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 …

shop news: temporary ship/shop operations {iii} …!

Tinder’s wee assortment of goods available for ‘Special Order/Drop Ship’ via the UK … Some items may take a few extra days, others may be custom made just for you … during our temporary overseas operations …!

… These goods are available in the UK! {shipping via Royal Mail – just shoot us an email for rates!}

… And, these goods are available for shipping to Canada & the USA too! {via the UK; Canadian postal rates remain as published; USA custom postal rates apply – just shoot us an email!}

… Next up … System Logmatic info … stay tuned …!

cosmic coincidence: winter solstice lunar eclipse …!

Astrophoto of the Total Lunar Eclipse of Dec 2010, via Blackholes & Astrostuff, Saskatchewan, Canada …

Only once before in the past 2000 years … let’s hope for clear skies … it’s another very long wait until the next one …!

Venus, Jupiter & many First Magnitude stars & constellations such as Orion, etc, also brightly visible, surrounding the Full Cold Moon … sublime!

shop news: wee winter ‘secret sale’ ends soon …!

snowfall mark schretlen




Collectible *Stanley Lt Ed Thermos, best quality German made Hottie & quirky *Name a Star tin kits … just a few of our ‘secret sale’ goods that promise to keep you warm & snug as the frosty nights draw in … steaming hot cuppa joe & toasty toes, for stargazing in the snow … are you ready for Old Man Winter …?

Wee winter ‘secret sale’ ends Sunday night, 19 Dec …!

{*5% of profits go to the Canadian Air & Space Museum + the CNIB, thank you!}

‘Old Man Winter’ photograph by Mark Schretlen {click on photo for a beautiful big view!}

dog days of summer: sirius rising {‘dog star’}

canis major_modern constellations

Canis Major {the ‘Big Dog’} constellation, featuring Sirius {the ‘Dog Star’, at the ‘dog’s nose’}, the brightest star in the constellation, and in the sky, actually … celestial illustration by the ‘forgotten astronomer’, Elijah Burritt, found via Modern Constellations … you can even get your hands on an extremely rare copy of Geography of the Heavens {sans Star Atlas} …!

Dog Days of Summer begin now … are you ready …? And some compelling comparisons between astronomy and indigenous cosmology discussed here, based on the image below via flickr: an ancient Ojibwe pictograph from Boundary Waters {Quetico-Superior canoe country}, straddling the Canadian-US border, featuring the ‘Dog Star’ …

out of this world: giving the moon & stars …!

A Box to Hold the Universe, sterling silver, and precisely one inch square …

Ring etched with otherworldly Widmanstatten pattern, crafted from ancient Gibeon, Namibia iron meteorites …

Wolf Around Moon belt buckle, sterling silver and paua shell …

Starry starry night …


Name a Star … a peek inside the tin box: Star Chart, etc …


A closer view …

name a star tin

Yours to discover … in the shop …! {5% of profits go to the cnib}