lindahoyland: (Gingerboys)
Best in Show

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Judges' Favourite

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Sleepy Pets Winner

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Sleepy Pets 2nd

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Cute Babies Winner

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Mischievous Pets 2nd

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Bright Eyes 2nd

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I was very pleased old Leo had a posthumous win, but sad Harry didn't win a category on his own. I'm hoping he will next time. Now I'm looking forward to getting my rosettes.
The new contest is here.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/Missysonlineshow/?multi_permalinks=1285305884846647%2C1285305248180044%2C1285304158180153¬if_t=group_activity¬if_id=1485557404946787
If anyone would like to enter, but are not on Facebook, I'd be happy to submit the photo for you. It's a very good cause, helping a vulnerable lady keep her two treasured cats.
lindahoyland: (Gingerboys)
My friend is having another online pet show to raise money to support her cats. Lots of fun to take part and only £1 per entry.

Hope those of you on Facebook with pets will consider taking part.

Please feel free to share.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Missysonlineshow/?multi_permalinks=1285305884846647%2C1285305248180044%2C1285304158180153¬if_t=group_activity¬if_id=1485557404946787

Welcome to Missy & Chances 2nd Online Pet Photo Show
Entries close midnight February 28th 2017
Rosettes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each class. Best In Show and Reserve Best In Show will also be awarded.
Any unplaced entrant will receive a "special" rosette
Entry fee is £1.00 per photo, per class which can be paid by PayPal to TeamMissy@zoho.com
Anything which may be made will go towards Missy and Chance (vet bills/food/essentials)
LIST OF CLASSES (open to all pets)
1: Pretty Girls
2: Handsome Boys
3: Cute Babies
4: Pets In Action
5: Sleepy Pets
6: Best Friends
7: Mischievous Pets
8: Brightest Eyes
9: Silly Expression
10: Rainbow Bridge Pets
11: Anything Goes
12:Cats Only
13:Dogs Only
14:PRIZE CLASS: All Time Fav Pic (1st place will receive a £5.00
Pets At Home gift card)
Please send your entries by private message with pets name, class number entered and address. Pics will be added once payment received
Judging will be done by friends unrelated to our groups to keep things as fair as possible
Thanks Guys and Good Luck xxx
lindahoyland: (N&N)
Teitho: February challenge "Originals and Copies"
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:36 am (PST) . Posted by: mirach_ravaia
I have a confession to make. When posting a theme, I usually check if we did't have the same or similar one before. I forgot to do that last month, and so we have duplicate Resolutions in our theme list. So how about making that our theme for this month? Let's write about Originals and Copies (or Copies and Originals) in February!

The topic of copies and originals is usually connected with falsification - gems, documents, coins... A ruler would probably be faced with such matters sometimes, be it in Gondor, Mirkwood or Ithlien. Or even something more serious - theft and falsification of some of the precious heirlooms of their houses. How do you find and recognize the original?



But a copy doesn't need to be made with ill intentions. There is the story of Elendilmir, the white gem that Aragorn wore on his brow during and after the Battle of the Pelennor fields. After the original was lost with Isildur, Elrond let a copy be made for his son Valandil, and it became one of the symbols of the Northern kingdom. The original was later found in Saruman's vault in Orthanc, and king Elessar wore both for different occassions. With such a piece of history behind both copy and original, it is hard to choose only one and proclaim the other invalid...



The theme of copies and originals would also fit some persons, too, not just objects. Arwen is often described having the likeness of Lúthien, and Aragorn is compared to Isildur, although not through phyical likeness. While Arwen walked in the footsteps of Lúthien even in her choice of destiny, Aragorn rose above the one he was compared to.



There are also several pairs of twins in Middle-earth, who could argue about who is the "copy" and who's the "original". And how about look-alikes and body-doubles? Even those who knew him at first mistook Gandalf for Saruman after he returned. A king could use a body-double to sneak out from boring meetings, or an imposter with his likeness could claim to be the king, like in the classical tale of the Prince and the Pauper.



The deadline for this challenge is February 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!



For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com mailto:teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.


For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired http://arda-inspired.deviantart.com/ at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.

Happy writing and drawing!
Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach http://mirachravaia.deviantart.com/
lindahoyland: (Gingerboys)
“I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something.”


― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
lindahoyland: (Healinghands)
For notes and disclaimer see Part 1.

oaths1_linda

Read more... )

A/n The words of the oath (slightly altered) are taken from "The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.

Hulagu's culture is loosely based upon that of ancient Mongolia. A Noyan was a military commander or other high ranking official. Tengri was the supreme sky god.
lindahoyland: (Strange Stars)
oaths1_linda
Whose Service is perfect Freedom by Linda Hoyland


A young Easterling soldier is forced to swear an oath to Sauron.

Rating Part 1 - R. Part 2 PG

Warning contains themes including human sacrifice, which some readers might find disturbing.Readers wishing to skip dark themes can safely read part two.

The familiar characters and places belong to Tolkien and his heirs. Hulagu and his friends are my own invention. I make no money from writing this story.

"So to love you that we may truly serve you, whose service is perfect freedom;" Augustine of Hippo.-Book of Common Prayer.


Part 1 rated R )

6 Months

Jan. 17th, 2017 07:03 am
lindahoyland: (Reuben1border)
I read that at 6 months kittens become responsive to herbs. Reuben is 6 months and 3 days and suddenly went crazy for a wrapped silver vine toy. He wouldn't let Harry near it. I've ordered catnip, silver vine and Valerian toys to see which he likes best. Harry only responds to silver vine and Valerian.

Icon

Jan. 11th, 2017 10:46 pm
lindahoyland: (3 cats)
The LJ Icon make won't work on my this clunky laptop.

Could some kind person please make me a square icon from one of these photos now I just have Harry and Reuben.

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lindahoyland: (3 cats)
I just got round to posting these, enjoy.They are of Christmas activities, a pantomime and the ginger boys.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskRBddob

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a gift from [livejournal.com profile] avon7

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lindahoyland: (Gondor)
The Trespasser by Linda Hoyland

Rating PG

With grateful thanks to Raksha for plot assistance and editing and Deandra for editing.

These characters belong to Tolkien and this story was written purely to entertain.

A herb mistress has a fateful encounter with a stranger.

anon3_linda

Read more... )
lindahoyland: (3 cats)
I thought those of you who are on Facebook and have pets might enjoy taking part in this.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Missysonlineshow/permalink/1236010193109550/?comment_id=1261589253884977&ref=notif¬if_t=group_comment_reply¬if_id=1483283689704983

It costs £1 a photo to enter payable by paypal. Every pet will get a rosette with special ones for the winners.

It is run by a friend of mine who has fallen on hard times, so entering is for a good cause as it will help provide for her beloved cats. I have entered my boys.

Hope you will check it out, I'd love to see friend's pets their too. Any pet is welcome.

The categories are
1: Pretty Girls
2: Handsome Boys
3: Cute Babies
4: Pets In Action
5: Sleepy Pets
6: Pets With Fav Toy
7: Mischievous Pets
8: Brightest Eyes
9: Nicest Smile
10: Anything Goes
lindahoyland: (Reuben1border)
Reuben's current favourite pastime. Click on the picture to play, hope you enjoy.

I'm chilling out with mystery stories on TV.

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lindahoyland: (N&N)
he New Year is usually a time for Resolutions, and so we shall have them as our January theme as well.
Resolutions don't need to be bound to the New Year, and they can be anything, from small to big ones, like "I will never again challenge an Elf to a drinking contest" or "I will become the king of Gondor so I can marry my love".

Making resolutions is one thing, but keeping them is another, and so you can also explore the theme of keeping or breaking resolutions in your story or picture.

The deadline for this challenge is January 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!

For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!

Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach

Art work

Dec. 21st, 2016 04:02 am
lindahoyland: (3 cats)
I took part in the "Holiday Wishes" group and Silverlight made me this lovely artwork of my ginger boys.

harryandreuben</script Reuben is featured today in the "Katenworld" blog. https://katzenworld.co.uk/2016/12/20/happy-trt-tummy-rub-tuesday-week-125/
lindahoyland: (ginger boys)
My connection issues have been going on a week now and I can't stay online more than a few minutes, I called tech support and spent ages on the phone only for them to say they's have to pass it on the faults department and I'd hear what was happening in a few days.

So if I'm not around, don't worry, I'm just tearing my hair out at lack of internet.

Leo is still fighting his flu bug. He still stays by the radiator and is very unsteady on his feet but is more alert than he was.
lindahoyland: (Christmas)
I signed up for a Christmas Tree.

You browse Christmas trees and then send virtual goodies if you wish. It's fun that's stress-free and cost nothing to take part.

Here's my tree.

http://under-xmas-tree.livejournal.com/19262.html

Calendars

Dec. 6th, 2016 02:38 pm
lindahoyland: (3 cats)
Calendars are still available either featuring my cat photos or my scenic photos. I would be happy to customise one if you would like a calendar but want different photos.

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/CalendarLady365
lindahoyland: (N&N)
Teitho: December challenge "Doors"
Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:25 am (PST) . Posted by: mirach_ravaia
"It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."
- Bilbo Baggins

As we stand on a doorstep of the new year in December, our theme for this month is Doors.



It's at the green round door where we first meet Bilbo and begin our Middle-earth adventures. It's a dangerous business indeed, stepping out of them. The story takes you through many doors and gates: through the secret door in the Mountain leading to a dragon's den, through the password-protected Doors of Durin leading to Moria, through the Dark Door leading to the Paths of the Dead and the seven gates of Minas Tirith, until you finally get to the very Black Gate of Mordor. How different it is from the green round door where everything started!


A door or doorway symbolises the transition and passageway from one place to another. It is both and entrance and an exit. An open door has been a long-time symbol of a new beginning. An open door shows that there’s a way out and can also provide a view of what lies ahead. A closed or locked door, on the other hand, can represent a dead end or create the feeling that there’s no way out. It is often used to symbolise the passage from one world to another in religion, mythology, and literature. You can use this symbolism in your story instead of an actual door or gate.



The deadline for this challenge is December 25th (Merry Christmas!), but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!



For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com mailto:teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.


For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired http://arda-inspired.deviantart.com/ at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.

Happy writing and drawing!
Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach http://mirachravaia.deviantart.com/
lindahoyland: (3 cats)
Wishing all my friends in the USA a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am very thankful for my friends here on LJ.

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