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Grand Hobbit Summer Rooftop Picnic, Sunday 22 July

posted Jul 14, 2018, 5:45 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood  

Joy of joys, the summer is here! And summer means time for food and drink!  
Well, so does the rest of the year too, but there’s one thing summer surely brings.  
Picnics! Get ready for this year’s Grand Summer Picnic!  

Date: Sunday July 22  
Time: 7:30PM ((UK/BST, 2:30PM servertime)) 
Location: On the roof of the Golden Perch in Stock, the Shire. 

We are pleased to invite all hobbits and good friends to this year’s summer picnic! Activities to look forward to include music, dancing, games, food and drinks, fireworks and competitions.

New of this year is that we'll go on a picnic in Stock. The roof of The Golden Perch looks inviting, as does the picnic table just beneath the apple tree there.

Please bring your own food to share with the others, for the picnic potluck!

All hobbits are invited, except Lobelia and Lotho. We're still undecided over Ol' Flourdumpling, because he'll end up eating all the food.

There may be a pie rolling run as well, so bring an extra set of dry clothes...

(( OOC:
This is certainly a hobbit-preferred event, but well-mannered dwarves and good friends from taller persuasions may surely pop around too. Just don’t block the view of the locals during the entertainment. ))

Burrow warming in Bramblebury

posted Jul 8, 2018, 2:05 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jul 8, 2018, 2:08 AM ]

By Tholpa Undertoe   

Miss Tholpa recently moved into a new burrow! 
The burrow needs to be properly warmed! 
We'll do so Sunday July 8th!  

Date: Sunday July 8th 
Time: 7PM ((UK time (note the earlier than usual start))
Location: 5 Chalk Road, Bramblebury

Invitation from miss Tholpa:

Hullo all! I want to inform you that this Sunday, 8th July 7:00 pm, I'll keep my burrow warming party at 5 Chalk Road, Bramblebury. All hobbits are welcome except Lotho and Lobelia.

There is delicious food,prepared by Miss Pycella, and maybe some other activities! Welcome!

Giggling Dragon Friday

posted Jun 22, 2018, 11:05 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 3:10 AM ]

By Pycella Woodberry   

It’s time for a comedy night at the Green Dragon! Just don’t laugh at live dragons, and you’ll be fine. 


Date: Friday July 6 

Time: 7:30 PM ((UK time / 2:30 PM servertime))  

Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater.  

Do you know a funny story or a poem that would make even the Bounder Statue chuckle?  

Is your head filled with funny riddles, puns, and jokes about chickens who crossed the dinner table?

Can you sing a song that makes the audience roll on the floor like rolling scones?

Now’s your chance!

On 6th July, we dedicate the Green Dragon Friday to all things funny, or things that folks typically regard as funny. Well, the hobbits at the Dragon are an easy audience when it comes to comedy, so no need to feel anxious, comedians and comediennes. It doesn’t have to be the funniest joke in the world, and hopefully it’s not, because of the grievous side effects of the so-called “killer jokes”.  Other than that, all funny things are especially welcome on this evening – feel free to be creative!

Also, we encourage you to contribute to the funniness of the evening by dressing up a fun outfit. Time to try out all those silly dresses and other clothing your granny sends you each Yule; a chance to give all those festival masks a purpose to exist.

If you’d like to perform, no need to sign up beforehand – just come to Green Dragon in good time and let Miss Pycella (the hostess) know about it, and she will arrange you a spot. Please try to keep your contributions concise (10 minutes max. per performer), so that the other jokers will have a chance to take the Green Dragon rug. Optionally, you can sign up beforehand too; just send a Quick Post letter to Miss Pycella before the evening and hope that the Quick Post hobbits won’t lose your letter, Miss-deliver it nor feed it to the slugs.

See you on 6th July at the Green Dragon, starting at seven and half bells in the evening as usual!



This will be a usual Green Dragon evening, where hobbits and travelling dwarves are welcome. If you want to perform something at the event, please make sure that your content fits in the world of LOTRO, as this is a roleplaying event. So no jokes about Master Ronaldo or somet of that sort, please.))

Thirteen: Lucky for some!

posted Jun 22, 2018, 10:33 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Ponso Pondhopper  

Thirteen contestants, 362 fish caught and one Supreme Salmon Champion. As in previous years, we met in Brockenborings before wending our way across the Greenfields to the special spot by the Brandywine where the salmon congregate on their long swim down the river. As usual two contests were held, one for the salmon fishers and a junior category who focused on catfish, barbel, dace and the like. Altogether eighteen salmon were landed, of all shapes and sizes, three of which were deemed to be over 40 pounds.  

The winners of the Junior category were Mister Nawagrim, in second place, with 27 points and Master Bleabo, the clear winner with 38 points.

In the Senior category, runner-up prizes went to Miss Daffney (44 points), Miss Pycella (47 points) and Miss Mollywobbles (48 points). In joint third place with 49 points, Miss Kapelka and Mister Hooh. Second place went to Miss Dassa, last year’s Salmon Champion, with 51 points. The winner of the Senior prize was Miss Lina with a whopping 62 points!

The weigh-in for the biggest salmon had the following results:
Miss Pycella: 41 lb 8 oz
Miss Mollywobbles: 43 lb 7 oz
Miss Daffney: 49 lb 14 oz

So, Miss Daffney was awarded the title Supreme Salmon Champion and a fine Pellenor Pig, donated by Master Frivo Nibletoes of Budgeford. The record still belongs to Mister Simbo Rumblebelly with his catch of a 57 lb 3 oz salmon two years ago.

Sixth Annual Salmon Run

posted Jun 11, 2018, 5:30 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 5:31 AM ]

By Ponso Pondhopper  

Another year has slipped by and we are ready for the sixth Annual Brandywine Salmon Run! For those new to the graceful art of salmon fishing, I should perhaps explain that every year, the salmon, having finished their spawning up at the lake, make their way back to the sea. And this month they will be swimming down the Brandywine through the Shire.  

So, as in past years, we shall be organising a competition with a prize for the largest salmon caught. The fishing spot is the northeast Greenfields, which can be a little dangerous, so we will be meeting in Brockenborings, by the Bullroarer statue, at seven and a half bells ((19:30 UK time)) before making our way to the riverbank. All you need to bring is suitable outdoor clothing and a fishing rod, of course! The trip will begin with a short talk on this magnificent but unusual fish, before we begin our trek across the Greenfields.

As usual, we shall hold a parallel competition for those who have never caught a salmon. So, whatever your skill as an angler, we'd very much like to see you on Saturday, 16th June at the Bullroarer statue in Brockenborings. Who knows you could be our next Champion!


                     Let us meet here!

Problems getting the Bramblebury Gazette?

posted May 31, 2018, 11:13 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jun 1, 2018, 4:03 AM ]

By Peppy Bristlebrush   

It seems, dear readers, that we have a problem getting the Gazette delivered to you.  

The distributor is not giving copies to the usual selling points. We are looking into this and have filed an appeal/complaint.

Meanwhile, you can try in stead of asking for to ask for:

I know, it is a lot of text to remember just to get your copy of the Gazette, but we hope this problem can soon be solved.

Thank you for your patience and many thanks to the readers who made us aware of this issue.

((OOC Several readers have noticed they needed to log in to read the site of the Gazette. Apparently Google has suspended the site because of "violation of our terms of service". We have filed an appeal and hope it will soon be solved. Meanwhile, you can try the workaround as described above. ))

Ed.: Meanwhile the problems have vanished again and everything should work as intended!

The Badgers "Say no to Lotho" rehearsal, Monday 28 May

posted May 22, 2018, 7:46 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood   

Lotho Sackville-Baggins is buying up land and properties all over the Shire. We can't let that happen! Imagine a Sackville-Baggins owning half the Shire? No telling what kind of ruffians he'd invite to these lands. So the Brandy Badgers have decided to act! By playing music! Repeat after us: "Say no to Lotho!"   

Date: Monday May 28 
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time / 2:30 PM servertime))  
Location: Somewhere near Bag End, Hobbiton, The Shire

Of course, the Brandy Badgers never really play concerts, but them's pretty well good at having public rehearsals. And they're just burning in with songs they didn't manage to put into the Mad Old Jethro musical earlier this spring. So expect a lot of songs related to that one-leg-flute-playing hobbit. And the odd surprise as well.

Come to dance, have fun and say no to Lotho!


This will be a public rehearsal with all the Jethro Tull songs we didn't find room for in the Return of the Flute show earlier this year. We'll likely play a few other songs as well.

As usual, we love it if lots of hobbits come to listen and chat with us. Should others like to show up as well, be very welcome, but make sure yer don't block the view of the hobbits. Oh, and remember the roleplaying policy on Laurelin with regard to names and in-character chat.))

No Records Broken, but a Fine Evening’s Fishing

posted May 7, 2018, 3:55 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Ponso Pondhopper  

As part of the 10th anniversary of Green Dragon Fridays, a short fishing match was held in the fishing hole behind the inn. Eighteen contestants took part and a total of 263 fish were caught. Not a bad haul, given that this match was shorter than usual. A thoroughly grand time was had by all, with pleasant musical accompaniment and good spirits all round.   

Source: Grand Order of the Lost Mathom Forum
The results were as follows:  

Mister Brambleblurr, 16 fish, 26 points
Miss Dassa, 18 fish, 25 points
Mister Hooh, 15 fish, 24 points

Main Prizes
3rd place: Mister Pontin, 20 fish, 30 points
2nd place: Nannie, 20 fish, 31 points
1st place: Nimelia Stoutfoot, 23 fish, 40 points

Miss Stoutfoot’s remarkable success included three fish of trophy standard and three edible fish. More remarkably she only snagged one bunch of weeds!

The Weedy Prize of 10 packs of Old Toby, went to Miss Ambrinna for a heroic catch of five bundles of weeds. Doubtless, the enterprising Miss Ambrinna will find some way of turning the weeds into gum for the Quickpost Stamps, which I, personally would find an improvement over the current ingredients.

A matter of concern: among the fish and weeds a total of eighteen rusted implements (bread knives and other sundry cutlery) were fished out of the pond. One can only surmise that these were dumped there by unscrupulous washing up staff at the Green Dragon! Needless to say, I shall be having words with Barmy and hope the necessary action will be taken. 

Ponso Pondhopper,

Shire Angling Club

The coronation of the Shire May Queen and King

posted May 6, 2018, 4:43 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Janco Bloatfoot    

Hmm, I don't usually write for newspapers or write much at all for that matter, so I'll keep it brief.  

As I was candidate for the election of Shire May King and bound to be in Brightdown for the occasion, the editor of this Gazette (I happen to be his cousin, twelve times removed) asked me to write a short report and provide some sketches. Luckily it did not have to be  a self-portrait!  

The results may well be known all over the Shire by now: 

Shire May Queen for a year will be Miss Lina Willowwood

By her side will rule as Shire May King Master Simbo Rumblebelly! 

Here is a nice portrait of them both:

After the coronation ceremony, a sigh of relief could be heard coming from my mouth, but also a few small tears were quickly hid by the lasses who did not make it this year. We can always try again next year! But I think I'll pass that opportunity, as it became very clear, that I had to follow the ancient rules about becoming King and remove my hat!!
I proposed a floral scepter in stead of a floral crown (and had a nice one prepared), but Nannie was unrelenting! Let it be a warning for all who follow in my footsteps (and love hats).

I must say, the dancing went a lot better for me after the results had been made public and it was a great party with lovely music. Here are some more sketches and that will be it from me, Janco, roving reporter for a day, for the Gazette.



A postcard from Byronbrand

posted May 6, 2018, 4:09 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 7, 2018, 4:03 AM ]

By Byronbrand Stepwise  

Dear Brambleburians,  

I am happy to report that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. But it is true that have not been visiting my beloved Bramblebury and spoken with it's inhabitants for some time.  

But this is because of my lengthy stay at the home of my good friend and teacher mayor Winston Goodnough of Winterhome located in the Frostbluff regions.
A man of the finest intellect and moral integrity if ever I saw one.

How did I get there? A couple of Summers or more ago I was looking for advice on proper mayor etiquette and good governance.
When I asked my dear brother Dyronbrand for his advice, he told me about his fine and beneficial working relationship with mayor Winston and was kind enough to arrange immediate
transport and accommodation to this somewhat chilly place. He and the mayor assured me I would learn all the - as they put it - "tricks in the trade" in as little time the Winter passes in that region.

An my stay there has not been wasted. I have already learned many useful things. For example being a tailor is a essential part of being a mayor. Mayor Goodnough for many times now has mentioned that "a mayor's pockets should be lined as much as possible". Though in truth I am still to understand the exact effect linen clothing has.

In addition mayor Goodnough will teach me about "offshore tax havens". Again I did not realize fishing was part of a mayor's skill set, but there you are. And given my disposition towards boats, this may take a while to get a grip on. But all these practices clearly benefit Winterhome as the local people truly love and respect mayor Goodnough. Regularly they donate large quantities of food, wine, clothes and coin for the good of Winterhome.

In Summer I should be ready to return for a short break despite of Dyronbrands' objections I should wait till the passing of Winter.
He expects it will be a little difficult to find housing in Bramblebury, as he forgot to pay the rent for about two years. Yet no matter, I expect to find lodgings at the The Bird and Baby Inn.

All that said, I will not run again for re-elections later this year. For as I wrote above - there are still many things for me to learn first.

Until we meet again ! Warmest of regards,

Byronbrand Stepwise
Winterhome, Forstbluff.

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