Hello all -- Happy St. Patrick's day everyone . . .

For those who may not have noticed, the GotMead site has been using traditional Celtic colors of green and gold, and the font is also Celtic. The knotwork around Vicky's Meadwench logo is taken directly from the Irish book of Kells, a composition by Irish monks.

Myself, I've had a pint of Guinness (I'm a third shift worker, so this morning is my evening) in honor of the day, shared with my rescue hound who also favors the black stuff. Poor pFredd! Oskaar needs to share . . . I swear that's a pleading look he's wearing.

Time to go walk the dogs -- I'll be listening to a Chieftains CD on the walkman. Happy St. Patrick's day everyone!

Back to mead -- there is a mead tradition in Irish tradition, but it's way way back in the mythic cycles. It seems mostly connected with the Iron age Celts -- an example, Finn MacCumhail was served a goblet of mead on arrival at a Celtic stronghold, very similar to traditions touched on in Germanic and Norse stories. Another very intriquing reference in Joyce's translation of the story of the Children of Lir to hazel mead. The hazel tree is is symbolic of wisdom in the ancient Irish myths. . . .

Gotta go! The dogs are wanting their walk.