I have an announcement to make. [Clears throat, tings fork against glass] – Ladies and gentleman, this is Dancing Beastie’s hundredth post. Hurray, we made it! I’m not sure what we’ve made, but let’s celebrate anyway!
Dancing Beastie started life last September, born out of the urge to record, share and explain what is weird and wonderful about living in an ancestral castle. It still feels like a new project. I’m still trying to get the balance right: in trying to avoid identifying individuals and locations in order to preserve their privacy, I have probably fallen into the trap of being too anodyne. This wasn’t meant to be just a blog of nature notes and pretty pictures. On the other hand, to write about what really feels important to oneself, right now, usually seems too personal and might just…well (shuffles feet)… embarrass us all. Anyway, despite my doubts and ditherings and crises of confidence, I intend to keep going and hope to improve. Meanwhile, thank you so much to everybody who has followed Dancing Beastie so far, or stumbled across it and stayed. Your support has been enormously encouraging.
So, let’s have a giveaway! To mark this little milestone, I’m offering a modest anniversary present. Firstly, a set of ten postcards featuring pictures selected from Dancing Beastie posts. So that you can share the love…
Secondly, a wee pocket guide to – well, it had to be – native British trees. This is a beautifully made little book, produced on recycled paper, featuring engravings from John Evelyn’s ‘Silva’ (1776).
The writer is a woodsman, whose notes touch on history and mythology but concentrate on the practical, giving fascinating snippets of information about, for example, the uses of various woods and berries for firewood, furniture and food.
Lastly, since you can’t have a giveaway without sweeties, I will throw in some good Scottish tablet. Those of you who know tablet will need no further incentive; those of who have never tried it have a treat in store! It is the Scots version of fudge, but infinitely superior: harder and crumbly, so that you can carve it with your teeth. Made of butter and sugar, it is unforgivably fattening and utterly delicious, especially with a cup of tea or coffee. (It won’t be home-made as I know a good source of it locally.)
If you’d like these goodies, please leave a comment below, telling us about your favourite tree – either a species or an individual. I’ll pick a winner out of a hat a week today. Have a lovely weekend, and thanks again for visiting!