Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere Unicorn Meadow
IS A LOVELY LAND OF DREAMS AND WONDER WITH MANY PLACES TO CHASE THE
ALONG EACH STREET AND ACROSS EACH BRIDGE THERE IS ALWAYS
SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL FOR YOU TO SEE.
Diddily in Unicorn Meadow has found this
Especially for You
A beautiful verse from Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 -1894)
All the names I know from nurse: Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse, Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock, And the Lady Hollyhock.
Fairy places, fairy things, Fairy woods where the wild bee wings, Tiny trees for tiny dames-- These must all be fairy names!
Tiny woods below whose boughs Shady fairies weave a house; Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme, Where the braver fairies climb!
Fair are grown-up people's trees, But the fairest woods are these; Where, if I were not so tall, I should live for good and all
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) First publication date: 1883
Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere Unicorn Meadow
Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head
As if to hide from view.
And yet it was a lovely flow'r,
Its colors bright and fair,
It might have graced a rosy bow'r
Instead of hiding there.
Yet there it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;
And there it spread its sweet perfume
Within the silent shade,
Then let me to the valley go,
This pretty flow'r to see,
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.
Written By: Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Music Ascribed To: Dr. H. Harrington (1727-1816)
Diddily Dee Dot's Dream Land
Unicorn Rhymes & Tales
I WISH I LIVED IN A CARAVAN
I wish I lived in a caravan,
With a horse to drive, like a pedlar man!
Where he comes from nobody knows,
Or where he goes to, but on he goes.
His caravan has windows too,
And a chimney of tin that the smoke comes through;
He has a wife, with a baby brown,
And they go riding from town to town...
Mary had a pretty bird,
Feathers bright and yellow,
Slender legs upon my word
He was a pretty fellow.
The sweetest notes he always sung,
Which much delighted Mary;
And near the cage she'd often sit
To hear her own canary
A was an Apple pie. B bit it. C cut it. D dealt itE eat it. F fought for it. G got it. H had it. I loved it.J joined it. K kept it. L longed for it. M mourned for it.N nodded at it.O opened it.P peeped at it. Q quartered it R ran for it. S stole it. T took it.V viewed it; W wanted it; X, Y, and Z, all wish'd for a piece of it.
When I was a batchelor, I lived by myself,
And all the meat I got, I put upon the shelf;
The rats and the mice did lead me such a life,
That I went to London to get myself a wife,
The streets were so broad and the lanes were so narrow,
I could not get my wife home without a wheelbarrow;
The wheelbarrow broke, my wife got a fall,
Down tumbled wheelbarrow, little wife and all.
Little Betty Blue, lost her holiday shoe;
What can little Betty do?
Give her another to match the other,
And then she may walk in two.
Abou Ben Adhem
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich and like a lily in bloom, An angel writing in a book of gold.
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold; And to the presence in the room he said, "What writest thou?" The vision raised its head, And, with a look made of all sweet accord, Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."
"And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so," Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low, But cheerly still; and said, "I pray thee, then, Write me as one that loves his fellow-men."
The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night It came again, with a great wakening light, And showed the names whom love of God had blessed; And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
Written by Leigh Hunt
DIDDILYDEEDOT'S DREAM LAND 11
Unicorn Rhymes &Taleswith a Difference
I don't think many of you would have seen a real Unicorn apart from in stories and songs but what about Unicorn Sheep! It was said that once there was a breed of sheep that lived in Nepal, and although two horns grew on it's head, they grew in such a way that they formed just one single curved horn.
Sadly no one has ever seen one of these sheep, though they were mentioned in Arthur Mee's 1931 Children's Cyclopedia Vol 2 - page 1285. He also writes that; so long did this horn sometimes grow, that the end of it had to be cut off to prevent it stabbing into the poor sheep's back.
Another story tells that the ancient Greek author, Ctesias, wrote in his writings of a white beast resembling a horse, exceedingly swift, and with one straight horn a cubit and a half long. It was called the Unicorn, and was supposed to live in India , while it is mentioned several times in the Bible. Though extremely like a horse , the rhinoceros is believed to have been responsible for the legend. However the Unicorn, for some unknown reason, was adopted as a badge by the Scottish Kings, and, when England and Scotland were united under James I, it was added to the arms of the United Kingdom. It was regarded generally as a symbol of purity , but when used in the decoration of drinking cups it is a sign of the ancient belief of the efficacy of the unicorn's horn against poisoning.
The Lion and the Unicorn Rhyme
Nursery Rhyme & History
Origins of "The Lion and the Unicorn" in British history
Lion and the Unicorn lyrics date from 1603 when King James VI of
Scotland became James I of England unifying the Scottish and English
kingdoms . The 'Virgin Queen' Elizabeth 1 named the son of Mary Queen
of Scots, James, as her heir. The union of the two countries required a
new royal coat of arms combining those of England which featured two
lions, and Scotland whose coat of arms featured two Unicorns hence
"The lion and the unicorn". A compromise was made thus the British coat
of arms has one Lion and one Unicorn and the poem about hence "The Lion
and the Unicorn" was created.
picture depicts the Lion ( with the crown) and the Unicorn Coat of
Arms. The centre of the Arms depicts the lions of England in the first
and fourth quarters, the lion of Scotland in the second and the Harp of
Ireland in the third quarter.
The motto around the centre means: " Evil to him who evil thinks" which relates to the Order of the Garter. The motto at the bottom means: " God and my Right "
AND THE RHYME IS;
The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown The lion beat the unicorn all around the town. Some gave them white bread, and some gave them brown; Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town.
AND HERE ARE SOME UNICORNS ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.
THE UNIFORM MEADOW
The Dormouse and the Doctor
once was a Dormouse who lived in a bed Of delphiniums (blue) and
geraniums (red), And all the day long he'd a wonderful view Of geraniums
(red) and delphiniums (blue). A Doctor came hurrying round, and
he said: "Tut-tut, I am sorry to find you in bed. Just say
'Ninety-nine,' while I look at your chest. . . . Don't you find that
chrysanthemums answer the best?" The Dormouse looked round at
the view and replied (When he'd said "Ninety-nine") that he'd tried and
And much the most answering things that he knew Were
geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue). The Doctor stood frowning and
shaking his head, And he took up his shiny silk hat as he said: "What the
patient requires is a change," and he went To see some chrysanthemum
people in Kent. The Dormouse lay there, and he gazed at the view Of
geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue), And he knew there was nothing he
wanted instead Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).
Doctor came back and, to show what he meant, He had brought some
chrysanthemum cuttings from Kent. "Now these," he remarked, "give a much
better view Than geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue). "They took out
their spades and they dug up the bed Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums
(red), And they planted chrysanthemums (yellow and white). "And now,"
said the Doctor, "we'll soon have you right. "The Dormouse looked out,
and he said with a sigh: "I suppose all these people know better than
It was silly, perhaps, but I did like the view Of geraniums (red)
and delphiniums (blue). "The Doctor came round and examined his
chest, And ordered him Nourishment, Tonics, and Rest. "How very
effective," he said, as he shook The thermometer, "all these
chrysanthemums look! "The Dormouse turned over to shut out the sight Of
the endless chrysanthemums (yellow and white). "How lovely," he thought,
"to be back in a bed Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red)."
Doctor said, "Tut! It's another attack! "And ordered him Milk and
Massage-of-the-back, And Freedom-from-worry and Drives-in-a-car, And
murmured, "How sweet your chrysanthemums are!" The Dormouse lay
there with his paws to his eyes, And imagined himself such a pleasant
surprise: "I'll pretend the chrysanthemums turn to a bed Of delphiniums
(blue) and geraniums (red)!" The Doctor next morning was rubbing
his hands, And saying, "There's nobody quite understands
These cases as I
do! The cure has begun! How fresh the chrysanthemums look in the
sun! "The Dormouse lay happy, his eyes were so tight He could see no
chrysanthemums, yellow or white. And all that he felt at the back of his
head Were delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red). And
that is the reason (Aunt Emily said) If a Dormouse gets in a
chrysanthemum bed, You will find (so Aunt Emily says) that he lies Fast
asleep on his front with his paws to his eyes.
Alan Alexander Milne 1882 - 1956
UNICORN TALES FROM DIDDILY DEE DOT
The Story of the Months
The Winter Months
The beginning of the new year and the time to make New Year resolutions.
was established as the first the first month of the year by the Roman
Calendar. It was named after the god Janus (Latin word for door). Janus
has two faces which allowed him to look both backwards into the old
year and forwards into the new one at the same time. He was the 'spirit
of the opening'.
the very earliest Roman calendars there were no months of January or
February at all. The ancient Roman calendar had only ten months and the
new year started the year on 1 March. To the Romans, ten was a very
important number. Even when January (or Januarius as the Romans called
it) was added, the New Year continued to start in March. It remained so
in England and her colonies until about 200 years ago.
The Anglo-Saxons called the first month Wolf month because wolves came into the villages in winter in search of food.
The Romans and the Celts regarded February as the start of spring.
When did February first appear on a calendar?
along with January, was introduced onto the Roman calendar by Numa
Pompilous when the calendar was extended from ten to twelve. The word
February comes from the word 'februa' - which means cleansing or purification, and reflects the rituals undertaken before Spring.
Other names for February
The Anglo Saxons called February 'Sol-monath' (cake-month), because cakes were offered to the gods during that month. February was also known to the Saxons as 'sprout-kale' from the sprouting of cabbage or kale.
Having only 28 days in non-leap years, February was known in Welsh as 'y mis bach' - the little month.
In Shakespeare's time about 400 years ago, the second month of the year was called 'Feverell'. In Isaac Newton's time
one hundred years later it had become 'Februeer'. The modern name, February, is only about a hundred years old.
Gemstone: Bloodstone Flower: Jonquil
Where does the word March originate from?
'March' comes from the Roman 'Martius'. This was originally the first
month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the god of war.
March used to be the first month of the year
was the beginning of our calendar year. We changed to the 'New Style'
or 'Gregorian calendar in 1752, and it is only since then when we the
year began on 1st January.
Another name for March
The Anglo-Saxons called the month Hlyd monath which means Stormy month, or Hraed monath which means Rugged month.
Here is a painting of Mars and Venus.
Mars is fast asleep. The little fauns with goats legs are playing with
his armour. One of them is just about to blow his horn very loud in
Mars ear. I wonder what will happen next!
The Story of the Months The Spring Months
April - the month of Venus
Gemstone : Diamond Flower : Sweet Pea
Where does the word April orginate from?
one knows for certain how April got its name, but it may have come from
the Latin word 'aperire' which means 'to open'. April is, after all,
the month when in the northern hemisphere buds begin to open and things
start to grow again after the winter.
Eostre monath or Eastremonath was the Anglo-Saxon name for the month. The name of the Christian Festival of Easter comes from this Anglo-Saxon word.
May--The Month of Maia
Gemstone: Emerald Flower: Lilly of the Valley
is named after the Greek goddess, Maia. The month is a time of great
celebrations in the northern hemisphere. It is the time when flowers
emerge and crops begin to sprout.
Anglo-Saxon name for May was Tri-Milchi, in recognition of the fact
that with the lush new grass cows could be milked three times a day. It
was first called May in about 1430. Before then it was called Maius,
Mayes, or Mai.
June--The Month of Juno
Gemstone: Pearl Flower: Rose
June marks the beginning of Summer in the northern hemisphere and the month of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in England.
is the sixth month of the year and takes its name from the Roman
goddess Junno, the goddess of marriage. For this reason, June has
always been looked upon as the best month in which to marry:
Married in the month of roses - June
Life will be one long homeymoon.
Sera monath (Dry month) was the name the Anglo-Saxons gave to the month.
THE STORY OF THE MONTHS
July--The Month of Julius Caesar
July is one of the hottest months of the year. It is nearly the end of the school year and summer holidays are near.
is the seventh month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar.
It was the fifth month in the early calendar of the ancient Romans. The
Romans called the month Quintilius, which means fifth. A Roman Senate
renamed the month to Julius (July) in honour of Julius Caesar, who was
born on 12 July.
names for the month included Heymonath or Maed monath, referring
respectively to haymaking and the flowering of meadows.
August--The Month of Augustus
Gemstone: Agate Flower: Gladiolus
the eighth month of the year and the sixth month of the Roman calendar.
The Romans called the month Sextilis, which means sixth. Eight years
before Jesus was born the name of the month was changed to Augustus in
honour of the Roman Emperor Augustus Casesar, because many of the
important events in his life happened around that time of year.
Anglo-Saxons called it Weod monath, which means Weed month, because it
is the month when weeds and otehr plants grow most repidly.
is the busiest time for tourism, as it falls in the main school holiday
of the year, the summer holidays, which lasts for six weeks for state
September--The Seventh Month (later to become the Georgian 9th month)
Gemstone: Sapphire Flower: Aster
The name September comes from the old Roman word 'septem', which means
seven, because in the Roman calendar it was the seventh month. The
Anglo-Saxons called it Gerst monath (Barley month), because it was
their time when they harvested barley to be made into their favourite
drink - barley brew. They also called it Haefest monath, or Harvest
The Romans believed that the month of September was looked after by the god, Vulcan. As the god of the fire and forge they therefore expected September to be associated
with fires, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
September is the start of the school year. Students return to school after the six week summer holiday.
October--The Tenth Month
Gemstone: Opal Flower: Calendula
In the old Roman calendars, October was the eighth month of the year and got its name from the word 'Octo' meaning eight.
The Saxons called it Wyn Monath because it was the season of wine making.
During October, the leaves begin to change colour, transforming Britains landscape into an array of autumn colours. South Korea at this time of year is beautiful, I was there on holiday last October.
Gemstone: Topaz Flower: Chrysanthemum
The name comes from the Roman word 'novem' meaning nine, because it was the ninth month in their Roman calendar.
Few people find November pleasant. The Anglo-Saxons called November 'Wind monath',
because it was the time when the cold winds began to blow. They also called it 'Blod monath', because it was the time when cattle
were slaughtered for winter food. The poet T.S. Elliot called it
'Sombre November'. Sir Walter Scott, in his long poem Marmion, wrote in
November's sky is chill and drear,
November's leaf is red and sear (withered)'
first week of November has always been a time of festivals and
celebrations marking the end of the harvest and beginning of Winter.
Christmas Plant - Poinsettia
(December 12 is Poinsettia Day)
Gemstone: Turquoise Flower: Narcissus
December used to be the tenth month of the Roman year, and it gets its name from the word 'decem', which means ten.
The Anglo-Saxons called it 'Winter monath', or 'Yule monath' because of the custom of burning the yule log around this time. After many Anglo-Saxons became Christians they called it 'Heligh monath' or holy month, because Christmas, the birth of Jesus, is celebrated in December.
In the northern hemisphere December marks the beginning of winter, and it is the time of rain, wind and snow.
UNICORN TALES PRESENTS A
fairy tale or fairy story is a fictional story that usually features
folkloric characters (such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, witches,
giants, and talking animals) and enchantments, often involving a
far-fetched sequence of events.
In cultures where demons and witches are
perceived as real, fairy tales may merge into legendary narratives,
where the context is perceived by teller and hearers as having
historical actuality. However, unlike legends and epics, they usually
do not contain more than superficial references to religion and actual
places, persons, and events; they take place "once upon a time" rather
than in actual times. The history of the fairy tale is particularly difficult to trace, because only the
forms can survive. Still, the evidence of parlance, the term is also
used to describe to something blessed with unusual happiness, as in
"fairy tale ending" (a happy ending) or "fairy tale romance", though
not all fairy tales end happily. Colloquially, a "fairy tale" or "fairy
story" can also mean any far-fetched story. literary works at least
indicates that fairy tales have existed for thousands of years,
although not perhaps recognized as a genre; the name "fairy tale" was
first ascribed to them by Madame d'Aulnoy. Literary fairy tales are
found over the centuries throughout the world, and the older fairy tales were intended for an audience of adults as well
as children, but they were associated with children as early as the
writings of the précieuses; the Brothers Grimm titled their collection
Children's and Household Tales, and the link with children has only
grown stronger with time. Folklorists have classified fairy tales in various ways. Among the most
notable are the Aarne-Thompson classification system , and the
morphological analysis of Vladimir Propp. Other folklorists have
interpreted the tales' significance, but no school has been
definitively established for the meaning of the tales. When
folklorists collected them, they found fairy tales in every culture.
Fairy tales, and works derived from fairy tales, are still written
The Unicorn Tales
is the Page where you will be able to find many , many connections to Music and Story-telling.
The Adventures of Reynard the Fox
Reynard is Summoned to Court
Sir Tibert the Cat was sent by King Lion to summon Reynard the Fox to appear at court, there to answer for all his offences. When he arrived at Reynard's Castle the fox promised to return with him to the court. "But," said the fox, "you must remain for the night, and tomorrow we will travel together." Sir Tibert agreed to this. Then the fox began to lay a meal, but all he could provide was honey. "That is food I care nothing about," said the cat. "Have you not got a mouse? " "Oh," replied Reynard, "come with me to the priest's barn; it is full of mice!" So the two set out for the barn. There is the entrance," said the fox, pointing to the hole by which he had entered the night before and stolen a hen. Now what the cat didn't know was that the priest had set a trap near the hole inside the barn, and when Sir Tibert crept in he was caught in the trap. His mewing soon brought out the priest, who, supposing him to be Reynard, began striking out with a stick. Thereupon Sir Tibert seized the priest's leg with his teeth, and while the worthy man and his wife were attending to his wound Sir Tibert bit through the cord that held him and made off as fast as he could.
Reynard Tells of a Treasure.
When at last Reynard the Fox was brought to the court so many witnesses appeared against him that he was found guilty and sentenced to death. He asked that he might make a confession of all his misdeeds, and in the course of this confession he said something that made the king listen very carefully. "My lord the king," he declared, "in Flanders there is a dense wood by a river and in it I have hidden a great treasure. I want you to get this treasure; then perhaps you will remember your devoted servant Reynard." The animals who had accused the fox now began to feel very nervous, for King Lion, having learned exac6tly where the treasure was supposed to be hidden, forgave the fox and made him a noble man. "Hear, all you knights and gentlemen," said the king. "Sir Reynard is now one of the chief officers of my court, and I do charge you upon pain of death, to show him the greatest reverence." Reynard now asked permission to make a pilgrimage to Rome, and he set out, accompanied by the hare and the ram. Soon the party arrived at Reynard's house, and the fox asked Bellin the Ram to kep guard outside while Kayward the Hare went into the house to see Reynard's meeting with his family. Once inside it was not long before the hare was killed and eaten. The fox came out and gave a bag to the ram, asking him to take it to the king. "Where is Kayward?" asked Bellin. "Oh he is talking with my aunt, and wants you to go on; he will overtake you." The Ram carried the bag to the king. "Sire," he said, "this is a present from Sir Raynard, who rested at his castle." "Open the bag!" said the king. The bag was opened , and out fell the head of poor Kayward the Hare. "Alas!" said the king, "unhappy monarch that I am ever to have given credit to a sly and traitorous fox.
The day after Bellin the ram had brought the head of Kayward the Hare to the King, Laprel the Coney came into the court weeping and crying. "Oh king!" deliver your subjects from the wicked attacks of Reynard the Fox. I was passing his castle yesterday, and he came out telling his beads so devoutly that instead of hastening away, I saluted him and immediately he gave me such a blow that I was nearly killed." At that moment in came Corbant the Rook in a great state of excitement. "Oh my lord hear me!" he cried. "I was on the common this morning when I saw Reynard the Fox lying apparently dead and stiff on his back. My wife went and put her head to his mouth to see if he was still breathing when suddenly the wicked creature snapped at her and bit her head clean off. Then he made a dash for me, and I only just managed to get away." The king was furious. Reynard was brought to trial a second time, sentenced to death once more, but again he escaped by talking of the treasure and by promising to go in search of it himself for the king.. And that is as far as Reynard's Adventures have gone up to now, I have many more hidden away that I shall find them for you at a later date... Don't you think Reynard was a terrible rogue, but then I think the King was a worse one, for he was just a very greedy Lion King.
Reynard the Fox has been a popular character in stories since his
origin in medieval French fables. A sly trickster, Reynard – which is
simply the French word for “fox” – is brought to trial by the other
animals of the forest, all of whom come forward with complaints against
them. He notoriously gets away with every single one. This edition was
translated and amended from a Dutch version of the story by F.S. Ellis;
it was published in London by D. Nutt in 1894. Each chapter of the
relatively long book tells a different animal’s testimony; complaints
against Reynard are various and grave, but he evades blame.
the Fox - English Traditional"
Ye gentlemen of high renown,
come listen unto me.
That takes delight in fox hunting,
by every degree.
A story I will tell to you,
concerning of a fox.
Near royston woods and mountains high
and over stony rocks.
Bold Reynard being in his hole,
and hearing of these hounds.
Which made him for to prick up his ears,
and tread upon the ground.
"Methinks me hears some jubal hounds,
a-pressing upon the life.
Before that they should come to me, I'll tread upon the ground". likewise to lambs also".
They've got poor Reynard by the slabs
and will not let him go.
THE STORY OF THE FIRST WOODPECKER.
IN thedays of long ago the Great Spirit came down from the sky and
talked with men. Once as he went up and down the earth, he came to the
wigwam of a woman. He went into the wigwam and sat down by the fire,
but he looked like an old man, and the woman did not know who he was.
"I have fasted for many days," said the Great Spirit to the woman.
"Will you give me some food?" The woman made a very little cake and put
it on the fire. "You can have this cake," she said, "if you will wait
for it to bake." "I will wait," he said.
When the cake was baked, the woman stood and looked at it. She
thought, "It is very large. I thought it was small. I will not give him
so large a cake as that." So she put it away and made a small one. "If
you will wait, I will give you this when it is baked," she said, and
the Great Spirit said, "I will wait."
When that cake was baked, it was larger than the first one. "It is
so large that I will keep it for a feast," she thought. So she said to
her guest, "I will not give you this cake, but if you will wait, I will
make you another one." "I will wait," said the Great Spirit again.
Then the woman made another cake. It was still smaller than the
others had been at first, but when she went to the fire for it, she
found it the largest of all. She did not know that the Great Spirit's
magic had made each cake larger, and she thought, "This is a marvel,
but I will not give away the largest cake of all." So she said to her
guest, "I have no food for you. Go to the forest and look there for
your food. You can find it in the bark of the trees, if you will."
The Great Spirit was angry when he heard the words of the woman.
He rose up from where he sat and threw back his cloak. "A woman must be
good and gentle," he said, "and you are cruel. You shall no longer be a woman and live in a wigwam. You shall go out into the forest and hunt for your food in the bark of trees."
The Great Spirit stamped his foot on the earth, and the woman grew smaller and smaller. Wings started from her body and feathers grew upon
her. With a loud cry she rose from the earth and flew away to the
And to this day all woodpeckers live in the forest and hunt for their food in the bark of trees.
Diddily has a pair of woodpeckers that come into her garden every day. If you look hard enough you can see it eating the seed blocks at the top of the Clothes Line prop in the video I made below. Can you se him, it is called a Greater Spotted Woodpecker. We also have the Green Woodpecker visit us in Summer.I am ver lucky to have a huge garden both back and front and it is totally given over to the birds that live there.
As of December 31st 2011 we have spotted 48 different types of bird from the small wren and goldfinch to the huge woodpigeons and rooks. We are very, very lucky.
The sound track is Diddley watching the World Athletics coming from Daegu in South Korea.
It is pouring with rain outside my studio/bedroom window.
As I spend a lot of time not being able to walk very far I have lot's of time to sit and watch my beautiful garden.