Friday 26 April 2019

Glossary Terms - B

Keeping people and terms straight is one of the challenges of writing a large series. Along with the compendium Lark's People, I keep a directory of places, things and terms. 

Here are the entries as of April; 2019


The Bakery A bakery in Tasmania in the mid-1980s. Tom and Mish go there for coffee and raisin toast in The Kissing Ring. Waitress there is Sharon “Shaz”.

The Bakewell House House where Skye and Si Bakewell live. Several hours from Van Dyk Performing and Presentation College of the Arts. 

The barn. A whitewashed barn over there in which Hob Cottman, his cousins Pat and Nick Cornfellow and Honey Bakewell bring in the harvest. Stable nearby for the Cornfellows' team of chestnut horses and the dray. Honey and the Harvest Hob

Beech maid. Tally Beech is a beech maid; a tree maid associated with beech trees. The head of her clan is the beechmaster, Moss. Tally first met Kieran when he came to get beech wood for a fiddle.

Betony Field; An English meadow site renowned for its botanical curiosities. A bus carrying itinerant workers crashed there in the 1980s. Several people were injured, two were killed and a baby girl who survived proved unrelated to any of the other survivors. Named Betony Field, she was fostered by two elderly women named Alice and Meg who were keen botanists.
Betrothal ring. A silver ring made as a love you forever promise. Used by some couples with a wedding ring or instead of one. Much more binding than a human engagement ring. Skye has one made by Merryn Pendennis; a gift from Si. Linda has one made by Tane Pendennis: a gift from Jory. Tom used his kissing ring for that purpose. The one Tab gives to Josefa proves to have a mind of its own.

Blue Collar Ball – where Kris Peckerdale suggests he and Deek might be going in the 1980s.

Bodhran Island or  Oileán an Ghrá (Island of Love). A green island in the Star Pin archipelago where the leprechauns go for ceilidhs and the courtfolk go to dance. Connemara cobs roam the island

Bodystocking – possibly a drink served to dancers at Cats’ Pyjamas in Calico Calypso. Kris Peckerdale considers it.

The bridge gate. Leads from the bridge at the water meadow near the Summery Court to a courtyard in Sydney Tied up in Tinsel

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