Thursday, 31 January 2008

Welcome, the Provence of Lovelace.

Continental drift seems a rather rapid occurrence in SL. The rising of landmasses that eventually joined the lands of Caledon and Winterfell together to form the Realm of the Roses, have now shifted the Province of Lovelace to the south of Caledon's shores.

Don't forget to say hi to Fluffy.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Burns Night, Steelhead and Dancing Drop Bears

Friday night saw something a little different as far as Caledon events. While Caledon is quite up front about it's Scottish heritage (though you'd have to use small words to explain it to some) usually this involves a dance with a Scots theme. Friday night was the traditional Burns Night Supper to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of one of Scotland's greatest poets. To celebrate, Her Grace of Loch Avie and Miss Soliel Snook organised a sit down dinner.

Complete with tatties and neeps, haggis, plenty of whisky and the traditional reading of various poems and historical anecdotes.

Yours truly was providing the music but my typist encountered some early problems requiring a complete system shutdown. Thankfully Her Grace of Carntaigh was onhand to cover for me while he instituted Emergency Repair Procedures.

The it was on with the dancing with some Scottish themed tunes.

Saturday night was Steelhead's formal for the month with the theme of "Steelhead" (possibly about as close to having a western theme as it's likely to get) which I dressed as Sheriff Jobias Barthelmess...

But I couldn't stay long as I was running my own Australia Day party in Caledon Cay.

Lawns, barbeque, esky, choons. (I need to get myself a set of cricket whites I think)

A visit from a "Darwin Tourist Trap".

Two drop bears and a bunny.

More dancing.

My dear wife and Miss Gildea play on the clothes line.

And what's an Australia Day party without beer?

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Australia Day in Caledon

While there are few Australians in Caledon, my typist is one and as such I invite you to celebrate a little bit of Australia in Caledon on Saturday the 26th.

The esky is out the barby is hot and the Hills Hoist is made for swinging :-)

In Sunny Caledon Cay

There's also your very own copy of Ned Kelly's armour to be had.

Some fitting may be required....

Hope yous have a bonza bloody time mate!

Friday, 25 January 2008

Burns Supper in Loch Avie

Please join us in Caledon Loch Avie at the Conservatory a' Ghaidhealtachd for the celebration of a Burns Supper. There are two opportunities offered for celebration of this night. The Early Bird celebration from 12:00pm-3:00pm SLT, and the SL evening celebration from 7:00pm-10pm SLT.

Your hostesses will be Miss Soliel Snook at 12:00pm, and Her Grace, Eva Bellambi, Duchess of Loch Avie at 7:00pm. There have been many volunteers in the organisation of these events from all of Caledon as well as Steelhead.

Radio Riel will be providing the music for the evening (and I will be running SAM for the first time!)

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

An Old West Fantasy

Sadly RL has kept me from many dances and events of late but I still enjoy heading out for a dance.

Last Friday was a Fantasy theme for Steelhead. The sort of things you find inside the mushroom ring. Not the sort of thing involving PVC nurses uniforms.

Miss Laval, Editor of the Steelhead Anvil, looking very purple.

Otenth, the Duke of Murdann, in a tumble dried dragon

Miss Riven Holmwood

Yours truly as a nasty Redcap. There were several comments of "Eeewww" after I explained how they got their caps red.

Christine, looking rather elfin.

O'Toole the troll

Maev Ceawlin as a student of Hogwarts.


Miss Katt

Searra Weatherwax

The one thing worse than going away in Steelhead is announcing you're going away before you actually do. As the Duchess of Loch Avie discovered :-)

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Welcome to 1888*

In one of Caledon's most ambitious events, the Many Midnights Ball ran almost continuously for 20 hours. Beginning at 5:00 AM SLT with myself presenting the music, we welcomed in the various Australian New Years Eve times. Starting with the Melbourne/Sydney, then to Adelaide, and finally Brisbane. Apologies to both of the Perth people I know for not sticking around for Perth NY.

The Gaiety stage showing the four clocks and the relative times of each of the major locations.

Refreshments and tables provided by Rosehaven Recipes and the lovely Countess Primbroke.

Guests at the Australian Ball danced away the time...

...until the clock chimed midnight and the balloons dropped!

After that I went off to bed and let my Darling Duchess take over the music.
I dropped back in for for the London dance, and again for the New York party where my dear wife was busy performing Hostess duties.

I didn't manage to steal a dance with her despite the lag.

Even a rather handsome drop-bear came out to party with the revellers.

A guid New Year to ane an` a` and mony may ye see!

Happy Hogmanay and a prosperous New Year to all.

*While the discussion of exactly when Caledon is has inspired much discussion, I've opted for a time keeping practice of setting the month and date, with the same numeral of the current year but opting for a late Victorian date setting. It's a touch of Theme that allows for letters to be passed between those who follow a similar path.