Firewatcher’s Daughter

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Brandi Carlile’s new album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, was a shock to me.  I don’t think I live under a rock but perhaps I do because I don’t think I’ve ever heard of her before.  So, while working at my desk, I started to snoop around the ITunes store as I normally do.  She just released this album a couple of days ago so it’s on the cover page.  I clicked on it for some reason.  The song titles looked intriguing.  The reviews were phenomenal.  I sampled “Mainstream Kid,” and in two seconds it took me back to 70’s classic rock.  Mean, angry, fast.  Janus Joplin is back – and her pants are on fire.  She has 20 gallons of talent in a brass jar of bees and honey.  Don’t know what I mean?  Listen to that song.  I’ve heard many artists in my nearly 50 years – many of them amazing.  She puts most to shame.  She apparently has several albums – I don’t care, I just want to listen to this one over and over.

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The smallest kingdom in the world

This was one of the best posts I’ve read for a long time – I’m reblogging it on mine, hopefully with your permission. My favorite photo, though difficult to choose, was the Hay Bluff. I’m a sucker for sheep for some reason, perhaps I was a shepherd in my previous life in the valleys of Norway. Thank you for your post!

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Some believe that the tiny Island of Tavolara off the coast of Sardinia was the smallest kingdom in the world. They are wrong. The smallest kingdom is on the border of Wales and England.

It lies on a river. The fifth longest river in the UK to be exact. A river which helps form the border between England and Wales. The river Wye:

River Wye River Wye

A much smaller tributary of the Wye also forms the border between England and Wales and runs through our pocket-sized kingdom: it is called Dulas Brook. As I stood on a bridge this weekend gone, straddling England and Wales with a leg in each and peering through a curtain of vines, I saw a pair of some my favourite British birds, the water-bound Dipper:

White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)

The Kingdom is nestled in a valley overlooked by the northern outpost of the Black…

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