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simon3
2005-04-08 13:16:15
A Wheen o' Whin
Ahh, whin. Whin (gorse or furze) featured in my nearly forgotten childhood in Northern Ireland. It was used to colour eggs at Easter. Before Bleck, another Scot said "Pit some gorse flooers in the watter when ye bile yer Easter egg and it’ll come oot a bonnie gowden broon." (Well some Scots may have said this).
Certainly there's a lot of whin about in Wicklow. I always associate it with south facing slopes where it shines yellow in the sun for a long season. Just as well if you believe the saying "that when the gorse is not in bloom, kissing is out of fashion."
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