While traveling in Scotland a few years ago, I met two lovely Australians, Linda and Evgenia, and we bonded over the fact that we’d all noticed that Scotland seemed to have a disproportionate number of signs that essentially said, “You’re going to die!” Evgenia commented on this when she saw one with an alarming image of a car about to topple into the waves at the Lochaline ferry dock, and we’ve been collecting alarming sign photos ever since. Over the years our collection criteria have expanded to include signs that are just funny, too. This gallery includes some of the highlights of my “sign seeing.” Read More →

Cornwall, in the southwest of England, is steeped in magic and folk traditions, from the Padstow ‘obby ‘oss to the ways of the cunning folk and pellars. Tucked into a cleft in the rugged northern Cornish coastline, the small village of Boscastle hums with this old magic. “You can drive into Boscastle and feel the magic. You don’t have to understand these things to feel it,” says the host of this video.* And if you feel that magical current, you’ll notice its gentle tug pulls you down the very steep road, through the village to the sea. And, fittingly, to the Museum of Witchcraft andRead More →