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A dragon in the neighborhood....

Our daughter Victoria is turned into a dragon for the filming of "The Laidley Worm," the latest project from The Chagford Filmmaking Group. She's pictured below in the film's costume workshop, and on set at Castle Drogo with costume designer Laura Mackrill. The photos come from Laura's film shoot album and appear here with permission.


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighborhood  . . . .But the world that contained even the imagination
of Fáfnir was richer and more beautiful, at whatever the cost of peril."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien (from his essay "On Fairy-Stories")


Below: the dragon and her dad on the hills above our village.

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At the top of the hill

I've not yet met my deadline -- and I was down with the flu for a bit, so this week I'll be scrambling to make up for lost time. I'll be back to this blog when my project is done. Soon...soon...soon...I hope!

Rima-Staines In the meantime, please visit The Hermitage, a traveller's blog and website full of the gorgeous, whimsical, soulful, and thoroughly magical art of Rima Staines. Rima and her partner Tui are our Dartmoor neighbors at the moment, with their charming little house-on-wheels parked just a short walk over the hill from us. Tui makes music under the name Orla Wren, and I recommend his website too -- and his Myspace page, where you'll find some samples of his work (along with drawings and an animation by Rima). Tui spins threads of sound and weaves them together like fabric artists weave tapestries. The result is haunting, enchanting, and ... transporting is the word I'm searching for, as this is music that lifts you up and transports you into another world altogether. I've been listening to the latest Orla Wren CD as I sit at my desk in the early morning hours -- drinking strong coffee, waking up, getting the gears of the day in motion. Now my coffee is done, the sun is rising, I'm thoroughly inspired and ready to work . . . .

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