The Crystal Ball

Voor de Nederlandse versie van dit verhaal, klik hier. It’s one of the most stereotypical pictures of witches and fortune tellers, the woman gazing into the crystal ball. The crystal ball has been known for centuries as an object to predict the future. Where does this believe come from? Last year I wrote a blog [...]

Hagstones

Voor de Nederlandse versie van dit verhaal klik hier Hagstones ... a magical find for many. A piece of stone with a natural hole through it. Finding a hagstone or witch stone is special. A stone to which all kinds of magical properties are attributed. But what exactly is a hagstone? What is a hagstone? [...]

Flint

Voor de Nederlandse versie van het artikel klik hier Anyone who has ever walked on the beach, especially in southern England, has found flint. For most people not really a special, attractive or beautiful stone. Ok, sometimes they have interesting shapes or beautiful colours. But how ordinary this stone might be, no rock or mineral [...]

The White Cliffs of Dover

Nederlandse versie van dit artikel door hier te klikken There'll be bluebirds over The white cliffs of Dover Tomorrow Just you wait and see There'll be love and laughter And peace ever after Tomorrow When the world is free This is how Vera Lynn sang about the White Cliffs of Dover during the Second World [...]

Quartz from the British Isles, geology and history.

Nederlandse versie van dit artikel door hier te klikken Quartz is one of the most common minerals on the British Isles. It is a component of many rock types and can be found as beautiful crystal clusters. In addition, it plays a very important role in the history and folklore of the British Isles. Quartz [...]