Inside the Bottle: Whisky and Daydreams

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I was having myself a little daydream earlier… my thoughts took me off to laying in a meadow, on my back on a blanket in the tall grass…

The weather was lovely, not too much heat in the sun, a fresh breeze almost made the grass hush and whisper as it caressed the fabric of my dress against me…the sun gently kissing my cheeks. Bees and butterflies doing what they need to. The sun warming the wicker picnic basket, releasing the scent of the light woody notes.

The grass has flattened where we sit and the scent of soil passes in the air.

The remnants of the fruitcake are garnering interest from some feathered friends, I pick up a sliced almond from the top and toss it in to the air… something will eat it later…

The fruit from the cake, the raisins, cherries and dark sugar leave my fingers needing to be licked clean…such richness.

I find a wrapper with a little dark chocolate… who popped that in? It smells delicious, I think I’ll have to be chased round the field to work a few calories off if I have a piece, this picnic has been quite sumptuous…even though I forgot the scones, the fruit jam pots were devoured. And why not?!

Thankfully I don’t have to drive so I can sip this little whisky in my hand…

A lovely smoothness on my tongue. It’s mingling with the bitterness of the chocolate…yum!! It’s quite full on the palate. I’m getting a little nuttiness… it’s slightly too sweet for a moment, but hey that’s what I get sometimes. Doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s just my tastebuds. Ah…see, it’s settled again. There’s a little orange type bitterness too, and some lovely spices leave a delicious warmth as I swallow. I enjoyed that…

I pick up my wrap and pull it round my shoulders as the clouds begin to hide the sun… maybe time to finish the coffees and head home.

Back in the real world…

The world is struggling to cope… struggling to live, and hoping beyond hope that this pandemic abates. Soon. Somehow.

I’ve seen posts where people have lost loved ones and friends, yet at this time they can’t even go and say goodbye. Added cruelty to such heartbreaking times.

I’m sure there were people we know about who are facing things other’s know nothing about.

This poem came to mind:


GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann © 1927

This reminds me to be kind, to seek kindness. To be grateful for each day, to be thankful for all that I have… to dream of all that I could have…and to smile.

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