Introducing the Characters — The Gnomestead

The South Cringle Archduchies Royal Household

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The King is a leader among men
When he orders to arms they don’t say “when”.
The King doesn’t do this all alone
But has advisers to the throne.

000-Cast Intros 031The Queen shares the rule of this land
From household to organizing war band.
She rules at the King’s side
Not just along for the ride.

000-Cast Intros 032Two children have the Queen and King
A Princess and a Prince being peers is their thing.
Along with these youth is a friend.
Maid Martha, fostered, loyal to the end.

000-Cast Intros 033Brother Jacque and The Sister
Are two of the Royal advisers.
They provide sound advice
Sometimes strict but always nice.

000-Cast Intros 034The Forester advises on forests and croplands.
He tries to know what’s in the woods and the crops at hand.
In the keep, you’ll find the Ladies in waiting.
Looking after things keeping them running.

000-Cast Intros 035The foreign agent known simply as “Seven”,
Works very hard often having dinner at eleven.
Father Alex can be found rallying the population spiritually
With advice, wisdom, and sermons some find lively.
Reverend Mother though a bit stern
Has respect and it is well earned.

000-Cast Intros 036There are many ladies in waiting.
Some through the keep, generally keeping.
Others the Royal Family is their domain.
Pages and Equerry do muchly the same.

These are the members of the Royal Household
Some are demure, but most are bold.

000-Cast Intros 037An introduction to The South Cringle Archduchies Royal Household in The Gnomestead Tapestry. Who shall we bio next?

 

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A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 14

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

The King was speechless at the site of the icy coach. Oh wonderful! How ever did you guess that I wanted chilled sorbet for my birthday! Of course in order to make sorbet you need ice to chill the juice or fruit.

The King was speechless at the site of the icy coach.
Oh wonderful! How ever did you guess that I wanted chilled sorbet for my birthday!
Of course in order to make sorbet you need ice to chill the juice or fruit.

But I was hoping for a carriage of my own for my birthday. The King simply raised his hand nodding towards the stables.

But I was hoping for a carriage of my own for my birthday.
The King simply raised his hand nodding towards the stables.

(We gotta run out of the white horses at some point)

(We gotta run out of the white horses at some point)

(Looks like a bit of a lemon) (That's yellow gold. The Princess loves yellow.)

(Looks like a bit of a lemon)
(That’s yellow gold. The Princess loves yellow.)

Oh Mum and Dad! I just love it! This is a beautiful carriage!

Oh Mum and Dad! I just love it! This is a beautiful carriage!

I love this even more than the nice ring you gave me this morning!

I love this even more than the nice ring you gave me this morning!

An ice ring?

An ice ring?

Ohhh! She wanted a "nice" carriage.

Ohhh! She wanted a “nice” carriage.

That’s the conclusion to “A Nice Ring To It.” I hope uou enjoyed it. Look for the start of “The South Cringle Archduchies” in a few days!

The holiday season is here and with the season comes thoughts of charity. I urge you to follow through with those thoughts and give to the charity of your choice. I also hope you remember the spirit of giving through the rest of the year.

If you are interested, check out We’ll Make Cents’ “Standing With Courage” project and their “50-Cents – a Jar of Change” drive.

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 13

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

At long last the experts from the far, far, north had arrived! These were the long awaited experts with ice and snow!

At long last the experts from the far, far, north had arrived!
These were the long awaited experts with ice and snow!

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The experts are left to plan. ...and then create the carriage of ice.

The experts are left to plan.
…and then create the carriage of ice.

Soon, it was time to present the Princess with her birthday gift. Your Majesty, on behalf of the knights and population of the kingdom — we present this gift to the Princess.

Soon, it was time to present the Princess with her birthday gift.
Your Majesty, on behalf of the knights and population of the kingdom — we present this gift to the Princess.

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“A Nice Ring To It.” will be concluded! Watch for it!

The holiday season is here and with the season comes thoughts of charity. I urge you to follow through with those thoughts and give to the charity of your choice. I also hope you remember the spirit of giving through the rest of the year.

If you are interested, check out We’ll Make Cents’ “Standing With Courage” project and their “50-Cents – a Jar of Change” drive.

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – Conclusion Coming!

Conclusion coming to “A Nice Ring To It”.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.” will be concluded on December 12th. I hope you enjoyed it. Look for the start of “The South Cringle Archduchies” Starting December 14!

The holiday season is here and with the season comes thoughts of charity. I urge you to follow through with those thoughts and give to the charity of your choice. I also hope you remember the spirit of giving through the rest of the year.

If you are interested, check out We’ll Make Cents’ “Standing With Courage” project and their “50-Cents – a Jar of Change” drive.

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 12

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

Within the dark walls of the castle there was a chamber sometimes used for storage.. They had never gotten round to using it as a dungeon...

Within the dark walls of the castle there was a chamber sometimes used for storage..
They had never gotten round to using it as a dungeon…

Brother Jacque had the walls lined with a thick layer of straw to keep in the damp cold and preserve

Brother Jacque had the walls lined with a thick layer of straw
to keep in the damp cold and preserve

...all of the ice of the previous attempts. I was planning to store food here. This left the chamber very cold.

…all of the ice of the previous attempts.
I was planning to store food here.
This left the chamber very cold.

It was a tight squeeze through the massive doors at one end of the chamber

It was a tight squeeze through the massive doors at one end of the chamber

But they made it through -- Barely...

But they made it through — Barely…

...or Barry... Barry being the name of the Queen's pet pachyderm.

…or Barry… Barry being the name of the Queen’s pet pachyderm.

All that was needed was the carvers...

All that was needed was the carvers…

The postern door opened

The postern door opened

The torches guttered! ...and nearly went out!

The torches guttered!
…and nearly went out!

“A Nice Ring To It.” will be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short of previous cartoons — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

The holiday season is here and with the season comes thoughts of charity. I urge you to follow through with those thoughts and give to the charity of your choice. I also hope you remember the spirit of giving through the rest of the year.

If you are interested, check out We’ll Make Cents’ “Standing With Courage” project and their “50-Cents – a Jar of Change” drive.

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 11

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

While the ice was being gotten, Sir Niceguy and Lord Cavalier Travel north on advice, to get some specialists at carving ice.

While the ice was being gotten, Sir Niceguy and Lord Cavalier
Travel north on advice, to get some specialists at carving ice.

As quick as possible they returned home with two experts from the lands of ice and snow.

As quick as possible they returned home with two experts
from the lands of ice and snow.

Soon the small iceberg was brought back safely...? Oh No! Not again! It melted! That's not big enough or a cart! Yes, it seems we are foiled again. All but Sir Norseguy are dismayed.

Soon the small iceberg was brought back safely…?
Oh No! Not again! It melted!
That’s not big enough or a cart!
Yes, it seems we are foiled again.
All but Sir Norseguy are dismayed.

As teams of oxen tugged mightily on stout rope Sir Norseguy said cryptically... Vait or it. But they didn't have long to wait.

As teams of oxen tugged mightily on stout rope Sir Norseguy said cryptically…
Vait or it.
But they didn’t have long to wait.

A Nice Ring to It 079And it wasn't very long before the true size off the iceberg was made known... I think we're going to need a few more oxen. And perhaps the Queen's pachyderm. ...and it ground to a halt on the ramp leading from the sea.

And it wasn’t very long before the true size off the iceberg was made known…
I think we’re going to need a few more oxen.
And perhaps the Queen’s pachyderm.
…and it ground to a halt on the ramp leading from the sea.

“A Nice Ring To It.” will be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

The holiday season is here and with the season comes thoughts of charity. I urge you to follow through with those thoughts and give to the charity of your choice. I also hope you remember the spirit of giving through the rest of the year.

If you are interested, check out We’ll Make Cents’ “Standing With Courage” project and their “50-Cents – a Jar of Change” drive.

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 10

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

I'll take my ship, Squire Norseguyson, and stoutest crew and sail out... ...to where the ice bergs sail, and there...

I’ll take my ship, Squire Norseguyson, and stoutest crew and sail out…
…to where the ice bergs sail, and there…

Another viking ship swiftly overtakes Sir Norseguy! It is Lady Norseguy! NORSEGUY! I know you're plotting something! You aren't sailing without ME! It is Lady Norseguy, Sir Norseguy's wife and her shield maidens.

Another viking ship swiftly overtakes Sir Norseguy! It is Lady Norseguy!
NORSEGUY! I know you’re plotting something! You aren’t sailing without ME!
It is Lady Norseguy, Sir Norseguy’s wife and her shield maidens.

Icebergs are dangerous, but the Norse are skillful and their boats crafty. (They don't seem so big from far away...) ...and soon the two ships are deftly maneuvered near one...

Icebergs are dangerous, but the Norse are skillful and their boats crafty.
(They don’t seem so big from far away…)
…and soon the two ships are deftly maneuvered near one…

Why don't we try or a slightly smaller one, shall we? This one would drag us clear to the tropics (I don't have any problem with that.) ...and so they sought out a smaller one... a much smaller one.

Why don’t we try or a slightly smaller one, shall we?
This one would drag us clear to the tropics
(I don’t have any problem with that.)
…and so they sought out a smaller one… a much smaller one.

A smaller berg was found and secured with rope. (Now we're really Nice Ring to It 0 Haulin' Ice!) (I still liked the idea of the Tropics.) for the voyage home.

A smaller berg was found and secured with rope.
(Now we’re really Nice Ring to It 0 Haulin’ Ice!)
(I still liked the idea of the Tropics.)
for the voyage home.

“A Nice Ring To It.” will be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

The holiday season is here and with the season comes thoughts of charity. I urge you to follow through with those thoughts and give to the charity of your choice. I also hope you remember the spirit of giving through the rest of the year.

If you are interested, check out We’ll Make Cents’ “Standing With Courage” project and their “50-Cents – a Jar of Change” drive.

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 9

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

The knights talked late into the night trying to find a solution.

The knights talked late into the night trying to find a solution.

...and into the small hours of the morning.

…and into the small hours of the morning.

With very little coming of it.

With very little coming of it.

The knights just could not figure out a better way to get the large chunk of ice to the castle.

The knights just could not figure out a better way to get
the large chunk of ice to the castle.

I told you Sister wouldn't know.

I told you Sister wouldn’t know.

I'm sure they are floating islands Norseguyson.

I’m sure they are floating islands Norseguyson.

No Your Highness, I seen dem up close. Dem iceburgs really are made of ice!

No Your Highness, I seen dem up close. Dem iceburgs really are made of ice!

We are asking Frere Jacque — no more arguing! Yes Princess. Yes Princess. Yes Princess. Good Morning Sir Knights! Good Morning Sir Knights! Good Morning Sir Knights! Good Morning Sir Knights! (?)

We are asking Frere Jacque — no more arguing!
Yes Princess. Yes Princess. Yes Princess.
Good Morning Sir Knights! Good Morning Sir Knights! Good Morning Sir Knights! Good Morning Sir Knights!
(?)

Sir Norseguy got an idea! Good morning Highnesses, Brother, children... Good morning Highnesses, Brother, children. (!) He wasn't used to getting them.

Sir Norseguy got an idea!
Good morning Highnesses, Brother, children… Good morning Highnesses, Brother, children.
(!)
He wasn’t used to getting them.

Sir Norseguy outlines his plans... De icebergs come dis far sout even dis late in Yune. When he was excited, Sir Norseguy's accent sometimes still showed.

Sir Norseguy outlines his plans…
De icebergs come dis far sout even dis late in Yune.
When he was excited, Sir Norseguy’s accent sometimes still showed.

“A Nice Ring To It.” will be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

The holiday season is here and with the season comes thoughts of charity. I urge you to follow through with those thoughts and give to the charity of your choice. I also hope you remember the spirit of giving through the rest of the year.

If you are interested, check out We’ll Make Cents’ “Standing With Courage” project and their “50-Cents – a Jar of Change” drive.

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 8

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

The knights gathered on the ramparts and discussed what next they should try... Smoother Road! ...take too long... Larger chunk of ice? No wagon large enough... Insulate it with straw? ...still need too large a wagon. Try as they might they could not find an answer.

The knights gathered on the ramparts and discussed what next they should try…
Smoother Road! …take too long…
Larger chunk of ice? No wagon large enough…
Insulate it with straw? …still need too large a wagon.
Try as they might they could not find an answer.

Brother Jacque had an important question. Just what do you want this huge chunk of ice for anyway? Maybe you could do whatever it is... there? But whether or not to tell the good brother, was an issue.

Brother Jacque had an important question.
Just what do you want this huge chunk of ice for anyway?
Maybe you could do whatever it is… there?
But whether or not to tell the good brother, was an issue.

The knights silently pondered. ? ? ? (I wonder what we're having for dinner?) ? ? ?

The knights silently pondered.
? ? ? (I wonder what we’re having for dinner?) ? ? ?

It's a surprise. Sir Squarehead simply said.

It’s a surprise.
Sir Squarehead simply said.

That is the only other solution I can come up with good Sir Knights. Go to the ice. Thank you Brother Jacque, I'll have to see if that will work. The Knights' next move was to see if the Princess' party could be moved!

That is the only other solution I can come up with good Sir Knights.
Go to the ice.
Thank you Brother Jacque, I’ll have to see if that will work.
The Knights’ next move was to see if the Princess’ party could be moved!

The knights brought forward the idea of having the party in the mountains to the King. No. Who didn't much care for the idea.

The knights brought forward the idea of having the party in the mountains to the King.
No.
Who didn’t much care for the idea.

“A Nice Ring To It.” will be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

The holiday season is here and with the season comes thoughts of charity. I urge you to follow through with those thoughts and give to the charity of your choice. I also hope you remember the spirit of giving through the rest of the year.

If you are interested, check out We’ll Make Cents’ “Standing With Courage” project and their “50-Cents – a Jar of Change” drive.

DWPenner

A Nice Ring To It. — The Gnomestead Tapestry – part 7

The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

A Nice Ring To It.

They were glad to have the team of horses helping hold back the wagon. Crack! Perhaps the trail even felt rougher with the weight of the ice.

They were glad to have the team of horses helping hold back the wagon.
Crack!
Perhaps the trail even felt rougher with the weight of the ice.

The rough trail had taken a toll on the large chunk or ice already. (maybe we can fix it with some glue...) Or perhaps Brother Jacque might be able to mend it with water?

The rough trail had taken a toll on the large chunk or ice already.
(maybe we can fix it with some glue…)
Or perhaps Brother Jacque might be able to mend it with water?

Sir Biff made a command decision. Sir Peanut, a fast rider and sound of mind, he sent ahead. Sir Peanut, ride ahead and get another wagon. We'll want more ice and snow to patch this. They would follow at a slower safer pace.

Sir Biff made a command decision. Sir Peanut, a fast rider and sound of mind, he sent ahead.
Sir Peanut, ride ahead and get another wagon. We’ll want more ice and snow to patch this.
They would follow at a slower safer pace.

Swiftly Sir Peanut rode to the castle!

Swiftly Sir Peanut rode to the castle!

Many knights speculated on Sir Peanut's return, but Brother Jacque asked...

Many knights speculated on Sir Peanut’s return, but Brother Jacque asked…

...and so he joined Sir Peanut as they headed back to the mountains.

…and so he joined Sir Peanut as they headed back to the mountains.

When Sir Peanut returned and caught up with the others There had been some developments.

When Sir Peanut returned and caught up with the others
There had been some developments.

Brother Jacque saw the ice had broken into chunks on the rough road. I think this beyond my skills Sir Knights. The knights needed a new plan, for they would not give up!

Brother Jacque saw the ice had broken into chunks on the rough road.
I think this beyond my skills Sir Knights.
The knights needed a new plan, for they would not give up!

“A Nice Ring To It.” will be continued! Watch for it!

“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a  5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…

The holiday season is here and with the season comes thoughts of charity. I urge you to follow through with those thoughts and give to the charity of your choice. I also hope you remember the spirit of giving through the rest of the year.

If you are interested, check out We’ll Make Cents’ “Standing With Courage” project and their “50-Cents – a Jar of Change” drive.

DWPenner