How the Pussy Willow got its name

Spring gets nearer, and a symbol of the season is the Pussy Willow. Salix discolor is its botanical name, and its fuzzy buds that emerge in spring are excellent for floral arrangements or stunning in a bunch by themselves. You can leave a bunch of pussy willow branches in water and they will form roots. You can then transplant these cuttings into your garden, they will grow into a new shrubs and you can take cuttings off them for many more years. But why is it that the pussy willow…

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The Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle

We are adjacent to St Nicholas’s Churchyard in Newcastle Upon Tyne where, for over a hundred years, the Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle has perched above the ornate rear door of the historic Cathedral Buildings. Still today no one is quite sure why this blood-sucking grotesque character was created, its provenance and significance are unknown, but probably is an original feature of the building built in 1901. Locals tell a story about a grave robbers who were wandering in the area until one dark night the fanged beastie rose on the…

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The Moon Rabbit: an explanation about the Pareidolia of the lunar craters.

You know, simply put, the markings on the moon that look like a rabbit pounding in a pestle? This is what is known in science as a ‘pareidolia’, an image or sound that appears to be something significant. The Moon: how many poems and legends has inspired with its pale, romantic glow. Of these legends one expecially strikes in particular for its ancient and poignant beauty. Originally of oriental culture, the legend of the “rabbit on the moon” is little known in the West. His protagonist is a bunny, who…

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