shop news: midwinter sale further markdowns …

Sheila Maid Ceiling Airer: very nice new Midwinter Sale price $129.95 {down from $159} …!

Further markdowns in the shop … up to 50% off … from now to Leap Day … 29 Feb!

groundhog day: o winter, where art thou?

‘The Falling Star’, by James Hamilton Hay, 1909, found via Crashingly Beautiful

For most of Canada, winter as we know/knew it has been cancelled, or at best is a half-hearted, wishy-washy impersonation of winter … early Spring indeed, so say Wiarton Willie & Shubenacadie Sam …!

Fact: Meteorologists say typical signs of winter have been wiped out by an “arctic oscillation,” a phenomenon that’s seen the constantly moving jet stream remain relatively stationary and keep winter conditions at bay …

diversions: enigmatic chessmen, twitter & tumblr …

‘Queen’, chess piece of the enigmatic Lewis Chessmen, c.12th C., carved from walrus ivory, likely Norse in origin & found in the dunes of Uig beach, Isle of Lewis, Scotland c.1800s … photo & superb review too, via diggingthedirt

That said, take note North American folks! A substantial hoard of these chessmen will be visiting the Met NY from this fall ’til next spring 2012, ‘the first time such a large ensemble of the chessmen has traveled outside the United Kingdom’, so take advantage if you can!

… A few other diversionary notes … about time we mention Tinder’s Tweets via TinderShop & Tumblr, aka Whiskey Robber {after ‘The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber’} … a bit of this, that & the other, feel free to visit …

merry dancers of march …

‘Northern Lights’ woodcut, adapted from an illustration by the celebrated explorer Fridtjof Nansen, based on a sketch from 1883, found via this fascinating site

‘… while eyes in temperate climes are drawn to signs of spring beneath their feet, residents of places north look skyward for the vernal greening of a new season’ …

… an excerpt from ‘The Arctic Aurora Springs to Life’ via AccessScience

‘The Magic of the Merry Dancers’ via the remote northern isles of Orkney & Shetland …