Orange, Black, Pumpkin Patch, part 3

Our story so far.. the boys are off to find a pumpkin and have wandered into some scary woods with eyes all over the place . . .

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Wow! The boys need a rest after all that!!! But still, they don’t have a pumpkin. Will they find a pumpkin tonight or not?  Come back tomorrow to find out!!

Sharing my world again!!!

Share Your World Week 42!!

(Head over to Cee’s Photography Blog for more entries!!)

Are you usually late, early, or right on time? 

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If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?syw writer

Where did you live at age ten?  Is it the same place or town you live now?syw ten ys oldForgot to answer the 2nd part of  the question – No, I live in Virginia now and have since 1972!

Would you rather be able to fly or breathe under water?syw water

Sharing my world, week #39

Cee’s Photography Blog is hosting Share Your World! She asks a few questions each week and invites anyone to answer. Here are the questions, and what follows are my answers.  Thank you Cee for hosting a fun blog post!!

Week #39

*Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

*If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

*You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

*Rather:  Would you accept $5,000 to shave your head or die it bright lime green and continue your normal activities while not explaining the reason for your haircut or color?

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Little Tommy Tucker

Hey Kiddies! I back after a week or so break. I won’t be around for long – I’m almost done with showing you all my rhymes. After I’m done, Sabina has to finish her latest book – she’s been on a two months hiatus  and it’s time she gets back to work. I am working on more rhymes but those will be for later in the year. In the meantime, here’s a little rhyme for you! Love and feathers, Auntie Goose

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Original and miscellaneous…

History

Who, or what, was a Little Tommy Tucker?
Little ‘Tommy Tucker’ referred to in the words of this nursery rhyme was a colloquial term that was commonly used to describe orphans – Little Tommy Tucker. The orphans were often reduced to begging or ‘singing for their supper’. The reference to Little Tommy Tucker marrying and the lack of a wife reflects the difficulty of any orphan being able to marry due to their exceptionally low standing within the community. The first publication date for Little Tommy Tucker was 1829.

Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

Ladybug, ladybug fly away home

Happy Saturday!!Enjoy your day and don’t work too hard! Love and Feathers, Auntie Goose

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Original

Ladybug!  Ladybug!
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire.
And your children all gone.

All except one,
And that’s little Ann,
For she crept under
The frying pan.

 

Or

Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home

the field mouse is gone to her nest

the daisies have shut up their sleepy red eyes

and the birds and the bees are at rest

Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home

the glow worm is lighting her lamp

the dew’s falling fast, and your fine speckled wings

will flag with the close clinging damp

Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home

the fairy bells tinkle afar

make haste or they’ll catch you and harness you fast

with a cobweb to Oberon’s star

 

 

History

Traditional Nursery Rhyme
“Ladybug, ladybug” is chanted by children when a ladybug insect lands on their person. If the ladybug doesn’t fly away of its own accord the child would gently blow it away chanting “Ladybug Ladybug fly away home”. This insect is found every summer in the gardens of Britain – the most common colour is red with black spots, less common are the yellow variety. In Britain ladybugs are referred to as ‘ladybirds’.

Ladybird History Connection – Gunpowder Plot Conspirators?
Farmers knew of the Ladybird’s value in reducing the level of pests in their crops and it was traditional for them to cry out the rhyme before they burnt their fields following harvests (this reduced the level of insects and pests) in deference to the helpful ladybird:

“Ladybird, ladybird fly away home,
Your house is on fire and your children are gone”

The English word ladybird is a derivative of the Catholic term ” Our Lady”. The tradition of calling this rhyme was believed to have been used as a seemingly innocent warning cry to Catholic (recusants) who refused to attend Protestant services as required by the Act of Uniformity (1559 & 1662). This law forbade priests to say Mass and forbade communicants to attend it. Consequently Mass was held secretly in the open fields. Laymen were subject to jail and heavy fines and priests to execution. Many priests were executed by the terrible death of being burnt alive at the stake or, even worse, being hung, drawn and quartered. The most famous English recusants were Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot Conspirators.

The American Version of the Lyrics
It is possible that the word Ladybird was exchanged for Ladybug, in the American version of the nursery rhyme, due the word association with Firebug meaning an arsonist or pyromaniac. The first publication date was 1865 and the word ladybird was used as opposed to ladybug. There has been some speculation that this Nursery Rhyme originates from the time of the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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The picture is of the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ conspirators. Starting with
Thomas Bates, Robert Wintour, Christopher Wright, John Wright, Thomas Percy, Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby and Thomas Wintour.

Rub-a-dub-dub

Happy Memorial Day! Before I give you the rhyme for the day, I want to remember my uncles who served in the Army, Air Force and Navy during World War 2. Uncle Claude, Jr. served in Italy, Uncle Philip served all over, and Uncle Oscar who flew in a bomber for the Air Force. Uncle Oscar deserves special recognition for also having suffered 2 years in a Prisoner of War camp before finally returning home. Oscar and Claude, Jr. are Home with their Lord now but Philip is still alive and kicking! God bless all you and thank you for your service to our country.

Now, to the funny – Rub-a-dub-dub, three cats in a tub!!! Have a great day! Love and Feathers, Auntie Gooserub a dub dub-1

Original and other stuff!

This Little Piggy…

It’s SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it! It’s finally here – it has been a looooong week so me and the furbabies are very happy today! Hmm, what shall I share with you today?  How about the “little Piggy” rhyme everybody has either had played on their toes or has played on a baby’s toe? Play it on somebody’s toe today!  Love and feathers, Auntie Goose

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Random images that I found on the web…’G’ rated ones only!…In no particular order…

Little Jack Horner

Hey kiddies! How is your Friday-Eve going? Looking forward to the weekend? I certainly am! My plans are to snuggle down in my nest and sleep. Just don’t get into trouble like Little Jack Horner did! The rhyme is a little small so to read it you may have to click on the image to enlarge it! See you on Saturday!  Love and feathers, Auntie Goose

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Original

Other versions and various illustrations and other stuff (I don’t feel like organizing them, sorry!)

History

16th Century History origin of the Little Jack Horner story?
Little Jack Horner was reputed to have been the Steward to Richard Whiting (1461 – 1539) the Bishop of Glastonbury. The Steward had an important role and was responsible for managing the household, collecting taxes and keeping accounts.

The Church, the King and the Gold
Glastonbury was the largest and wealthiest Abbey in England and this Benedictine Monastery owned extensive lands and manors in the county of Somerset. Between 1536 and 1540, after breaking away from the Catholic Church, King Henry VIII and his chief minister Thomas Cromwell set about the systematic Dissolution of all of the Monasteries in England. The reason for was to loot the monasteries of their gold and silver and seize the monastic lands. By 1539 Glastonbury was the only religious house left in Somerset and it was only at matter of time before Glastonbury Abbey was also seized.

The Bribe
It is rumoured that the Bishop tried to bribe the King. He sent his Steward, Richard Whiting, with a gift of twelve title deeds to various English manorial estates. The deeds were said to have been secreted in a pie (valuables were often hidden in this bizarre fashion to thwart thieves). Whiting (Little Jack Horner) realised that the bribe would do no good and was said to have stolen the deeds to the manor of Mells (it being the real ‘plum’ of the twelve manors).

The Traitor and the Execution
The remaining eleven manors were given to the crown but to no avail. The old Bishop was convicted of treason for remaining loyal to Rome. The jury included his treacherous steward Horner who found Bishop Whiting guilty and sent the old man to a terrible death of being hung, drawn and quartered on Glastonbury Tor. The Abbey was destroyed. Following the destruction of the abbey the steward, Horner moved into the Manor of Mells. Whether Horner actually stole the deeds to the Manor or was rewarded with them for helping to convict the Bishop of Glastonbury is not known but the Manor of Mells became the property of the Horner family who lived there until the 20th century.

The first publication date for the lyrics to the Little Jack Horner rhyme is 1725.

16th Century History origin of the Little Jack Horner story?
Little Jack Horner was reputed to have been the Steward to Richard Whiting (1461 – 1539) the Bishop of Glastonbury. The Steward had an important role and was responsible for managing the household, collecting taxes and keeping accounts.

The Church, the King and the Gold
Glastonbury was the largest and wealthiest Abbey in England and this Benedictine Monastery owned extensive lands and manors in the county of Somerset. Between 1536 and 1540, after breaking away from the Catholic Church, King Henry VIII and his chief minister Thomas Cromwell set about the systematic Dissolution of all of the Monasteries in England. The reason for was to loot the monasteries of their gold and silver and seize the monastic lands. By 1539 Glastonbury was the only religious house left in Somerset and it was only at matter of time before Glastonbury Abbey was also seized.

The Bribe
It is rumoured that the Bishop tried to bribe the King. He sent his Steward, Richard Whiting, with a gift of twelve title deeds to various English manorial estates. The deeds were said to have been secreted in a pie (valuables were often hidden in this bizarre fashion to thwart thieves). Whiting (Little Jack Horner) realised that the bribe would do no good and was said to have stolen the deeds to the manor of Mells (it being the real ‘plum’ of the twelve manors).

The Traitor and the Execution
The remaining eleven manors were given to the crown but to no avail. The old Bishop was convicted of treason for remaining loyal to Rome. The jury included his treacherous steward Horner who found Bishop Whiting guilty and sent the old man to a terrible death of being hung, drawn and quartered on Glastonbury Tor. The Abbey was destroyed. Following the destruction of the abbey the steward, Horner moved into the Manor of Mells. Whether Horner actually stole the deeds to the Manor or was rewarded with them for helping to convict the Bishop of Glastonbury is not known but the Manor of Mells became the property of the Horner family who lived there until the 20th century.

The first publication date for the lyrics to the Little Jack Horner rhyme is 1725.

Nursery rhymes, lyrics and origins