The first of March is Whuppity Scoorie Day! A celebration to chase away the winter and to welcome Spring. At 6pm in Lanark Scotland, Church Bells ring, children start the celebrations by walking around the town twirling paper balls on strings above their heads. For more information on this event please click here to visit the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council site.
The Shellies are getting ready for the Shrove Tuesday Skipping Festival at Scarborough South Bay from midday till about 5pm on the 4th march 2014. Great fun for all. The road by The Spa is closed. For more details please click here to visit discoveryorkshire.com
On the same day you can also see the Scarborough Pancake Olympics (pancake races,) and the ringing of the Pancake Bell at the junction of Newborough and North Street. Scarborough Town Center. For more details telephone 01723 383636 or click here to visit their site.
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On the 7th The Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Event. Between 8 and 10 pm at Low Dalby Visitor Center,North York Moors National Park,North Riding Forest Park,Pickering,North Yorkshire click HERE to visit their site for more details. Telephone 01751 472771
From the 8th of February to the 2nd of March at Burton Agnes Hall there is a Snowdrop Spectacular. Telephone 01262 490324 or click HERE to visit their site.
On the 22nd and 25th of the month there is a Binocular and Telescope open weekend to obtain advice about theses items, at the RSPB Bempton Cliffs Visitor Center. Telephone 01262 851 179 or click HERE to visit their site.
screening at The Secombe Theatre Sutton 42 Cheam Rd, Sutton SM1 2SS Thursday 20 Feb: BLUE JASMINE 6.30pm THE ARTIST 8.30pm visit the Theatre site http://www.surreyfilmclub.co.uk or telephone the box office on 020 8770 6990
All is busy here on Shellie Bay.The start of the month Rainbow launch into the Sky . The book is now available on kindle .This latest Shellies adventure sees the arrival of the Boggle clan along with Splash. Crabby has been busy inventing and teaches Rainbow how to fly. Barnacle introduces Crabby to some 'old sea customs.' Click on the book cover or HERE to read more.
Later this month Zoe and Paul will start work on the video story of the book.
The Shellies are being kept busy this month by writing new songs for some of Poet's poems, these are being prepared for a CD to be launched later in the year.
Between the night of the 8th and the morning of the 9th in 1855, residents in Devon and Dorset awoke to discover mysterious footprints in the snow. The prints were in single file and measured to be about 3 inches wide and 4 inches long.
Reports claimed that who (or whatever) made the tracks appeared to have vaulted a wall, crossed rooftops ran for between 40 and 100 miles, went through a drainpipe and even passed through a haystack
Explanations as to what had caused the prints included:
'The Devil, a kangaroo, a secret balloon which had been launched from a dockyard and hopping mice.'
However the possibility exists that they could have been made by piskeys (or pixies) who are said to be fond of dancing around and would cerainly be capable of traveling vast difference if the old tales are to be believed! Usually they are known to be friendly but occasionally have been known to cause such mischief as leading travelers in the wrong direction or bewildering them (a practice which is known as being pixie-led! If you should ever feel bewildered or mystified try the old remedy of removing your coat or jacket and turning it inside out.) The residents of Ottery St Mary in Devon celebrate Pixie Day in June each year.
This mystery was reported in The Times on the 16th of February and the Illustrated London News on the 24th of the month
In March of 2009the Daily Mail contained a report of a Devonian woman waking to find similar mysterious footprins in her garden
Snowdrops are symbols of hope, there arrival is soon followed by Spring. To celebrate this delicate flower, The Shellies have written a song: Click HERE to add music to the words on our Musical Balloons.
Turning into Snowdrops
And Winter Stops
Authors Ian and Marie.