Sunday, November 02, 2008

GINNIE THE WITCH - CRITTERS SUNDAY

Following on from "Hop Ta Naa" the Isle of Man celebration that is now intermingled with Halloween I give you "Ginnie The Witch." Alternative spelling of Jinnie can be found too. What do witches have, a black cat of course. This one isn't actually true black if you look closely, but the eyes are true green. Back to Ginnie.

Ginne the witch is the "Manx English" version of the Hop Tu Naa from yesterday. Here's the poem. Well two versions of the poem. Just to be typically Manx, why have one just one version.

Ginnie The Witch

Hop-tu-Naa
My mother's gone away
And she won't be back until the morning
Jinnie the Witch flew over the house
To fetch the stick to lather the mouse
Hop-tu-Naa
My mother's gone away
And she won't be back until the morning
Hop-tu-Naa, Traa-la-laa
Or alonger version

Hop-tu-naa put in a pot
Hop-tu-naa I scolded me throat
Hop-tu-naa I met an old woman
Hop-tu-naa She was baking bonnags
Hop-tu-naa I asked for a bit
Hop-tu-naa she gave me a bit
as big as me big toe
Hop-tu-naa she dipped it in milk
Hop-tu-naa she wrapped it in silk
Hop-tu-naa, Traa la lay
Jinnie the witch is in you house
Give me a penny and I'll chase her out
Hop-tu-naa, Traa la lay
More Manx Madness on Ramsey Daily Photo. The original one. You will always here it here first.

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55 comments:

Susie of Arabia said...

Such lovely green eyes - so striking against her black fur! Great shot!

GrandAnglais said...

I'm off to bake some bonnags!Lovely cat.

Ken said...

Love the green eyes, mesmerizing.

Tootie said...

Even though some people think they are bad luck; I do not. :-) I think it is a beautiful cat.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Love those green eyes!

ChrissyM said...

Love those eyes!! Gorgeous cat!!

magiceye said...

couple of beamers there!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Lovely cat and interesting poems.

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

spooky and wonderful! I love cats - very interesting animals.

Lilli & Nevada said...

what a cute black cat with some neat looking eyes Great poems too

Chantelle said...

love the poem and the kitty is gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Black cat, green eyes = lovely! I enjoyed reading the poem/song.

Meg in Nelson said...

Baboshka, we're leaving you a wee thanks to you in our Nov 3 post. Rules, etc., are there if you want to continue the thread.

OK, not at all a cat person, so I'm making a quick exit now.

Chrisss said...

Fantastic eyes. Great shot!

Chrisss said...

Fantastic eyes. Great shot!

Denise said...

Ginnie is an adorable little cat, such a pretty face. Great photo!

Luke Wiley said...

Wow. Mesmerizing green eyes!

Priyanka Khot said...

That cat is sure scary. Weren't u afraid to go so near it. I have this incurable fear of cats. I'm more of a dog person.

Aileni said...

Super black cat - but then they are, aren't they.

Sally said...

Is Ginnie a true Manx cat?

Abraham Lincoln said...

This looks like the black panther we have since our daughter moved back in with us. He bit me too but now, after several weeks we are becoming good friends.

Marie Reed said...

That looks like my kitty bonsai!

Mo said...

The black cat appears friendly. How about ginnie the witch? A healer of sorts? Fascinating folk lore.

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Lovely! I was watching QI the other night and it was the one with the terrifying cat - it kind of reminds me of that lol!
Ciao

Scarlet x

Dragonstar said...

Beautiful cat! I love black cats and the way they LOOK at you.
I've enjoyed your Hop-Tu-Naa posts.

George Townboy said...

Another great post! I'm really enjoying learning about all the quirky customs, lol.

Dan said...

Great cat pic! Cats always remind me of the virtues of keeping quite and acting deliberately. Even and idiot can look wise when they act like that!

Webradio said...

Beautiful cat ! Is it Yours ???

Thank You for the text...

Adriana said...

Love those eyes,I like cat!

dot said...

She has gorgeous green eyes! Cute poems too.

B. Roan said...

Lovely green eyes this witchy kitty has. The poem is a nice addition. BJ

splummer said...

Hi!
That's a beautiful cat!!! And loved the poem! Thanks for stopping by my place. Take Care!!

Sherrie

Neo said...

Beautiful cat!
I have read that in Spain belief is stray white hairs on a black cat bring good luck
I have had a couple black cats, I love cats but stay away from owning black ones as they seem very skidish...
the eyes are gorgeous

A Blog In The Rough said...

love the green eyes! and love the song too, I dont think we have any halloween songs here in the U.S.

Louis la Vache said...

She seems to be saying MEOW! Who the h-e-double hockeysticks gave you permission to take MY picture?!

;-)

twobarkingdogs said...

Beautiful!

Belgrade Daily Photo said...

Very beautiful kitty!

Karl said...

I hate when cats half shut their eyes when you take photos of them.

oglasi said...

wow

nagchampafeeling said...

i like the poem :)

R and J said...

I read your postings about the Manx Halloween traditions - all is very-very interesting; and tried to find some connection between Norwegian language... too many thoughts to comment here...
PS. Thank for visiting!

Carletta said...

What a lovely kitty!
Those green eyes are stunning.
Thanks for sharing the poem with us - you so do your research and well I might add.

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Gorgeous cat...we've owned two black and they are always the sweethearts. Very nice photo as well!

Tina
Pfeiffer Photos
pfeifferphotos.blogspot.com

Lynette said...

What a great photo of a natural beauty. I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing your recent posts. Please, if you have a moment, check out the start of our latest fun, at ELLEA, #1, or Edna, Lucy, and Lynette’s Excellent Adventure, #1.

Martha said...

Gorgeous crutter! And perfect for Halloween weekend! I was checking out the front page of your blog, you are a wonderful photographer! :-)

Boise Diva said...

Hi little sweetie kitty! You're quite the internet superstar, I hope someone told you!

Alan said...

Wonderful green eyes. Cat eyes are nearly always intriguing.

Gattina said...

I must be a witch ! I also have a black cat !
Your cat looks cute !

Daryl said...

This is just wonderful .. our Gus who looks just liek this has cataracts and his eyes are no longer clear now and they reflect the flash so I dont have many open eye head on shots .. this is how he used to look when he was younger .. thanks for reminding me!

:-Daryl

Ming the Merciless said...

She's got such pretty eyes.

gogouci said...

Oooh, spooky green eyes.

Z'riz said...

Nice shot...cute familiar (cat) hehehehe :)

Momo said...

Great Pic

Becky said...

How can you have posted this within the last hour and have this many comments already?!? I thought I was on top of things!

I guess that's what happens when you have such a great blog. Congratulations!

It's funny...I kind of have a self-contest going. The most comments I've ever received on one photoblog posting is 9. It's happened twice, but the second time, unfortunately, simply tied with my previous record instead of breaking it, as I'd hoped. It's a way of motivating myself to take better pictures, comment on more blogs, and explore CDP more often for even more blogs to enjoy. (I currently follow 38 on Bloglines.)

Sorry, long comment just to say that I think this is one of the most beautiful cats I've ever seen. I love the eyes. (And I'm not a cat person.) Happy Sunday!

Aathira said...

She's a beauty !

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