Myth & Moor update

May Day in Chagford by Carol Amos

Typepad, the platform that hosts Myth & Moor, has had massive problems over the last few weeks as they've moved from one data centre to another. While many issues have been resolved, other problems remain and this blog isn't functioning 100% normally yet. You may find pages hard to load, art still missing on a number of pages, and I'm still having difficulties in publishing new posts like this one. But the hardworking engineers at Typepad are on the case (it's a platform-wide issue) and it should all settle down soon.

If nothing else goes haywire (fingers crossed), Myth & Moor will resume publication later this week, when I'm back from a short trip to London. Thank you all for your patience. As many of you know, it's been a rough summer for us; but a new season is ahead and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.

May Day in Chagford by Carol Amos

Pictures above: Celebrating May Day here in Chagford last spring, with storyteller & folklorist Lisa Schneidau (whose books I hope you all know), our village Jack-in-Green (Lisa's husband, naturalist Tony Whitehead), our 'Obby 'Oss (Howard) and the Oss Minder (me). Now we are heading into the dark of the year, also rich with folklore and magic.

Myth & Moor update

Drawing by William Heath Robinson

Myth & Moor has been down for a week now due to system-wide problems that the blogging platform, Typepad, is having with their new data center. Don't worry, Myth & Moor isn't disappearing. Typepad is working hard to fix these issues, and I hope we'll be back online again properly soon.

This is the first time I've been able to get into the site even to post a message -- but other problems remain. If you can't see the blog's banner art, or any of the art in these posts, be assured they are working to fix this across the platform.

Thanks for your patience, and I hope to be back soon. In the mean time, communication by balloon might be our best bet.

Art by William Heath Robinson.

Myth & Moor update

Midnight dream

My apologies for the start-and-stop nature of this blog right now. My own health has stabilized (touch wood), but we're going through a health crisis with Tilly, who is very sick and very frail and needs a great deal of care and love. We yet don't know what the future holds for our dear old girl, but we're heading up to a specialist vet/animal hospital on the Devon and Somerset border today. She has a full day of exploratory tests ahead of her, after which we should know more. She's frail and shakey on her feet, but also clear-eyed, present, and very loving. We're hoping for good news, of course, but preparing ourselves for whatever the news may be.

I hope to be back in the office/studio on Monday. Deep thanks to everyone who has been keeping the conversation here going while I've been absent.

The pictures here: Tilly in youth and in her beautiful old age, the two photos taken in the same spot.

Our elderly girl

Tunes for a Monday Morning

Tilly 2022

On a bright morning in early summer, with Tilly snoring beside me on the sofa, here are some songs to start the week. I trust you'll have no trouble picking out the theme for this week's selections....

Above: "Dog," a song by American country blues musician Charlie Parr, from his album of the same name (2018). The enigmatic video was shot in Parr's hometown: Duluth, Minnesota, on Lake Superior.

Below: "Dogsong" (also known as "The Sheep Dog Lullaby") by The Be Good Tanyas, a Canadian folk trio from Vancouver. This version of the song is from their compilation album A Collection (2000-2021).

Above: "A Dog's Life" by American singer/songwriter Nina Nastasia, from her early album Dogs (2004). After a long hiatus, she has just released a hard-ditting new album, Riderless Horse (2022).

Below: "Man of the Hour" by American singer/songwriter Norah Jones, from her album The Fall (2009). In chosing between a difficult lover and her dog, there is no question.

Above: a live performance of "While the Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping" (also known as "Dogs and Ferrets" and "Hares in the Old Plantation") by the great English folksinger June Tabor, filmed in Cologne, Germany in 1990. The song can be found on her early album Airs & Graces (1976).

Below: "God Dog" by English singer/songwriter Jack Sharp, from his solo album Good Times Older (2020).

Above: "Bubble" by King Creosote & John Hopkins, from their collaborative album Diamond Mine (2011), with an animation directed by Elliot Dear. I adore this one, which has often given me solace during difficult times...and because the dog looks so much like Tilly.

Many thanks to everyone for your continued prayers and kind messages for Tilly. She's still having serious health problems -- but she also still loving her life, in a slow and wobbly and gentle kind of way. She'll be getting further tests at an animal hospital in Somerset this week, and we'll know more then.

Here's one more song: "Call it Dreaming" by Iron & Wine (the stage name of American singer/songwriter Sam Beam), from his album Beast Epic (2017). This is an old favourite too, sent out today to our Good Girl, and to Good Dogs everywhere. Which, of course, is all of them.

Tilly spring 2022