A New Constellation.
Mgazine cover by Sewell Collins, 1910

Gudrun Sjöden Winter Collection

'Too early', you say? Noooo, it is NEVER too early for
snow and winter! I adore the sheep skin collar you see above!
Take a look here

ooooh, winter....

Wooden toys...

Castle Blocks Mini - walnut

Purchase here:
The Original Tree Swing

Wooden Tree House

Gnome Home

Herman The Hedgehog

The illustrator Tim Raglin

...always a reason for celebrating :O)

Tim Raglin's website

Oh, that gooooooofy bird!

Dodo illustration, Maps of Australia:
'Manuscript map in ink, watercolour and gouache, with 18
marginal insets and panel depicting people and fauna in the Pacific'
by Otto Staab, 1812. Available at the State Library of New South Wales.

Harri Kalleo and the dodos

Harri Kalleo is the artist behind
'The Dodo and Mauritius Island, Imaginary Encounters'

Based on extensive research, Kallio produced life-size sculptural
reconstructions of the bird, as well as a visual photographic
study of the actual dodo remains

Amazing...and oh, this bird bring a smile on my lips!


Thank you so much all of you for your
sweet and heartfelt greetings!! I was
so moved by each and everyone.

The Polar Bear is still floating then ;O)


Dear friends...changes...

Dear friends,

Most of you know I'll start my new job October 1st.
This job is very, very special to me because I'm to do
research (my own project) here and later on in Greenland

In the furture I'll not have a lot of time to find new things
and images to post on 'The Polar Bear blog' I was
left with two options: 1) to stop blogging 2) to blog less

Hmmm, I've chosen no. MOST days I'll only
blog 2-3 posts when I get home from work.....or
later in the evenings....but I'll still be here ;O)

I hope it's OK...and please come visit me from time
to time, if you feel like!


Have a....

Happy Michaelmas!


St. Michael - Michaelmas

St. Michael is the greatest of all the archangels and is honoured for his
defeat of Lucifer. He is one of the principal angelic warriors,
seen as a protector against the dark of night, and the administrator
of cosmic intelligence.

Because Michaelmas falls near equinox it is associated in the
northern hemisphere with the beginning of autumn and the
shortening of days. Michaelmas is still celebrated in the Waldorf
schools....a special happy Michaelmas festival to you :O)

The Archangel Michael, from the Altarpiece of
the Last Judgement by Rogier van der Weyden

The Archangel Michael, 1480-95
by Juan de la Abadía, known as 'The Elder',
active in Huesca, 1469-1498

Saint Michael Tympanum, Louvre, Paris

The Michaelmas Daisy...

At this time of year, the Aster (Aster nova-belgii) blooms,
and it has become known as the Michaelmas Daisy.
An old verse goes like this:

The Michaelmas Daisies, among dede weeds,
Bloom for St Michael's valorous deeds.
And seems the last of flowers that stood,
Till the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude

The Feast of SS. Simon and Jude is 28 October


'If St. Michael brings many acorns,
Christmas will cover the fields with snow'


Michaelmas - 'A goose day'

'If you eat goose on Michaelmas Day,
you will not be short of money all year round'

Traditional English proverb

In England, the entire autumn season is known traditionally
as Michaelmas. Many fairs took place during the harvest time,
and since the Middle Ages Michaelmas fairs were focal gathering
for farmers and merchants. Big goose fairs were held several
places (fx. Nottingham Goose Fair) in UK...and the traditional
meal for the Michaelmas Day includes goose and a special
cake called a St Michael's bannock (take a look here)

Michaelmas Goose

Michaelmas Goose Fair Poultry

Victorian cook goose preparing

William Sidney Mount (1807-1868):
'The Raffle' (Raffling for the Goose)

Bremen Goose

Do you remember the Michaelmas Gander?

Old Michaelmas...and blackberries

Simon Ushakov (1626-1686):
'The Archangel Michael Trampling the Devil Underfoot', 1676

Old Michaelmas Day falls on October 11th (October 10th according to
some sources). According to an old legend, blackberries should not
be picked after this date. This is because, so folklore goes, Satan was
banished from Heaven, on this day, fell into a blackberry bush
and cursed the brambles as he fell into them.

The artist Kirsten Chursinoff


Take a look! Fabric art by Kirsten Chursinoff...
I just love it! More than gourdous!

Kirsten Chursinoff's blog and flickr

Almost Ripe, Blackberries

Jill Barklem....Brambly Hedge

Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem...oooh!
I feel like moving in!