Another name used for Halloween in some parts of the country.This is the eve of the Celtic New year, where fairies and witches can join us in our world.
An ideal opportunity for the likes of the knight Tim Lin, (who had been captured by the Fairy Queen and held in her realm) to enter, uninvited and unannounced into our domain.
It is rumoured that witches ride on their broomsticks or even take to the sky on their egg-shells to cause mischief and cast spells.
In Whitby the tradition for anyone wishing to predict if they would marry, was to climb to the top of the church tower and call out their intended's name. An underwater bell would be heard if the marriage was to take place, otherwise silence would reign.
It is believed that the bells had been stolen from a church during a Viking raid. As the culprits were making their escape a bolt from the sky was hurled at their ship sending it and the bells, to a watery grave.
Another way of attempting to predict romance on this eve was to place nuts (such as hazelnuts and even pips from apples) onto a fire. Each pip or nut was named after a someone desired. Upon deciding whether burning or bursting should be good or bad those taking part would sit and wait for each burst or burn.
The well known apple dooking or bobbing was also enjoyed. On a similar theme an apple was placed on a pole which was then spun at great speed; participants taking it in turn to try to take a bite out of the apple. (Imagine trying to sink your teeth into that!)
The image is of Hornsea settling down and waiting for Halloween to commence.
The quiet East Yorkshire village of Rudston is home to one of the largest (if not the largest) monolith in Great Britain. Standard definitions of 'monolith' state that it is 'a large single upright block of stone.' Standing 8 meters tall (26 feet) and estimated to weigh 80 tons this structure has been described as one of our most impressive.
Speculation as to their use range from 'markers where particular astronomical events can be observed;' to myths including 'they are made by the devil throwing a stone finger or javelin or thunderbolt.' The photograph was taken on a bright summer day, but it still came out dark, giving it an air of mystery!
A similar theory is that, 'colossal stones, some as large as mountains, could be physical evidence for interplanetary lightening bolts....' (source http://www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/2007/arch07/071029monoliths2.htm )
A further site suggests that these structures are aligned to the movements of the sun. moon and even the stars. Which poses the question; 'how could such knowledge have been known long before the compass was invented?'
If monoliths are aligned to planets who could they possibly benefit? Another area featuring monoliths is West Yorkshire, the Long Stoop near Mankinholes, Todmorden. It was in this very area in November 1980 that a police officer Allan Godfrey (whilst on duty) encountered a UFO!
A new character will be appearing in one of our video books which will be launched in 2014.
To enter our competition just email an original name for the character at. email@example.com. Closing date for entries 5th of December 2013. The winners will be selected on the 13th of December 2013 and prizes delivered by email in time to download and enjoy over the festive season. Further details please click here
First Prize. The chosen character’s name will appear in The Shellies video book to be released in 2014 and 2 Shellies downloadable video books.
There are also 50 runners up prizes.
This competition is binding in honour only.
Authors Ian and Marie.