Friday, 21 January 2011

*Oink oink*

What else is there to do when you have swine flu another article? This time, illustrated!

The swine flu (suspected, I should say) hasn't been so bad, but not a joyous occasion either - especially when the whole household comes down with it at pretty much the same time. Aaaand, I finally managed to get hold of Nagy's Wisdom of the Outlaw, only to have it recalled for another user. Aside from a quick skim I haven't managed to even get started reading it yet. So close, yet so far...Luckily my husband managed to leave his phone in a bookshop in Glasgow while he was working there yesterday, so he'll be able to drop the book off while he's in the city today and save me a flu-ridden train ride myself. Not that I'd complain about having to go to the library. I could do with a day to myself.

Anyway. As usual I started reading up on one thing and got completely sidetracked into writing about something else, probably because this one was easier to tackle in some ways. It started with me finding an article called Bendacht dee agus andee fort (i.e. Blessings of the gods and ungods on you) and ended with me thinking about how the gods are so closely tied to the land (every day's a party in my brain, I can tell you), and wondering what that would look like on paper. Well, 'puter. If anything, I thought it might be interesting from the perspective of looking at possible ancestral deities.

This resulted in me scribbling down a map and charting the places that the gods are said to inhabit (or have died, or created etc), which - with the aid of a hastily downloaded open source image editor - spawned:

Gods of Landscape and Lore

I'm sure there's a helluva lot more that could be added, but space constraints and Google maps limits me somewhat. So mainly I've concentrated on places and mountains, rather than the smaller features like plains that are harder to locate.

Other than that, I've been having some festive thoughts, and thoughts about getting back into the garden and so on, but that will have to wait for another exciting installment here on the Days of Seren's Life...