Three steps to joy

My day had three parts. The first was in the Scottish poetry library, the great treasure trove.

I returned with a bag of goodies – five books of delicious poetry to feast on, and three bottles of wine. A good ratio!

The wine was for this evening’s event to celebrate gorse, which is sacred to
Lugh, the Celtic sun god, and a symbol of joy. We were unable to get gorse wine, but instead we sampled bramble, elderberry and oak leaf wine, as well as pine ale, heather ale and sloe gin, washed down with lashings of poetry.

In between the library and the reading, I floated in here for an hour…


… In order to find out what it feels like to be these…



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