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    Default Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Here's wishing you all a fine St. Patrick's day!

    Not being one for green beer, I'd rather toast with a true Celtic beverage, a fine honey mead. I will be imbibing a bit of well-aged and lightly-oaked traditional mead and will wish all GotMeaders good health!

    To get in the spirit here's a little classic Irish poetry (there's plenty more there).


    THE FLOWER OF NiyT-BROWN MAIDS.

    [From the seuenteenth century Irish.]

    If thou wilt come with me to the County of Leitrim,

    Flower of Nut-brown Maids
    Honey of bees and mead to the beaker's brim

    I'll offer thee, Nut-brown Maid.
    Where the pure air floats o'er the swinging boats of the

    strand,
    Under the white-topped wave that laves the edge of the

    sand.
    There without fear we will wander together, hand clasped
    in hand,
    Flower of Nut-brown Maids.

    My heart never gave you liking or love,
    Said the Flower of Nut-brown Maids ;

    Though sweet are your words, there's black famine above,
    Said the Flower of Nut-brown Maids ;

    Will gentle words, feed me when need and grim hunger
    come by ?

    Better be free, than with thefe to the woodlands to fly ;

    What gain to us both if together we famish and die ?
    Wept the Flower of Nut-brown Maids.

    I saw her coming towards me o'er the face of the mountain
    Like a star glinmiering through the mist ;

    In the field of furze where the slow cows were browsing,
    In pledge of our love we kissed ;

    In the bend of the hedge where the tall trees play with
    the sun,

    I wrote her the lines that should bind us for ever in one ;

    Had you a right to deny me the dues I had won,
    O Flower of Nut-brown Maids ?
    My' grief and my torment that thou art not here with me now,
    Flower of Nut-brown Maids ?

    Alooe, all alone, it matters not where or how,
    O Flower of Nut-brown Maids ;
    On a slender bed, O little black head, strained close to thee,
    Or a heap of hay, until break of day, it were one to me,
    Laughiiig in gladness and glee together, with none to see,
    My Flower of Nut-brown Maids.

    Eleanor Hull.

    Lanne pase toujou pi bon
    (Past years are always better)

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    How do you find these things??

    Anyway, once my work day is done, I'll be commemorating the holiday with a few glasses of one of my traditional meads, followed by a bomber of Yeti (Imperial Espresso Stout from Great Divide Brewing here in the Denver area).

    After that, most things may look a little more green, myself included.
    Na zdrowie!

    Wayne B.

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    I wore green to work today, but since my eyes are green I don't really need to.

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    My army uniform is green so go me! I wish I had some traditional mead just lying around...

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    Not only is it St. Patrick's day, but tonight is also our monthly beer club meeting with our annual Corn Beef and Cabbage dinner. So tonight I'm taking a lime mead, they will just have to imagine that it is green :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Medsen Fey View Post
    Here's wishing you all a fine St. Patrick's day!

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    And Also With You!

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    I'm 1/4 Irish, so I'm covered there. That said, today at work we decided to have some Holi. Nothing against green beer, but throwing color was more fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akueck View Post
    I'm 1/4 Irish, so I'm covered there. That said, today at work we decided to have some Holi. Nothing against green beer, but throwing color was more fun.
    1/2 here, but who's counting....looks like you had great fun...I planned to brew today, but had some unexpected occurrences this AM that pushed plans back to next Tuesday...

    Kicking back with some barleywine after a fairly longish day....

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    I just don't have that much fun at work! And I was writing curriculum all day, anyway.

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    I made soda bread for the emgerency room crew (my working abode) then left to play Irish ballads with a folk band I hang out with. Had two sessions, a local nursing home and then 3 hours at Knights of Columbus. Even managed to get in a Guinness or two. That's me to the left.

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    Soda bread...Mmmmmmmm....

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