Daily Stuff 8-8-22 Tan Hill Inn

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:13 AM of -0.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Girlinwater Photography.

 [posting at 6pm] There was some nice sunshine, earlier, but it’s overcast now, and a little foggy. 54F, wind at 1-13mph and gusting, AQI 32-52, UV8 Chance of rain 15% today and 24% tonight. DENSE FOG ADVISORY until 11am. Forecast – Today-Wed(62/54) AM clouds, PM sun. Thu-Mon(65/54) partly cloudy. Tue(66/54) mostly sunny.


Before you despair, we had over 30 fires of significant acreage going at this time last year!
The smoke plume is thickest over the Cascades fires north of Crater Lake, but we’re under the 3rnd level of plume (of 5)
Potter Fire – 167 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,046 acres (and it looks like a new fire starting, right between the two….)
Cedar Creek Fire – 1,438 acres
Fly Creek 0487 Cs Fire – 274 acres
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres
Beech Creek Fire – 155 acres
Griffin Fire – 1,927 acres
3 firespots


Saturday evening we had our fried rice and went to sleep. We had gotten out of the shop around 6:30, really early, but I wanted Tempus to get more sleep. He was late getting home Saturday morning because he fell asleep in the parking lot… twice!

Still-green huckleberries.

I was back up at midnight, got my pills, got my snack and then realized that I had enough writing to do that I wanted to come into town. On Sunday mornings Tempus is later than usual because of Sunday deliveries, so it makes sense to let him have the extra sleep. So he got the dishes together for the dishwasher once he was up and we headed in. He took back off just before 2, so that papers are about normal time for the Sunday edition.

St John’s Wort seedpods

When we left the house, I looked up. Cygnus is directly overhead, flying along the Milky Way and the little Dolphin just to the south. Pegasus is climbing toward the zenith and Jupiter, really bright on a clear night, just below that.

I settled in to writing only to find myself yawning within an 1/2 hour. So played for a little and got back to work. I finished up the page I was working on of “Sciences Bits”. Those are mostly timepieces, but a few interesting other things, like the Brewery diorama. https://housecapuchin.com/sciences-bits/ I set up some newsletter frames after that. At that point I decided to work on my tablet and crawled into the nap bed with it. It had gotten immensely foggy.

Tempus got in late, near 10am, and then we overslept. Neither of us heard the alarm!… but we were open at 2 minutes past. Tempus headed in back to make coffee and I started talking to House Capuchin folks online, and writing. I had most of that done by 2:30, so I puttered for a bit, then started on some other writing.

The shop was pretty quiet, although we had people through…. one set per hour, though…. Tempus ended up sleeping most of the afternoon. I’m going to wake him as soon as this goes out. He needs to water tonight.

We have our fried rice for supper again and I’m hoping to make some progress on the keyboard for the tablet. I might have a chance to harvest greens when we get home and those will have to be chopped and put by for soup later in the evening. I also want to finish my cord pouch. I’m going to make the drawstring a little long and of elastic, so I can wrap it around the tablet case.

Today we open at 1pm and we’re back to our usual pursuits.

Beautiful harvest! Photo from 8/6/18 by Jamie Marie Girlinwater Photography


Today’s Feast is in honor of the Tan Hill Inn, the Sheep Show that happens there around this time of year and other harvest festivals, including celebrations revolving around coal mining. The inn dates to the 17th century and has been refurbished recently. “Tan Hill” refers to “Tinne”, the Celtic tree month of Holly, which ends right around now, not oak trees or leather-making, or even tin mining. It’s Britain’s highest inn at 1,732 feet (528 m) above sea level up in the top of the Yorkshire Dales. The hill seems to have been used back into pre-history as a sacred site of some sort. Here’s the Inn website.  http://www.tanhillinn.co.uk/  Here’s some history:  http://www.tanhillinn.com/history-of-tan-hill-innarkengarthdaleswaledaleyorkshire-dales-places-to-visitvisitor-attraction-yorkshire-dales/10/  (You can click on the pix to make ‘em bigger….)

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Today’s Plant is the BlueberryVaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. I’ve heard people call salal and evergreen huckleberry by the name. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and aiding memory retention in the aged. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property.

Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 9:39am.

Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/11 at 6:36pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/10 at 6:36am.

The Sagittarius – Scorpius region contains a number of naked-eye double stars indluding Omega Scoprii in the head of the Scorpion, Lambda and Upsilon Scorpii in the stinger of the tail, Mu Scorpii and Zeta Scorpii in the Table of Scorpius. Nu Sagittarii lies next to the handle of the Teapot asterism in Sagittarius.
Copyright 2014 Jerry Lodriguss https://www.astropix.com/html/observing/doubles/doubles08.html

Three doubles at the top of Scorpius. To the right of Antares is the head (or forehead) of Scorpius, a near-vertical row of three stars. The brightest of them is Delta Scorpii, the one in the middle. The top one is Beta Scorpii: a fine double star for telescopes, separation 13 arcseconds, magnitudes 2.8 and 5.0. Just 1° lower left of Beta is the very wide naked-eye pair Omega1 and Omega2 Scorpii. They point roughly back to Beta. The two Omegas are 4th magnitude and ¼° apart. Binoculars show their slight color difference; they’re spectral types B9 and G2. Upper left of Beta by 1.6° is Nu Scorpii, separation 41 arcseconds, magnitudes 3.8 and 6.5. In fact it’s a telescopic triple. High power in good seeing reveals Nu’s brighter component itself to be a close binary, separation 2 arcseconds, magnitudes 4.0 and 5.3, aligned almost north-south.

The gas giant Saturn is nearing opposition, making now the best time to view its stunning ring system and many moons. Rising as the Sun sets, give Saturn an hour or two to climb away from the horizon. By about 10 P.M. local time, Saturn is more than 15° high in the southeast; its altitude will continue to increase into the early morning, when it reaches its highest point above the horizon about an hour and a half after midnight. Saturn sits in Capricornus, just 2° northwest of magnitude 2.9 Deneb Algedi. The ringed planet is currently magnitude 0.3 but will briefly brighten by 0.1 magnitude within a few days. Thought a telescope, its disk spans some 19″, while the rings — one of the most breathtaking sights in the solar system — are nearly 43″ across. Enjoy them while you can, as we’re lining up for a ring plane crossing, when the rings appear edge-on from Earth, in 2025.

Dark and light – Saturn’s moon Iapetus is markedly brighter on one side than the other. This week, the lighter side is facing Earth. – NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Iapetus, which reached greatest western elongation yesterday, still sits 9′ west of the planet. The moon is also currently at its brightest, roughly 10th magnitude. One the other side of Saturn, Titan (magnitude 8.5) is 3′ east of the disk; both properties make it easier to spot, particularly in smaller scopes.

Mars rises around midnight or 1 a.m. and stands high in the east-southeast as dawn begins, shining at an impressive magnitude +0.1 between Aries and Taurus. It’s twice as bright as similarly colored Aldebaran a fist or so to its east. Mars is still pretty small in a telescope, 9 arcseconds in apparent diameter, but it’s growing  by about half an arcsecond per week now. It’ll reach opposition December 8th, 17 arcseconds wide.

Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

Sun in Leo

Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23_, Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month
of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Color – ?
Planting Harvest
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height    Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
M    8      Low   4:13 AM    -0.6   6:11 AM     Set  1:45 AM      75
~     8     High  10:54 AM     5.4   8:32 PM    Rise  6:26 PM
~     8       Low   3:40 PM     3.2
~     8      High   9:44 PM     8.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gratitude changes everything.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about a time when someone made you feel welcomed or accepted. What did they do and how did it make you feel?



~   Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
~   Never give someone the reason to knock you down, always give them a reason not to. Live and learn and move on – Missie Lynn Tamboso
~   If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. – Henry Wadsworth
~   No regrets, no sentimentality, no self-pity.- Terry Waite, author, humanitarian and hostage, who was kidnapped on January 24, 1987

All Nature helps to swell the song
And chant the same refrain;
July and June have slipped away
And August’s here again. – Helen Maria Winslow (1852–1938)


Magick – Recipes – Some lighter fare for summer.

Bacon Wrapped Caramelized Sesame Asparagus
[adapted from green bean bacon bundles]
serves 4, is easily multiplied
Can be done on a grill after prep.

  • 1 bunch of asparagus, about 20-25 spears, stems removed
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, whisk together oils, brown sugar and garlic. Set aside.

Bunch together 5-6 asparagus spears and tightly wrap a piece of bacon around the bundle. Place on the wire rack seam-side down and repeat. Using a pastry brush, a spoon or even your hands (I did this…), brush the spears thoroughly with the oil/sugar mixture. Give each bundle a hefty sprinkle of sesame seeds. Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Serve warm.

I keep thinking that galettes are so very complicated. Got myself set straight, finally. It’s just a hand pie….. So, I ran across a recipe that look yum and tried it. It’s substantially different from the one that was online, so this one’s mine.

I baked the squash last night, so it was cool enough to handle and used puff pastry. Squash, blue cheese and caramelized onions…. and yeah, around our house it’s “squish”, not “squash”. J  …and we had a serving of the squash last night with butter and buttered rum batter.

Anja’s Squish galette – Can be served hot or cold.

Butternut squash
Blue cheese
Puff pastry

  1. Wrap the squash in aluminum foil and bake at 350 until it’s soft when poked. That’s usually an hour or hour and a half. Set out to cool until you can handle it. Pull off the squash rind, and discard with the seeds. Put by until the next day… or at least a couple of hours.
  2. Pull out the puff pastry and thaw one sheet as directed. Open it and lay it out flat. Cut into 4 squares.
  3. Caramelize a sliced large onion in butter in a frypan.
  4. Put a large scoop of the squash onto each piece of pastry. Mold it flat to within about ½ inch of the edge of the dough and about ½ inch thick.
  5. Sprinkle with a much blue cheese as you like. We used about a tablespoon per.
  6. Crimp up the pastry around the fillings.
  7. Put a generous amount of the caramelized onions over top of each, being sure to dribble some of the butter on the pastry.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes or so in a 350F oven.

Chilled Vegetable Salad – Article by Mary Allen Perry – A favorite at backyard cookouts, this colorful confetti of crisp and tender vegetables is marinated in a sweet and tangy homemade dressing. – Chopped green pepper, onion, pimiento, corn, green beans, and green peas lend a flavorful and varied taste to this make-ahead vegetable salad. Serve in ramekins for an innovative touch. Yield: 8 cups


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar diced pimiento, undrained
  • 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can small sweet green peas, drained
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can French-cut green beans, drained
  • 1 (11-ounce) can white shoepeg corn, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  3. Remove dressing from heat, and cool 30 minutes.
  4. Stir together chopped bell pepper and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. Gently stir in dressing.
  6. Cover and chill salad for 8 hours.
  7. Serve with a slotted spoon.

NOTE: Salad may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days.
Sidney Ann Allen, Shreveport, Louisiana, Southern Living, NOVEMBER 2000

Apple-Pear Salad With Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing

Try this version with a Zesty Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing to start a meal or as a light summer main dish with a side of cheese fingers ot hard-boiled eggs. This salad has the perfect blend of fruit with the apples, pears, and dried cranberries. The salty cashews also balance out the sweetness. If desired, an equal amount of shredded Swiss cheese may be substituted for shaved. Top with grilled chicken and turn this salad into a main course. Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings – Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas , Article by Mary Allen Perry


  • 1 (16-oz.) package romaine lettuce, thoroughly washed
  • 1 (6-oz.) block Swiss cheese, shaved
  • 1 cup roasted, salted cashews
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 large apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 large pear, thinly sliced
  • Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing

Method – Toss together first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; serve with Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing.
Lori Manry, Rochester Hills, Michigan, Southern Living MARCH 2007


Silliness – Laugh of the Day – Q: What do you call a broken square? A WreckedAngle.

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