Month: January 2013

At a Stand Still

guardian angel 2You know that feeling where you are dangling around … not moving forward.. not moving backward.. just dangling there in one place?

You don’t really feel stuck and yet you kind of do.

It’s a sense that you aren’t suppose to be “doing” at that moment .. it is your time to pause.  It’s as if you are waiting for the clock to tic over to that magical moment when life will suddenly start moving again.

There is work to be done and you know the work… you are not afraid of doing the work … but something has you on hold. Something has you stuck on pause. The thing is, you know it won’t last and that the play button will soon be pressed.

When this feeling comes over you and you find yourself dangling … understand that the universe is lining things up just so … so that everything comes together as it should.

Many Blessings,
ravensig

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It’s Your Dream

starfish dream catcherWhat is it you dream? Whether it be fluttering thoughts throughout the day that just will not leave you or those night time dreams that embrace you while you slumber… what is it that you dream?

What are you wishes? Your most sacred of desires? What is it that you really want from the inside out? What are your wishes?

What are your desires? What is that feeling burning deep within your soul? What are those thoughts that leave you feeling empty until this desire is fulfilled? What are your desires?

We all have those thoughts of something else inside us. Something we are meant to do… something we are destined to at least try. These thoughts fill our waking and sleeping moments… the question is: are you walking toward those thoughts or are you backing away from them?

Ask yourself this question and then ask yourself why? No matter the answer you give … ask why. Why are you walking toward this ? … Why aren’t you?

Now that you asked yourself these important questions.. I’m sure you now know what to do next.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

January Full Moon

nearly full moonThe January Full Moon is known as the Wolf Moon (It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages), the Cold, and Snow or Winter Moon. It  is a time of protection and strength. While it is the first full Moon of the calendar year, in terms of nature it occurs in the middle of the cold winter season, a season of death and desolation. In these respects, the January Moon can be seen as a time of both beginnings and endings. This is the time to start to consider what you want to plant and plan for the spring. You can do magic so that as the spring approaches your magical goal will grow close and closer to fruition.

As with all Full Moons … the week leading up to the full moon is the best time to charge your crystals and other tools. Set them outside or in a window so that they may soak up the energy of the moon.

Many Blessings,
ravensig

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Wedding and Bridal Party Gifts

Can you imagine …. you are at a beautiful wedding and the bridesmaids are walking down the isle. What’s that hanging from their bouquets? Tiny dream catchers matching their colors!! Oh and here comes the Bride… LOOK! She has one too!

Maybe this is a DREAM WEDDING afterall!

I now have custom dream catchers available for weddings of all types… each set custom created to match your wedding theme!! Click here to view the order from my Etsy Shop!

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These sets are made to order – so please keep this in mind when ordering and allow plenty of time for them to created and shipped in time for the wedding. Standard turn around time is approx. one week.. depending on the amount of additional bridal party dream catchers ordered
The Above Image is an example of the Main Bridal Dream Catcher for the Bride and Groom to keep for their home. Each set will be custom created to match the bride to be. (The above shown pendents may not always be available)

With the Brides Dream Catcher will also be a small 3″ dream catcher that can be wrapped around the bridal bouquet and carried down the isle and then removed for a keepsake.

Also included are 4 small 3″ dream catchers for the bridesmaids … these will also be wrapped around the bouquets and carried down the isle to keep with the theme of the wedding. The beads can be chosen to match the colors of your bridal party or you may go with clear beads.. the choice is yours.

Additional bridal party dream catchers may be added for an additional fee… email me for

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quotes and questions.

Never Ending Love Dream Catcher – 10″ hoop wrapped in soft tan leather .. adorned with white glass beads.. pendents that say Happily Ever After and 2 brass rings that are bound together in the center.

Great gift for weddings, engagements and anniversaries.

All of my dreamcatchers are created with purpose, love and intent for healing and are smudged and cleansed for the best possible results.

 

The Secret

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How does one find their path?
How do we go about exploring ourselves?
How do we know which path to take?
How do we find understanding?
How do we let go?
How do we move forward?
How do we know we have made the right choices?
How do we find ourselves?
How do we …… ?

It all begins with patience. I know that isn’t the answer you were hoping for but that IS the answer.

We first must practice being patient with ourselves. Pushing or forcing answers to come into light never really works. To find what’s right … we often have to experience what’s wrong and this takes time.

Learn to first listen to your intuition. Your gut instincts will lead you down the correct path.   I know it’s not as easy as it sounds. We often question every inch of those gut feelings we get. Worried that our wishes and fears are getting in the way … we convince ourselves that those feelings are false.

Start off trusting small things and soon you will find yourself fully trusting YOURSELF!

Life gets easier and more manageable when we find that ability to trust our own intuition.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Getting Back Up

seagullIt is born inside us, the drive to get back up after we have fallen.

Watch as a baby first begins to to learn how to crawl. They push themselves up by their arms and one knee at a time they raise up… and then the inevitable slip of a knee happens and they find themselves back on their tummy. A baby doesn’t just give up at that moment… something inside them says “I can do this” and they try again and again until they master crawling. It begins again when they try to walk for the first time. And again as they learn to speak.. to read .. etc.

We were born knowing “WE CAN” … it isn’t within us that idea of giving up… that is something we tell ourselves when we are afraid to succeed.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Singing a New Tune

raven at stonehengeI was just making myself a cup of tea and as I was waiting for the water to boil I found myself humming. It’s no surprise I sing, hum and whistle a lot! What was different, was the tune that I was humming. Most of the time I find myself singing, humming or whistling the same hand full of  tunes… but this morning it was a tune I had not heard myself hum before. This new tune made me think about the new year and the possibilities ahead.

I thought … “A new year… a new tune! Awesome!”

I leave you with just one thought to ponder today:

In the months to come will you be singing that same old tune you’ve always sang or will you be singing something new?

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

When in England…

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When in England…..

One must stop regularly for tea and coffee.

One must see the countryside.

A pub visit is a definite!

Beware of the English Mustard.. it may very well take your tongue off!

One must try crumpets.. they are absolutely lovely!

To experience England truly,  you have got to step outside of London.

Mind the Gap!

Be sure to visit Devon… it’s a wonderful area in all seasons.

You will get wet… no matter the season 🙂

Don’t forget to try the sausage rolls!

Ice is optional

It’s always around the round about.

Biscuits are dipped in your tea and coffee not the gravy.

Everything is about tradition

Fish n’ chips .. yes please!

Chips are crisps and fries are chips!

It’s best to do as the natives do… slow down.. sit for tea and enjoy your stay.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

My English Experience – Week 3 – LONDON

Continued from My English Experience – Week 2

So now we have traveled from London to Stonehenge to  Devon to Binbrook and now to Northampton and on to our final destination in London.

Up early, load the car and off to Northampton we go. Once in Northampton we popped over to see my hubby’s Nan and then we meet up with loads of family for a big dinner with

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everyone. Aunties and Uncles galore! What a great time we all had at dinner. It was fabulous getting to meet everyone in person that I had only known from Christmas cards and facebook. After dinner we all made our way back to Tina’s house for some rest and relaxation because we were up early again the next morning to make our way to London via the train.

 

 

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Day 1 in London  – from the train to the hotel via taxi and then it was off we go. We walked across the Tower Bridge and then down the other side of the river to The London Dungeon. It was a bit confusing as there were 2 different lines going into the dungeons but we hopped into one and then waited for like 3 hours. It was well worth the wait. Once we were inside it took at least an hour or more to go through the entire thing and there

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were 3 rides inside as well. One room in the Dungeon was set up as a courtroom and I was pointed out in the group and told to stand on the podium… oh dear .. I was then accused of witchcraft… dancing naked in the woods to pagan rituals and such .. they asked me if I denied these accusations and I had to say no .. LOL. In the next room it was set up as a torture chamber and my husband was then brought up to sit in the spotlight while the actor made fun and began his torture… LOL…. it was well worth that 3 hour wait just to watch that!

After the Dungeon we were all starving and set off to find some dinner.

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We found a nice little Indian restaurant and filled our tummies. For Christmas my hubby had bought us all  tickets for a Ghost Tour so it was now time to make our way over to the double decker bus that was going to take us on the tour. This wasn’t your ordinary red double decker bus that you see all over London.. this was a black double decker bus, LOL. Set up with mood lighting and actors we had a great time and learned a lot about the hauntings of London. That concluded the end of our first night and so off to bed we went.

Day 2 in London – Up early with lots to see and do. We were on and off the Underground railway all day, minding the gap as always. First we made our way over to

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The London Eye. The Eye moves so slow that you can barely tell it’s moving when you are on it. What a view! I’d love to ride it again in the evening when the lights of London are all on.

After the Eye we all made our way over to Harrods. Being just 2 days after Christmas and the big sale going on.. Harrods was ram packed with people. It was nearly impossible to see anything and to truly appreciate the Harrods experience. We purchased a few sweets and out the door we went in search of lunch. We found a nice steak restaurant but when the steaks came … you

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had to cook them yourself at the table on a hot stone. LOL. Definitely an experience my hubby won’t forget.

After lunch we made our way over to Covent Gardens. I love this place! It was a huge market that was a mix with actual indoor shops and an open air market. There were lots of artisans selling their wares and street performers throughout the market …. my mind was on creative overload. We purchased some really nice london artwork and a few other bits and pieces before we made our way out of

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the market and on to our next adventure. Our nephew Ben had particular streets he wanted to visit and a shop called Superdry. So we walked and walked and walked in the rain looking for these streets and that shop. We got super wet looking for a store called Superdry… how insane in that! I have no idea how long and how far we walked but it seemed like ages, we found the store at last and once he had a good look around the shop … we made our way back to the hotel for rest and to dry off.

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explore the rest of London. We walked for hours traveling all over to see as much of London as two people possibly could. We took another trip to Covent Gardens, we went to Buckingham Palace and by Downing Street, we walked past Big Ben and Westminster Abby. We went to

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Camden Town to explore Camden Market and we went to China Town and the ever famous Soho. China Town smelled amazing with all the restaurants down every street, too bad we had already eaten at Leicester Square. We stopped in at several pubs through these two days. It was the best way to rest your feet and have a nice drink before heading back out into the drizzle that never stopped falling in London. I think my favorite pub was the

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Sherlock Holmes Pub. It’s a really small quaint pub that felt very homey and comfortable.

New Years Eve in London – After a day of walking in the cold and rain we weren’t real sure we wanted to walk down to where the fireworks could be seen, but it’s not all the time you are in London on New Years Eve so why not.  We were just 2 miles

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from the fireworks so we bundled up and headed out for a walk along the river. It wasn’t so bad at first but the closer we got the more crowded it became. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people in one place my entire life. Once we got there, we had an hour to wait before the fireworks started. It was very close quarters for everyone. There were people as far as you could see in any direction. Suddenly it was midnight and Big Ben started to ring and the fireworks blasted into the air. What a show! A memory that I will not forget ever

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and I got to share this moment with my love, my dear husband Richard.  The streets were so crowded that it took us an hour to walk the 2 miles back to our hotel.

Well that’s my English experience coming to an end. I hope you enjoyed … I know I did! I can’t wait to go back again.

Many Blessings and Happy New Year!
Raventalker

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My English Experience – Week 2

Continued from My English Experience – Week 1

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OK so now we are on our way up to Binbrook where some of our family live. We will be staying the week with them and celebrating Christmas together. To the left is the view from Mum’s house.

On our way there we stop off at Stratford Upon Avon, the home of William Shakespeare. This is a lovely, old world type town with lots of quaint shops and at the

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moment a street market was going on. I bought a few extra gifts and dared myself to try something new. I bought a sausage roll type pastry that was filled with rabbit, partridge, pork, venison & pheasant. I thought that it might taste a bit gamey … but it didn’t .. it was really good and I’d

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definitely have another!

So we continued our journey north and finally arrived in the early evening. Worn out from the busy week… I remember stopping in to visit my sister in law and all the kids for a while and then we all ordered take out from the local chinese place and called it a night.

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Day 2 up north we traveled to the city of Lincoln and took a tour through the Lincoln Cathedral. Wow! The cathedral was massive and absolutely beautiful. Stained glass windows that stretched toward the sky towered over us as we made our way through the cathedral. This building was constructed in 1092 … ummm that’s over 900 years old!!! Amazing.. absolutely amazing!

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After our cathedral tour we ventured down the steep hill of Lincoln to do a little shopping. OMG.. that hill is as steep as I have ever seen! Once you get to the bottom.. the terrible part is.. you have to go back up! The shops were awesome… I found a great little rock shop where I purchased a few crystals for myself and something for my hubby. We stopped for some lunch and a cuppa at the bottom before making our way back up that hill. Thank goodness! I needed the rest..lol. After that it was back home to plan the following day.

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Day 3 up north, we gathered all the kids up and headed to a place called Hull. We had to drive over the Humber bridge  to get there and this bridge is something I have never experienced before and dare say I don’t mind missing it. This bridge actually sways in the wind as you drive over it and the guard rails around it are tiny. I was glad

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to be over it but knew that it wouldn’t be the last time because we did have to get back home afterwards. In Hull we visited  The Deep, an aquarium and it was great fun with all the kids.  There really wasn’t anything else in downtown Hull that was worth seeing so back home we went to plan out our next adventure.

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Day 4 up north, we ventured off to York where we found loads and loads of lovely shops on cobblestone streets. I LOVE THIS PLACE! We found lots of gifts and had some lunch at Bella Italiano. The tiny cobblestone streets lined on either side with shop after shop was heavenly. It was a step back in time and I can imagine back in the day all the english folk dressed in their garb of the time walking up and down these streets daily doing their shopping and visiting. I would visit York again and again.. a definite must see!

Day 5 up north was Christmas day. Up early to open pressies that Santa had dropped off, then some proper english breakfast and then we nipped around the corner to see the kids and deliver more pressies. I had come down with a nasty head cold so I found myself a nice warm bed and took a nap before dinner while everyone else walked down to the village pub for a pint or two. Christmas dinner was very different than what I’m use to in the states.  It was lovely and lots of fun. Christmas crackers were popped open, paper crowns were worn on every head and wine was dispensed all around and around and around and…. around!

Day 6 up north was our last. It was an easy day for us that day. Our only down day where we weren’t running here and there. We had a nice meal at The Click’em Pub down the road and had an early night for our travels the next day to Northampton.

Continue reading – My English Experience – Week 3 – London

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

My English Experience – week 1

So now that our holiday in England  is over with I’d like to share with you all my experiences along the way. (WARNING: this post may be long)

When we first arrived at the Gatwick airport we were greeted by a magpie in the parking garage (unfortunately I didn’t get a photo) just near the car. I knew then that this was going to be a great trip! Mum right away said hello to the Magpie and said “we always say hello when we see a magpie.”

Here’s a bit of English superstition as to why she does this: One should make sure to greet magpies when they are encountered in order to either allay bad luck or encourage good luck, as related to the number of birds and therefore their place in the Magpie poem. Common greetings include “Hello Mr Magpie” “How is your wife/where is your wife?”, “Good Morning/Evening Sir” and other marks of respect.

And there is the rhyme that comes along wit the Magpie :
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.

And this was before we even got in the car!
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Our first destination was Stonehenge, we were just an hour and half away… so this was our first stop. From the car it appeared much smaller than I had imagined but when walking up to it … it was much larger. One of the stones facing the pathway that leads you up to it had a face on it … THIS I shall never forget!

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There were ravens all over the place and well you know me …  that was my sign that I was were I belonged. We walked around the entire thing taking photos at every angle and then made our way back to the car park. Goodbye Stonehenge, thanks for the experience. As we left Stonehenge and began making our way to Devon…. a rainbow appeared. More verification that this trip will be wonderful.
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Our next stop…. Devon. We have rented a cottage for the week with Mum, Dad, Tina, Gary and Ben and can’t wait to get there. It has been a long journey for my hubby and me… at this point we have been traveling over 24 hours straight and can’t wait to be out of the car.

Devon is located south west in England and is now one of my very favorite places to visit. The cottage was lovely. The building use to be an old threshing barn and is over 600 years old. The street taking you to the  cottage was build by the Prince of Orange over 1,000 years ago. The cottage was quaint and warm and had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. We stayed in the Devon area for 5 days, each day venturing out somewhere new to explore.  On our first day we walked down to the seaside, where suddenly I didn’t feel so well. Lucky for me the fellow that keeps the cottage showed up at the cafe where we had stopped for tea and offered to take me back. Thank goodness that only lasted for the day.. I was up and much better by morning and ready for our next adventure.

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Day 2 in Devon lead us to several places. We traveled first to a village called Cockington. It was a lovely old world type village with small narrow streets, thatched roof buildings and artisan shops. We walked all over the area taking photos of everything including a funny squirrel near the car park.

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Our next stop on day 2 was the seaside at Paignton. It was a beautiful sunny day .. but being December not many were out at the seaside. We took a walk along the pier and played a few games in the arcade and then grabbed a bit to eat at the cafe there. After our tea we walked along the beach in search of sea glass (my idea). I had everyone looking!

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Our final stop on day 2 was  another seaside village called Brixham. This is a port filled with boats of all sizes. Seagulls soared above as we explored the area. Brixham was filled with lots of great shops that I think we visited each and every one! When we arrived we were greeted by a fantastic rainbow! I would definitely visit Brixham again!

Back to the cottage for some dinner and relaxation.. oh and lets not forget another quiz by Ben.

Ben, our nephew, would create a quiz each night for all of us to do… it was lots of fun and lots of cheating took place…lol

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Day 3 in Devon we traveled to Cardiff, Wales to meet up with Auntie Lynda and Uncle Tim.  We all met at St. Fagans, the Museum of Wales History. This place was no ordinary museum, this place was massive! St. Fagans is an open air museum on 100 acres in Cardiff. The have taken various buildings from all over Wales and from different decades/centuries and moved them to the location at St. Fagans. I would definitely visit St. Fangans again and again. We spent the entire day there and still didn’t see everything.  It was great meeting Lynda and Tim for the first time and I look forward to hanging out with them again.

toby carveryAfter leaving St. Fagans we stopped off at a Toby Carvery for dinner. This is where I had my first taste of yorkshire pudding. The carvery experience was great and very filling … I couldn’t have eaten another bite!

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Day 4 in Devon we traveled to Cornwall to visit The Eden Project. The Eden Project is a massive working and learning center geared around sustainable living. There are 2 giant bio-domes filled with plants and trees from all over the world. Our visit was in December so the garden grounds outside the domes weren’t in bloom.. I can only imagine what it would look like when everything was in full bloom. It took us all day to tour the grounds and I’m sure we missed a few things. There were lots of workshops for children and adults both to take part in. For families with children…. it’s definitely worth seeing.

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Well that’s the end of week one in the UK. The next day we checked out of our cottage and headed for Binbrook in the North.

Continue Reading My English Experience – Week 2

Many Blessings,
Raventalker