Foxes Unearthed A Story of Love and Loathing

I recently read Foxes Unearthed A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain by Lucy Jones. Foxes are an animal that have fascinated me for years.

As a child I saw a fox hunt in full chase.  I screamed, ‘run,’ to the fox. It was a natural instinct as what I saw looked so terrible. One fox being chased by a pack of dogs and people of horseback – it seemed an equal match. There seemed to be an unfairness to it.

foxes

I grew older and spent time at stable yards. Foxes would often come near. I remember one year watching a fox and her cubs playing in the field. They came daily, and we would just sit and watch them play. The horses did not mind them being there. The foxes brought up happiness and joy.

When I have walked when it is dark or dawn has just broken I would see foxes. Often they would be in touching distance. Some foxes would even brush against my leg, and I would bend down and pat them mistaking them for a dog.

They never threatened me, nor they did they fear me. To be honest, most of them just went about their business as though I was not there.

As I write this I often see two foxes. One of them passes by my gate every night, and one of them  lives  near the cricket pitch. I look out for them, and I enjoy seeing them.

Yet, I have also known people who support fox hunter. These people are actually quite nice, and they are intelligent. They cannot be painted as bad people, at least in my mind.

I have seen chickens ripped apart, and I have talked to the people who loath foxes. I know there are two sides to this beautiful creature.  As with all things in nature there is dark and light. Things are not so straight forward.

We live in a man-made world. Even the countryside is made by man.  Bigger animals have been hunted to extinction and fields are cultivated. Even the middle of the countryside is no longer wild in the true sense.  I often wondered if my romantic side was running away with me.  Could I be seeing foxes in a better light than what I should?

This book went through all these types of experiences and gave facts about all of them. It answered many of my questions about foxes, and how I should view them.

Foxes Unearthed a Story or Love and Loathing

Time Slips – Do They Really Exist?

Time slips appear  in fantasy and science fiction, but is there any truth behind them? When time slips a person or group of people travels through time.  How they time travel is often unexplained and  does not  involve a time machine.

One of the first mentions of time slips appears in “A Connecticut Yankee in King’s Arthur’s Court,” by Mark Twain. In this book a man from Connecticut is accidentally transported back in time to King Arthur’s court. He is thought to be a magician, but, uses his knowledge of engineering to create what appears to be magic. Since then time slips have appeared in many works of fiction. Yet, Time Slips may not be simply fiction.

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The Evidence of Time Slips

One of the first people to question the reality of time was Angelus Silesius. He was a 6th century philosopher and poet, who was quoted as saying;

“Time is of your own making
clock ticks in your head
The moment you stop thought
Time too stops dead”

He isn’t the only person to question time. There is a small group of scientists who disagree with the “Time is a river” theory. They believe that all time periods exist simultaneously. These scientists think we are locked into our time period by the vibration frequency of our body. Therefore, a time slip can occur when the body changes its vibration frequency.

 

Einstein’s Theory

Einstein pointed out that the flow of time is actually relative to the speed one is travelling. How fast you move effects time. As we speed up, time slows down. This was once demonstrated by using two atomic clocks. One was kept on the ground, whilst the other was taken aboard a jet and flown up as high as possible for several hours. When the “flying clock” returned to earth it was found to be slightly slower than the one on the ground. Time itself had slowed down.

Einstein argued that time was the fourth dimension, and that space is curved. Whilst we are aware and can move around the first three we are normally trapped by the fourth.

There is some evidence to suggest that he is right. The total mass of the universe does curve in upon itself and there is a very complicated mathematical formula to demonstrate this fact. If you send a space ship set off in a straight line it would eventually end up back where it began. Just as if you set off around the world in a straight line you would end up where you began.

Space and time are said to be the same thing – therefore if space is curved, so is time.

Other Theories About How Time Slips Occur

One theory is that they are caused by a momentary blankness of the mind which causes time to stop. When time stops it is possible to go through a time slip.

Another theory is that it is a form of psychometry. This is where touching an object relays its past to you. In a time slip instead of just seeing the past in your mind you travel through time and live it.

It can also be a form of haunting where a scene plays out over and over for eternity, and present day people can sometimes witness  it. This theory links with the scientific explanation above – time slips are often reported during electrical storms where the vibrational frequencies can be affected.

Black Holes and Time Slips

A Black hole is a star, which has burnt up all its fuel. Once there is no more hydrogen for a star to burn up it begins to collapse in upon itself, with its gravitational force increasing as it collapses. This collapse continues, increasing the gravitational pull, until there is virtually nothing left but a small sphere with has an incredible mass. So much so that even light cannot escape the gravity of a black hole. This is why it is known as a black hole -as it reflects no light.

Nobody has yet got close enough to a black hole to find out how time is effected but, it is assumed time would slow down causing visual and time distortion.

Once we get into the sub atomic level even the order of events can break down. Cause and affect no longer matter. Things can have no causes or happen before the cause took place.

 

 

Kerr Holes

Kerr holes may also exist -these are rotating black holes which could be used for time travel or travel to parallel universes. The theory is a dying star collapses into a rotating ring of neutrons, that produces sufficient centrifugal force to prevent the formation of a singularity. Without a singularity Kerr believed it would be safe to enter the black hole without being crushed. He then thought it may be possible to travel through the hole and exit though a white hole that would have the opposite effect of a black hole pushing everything away from it so time travel would be possible.

Wormholes

Wormholes also known as Einstein-Rosen bridges. These are a tunnel like structure which some people believe exists. If they exist, they would allow time travel, and allow us to travel light years away from earth within a short period of time.

Einstein’s theory of relativity is used to explain the theory behind wormholes. That any mass curves space time. If masses placed pressure on parts of the universe, then a tunnel could eventually form a wormhole.

 

Whilst Time Slips may not have been proven to exist, there is a possibility that they do.

The Day I Was Mistaken For a Ghost

Have you ever been mistaken for a ghost? I have. As you may know, England is home to many ghosts. There seems to be one everywhere you look. There are some places that have so many ghosts that you can hardly move for them.

A few years ago I lived close to a wood that is said to be haunted. Monks and two sisters haunt this area. It is home to fairies and a variety of other supernatural beings.  Here you will find hidden treasure, if you are lucky and hear the silver bell that sounded long ago. It is a place of magic and mystery.

 

ghost in the woods

Why I Was In the Woods

I like walking and enjoy walking in these woods. It are a safe place to be and safer than the road which has no pavement or grass verge to walk on. The roads are full of blind bends and fast flowing traffic. They are a scary place to walk. I can drive but, feel no need to own a car.

The choice between them is easy, at least for someone like me. Walking down the road can take twenty minutes, and going through the woods take longer. The happiness and joy that natures holds is well worth the extra time. I enjoy seeing how nature changes season to season.

In the summer many people visit the area.  One day I walked towards the stream.  A woman and her young daughter were looking into the stream on the opposite side. The stream fascinated them, and it appeared to entrance the mother. Her  eyes were focused upon the water.  The child seemed to be more aware of what was happening around her.

 

Why I was Mistaken for a Ghost

I am the sort of person that walks quietly.  I do not mean to, it just comes natural. That day I wore a white dress, and  this goes some way to explain what happened.

I neared the bridge. It was then that the woman became aware of me. She suddenly looked towards me. She screamed. Her scream was loud and fearful. I did not know how to react so, I froze to the spot. What do you do when someone screams at you? Her daughter did not know why her mother was screaming, and she looked puzzled.

When the woman stopped screaming she said

‘Oh sorry I thought you were a ghost.’

It is one of the those moments when my brain was still trying to catch up with what had happened.

‘It’s fine,’ I said, ‘it happens all the time’ and with that I went I continued on my way.

 

I have no idea why I claimed it happened all the time. It was just something to say. What else could I say to someone who had just screamed at me?

 

 

 

 

 

Barn Owl in The Tree

I love all types of owls, but barn owls are extra special to me. As a child I lived in a house which was opposite fields. On the edge of the field, directly opposite our house was a tree. I remember it being an old tree. The tree had a hollow in it and in this hollow a barn owl lived. Or at least he spent hours sitting there.

barn owl

At night I would spend hours watching him. Sometimes he would sit there, and then he would fly off over the fields hunting. It is an ideal area for barn owls as they love open countryside.  Flat fields that spread for miles are just what these owls are looking for.

He was beautiful to watch. So graceful and silent. These owls are so quiet they are known as ghost owls.

Barn owls don’t hoot. They screech. It was rare to hear him make any noise. Often he choose to remain silent.

I loved watching him. I sat on the windowsill and I would watched, quietly in the dark.  Owls have good  eyesight so I am sure he knew I was there.  Sometimes I would talk to him. I would tell him about my life. He was like my living journal. I was and still am sure he listened to me.

To me he acted as a guardian.  Athene,the goddess of wisdom had a little owl. To her the owl acted as protector, and I believe my owl protected me too.

People may think I am being daft, but I know barn owls have amazing sight and hearing. Their hearing is the most sensitive of any animal that has been tested. So he must have been aware that I was there. He often would look towards where I sat.

He wasn’t just an owl to me, he was a friend. I cared about him. I love owls but, he was my special barn owl. Since then I have felt a connection to many wild barn owls, but that one from my childhood will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

In English folklore the barn owl is often seen as a bird of death and doom. It is a bird that belongs to the darkness.  Their screech is said to forecast a coming storm. Yet, I am a Northern lass, and in Northern England seeing an owl is a sign of good fortune.To me he brought nothing but happiness.

 

 

Why The Barn Owl Needs Our Help

Despite being voted Britain’s best love farmland bird in a RSPB poll in 2007, the reality is they are dying out. Only one farm in every 75 can currently claim to be home to a barn owl.

Think again when using rat poison. 91% of post-mortemed owls contain rat poison. In most cases, it was not the cause of death, but nor can it be good for the owls.

Sadly barn owls in decline. If you can help them in a practical way please do. If not why not donate to one of the charities trying to help these beautiful creatures.

Witches Sailing in Eggshells – English Folklore

Witches sailing in eggshells? Surely that would never happen. When I was a child, I would smash all the eggshells that I could see.  This was so, no passing witches could steal them and sail away.

Someone told me this folklore. I cannot remember who. I thought it was my mother, but she denies that it is true.

So do witches would break into my house when I am not looking? I never see the bin open, when they creep inside it. Nor do I see the eggshells flying out the door.  I may have not seen it, but maybe there is truth in this tale.

 

witches sailing in eggshells

When we crack a egg in half there is no doubt that both half are shaped like boats.  Those round boats that are often woven out of bamboo or other basketry.

I do not know what these witches use as a paddle. Maybe something like a matchstick.  Then  again maybe it is magic.

Whatever they use I am sure they handle the currents and tides well. I believe they can sail on the wind, as well as on the sea.  I cannot see any reason why they could not fly like a bird over the fields towards the sea. The witches travel very fast, so that nobody sees where they go. It seems quite logical to me.

These witches are very small, at least when they are sailing. It may be that they shapeshift to fit inside the egg.

I am not alone in this way of thinking. This story features in paintings as well as many stories.  There are other people who have heard this tale before.

I have always lived on the coast. In fishing communities which often abound in folklore and mythology. This may explain how I came to know this.

So do I believe this is true? Well it is hardly the type of thing I can ask people. Even if people had seen it happen, would they tell other?

These witches are evil. They raise up storms and sink fishermen’s boat.  So if you see a witch sailing in an eggshell, it is probably best to pretend you have not seen.

I am sure I am not the only person to come across an eggshell, abandoned far away from houses. How do they end up in the middle of fields, where few people roam?  Maybe these are sailing boats. So if you see one, and you dare – stamp of it, so that it can sail no more.

Today I still break eggshells. Maybe out of habit.  Then again you never know what may happen and it may be the safest option.

Do you break your’s or know any similar folklore. I’d love to know about it