Wednesday 15 March 2017

Norwescon 40 Friday Afternoon High Protocol Tea Social Menu

This is the menu for the event. Actual event details can be found on the Facebook or FetLife event pages.

Several of the teas served are blends by the Friday Afternoon tea company. Be sure to stop by their booth in the Dealer Room to sample lots more of their delicious teas, and take some home with you!

Arrival drinks ~
  •   Tea ~ Raven's Blend ~ This blend is comprised of Darjeeling and Ceylon black teas with white tea and blue cornflower. Medium-bodied with a complex, lightly malty flavour.
  • Coffee ~ Organic, fair trade, shade grown, dark roast. 
  • Ice water
  • Shimmering blueberry pomegranate juice spritzers

First course ~ Savouries 
  • Dragon Lily flowering tea ~ A beautiful, white tea with orange lily petals, which features a velvety, apricot flavour.
  • OMFG ~ This herbal infusion is a blend of Orange, Marigold, Fennel and Ginger.
 Finger sandwiches
  • Open face curried chicken cucumber sandwiches  (GF) ~ An exotic take on the classic, cucumber sandwich: Fresh cucumber slices, topped with curried cranberry chicken salad (curried chicken breast, cranberries, walnuts, organic leeks, and mayonnaise)
  •  Open face curried hummus cucumber sandwiches  (GF, DF, Vegan) ~ The vegan version of the above: Fresh cucumber slices, topped with curried cranberry hummus (curry hummus, walnuts, cranberries and organic leeks)
  • Tomato Provolone Spirals ~ Savoury provolone, peppers, tomatoes & tender spinach wrapped in herb flatbread layered with a seasoned neufchatel cheese spread.
  • Turkey Pepper Jack Spirals ~ Smoked turkey and pepper jack cheese wrapped in flatbread layered with a seasoned neufchatel cheese spread.
  • Turkey, Bacon, Ranch Spirals ~ Smoked Turkey, bacon, tomatoes and tender spinach wrapped in herb flatbread, layered with a ranch-seasoned neufchatel cheese spread.
 Garden & Grain Tray
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery stalks
  • Golden Muscat grapes
  • Tomato medley
  • Pita chips
  • Cracker assortment (GF options)
  • Ranch dip
  • Spinach artichoke dip
  • Hummus (GF, DF, Vegan)

Second Course ~ Scones & Breads

  • Lavender Dream flowering tea ~ White tea with crisp, aromatic lavender flowers, complemented by tangy hibiscus flowers
  • Queen of Hearts Blend ~ Ceylon black tea, rosebud, rose hip and black peppercorns make this an unusual flowery and spicy blend.
  • Mini croissants
  • Scones in a variety of flavours (GF options) ~ served with clotted cream, lemon curd, and apricot preserves.
  • Custom made-to-order pancake cupcake teacakes ~ additives include: dark and/or milk chocolate chunks, dark chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, dark chocolate & mint M&M's, peanut butter cup chunks, walnuts, jams, and more TBA.

Third Course ~ Dessert

  • Satyr's Blend ~ This ridiculous blend is a bizarre combination of several herbal components, spices, and (whaaaaaat!) dark chocolate chunks! The scent of the dry leaf is wild, foresty and slightly spicy. When brewed, this tisane creates a fascinatingly smooth flavour profile.
    Ingredients: Rooibos, peppermint, chocolate, mate, rose, ginger, lime, peppercorn, clove
  • Dorian Gray ~ Inspired by Friday's favourite Oscar Wilde novel, this blend is as dark, murky and exotic as the character after whom it is named. This one was a big hit at the last NWC Friday Afternoon Tea, and tastes like drinking a cinnamon roll (in a good way)!
    Ingredients: Pu-er black tea, gunpowder green tea, ginger root, blue cornflower
  • Double fudge brownie bites (with or without walnuts)
  • Dark chocolate covered pomegranate, açai blueberry, & almond bites (GF)
  • Assorted cookies and candies

~ Dairy free creamer and sugar substitutes will be on hand. 

~ Gourmet coffee and ice water will be available in addition to or instead of teas.  

~ Please feel free to bring additional food and/or non-alcoholic drinks for yourself or to share, especially if you have special dietary needs/allergies.

~ Please do bear in mind that the snacks, whilst suitable for a light repast, are not meant to be a full meal, so it may be prudent to plan for a light meal shortly following or prior to the Tea.

Sunday 12 March 2017

House boy/girl

My boy has lost the ability to safely carry out many of the more labour intensive tasks he used to do. As such, I am in the market for a house slave or sub, to pick up the slack.

I have a primary slave who is, and will likely remain, First Boy (AKA alpha slave).

(I am also actively seeking a lesbian or bisexual kajira (female slave) to add to my household as a personal slave. Click here  for more information regarding that position.)

Applicants wishing to be considered will:
  • Take the time and effort to read this post, and my Full Profile in their entirety, before attempting to move on to discussing the possibility of serving me.
  • Write a well worded, polite, and concise introduction, using proper spelling (UK or US spellings are fine, and if English is not your first language, that will be taken into consideration. It is the effort I am concerned with!), grammar, capitalisation and punctuation, telling me why you wish to serve me and what qualifications, skills, and/or traits you possess.
  • Be rigorously and entirely honest; Both with me and in all areas of their lives. (Note: This does NOT mean giving out your personal information before we are ready to move to that level! That is simply foolish, and I have no use for a stupid or foolish slave!)
  • Have a sincere desire to serve, please, and obey.
  • Practice good personal hygiene and grooming.
  • Be drama free.
  • Have and maintain their own living quarters. This will not be a live-in position.
  • Be mature and capable of independence.
  • Like, and be able to be around animals, especially dogs. 
  • Not try to "usurp", or  otherwise displace my first slave in any way. He was here first, and his position will be respected. 
  • Be physically able to perform heavier household duties, requiring manual labour, on a regular basis.

My house slave/sub will primarily perform domestic duties and assist my personal slave(s) with such. Domestic service will include things such as cleaning, organizing, yard work, household repairs, doing any lifting, carrying, and heavy work associated with building or assembling furniture, and the like. Depending on circumstances, I MAY choose, at my discretion, to permit the house slave to perform more personal tasks for me and/or my personal slave(s), however, this should not be expected, nor will it be required if personal service is not for you.

This position is very much focussed on service for the sake of service, more so than usual. Occasional BDSM play is a  possibility, however, priority for that goes to personal slaves. Knowing that I am pleased with your work should be your biggest motivation. 

I am willing to accept a slave or a full or part time sub for this position. 
The difference is that a slave will be owned, fully, with all the loss of rights that entails; A full time sub will have certain rules and expectations always in place, whether or not they are in my presence, and a part time sub will only be expected to submit to and obey during scheduled times with me. 

Either way, when in my presence, I  expect obedience, not necessarily without question, though without undue hesitation or unnecessary questioning, and to provide me, promptly, with any information that is relevant to the situation.
I also expect respect and deference to be shown to me at all times.

Prior training is not necessary, although it is definitely a plus. A sincere desire to learn, obey, and be pleasing is far more important to me than prior training. I will train you to suit my preferences, either way.

Bear in mind that your position will exist in order to make MY life more pleasant and convenient, not yours. I would like my sub/slave to be fulfilled by their service to me, however, it is not about you. It is about ME.
I am not interested in solving all your problems for you, relieving you of your responsibilities as an adult, or excessive micromanaging.
 That said, I will provide guidance, encouragement, and support in areas of self improvement, with the expectation that you will do the footwork required.

Any potential slave will be interviewed and we will communicate online, followed by telephone contact, to see if it seems like we are compatible.
If it seems likely, we will arrange to meet in a neutral and public location, where we will talk further and get to know one another a bit more. If that meeting is productive and positive, we will meet again, as many times as needed for both of us to feel comfortable moving to the next level.
If all that goes well, the slave will undergo a probation period, during which, they will receive training and will serve me as though in my collar, until such a time as it is determined a more long-term situation is in order. 

I do not take ownership lightly, nor do I stand for "Velcro collars".
Once the collar is on, it is on. If it comes off, it stays off. (This does not apply to temporary, physical removal, as may be needed for medical or other purposes.)

Questions in response to this post are welcome, AFTER you have read the entire post and my profile, to see if your question has already been answered.

Responses that contain "net speak", lack of punctuation, S/slashy T/typing, or rudeness will likely be ignored, as will questions that are already answered in this post or my profile.

**While the parts of your appearance that you have no immediate control over are largely unimportant, I insist that you make the effort to properly bathe and groom yourself routinely, and wear clean clothing. I understand that many of us cannot afford "nice" clothing, but it doesn't cost anything to make the effort to present oneself by making sure that you, and what you have is clean and neat!

Sunday 5 March 2017

The chain is broken

Dear abusive, controlling, bigoted, pathetic waste of oxygen and flesh,

Your methods don't work any more.
They don't work on me, our daughters, or, most especially, our grandchildren.
You are reaping what you have sown, and your former victims have all woken up to our/their own worth and truth.
We will no longer accept blame or responsibility for your or any other adult's actions.
We will not allow you to wield our old, misplaced guilt as a weapon.
We do not accept your world view of what is "right", "normal", or "sane". You have never modelled behaviour that is any of those things, nor have you demonstrated any evidence that you even know what those things mean.
We see your threats as what they are - the feeble blustering of a school yard bully who has finally been stood up to and is long past their prime.
We are no longer afraid of you.
We will not walk on eggshells, careful not to anger you, for fear of what you might do in retaliation.
You have no power over us, or anyone but yourself - if that.
You are a hypocrite of the highest order - accusing your daughter of "abusing" her daughter, by respecting her identity, in the same breath as spewing vile, profane insults against your own child, as you have since she was small, for the crime of not being cowed by your threats.
You attribute going against your will to "mental illness", and tell her to "break the chain".
News flash! The chain is broken!
You were the weak link.
You had a choice. You had love and support. You could have chosen a different path and broken the cycle yourself. You chose instead to continue it.

We have moved on to live in the light and revel in truth and freedom, while you choose to remain in the dark, dank cage of your own creation, moving toward your inevitable, lonely, miserable death.
Like your father before you, you will be destined to die totally alone even if surrounded by your family, a thing to be pitied, rather than feared, let alone respected.
Your legacy will be your children's relief that you are gone, even though they may grieve what might have been, had you chosen differently.

We are not broken. We are whole. We have chosen life. We are not and will not be victims.