This Week i have been mostly listening to …

An ancient Finnish Lullaby  played on the Kantele by Merja Soria. (Not sure why i like this, perhaps i have some Nordic roots? ) In the mythology of Finland,  the first Kantele was made by Wainamoinen – a primordial god of chants, poetry and song, who helped bring life to the world. When he played […]

The Fairy Butter Tree – Scugdale

 Scugdale is a long valley cutting into the Cleveland Hills just to the South of Swainby village, ten miles to the south of Middlesbrough.  The first edition OS map (1857) marks a ‘Fairy Butter Tree’ alongside Rank Crags at the head of the Scugdale valley. This curious name does not appear on later edition maps, […]