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Why Anglo Saxon Celt?

Sarah’s Potted History of Britain (to be consumed with a pinch of salt*):  There’s been a long history of raids and invasions by people from the rest of Europe, most notably the Vikings, Romans and Germanic tribes.  The Iron Age British people, now known as the Celts, were pushed to the less fertile, mountainous Western and Northern reaches of the British Isles (i.e. Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Scotland) by the Romans.  The Celts that remained in Roman England adopted the language and lifestyle of the Romans.  After the Romans left, the Germanic tribes (Angles, Saxons, Jutes, etc.) moved in.

I’ve called myself an Anglo-Saxon Celt on this blog because I was born and raised in Wales by English parents, and I’ve lived in Ireland since 2000.  I’ve always been surrounded by art and stories that have an Anglo Saxon or Celtic flavour.  This flavour has permeated into my art, mainly through my use of interlace/knotwork and stylized animal designs.  It is the kind of art that you find in illuminated works such as the Book of Kells or on artefacts such as the jewelry in the Sutton Hoo burial trove. I was received into the Catholic Church in February 2016 so my subsequent artwork will reflect this major change in my life.

I convert some of my artwork into digital form and sometimes I do pieces entirely on my graphics tablet.  I used to use a drawing package called Manga Studio but now I mainly use a free piece of software called Krita.

On this blog you will also find photos of things I have made.  I enjoy origami and crochet, which seem to me to be another kind of knotwork.  They just use different materials like yarn and paper.  I also enjoy gardening so you will also find photos of my garden and the surrounding countryside. There are also occasional posts on other crafts or pastimes.

*Taking something with a pinch of salt means that it might not be entirely trustworthy.

    • Thanks limseeyee but I decided when I started this blog that I wouldn’t get into the whole awards thing. That’s why I display a “No awards please” graphic on all my posts and pages. I had a blog once before (that I deleted) and I found the award process was taking up far too much time. Blogging is very time-consuming anyway; I’d rather devote my time to reading other people’s posts, commenting and writing my own posts. Sorry.

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  1. Just found out someone who didn’t like award…i agree with your saying : it’s take too much time to do an award. BTW, visit mine too! Follow if u willing. Haha!

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  2. I love your art. Thank you visiting my blog. 😀

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  3. Good morning Sarah, I want to thank you for keeping up with all of my post even thought you don’t post very much, you take the time to keep up with what looks like most of your followers. You are the only person I have run into on WordPress that takes the time to do this. I just want you to know that I appreciate it and don’t in any way take it for granted. Have a great weekend my friend !

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    • Oh thanks Bob. It’s kind of you to say so. I hope you have a great weekend too.
      By the way, I changed my strategy recently. I used to go through all of the new posts in my Reader but I was finding that it took me several hours. So now I try to skim the Reader more quickly and only look at posts that catch my eye or are by people who have contributed to my own blog recently. It’s very hard not to read everything but I’d never get anything done otherwise!
      Unfortunately I’ve found that I miss some things that I really should have “Liked” or replied to sooner (sorry Anyes :(), but it’s the best I can manage.

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  4. Thank you for the visit. I commented today that this was supposed to be my summer to go to Ireland, but my disability from MCS prevents me from traveling on a plane or boat …. I was feeling sad about this. But I then I looked at my stats and saw the wonderful flag of Ireland. I am glad I found the beauty of your site. Thank you for bringing a smile to my day.

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    • Thank you for leaving a message. I’m so glad I cheered you up a bit. I’m sorry to hear that you can’t travel. I hope your health improves enough to make it over soon.

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  5. Raphael's Legacy by Barry Hardy

    There’s a wonderfully gentle and grounding vibe to your blog and real pleasure to behold in ones explorations, sincere regards, Barry

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    • Thank you for your kind message Barry. I really appreciate your feedback. Exploration is a good word for my experience with blogging. I hadn’t thought of it that way before.

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  6. Thank you for dropping by my blog.

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  7. A present for you: http://theseeker57.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/peace-party-favour/
    this is not an award, ok? Need not do anything. Thank you for participating.

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  8. Sarah, I saw you had visited me and wanted to see who you were. Beautiful work and I love how your likes of posts are displayed on the right – very surprised when I saw mine! Laughter. I’ll be back. HuntMode

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  9. I love you blog and you gift with art. I am artist of sorts myself though I do not do Origami, but love it. I am part Welsh and part Asian, I find this most interesting and beautiful.

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  10. Hi Sarah! I have seen too late that this an award-free blog. I usually do respect this. I have already posted my nominations, and you are on the list. So, please see the Seven Awards as a sign of my apppreciation for you and your blog. Congratulations anyway, and here is the link: http://simplyilka.com/2014/03/01/7-awards-the-amazing-pack-of-7-in-1/
    -Ilka

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  11. Wonderful blog, and I like the introduction. I am at least 1/4 Welsh, 1/4 Irish, 1/4 Scot and 1/4 English, so have the Celt thing worked out pretty well 🙂 My great grandfather was a potter in Cefnbychan (I think that is the correct spelling)…visited only the northern part of Wales (and then Ireland/London/Edinburgh). Your art is wonderful.

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    • Thank you. So nice to meet a fellow Celtic mongrel. 😉
      Well the North part of Wales is the best part. 🙂 I hope you visited Snowdonia. I would love to see those photos. I just looked at your photos of dawn in Myanmar; they are breathtakingly beautiful. I’m so glad you stopped by.

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      • One day I will head back as the stories of Wales as kid always made me wish I could live there 🙂 If I do, Snowdonia is on my list. Have a great weekend!

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      • I was only joking about the North being the best because that’s where I come from. However, a trip to Wales wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Snowdonia; especially with your photography skills.
        I hope you have a great weekend too. 🙂

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  12. Thanks for answering the question I was going to ask: what is an Anglo-Saxon Celt? Plus, I got to learn so much more.

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  13. enjoying your blog. I like your thoughts and works. Cheers

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  14. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much. I’ve enjoyed my visit here. You have a very nice blog. Enjoy your break! 🙂

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  15. First off, I am so happy to find your blog. I love anything Celtic art and design.

    Also, regarding your comment about awards. I also do not respond to them, but I do appreciate those that thought enough of me to send the request. Those awards are basically “chain letters”. I parodied the “Liebster Award” on my blog a couple of weeks ago, if you think it is worth a chuckle. I am a Jokester, you see. — Denny

    http://dennysinnoh.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/ive-been-nominated-for-a-lobster-award/

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    • Thanks Denny. I’m glad to hear that you like Celtic art.
      Yeah, awards are a lot like chain letters. Thanks for the link and the smile. 🙂 It’s a while since I heard that B52’s song.
      I’ve followed your blog because I’m interested in Japan. I’m not so interested in Pokemon and Japanese popstars though so I probably won’t be reading everything you post. Hope that’s okay.

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  16. Ooh, thank you, Sarah, for following Rogues & Vagabonds as well!

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  17. Nice meeting you. I enjoyed this, being that I’m half English ( my dad’s from Leeds). Always love connecting with a new cyber friend. Paulette 🙂

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  18. I have nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award. If you are interested, you can find the information on my latest post at https://cat9984.wordpress.com.

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    • You’re very kind. It’s the first nomination I’ve had where I’ve been top of the list. My head was swelling until I realised the list was alphabetical – duh! 😉 I really, really appreciate being nominated but this is an award-free blog so I’m not going to obey all the rules, sorry. However, I would like to reblog one of your posts to introduce people to your blog. I was thinking “Letters to St. Nicholas” or
      “Cat Forum: Living with a Hedgehog” which were my recent favourites. What do you think?

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      • Thank you so much. I thought you might be award-free, but I wanted you on the list. I suppose the guys would prefer the letter since it has their pictures. I appreciate your doing that

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  19. Hey, Sarah. I like your award free blog sign at the top. Did you make that? I’m thinking of adding something like this to my blog. I just don’t have time for the award process.

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    • Yes, I made that. You can use it if you want. I had another blog before this one (which I deleted) and I spent far too much time on the awards process too. It can be fun but also distracting.

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  20. You have wonderful blog!!!

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  21. Thanks Sarah for being one of my top commenters — two years running. 😀

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  22. Thanks so much for your recent follow. May God bless you!

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  23. Sarah, can you contact me via the email address I entered in order to comment? I would like to ask permission to use one of your images.
    Thanks!

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  24. Ok Sarah, you’re right, I can’t find my original comment to you anywhere—It was probably toward mid to late October—I have had several folks the past weeks not see or find my comments—several did find me in the spam as my words seem to have gone to the netherworld of cyberville…I jokingly told someone I thought a Christian conspiracy!
    I originally told you that A. I love your work. I am a retired high school art teacher who was always greatly inspired by my love of illuminated manuscripts particularly those with Celtic origins–ie the Book of Kells, etc…
    I would incorporate such in my own works and even assignments where the kids would use alphabets other than our own latin based alphabet in order to create large scale pieces incorporating the letter, the culture, etc…some even resorted to using JRR Tolkien inspiration 🙂
    It also afforded me a bit of sharing the Gospel, albeit through the backdoor as there is such a separation of church and state in our schools systems, such that Christian educators come under immense scrutiny.

    Your talents are great and God has richly blessed you with both talent and a love of faith.

    I was in Ireland last September. My aunt, a fellow retired educator and myself spent 3 weeks traversing the countryside with a driver / tour guide who as our good fortune would have it…was an ardent Christian.
    I learned a great deal from my time with him as I fell in love with the country of my great-grandparents…
    We were up in Co Donegal sharing supper together when in his words God spoke almost audibly to me—that God is in control and in that moment His peace washed over me—Be at Peace…
    Here is a link to one of the posts I wrote upon my return—and there have been many—but this was the first touching on God’s presence during that particular journey

    https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/stop-theres-another-sheep/

    so thank you Sarah for sharing not only your gifts and talents, but for sharing your heart and your faith and your knowledge that God is greater than us all

    Blessings—Julie

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    • Thank you Julie, I hardly know what to say. I nearly shut down my blog yesterday. I was beginning to question whether I was doing something worthwhile, wondering whether I should find another way to serve God. I think you just passed on His answer to me. Thank you.
      I’ve always doubted my artistic ability so it’s good to get such wonderful feedback from a professional.
      It is also encouraging to hear about your experiences in Ireland. I’ve been a bit discouraged lately because the faith is dying in this area. I had to drive for two hours on Sunday to get to a Mass that would lift my soul.
      So thank you on all counts.
      I look forward to getting to know you better, and to benefiting from the wisdom that comes through your blog posts.
      God bless you, now and always.
      Sarah

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      • He does send us answers in the need of time that is for sure!– I too have thought often of walking away from the blog as I too have felt from time to time pointless — I do not “do” face book or other social media– my social media rebellion — so my blog following does not reach a large audience but I believe God will bring those to it who He deems fit–
        And as far as your work– trust this retired art teacher — your work is strong, powerful and has great merit — we each have a ministry– yours is visual– I am greatly thankful God saw to bring me your way! Be of good courage Sarah– God will never abandon a good work!!
        Hugs to you– Julie

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      • Yes, I don’t do social media either. It’s hard to spread the word without using the world’s machinery but it’s a price too high to pay. As you say, God will bring the audience He sees fit to.
        I’m glad that He brought us together too. I hope we get to meet in person one day.
        Hugs to you too. 😀

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