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Ahh, whin. Whin (.. by simon3   (Show all posts)
Bleck Cra
2005-04-06 21:35:07
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A Wheen o' Whin
Funny how as the highest ticket communicators on earth, we cling to our points of reference: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” or “very like a whale”. But my unfavourite of all time is “Ah the whin: yes, just like vanilla or coconut ….” or some other scandalous comparison. The truth is, the underplayed scent of whin is so fantastical, so captivatingly odd and distant, that it defies comparison. The whin is the most devilishly magical weed God (or his beloved light bearer) ever forked into this earth. If you plant sibling cuttings in the same ground, one will grow up, the other out. Rain the same rain on six cloned plants and watch 6 different interpretations emerge. John Joseph gives up and leaves them as windbreaks for indolent cattle; the buzzy bees float in them, all sheets to the wind; and the Reverend Doctor (and one-time photographer), threatens to set them on fire. If you do little more this weekend than get up, get up and fumble into whin country, to my two favourite whin loaneys: a minute into the Bloody Bridge Track, ex Newcastle or immediately on to the Trassey Track, ex Bryansford. It is here you will find yourself submerged in a sunshine yellow haze of eau de whin, that will transport you into a world of mists, dreams and memory. Boughs of it hung outdoors to ward off witches, the black reek of it burning ahead of battle; even a gnat’s of it in your whiskey for good measure and you can try this with it bound to a broom handle, when the priests and prelates are a-bed. Sweep east to west and repeat after me 'out with evil, from this house, as the sun travels bring us peace'
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davsheen 3 days ago.
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Bunsen7 3 days ago.
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davsheen 3 days ago.
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Onzy 5 days ago.
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ewen a week ago.
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