder - showing age doesna stop yer! - Granmama! ter name but a few. Will ye be joining their ranks?

So, lassies dust off yer dresses and pluck up yer courage - a wee dram may help with that one - Drop me a wee message via the Quick post - oh those laddies dunna like this coming month as they ken they'll have ter earn their ale! - or if ye see's me at the Green Dragon or market, let me know and ye too could be wearing the floral crown come May 2nd!

Now ah hope ye lads are no thinking ah've forgotten yet this year! Oh no!

So lads here's yer chance!

The Kings crown has rested alone fer the past year, as no one came forward ter dare wear it

The question this year, we all are asking is simple.... Will we have a lad brave enough ter try this time?

If ye think ye have what it takes ter be the King o' the May, or do ye know of someone who would fit the crown? Then pass the name ter me, and we'll see what we'll see!

The search has begun to find our next Rulers of the May, all are invited ter try, who havena held the title before. Once we have some willing vict.... er candidates, their names will be listed here fer all ter see and then voting will be opened.

Ye have till the 17th April, ter get yer names in, then voting will open for those brave souls.

The event is open to all Hobbits of the Shire and beyond, results ter be announced at the party on May the 2nd

Date : 2nd May (Saturday)

Time : 8 pm (BST/3pm server time)

Location : Shire Rose Kin Hall, 4 Brookbank Street, Brightdown

The Little Wanderers shower the April OAKS wit Awesum Music

posted Mar 29, 2020, 8:37 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Acorne Oakley


Hiya!

A lot has happened lately in our Shire under the golden leaves of Laurelin … truly a lot has happened ta all the folks of Middle Earth.

Wasnt so long ago that we gathered t’gether ia see & laugh at the antics of the fabulous “Ziehenden Musikanten / Wandering Musicians” from far-off Belly Gear as they told us all about….”The Jailbreak of Chuck Spearwood” …when two of his faithful crew came to rescue the captain before the folks of Bree could hang him. I think Captain Chuck was a bit sorry that they used a barrel of his rum ta get him out ~giggles~
Thanks ta the author of this adventure …the Lady Pandorradis of Belly Gear…
And thanks fer the great help of the translator, my dear friend Kirgon Steelhammer…
And thanks bunches ta the kind Miss Tibba fer the the costumes …

A special and most sincere thank ya ta all of the actors and the “background band” of the Wanderin Minstrels fer given us all an excitin …and funny …adventure!

((Here, why not have another laugh yerself …..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMIVbRqhLeI ))



like I said afore …a lot has happened ….

sum folks have disappeared from our world sadly ….
one of whom brought many wondrous songs ta entertain us folks over the years ….and was a great friend & source of encouragement & affection ta many of us fer many long years.
I started as a fan of Geoffroi’s …became a friend of Pipes’s …and had the great honour of becomin part of the Andune extended family.

but thanks ta the drawings of dear Miss Leddy ..ya folks can look back and hear their past performances at the OAKS like when they came in disguise as the Blue Squirrels …~scratches head~ or sumthin like that… back on the 10th of November of 2018 when they presented possibly the most romantic tale known in Middle Earth …”Beren and Lúthien”
or this past November of 2019 …
when Geoffri and dear Holly spent months preparin for a truly spectucular evening for all lucky enough to come that day when the Andune Ensemble presented “The Hobbit”
so many lovely memories saved fer us by dear Holly ….thanks my dear sweet friend.



NOW!
On ta April …
Hopefully the showers that April be famous fer will wash away the sadness of March

cause the April OAKS will be a mighty talented bunch of folks …

the Little Wanderers

who host a party every Wednesday fer any who want ta stop by the garden of Michel Delving …
them Lil Wanderers also have time after they play a few songs ..ta invite everyone there ta step up and play themselves
cause they’re not only talented ..but kind & generous and informative!!!!

Every Wednesday the omni-present …
(( that means he goes everywhere …well everywhere there be music ))
… Master Vethlo lets us know what be happenin everywhere …even on top of the great eagles Landroval & Gwaihir …

On Wednesdays them Lil Wanderers only have time ta play a few songs …cause they likes sharin wit other bands .. but wit so many truly sensational songs ….
We want ta hear them play a full concert, dont we??
It’s time fer them ta be the main attraction!

When ya join us in Oldfurlong on Saturday April 4th ….ya be treated ta a rainbow of sounds cause these folks can play many, many genres
Ya’ll be amazed how awesum their music is….
and I think we mite be in fer a “surprise” or maybee two ~giggles~

come party wit the band that knows how ta party !
let us smoke, drink, nibble a bit, dance, and ….laugh agin wit the Lil Wanderers!
Where:  the town square of the Oldfurlong neighborhood in the Shire homesteads
                 ((Altfurch auf Deutsch / Longuevieille en français))

When :  Saturday April 4th at eight bells in the evenin
              (( 20:00 UK time / 21:00 CET / 15:00 server time ))

Blow me a kiss …from two meters away ~winks~
and wander inta Oldfurlong fer a happy time wit the Lil Wanderers!

warm comfortin hugs ta everyone,
Acorne

Time for another Story Night!

posted Mar 28, 2020, 8:17 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Nannie 

Now tis been a while since we last gathered tergether and told tales to raise the heart and chill the bone. 
So this be a shout out ter all them storytellers out there wishing ter share a tale or two!

We'll meet once more at the grand table high on the hill above Bagend, and delight ye with tales both old an new.

So come along this Thursday 2nd April if'n ye will, and join wit me round 7:30pm ((BST/2:30pm Servertime))
and we'll have a grand time!



A light of Hope

posted Mar 27, 2020, 7:09 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 3:12 PM ]

Poster by Amorey Sweetrose, words by Peppy Bristlebrush 
 

A light of Hope, it is much needed these days, not just in the Shire. 
After an invitation by Lord Elrond himself, Hobbit Heart will perform music and poetry at the Last Homely House in Rivendell.  Gather outside near the entrance and you'll be guided to where the concert will take place. This will be on the little the mount where the elf Glorfindel resides.

You have all been invited to attend. It's a long trip, but it does not require a trip on the back of an eagle. Do take care of any youngsters who want to come along. It is a dangerous road for them! 

Come to Rivendell on Sunday April 26 at 8pm ((UK, servertime 3pm)) 


March 17, that means Bullroarer Took Day!

posted Mar 11, 2020, 6:27 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 6:51 AM ]

By Peppy Bristlebrush

Aye, it is time to get out the green garments again, for on Tuesday March 17 we will have a celebration of the grand deeds of the biggest (and tallest) Hobbit hero ever to walk the Shire.
Tradition dictates that we wear green clothes that day, that we try to walk on top of fences, that we listen to appropriate ((Celtic)) music and that we raise our glass to Bullroarer Took!
And what better place to do that, than in Brockenborings at the foot of the statue of Bullroarer himself.



The deeds of Bullroarer Took are the subject of many a poem and song and we hope to hear quite a few of them! Poets and musicians are all invited to climb the fence that serves as a stage that night and praise the Hobbit Hero in song and story (or poem). To make this all go smoothly, please announce your intentions to perform in a letter to editors@brambleburygazette.com and I'll reserve a spot for you in the program of the evening.

One band has already agreed to play. They are the "Greenbrambles", who have delighted the audience with their music for many years now. In fact they exist only one day each year and then return to anonymity in "the Band from Bramblebury that has not come up with a name yet".

Some Greenbrambles in a playful mood, partying on a mailbox

So to recapitulate:
What:         annual Bullroarer Took celebration
Where:       Near the statue of Bullroarer Took in Brockenborings
When:        March 17, 19:30 ((UK, 3:30 servertime))
Dresscode: Any shade of green.


NB. Be aware of salesmen who try to sell you the "authentic Bullroarer Took club" or the "actual skull of Golfimbul". These are beyond any doubt fakes!! Any included "Proof of authenticity by the Mathom House" are not worth the paper they are printed on! Please report any of these imposters to the Bounders.

Hobbit Heart Music Rehearsal

posted Mar 7, 2020, 7:06 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Mar 7, 2020, 7:07 AM ]

By Amorey Sweetrose

Hello Hobbits,

Hobbit Heart will get together for a small music practice this Sunday evening 8th of March at 8 pm ((UK)) at our kinhall 4 Brookbank , Brightdown.
This is just a small get together, some music, a cup of tea, nothing too special but anyone is welcome.

Kind Regards,

Amorey


A tribute and Memorial to Geoffroi and Pipes

posted Mar 6, 2020, 7:22 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 5:57 AM ]

By Peppy Bristlebrush 

The sad news is still a heavy load to bear for all who knew Pipes and Geoffroi. They are no longer among us. 
Geoffroi was the bandleader of the Andune Ensemble. It was not long ago that we were treated to a concert in Oldfurlong, where the Andune Ensemble brought to stage a musical based on Master Bilbo's Red Book ("the Hobbit"). With the music forged by Maestro Geoffroi and lyrics made by Miss Holly.
Master Pipes and his band Thorn and Roses made an almost weekly appearance at the Night of the Muses in Michel Delving, playing some beautiful music for the audience there.
This week's Night of the Muses, on March 4 2020, was already dedicated to this wonderful friend of many. In the picture below you see the Multi-orchestra paying their tribute. The other performers also played music dedicated to the sad occasion.


On March 15 there will be another tribute to this great man. See the poster below. Please take note that this gathering takes place in the land of the Eagle, Landroval, and pay attention to the Daylight Saving Time, that has started on the West , but not yet on the East side of the Big Pond. The times are as stated in the poster.



We hope that many of you will take the trip on the back of the Eagle, to give support to those who will miss Masters Geoffroi and Pipes the most.

Many thanks to Miss Blula for sending us the poster and an unknown hobbit (She is smack in the middle of the sketch of Night of the Muses) for sending us sketches of that night.


Early Pie day celebration

posted Mar 6, 2020, 6:48 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry 

The annual Pie Day is almost here! So let’s get prepared for it!

Date: Friday 13rd March

Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 3:30 servertime))

Location: The Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, the Shire



On March 14th, there is a great day to celebrate, at least for us hobbits: the annual Pie Day! Well, everyday is pie day in the life of a hobbit, but the pies certainly deserve a special day in our calendars. To get you all wel prepared for the actual Pie Day, we will have an early pie day celebration on the at the Green Dragon on Friday 13rd March. It will be like a regular Friday at the Dragon, but with a pie theme. And yes, that means we will have pies there as well! You will have the chance to get the fancy Pie Maven title, if you don’t have it already, and yer belly size permits it. If you have some pie-related entertainment to offer, such as poetry, songs or tales, please let the hostess, Miss Pycella know. You can also share your favourite pie recipe (or the pie itself)!

 

Welcome to have a pleasant evening with friends and comforting food!

((OOC: This is a special Green Dragon Friday, a role-playing event for hobbits and travelling dwarves. You can find more information about the weekly event here.  ))

Hop, skip, leap - More about Calendar fiddling, a Green Dragon Friday lecture

posted Mar 4, 2020, 7:04 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Peppy Bristlebrush

This current year is known as a leap year. There are many fascinating things to tell about leap years and why we have them.


I’ll try to answer the following questions:

  • What is a calendar and why do we have or need one?

  • How is a year subdivided? Why the leap years?

  • What are solstices, equinoxes and seasons?

  • When exactly is leap day according to the Hobbit Calendar?


Why do we have a calendar?


A calendar makes it possible to tell where about in the year the current date is. And ofcourse you can see when it is the recurrence of your birthday. But the main reason for its existence is so the farmers can know when to sow and harvest, especially sow. If they sow too early or too late, the yield of the crops will not be optimum.


How is time measured? From that follows: What is a year and how is it subdivided?


We measure time by looking at the sky. We see it turn dark and light and we see the apparent movement of the Sun and the Moon. Let’s start with the Sun.

Each day the Sun comes up above the horizon, travels in an arc across the sky (the moment it is at its highest we call Noon, or mid-day) and then vanishes below the horizon again and night begins.


There is something noteworthy about that arc and the highest point at Noon: throughout the year, the angle it makes with the surface of Middle-Earth changes!



In each year it moves up and then down and again up. At the highest point it seems to stop, that is: it stops going any higher. This is called the (Summer) solstice. That word literally means: the sun stops. There is another solstice in Winter when the sun stops going lower at Noon.


The solstices were important for our ancestors, as well as for us, as they help define the year. The Winter solstice marks for us the beginning of a New Year: we celebrate Yule. So a year is the period between two Winter solstices.  The Summer solstice is celebrated too: It’s Mid-Year’s Day, a day to go out and have a picnic in the Sun!


You may also know, that after Yule the days get longer, not in number of hours (which is always 24) but in hours of light, of sunshine, and after Mid-Year they get shorter. That also means that the nights get shorter, and longer respectively. 


There are two instances in a year where the day is exactly as long as the night. We call them the equinoxes. This word means equal night (and day). They occur in Spring and in Autumn. Together with the solstices, the equinoxes help divide the year into 4 parts, called the Seasons.


Talking again about days (and now we are getting near the need for leap days), how many day-night cycles are there between two Winter solstices? We say 365, which is only partially correct. It is practical to count in whole days and not in fractions. But actually we should, given that a day has 24 hours, a year is exactly 365 days, 5 hours and 48 minutes and 45 seconds! That would be impractical, so we round it down to 365 days. After all, what are 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds compared to the duration of the entire year? Well, almost a quarter of a day, or six hours!


If we want to keep having New Year on the Winter Solstice, something needs to be done, or in four years we will be an entire day short. A clever person concluded: “We need to add an extra day to the year, once every four years”. That is the leap day and the year it occurs in we call a leap year.


But why “leap” day? Consider this: In any ordinary year, if last year your birthday was on, say, a Wednesday then this year it will be on a Thursday. That is because we have weeks of 7 days, 52 of them per year. Aye, but 7x52 equals 364 and that is why all dates in the next year shift one weekday. But when the next year is a leap year, then your birthday would be on a Friday! Your birthday kind of leapt over Thursday! And the dates shift two weekdays.


So, when is the best moment in the leap year to add that leap day? In most cultures, it is added to the end of the shortest month, February. But as you know, the Hobbit Calendar has months that are equal in length! 


Aye, according to the Hobbit Calendar, there are twelve months of 30 days each. But wait, that makes only 360 days! It does and that is why on our Calendar there are 5 days that belong to no month: These days are 1 Yule (New Year’s Eve) and 2 Yule (New Year’s Day) and then at the Summer solstice we have 1 Lithe, Mid-Year’s Day and 2 Lithe. The leap day is inserted after Mid-Year’s Day and is called Overlithe.


((Read more about it here http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Shire_Calendar


To calculate what date it is according to the Shire Calendar, visit http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/dates.php



It may interest you to know that the French Revolutionists also had a calendar with months that had 30 days (and weeks that had 10 days and days of ten hours that consisted of 100 decimal minutes, each minute having 100 decimal seconds. You may see why it never caught on). And they too had five month-less days (or six including a leap day), that were added to the end of the year, which began for them at the Autumnal equinox. A beautifully illustrated article about it can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Republican_calendar#Months ))




Salmon Leap a great start to the fishing year

posted Mar 4, 2020, 4:52 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Ponso Pondhopper

It was a fine evening in the north of the Shire and twenty resolute fisher hobbits (and one dwarf) wet their lines in search of the noble salmon. Plenty of fish were caught , a total of four hundred and seventy-eight, of which thirty were salmon. Three of these were over 40lb, two caught by Nannie, who shows that you never forget how to fish, and a whopper by Miss Molllywobbles, earning here the title of this year’s Supreme Salmon Champion, with a salmon of 49lb and 8oz. The all-time record however, is still held by Mister Simbo Rumblebelly, who landed a salmon of 57lb 3oz, some four years ago (and not Mister Potty as previously reported, who held the record before Mister Rumblebelly).

Full results are as follows:

Runners up: Nimelia, Ragwort, Wiberic, Miralith, Tulpaani and Fidgit

Fourth place with 49 points: Mister Potty
Third place with 50 points: Nannie
Second place with 56 points and a total of two salmon: Miss Tibba Stoutfoot
First place, with 56 points and a total of four salmon: Miss Kapelka

For the record books:
40-49lb salmon: 3 caught (7 points)
30-39lb salmon: 1 (6 points)
20-29lb salmon: 2 (5 points)
15-19lb salmon: 5 (4 points)
10-14lb salmon: 1 (3 points)
6-9lb salmon: 5 (2 points)
2-5lb salmon: 6 (2 points)
2-3lb salmon: 7 (2 points)

Special mention to Mister Halpo who was the least experienced fisher but narrowly missed a prize. He will be sent a special compensation prize by Quickmail.




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