Artisan Irish Gin

Mar 28, 2015 by

Ireland is famous for its whiskey, but did you know that it also produces outstanding artisan Irish gin?


Gin, that most colonial, most British of spirits, is now being made in Ireland (formerly ruled by Britain) at two distilleries: The Dingle Distillery in Kerry and the Blackwater Distillery in Waterford. Although gin is usually referred to as London dry gin, this drink of the Empire in fact owes its existence to an Irishman, Aeneas Coffey. Coffey, born in 1780, redesigned the column still to allow a more efficient–and purer–distillation of spirits, giving birth to the classic dry gin. Now the story of gin has come full circle back to Ireland.

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The Dingle Distillery produces its artisan Irish gin in small batches of 500 liters.  The distillery also makes whiskey (first batch to be released in 2016) and vodka. Image source

The Dingle Distillery in County Kerry prides itself on its use of Irish botanicals in creating their artisan Irish gin:

We are not prepared to reveal our recipe but are happy to give some idea of what is involved in creating the unique flavour profile of Dingle Original Gin.. We use, amongst other botanicals, rowan berry from the mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather for a taste of the Kerry landscape. It’s a formula unknown elsewhere and is calculated, amongst other things, to create some sense of place and provenance, what winemakers might call the gout de terroir.. The spirit is collected at 70% abv and then cut to 40% abv using the purest of water which we draw from our own well, 240 feet below the distillery.

The art of the cocktail has enjoyed a rebirth in the US, and gin is one of the most popular ingredients in both new and traditional recipes. Dingle gin is distributed in the U.S. by A. Hardy USA.   You can follow their production of artisan Irish gin on Twitter and on Facebook.

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Blackwater No 5 is an artisan Irish gin just launched by Blackwater Distillery, Waterford. Image source


Blackwater Distillery from County Waterford just released its artisan Irish gin, which is receiving favorable reviews  from gin aficionados like Jenny in Brighton

Named for the nearby Blackwater River in Cappoquin, the distillery is proud of its bespoke gin:

Our first label – Blackwater No. 5 – is a classic London Dry Gin, distilled from the purest spirit, the finest botanicals and soft local water. Crisp and elegant, it’s great as a G&T, excellent in a cocktail.



 Blackwater is the first micro-distillery to open in Waterford in 174 years, and has plans to produce whiskey as well as artisan Irish gin.  You can follow their gin production on Facebook and Twitter.

As we head towards warmer weather, it’s a good time to taste test these fabulous artisan Irish gins. I will always love whiskey best–sorry, gin.  As a resident of a former British colony, however, I’m proud to make my future gin and tonics with Irish gin.

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Affordable Ireland Tour

Mar 15, 2015 by

The stunning decline of the euro means an affordable Ireland tour may be in the cards again for Americans.

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The ancient Uragh stone circle on the Beara Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland.

When I was in Ireland in 2014, the euro, the Irish national currency, cost about $1.40.  Every where I went, I saw visitors from Germany, the UK, Italy, France–but almost no American visitors.  Why?  Because the weakness of the dollar against the euro meant a trip to Ireland was cost prohibitive for most people from the U.S.  European visitors already use the euro, and the strong pound sterling gave British visitors even more of a bargain.


Affordable Ireland Tour

Crossing the finish line at the Ballabuidhe Sulky races in County Cork, Ireland, August, 2014

Today, the euro is at a 12 year low of $1.05 and is expected to continue its drop for the next two years.   Deutsche Bank expects the euro to drop to $0.85 by the end of 2017.   Essentially, the euro has tumbled because the U.S. economy has been strong against a weak global economy.  You can read more about the cause and effect of the euro’s depreciation HERE and HERE.


I’m terrible at math, but even I can calculate that my trip to Ireland this year will be about 25 % cheaper–woo hoo!   Airfares TO Ireland likely won’t be lower, but once you’re IN Ireland, your dollar will buy you more than it has in a decade. 

Go ahead, run the numbers and start planning your affordable Ireland tour today–

the Emerald Isle is always worth it.

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Irish Party Time

Mar 7, 2015 by

St Patrick’s Day is March 17th, and that means it’s Irish party time! 


Make your party standout with the following tools and decorations that will help you bring the Irish BLING!

Basic, inexpensive and multipurpose, these shamrock cookie cutters come in 3 sizes.  They’re great for cookies, of course, but you can use them to cut out Jello, brownies, ice cream for the brownies, as a butter mold, fondant for cakes, pizza dough to make mini shamrock pizzas—use your imagination!

It’s not a St Patrick’s day party without Guinness.  In Ireland, these Guinness pint glasses are what you’ll find in most pubs. They’re perfect for downing the dark stuff or for ice cream floats.  You can use root beer , but trust me–Guinness over ice cream is amazingly good as a dessert! Click HERE for a simple recipe for a Guinness float.

Shamrock lights are perfect for Irish party time. This Luck of the Irish Light set looks great on a mantle. I usually add some of my green Christmas lights for that extra oomph!  Tip: using plain green lights (without shamrock covers), stuff them in an empty Jameson’s bottle. Place 2 or 3 around and behind the shamrock lights for real Irish bling.  You can do the same with any clear glass piece you like.

You can probably buy St Patrick’s Day table covers at your local party store, usually with green shamrocks or leprechauns and rainbows. Those are fine for a kid’s party. Adult Irish party time needs a bit more sophistication, I think,  and these Irish flag table covers are perfect! They come in a set of three, so you’ll have enough to use throughout the house.

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Irish party Time: Whiskey in the jar!

Irish party time means lots of toe-tapping music.  The best Irish music is in off-the-beaten-path Irish pubs, where you’ll find fine ceilis and craic.  Ah, but we can’t all celebrate in Ireland. A good substitute is Whiskey in the Jar, a two CD set that contains a good mix artists and songs. Click HERE to preview the songs or buy them as digital downloads.  There are many more albums available for your Irish play list–take your pick!

Lá Fhéile Pádraig!**

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

**Lá Fhéile Pádraig is pronounced  Law Ale-yeh Pawd-rig


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Mad Scottish Hares

Feb 23, 2015 by

Did you know that the phrase “mad as a March hare” refers to mad Scottish hares?

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Mad Scottish Hares: Think ye can take me, bucko? Image by Andy Rouse


In the old days, people in the Scottish Highlands observed an annual smack-down between mountain hares, who boxed and scratched each other til one hare ran away. The contest seemed crazy to humans, hence the birth of the well-known phrase. Everyone assumed it was two male hares battling for breeding privileges with the local doe (a female hare). Here’s a video of two mountain hares (in their brown spring coats) in frenzied battle:




Turns out it’s actually a battle between a male hare and a FEMALE hare. She’s weeding out the wimp hares herself, through combat. Only those bucks strong enough to last the bruising round will be considered a worthy mate for her. Female hares are receptive for only a short time, making the local bucks mad to mate–and willing to get punched around to prove their worth.

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Mad Scottish Hares: What part of NO don’t you understand, ye numpty?! Image by Andy Rouse


Not exactly my preferred form of dating, but this kind of March madness seems to fit the

Highland way of life, I reckon.


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Get Right With Jamie Fraser

Feb 20, 2015 by

Do you have a friend who needs to get right with Jamie Fraser?

Sooner or later, we all need to “get right” with somebody, usually God or an in-law.  Friends who haven’t explored Outlander, the book or Outlander, the television series, however, need to get in the right relationship with James Fraser, his wife Claire and the other characters of Diana Gabaldon’s special Highland world. 


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War Chieftain Dougal MacKenzie takes it personally, ye ken.

The second half of Starz’ Outlander series debuts April 4th and it looks to be a stunning finish to Season One. There’s no better time than now to set your friends on the true tartan path with the help of the following Outlandish goodies.


Amazon has the Kindle version of Outlander for just $1.99, a bargain for those who haven’t read the book and want to know what the kilted fuss is all about.  Click HERE to buy the e-book.

This “beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish” has been updated by Diana Gabaldon and will be published March 31st, just enough time to get it before April 4th, if you use fast shipping.  It covers Books 1-4 in the Outlander series.

There are also older versions available of The Outlandish Companion available HERE.

Season One, Volume One of the Starz series, Outlander, will be available on DVD March 3, 2015. This 2 DVD set contains the first 8 episodes of the series based on the book, with several bonus features. Click HERE to pre-order the set and catch up with the series.

Finally, here are a few recent trailers from Starz to whet your appetite until Outlander returns on April 4, 2015:


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Kilted For Mardi Gras

Feb 17, 2015 by

If you love the the wild side of Fat Tuesday, there might be an advantage to being kilted for Mardi Gras.

After all, it’s the last day before the Lenten season of penance and fasting begins. As the Cajuns of Louisiana say: laissez les bon temps rouler–let the good times roll!! 

Snagging some of the purple, green and gold beads thrown by passing  floats has been a highlight of New Awlans’ (honey, don’t say N’awlins--that’s the tourist way) Mardi Gras parades for years. 

Why, young women have even been known to —read no further if you are easily agitated by licentious behavior— bare their breasts just to get those plastic necklaces and fake doubloons.





Well, fair’s fair, I guess.

If you absolutely, positively MUST have those authentic Mardi Gras beads or doubloons, you may want to offer a bit of lagniappe, a little something extra beyond the elegance of your kilted self. Wink, wink.

The parade rider ladies will declare you hawt, but it’s gonna be a mighty cold night in the Big Easy.

I say just buy da beads ya self and preserve the “mystery” of what’s under da kilt, mista.

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Entrudo, Portugal’s Fat Tuesday

Feb 16, 2015 by

In the ancient Celtic region of modern Portugal, Entrudo, meaning carnival, marks the beginning of the Lenten season.

Entrudo is celebrated on Fat Sunday and Fat Tuesday, right before Ash Wednesday, in the northeastern region of Portugal, once home to several Celtic tribes.  Although the modern celebrations are linked to the Christian season of Lent, Entrudo is rooted in pagan Celtic celebrations of spring.

Unlike the hugely popular, elaborate Carnaval of Brazil, complete with dancing showgirls, Entrudo is a traditional, localized festivity.  Even so, it successfully combines pagan Celtic customs with Christianity to express both a wild, primitive sense of fun AND a Lenten tone that impresses all who watch.

Not that Christianity can’t be fun, of course, but we’re talking about Lent, a time for penance, reflection, and fasting–not exactly a raucous time.

Entrudo in Podence, northeastern Portugal.

Colorful caretos at the Entrudo in Podence, northeastern Portugal. Image by TM

The three day Entrudo is most common in the Bragança area of Portugal.

Like Carnivale in Brazil and Mardi Gras in America, Entrudo is a noisy, exciting, colorful adventure through the streets of town–but on a smaller scale. Symbolically, winter is driven away and spring is welcomed.  Masks are worn, bounteous food and drink is available, and traditional masqueraders like the caretos roam the streets causing mischief and scaring people.  Sounds a bit like the Celtic festival of Samhain, aka Halloween, doesn’t it?

The energetic caretos are usually young men wearing green, yellow, red, black and blue fringed wool quilts. Their masks may be made of wood, leather or metal and are distinctive for their beaked noses.  They carry a mace or staff and are adorned with bells that herald their arrival with “tinkling”.

The caretos run wildly through the local streets in large groups, their loud shouting almost drowned out by the tintinnabulation of their many bells. Think of Halloween trick-or-treaters, but older and with too much caffeine in their system.   The caretos’ craziness can seem a bit wild, even frightening, to tourists, especially young women who are the primary targets of the caretos. That behavior relates to the Celtic fertility aspect of Entrudo.


Gotcha! Women are the main target for caretos during Entrudo. Image by Rosino



Young girl dressed as a careto during Entrudo in Podence, Portugal. Image by Rosino.



Entrudo: Caretos and carnival on Fat Tuesday. Image via Pinterest.

Although Podence is famous for its Entrudo, other parts of northern Portugal hold their own unique carnivals for Fat Tuesday. Here’s a video from the city of Bragança–watch for the plaid-covered bull (a common Celtic symbol of fertility); the traditional bagpipers playing gaitas, and the amazing variety of costumes and masks.



Here’s a photo of a fabulous masquerader from the small village of Lazarim. His costume has an agrarian theme: corn cobs strung together for the outer costume; a mask carved from alder wood by a local craftsmen; gloves adorned with dried corn kernels and a donkey to ride upon (both pagan and Christian symbolism).

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Corn man at Entrudo in Lazarim, Portugal. Image by Alfredo Miguel Romero via Flickr

Here’s a short video of other caretos at Entrudo in Lazarim, 2010.

Oh, look at the cute, fluffy ram costume–wait–is THAT what I think it is?!

Only at a Portuguese Entrudo are you likely to see a pagan fertility careto marching alongside a nun while she hands out blessings to the crowd!

I think I have a new item for my Celtic bucket list.

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Love Poems Of William Butler Yeats

Feb 11, 2015 by

 Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what better gift for your beloved than the love poems of William Butler Yeats?

After all, Yeats was Ireland’s greatest poet. Brilliantly quoting from the lyrical love poems of William Butler Yeats is more likely to win his or her heart than gambling on a fat, winged baby to hit the correct target.


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Love Poems of William Butler Yeats: A Drinking Song



A Drinking Song may seem a strange title for a love poem. Yeat’s words, however, make clear that this brief verse is a toast to love, not to wine.


Romance is not just for the young. In When You Are Old, Yeats reminds us that love can be eternal.


Love Poems of William Butler Yeats: “He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven.” The image is “The Meeting on the Turret Stairs” (1864), by Irish painter Sir Frederic Burton (1816-1900)


Yeats’ He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven is a beautiful, eloquent love poem.  I’ve paired this heartfelt verse with an exceptionally romantic painting: “The Meeting on the Turret Stairs”, by Irish painter Sir Frederic Burton. This painting was voted Ireland’s favorite painting in 2012.


Christopher Plummer (he has Scottish ancestry) gives a poignant reading of Brown Penny in this clip from the 2005 film Must Love Dogs.

Yeats tell us we can never know the good and the bad that comes with loving someone.

Don’t try to seek advice from scholars or fortune tellers–just go and love, says Yeats, for “one cannot begin it too soon.”

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Kilted Valentines

Feb 2, 2015 by

February is here and it’s time for Kilted Valentines!

Better than chocolate or flowers, you get 12 months of aye candy in our Kilted Up 2015 calendar of kilted Valentines.



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Give something unique and fun for Valentine’s Day–the Kilted Up 2015 calendar, full of kilted Valentines hotties to enjoy year round!

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Your purchase of KILTED UP 2015 brings you 12 months of handsome men in kilts AND helps THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, a group dedicated to supporting and empowering American military personnel injured while serving their country.

Our Kilted Valentines are brawly represented above by model Tim Kennedy, martial arts expert and member of Clan Kennedy. He is wearing a Kennedy tartan kilt and carrying a two handed Scottish broadsword!

All of our models are volunteers who have given their time and support to the Kilted Up 2015 project.   Please give them and, our sponsor,  a round of internet applause for their dedication to this worthy endeavor!

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The Viking Heritage of Mann

Jan 24, 2015 by

Did you know that the Viking heritage of Mann is one of the strongest amongst the Celtic nations?

The Isle of Man, (Ellan Vannin in Manx) often simply called Mann, today is a self-governing British Crown dependency, and not a part of the United Kingdom. Beginning in the 9th century, however, the Manx people (descendants of Iron Age Celts) were colonized and ruled by Vikings. The Norse rule did not end until 1266, when King Magnus VI  of Norway  ceded Mann to Scotland in the Treaty of Perth.  The Viking heritage of Mann can still be seen in many places on the island: in place names, myths and legends, artifacts on display in local museums, festivals and in its political structure.   The Tynwald, Mann’s legislative body, was probably created by early Celts, but derives its name from the Old Norse word Þingvǫllr , meaning “the field of the thing.” It claims to be the oldest continous parliamentary body in the world, dating back to 979 AD.

Here are few of my suggested readings for learning more about the Isle of Man, especially the Viking heritage of Mann.

Kermode’s book investigates the link between Celtic, Viking and Christian myths and legends that often appear on the standing stones and sculptures of Mann. Click HERE to purchase the book for $2.99.


From the Amazon review of Wilson’s book: “This book presents, for the first time, for both specialist and general reader, a major survey of the Island in the period from the early tenth century to the middle of the eleventh century. The rich archaeological material pagan grave-goods, silver-treasures, headland fortifications, farm-sites, inscribed and carved Christian memorial stones and the wealth of evidence provided by runic inscriptions, place-names and institutions, provide a unique picture of a vibrant society striving to be ever more politically and economically powerful. The story tells of the gradual change from paganism to Christianity and of the absorption of a native population into a society dominated by incoming land-owners and a king owing allegiance to Norway.”

Click HERE to read more and purchase either a soft or hard cover version of David Wilson’s well-written book.

Moore’s book is superb reading for those interested in learning the history behind Norse and Celtic place names and surnames (for genealogical research)that are found on the Isle of Man. Click HERE to purchase the Kindle version for $1.59, HERE for the paperback version or HERE for the hardback copy.


Last, but not least, Bryan Sykes’ book is a fascinating discussion of the DNA history of the British Isles. It is more generalized than the above noted books, but will help you see the many connections modern Celts have to the ancient Vikings who lived in and ruled over the Celtic areas of the British isles. Click HERE to purchase the Kindle or other versions of this fine book.

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Celtic Motivation For 2015

Jan 6, 2015 by

Need a bit of Celtic motivation for 2015?

We all make resolutions in January, but most of us–myself included– fail to follow through. This year, focus on your CELTIC MOTIVATION instead.  Set a goal for yourself that revolves around your Celtic heritage.

For example, choose a Celtic country that you’d like to visit, then take steps, even baby steps, that will get you closer to that country.


Celtic Motivation: The beautiful Isle of Skye in Scotland

Part of my Celtic motivation this year is to get back to Scotland. My family has ties to Clan Robertson, whose clan territory was in the historic earldom of Atholl, in Highland Perthshire,  including Loch Rannoch  and the wild, boggy Rannoch Moor.  I want to walk some of those ancient clan areas, to just BE there.

And then, merry of soul, I’ll go over the sea to Skye….

To quote the great Scottish bard, Rabbie Burns, however

“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley…”

from  To A Mouse, by Robert Burns

It may be that I won’t have the funds to travel to Scotland this year, or family and/or work issues may arise and prevent me from going to Scotland this year, or it may be that my new German Shepherd puppy just isn’t ready this year to be left alone for a month.

Doesn’t matter, so long as I keep taking those baby steps toward my Celtic motivation: I WILL get to Scotland soon.


Celtic Motivation: The neolithic stone circle of Orkney, the Ring of Brodgar. Image copyright Colin Smith


After all, the Ring of Brodgar wasn’t laid out in a day, and neither is the Celtic trip of a lifetime.

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The Drumtroddan Stones of Scotland

Dec 28, 2014 by

The Drumtroddan Stones are a set of three ancient standing stones near Dumfries and Galloway, in southwest Scotland.

The Drumtroddan Stones were most likely erected 4000 to 5000 years ago, during the Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The area around the stones hasn’t been archaeologically examined, and little is known about the history of this mysterious site.


The ancient Drumtroddan Stones of Scotland: image source

Until recently, two of the three aligned stones were standing; the middle stone had toppled over onto its side.  Whether the stone was pushed over or simply fell is a mystery. According to some folkloric sources, pagan sites such as the Drumtroddan Stones were Christianized during the Middle Ages by locals who knocked over the middle stone, thus forming a crude cross shape.

A few years ago, another of the three stones fell, leaving only one still up right.

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The Drumtroddan Stones, photographed in September, 2013.

Near the Drumtroddan Stones is a set of carved cup and ring marked stones that most likely date to the Bronze Age or earlier. Their close proximity to the standing stones suggests they may have been connected in some way known only to their ancient designers.

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Drumtroddan Cup and Ring Marked Rocks, near the Drumtroddan Stones. Photo credit: Roger W. Haworth (Geograph)

It also means that if you’re planning a visit to the Dumfries and Galloway area, you should try to fit both of these outstanding Scottish sites into your schedule.

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Kilted Up 2015 Christmas Present

Dec 20, 2014 by

Wrap up your own KILTED UP 2015 Christmas present and help The Wounded Warrior Project at the same time!


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Your purchase brings you 12 months of handsome men in kilts AND helps THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, a group dedicated to supporting and empowering American military personnel injured while serving their country.

MODEL: Ray Bowen, talented blacksmith and owner of He is wearing one of the 27 tartans associated with Clan Donald.
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Welsh Christmas Lullabies

Dec 15, 2014 by

Welsh Christmas lullabies are among the most beautiful songs of the holiday season.


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Welsh Christmas lullabies: Sleep my child and peace attend thee….

Whether sung in Welsh or in English, these beautiful songs bring peace and tranquility to our often hectic holiday season.  Though these songs were not written specifically for the Christmas season, they have nonetheless made their way onto many Christmas song lists, and rightly so.   The songs are intended to lull children to sleep, but I find that they also allow us adults to take a deep, calming breath amidst our hurried Christmas coming and goings.

Hwiangerdd Mair is a the Welsh version of Mary’s Lullaby, a song written by Jane Siberry:

See the child that Mary bore
On her lap so softly sleeping
In a stable cold and poor
Ox and ass their vigil keeping

Sing lullaby, sing lullaby
My own dear son, my child
Lullaby, sing lullaby
Lullaby, my little baby

Flights of angels ’round His head
Sing Him joyful hymns of greeting
Peace on earth, goodwill to men
Each to each the song repeating

Shepherds kneeling by His bed
Offer homage without measure
Wise men, by a bright star led
Bring Him gifts of richest treasure



Click HERE to see the full Welsh lyrics.


One of the most well-known of the Welsh Christmas lullabies, Suo Gân (Lull song in Welsh) is a traditional Welsh song whose composer is unknown. You may have heard it in Steven Spielberg’s 1987 film, Empire of the Sun, where a young Christian Bale (born in Wales) lip-synchs the lyrics.  Here is a lovely version sung by Welsh soprano, Charlotte Church:


Suo Gân

 Huna blentyn ar fy mynwes
Clyd a chynnes ydyw hon;
Breichiau mam sy’n dynn amdanat,
Cariad mam sy dan fy mron;
Ni chaiff dim amharu’th gyntun,
Ni wna undyn â thi gam;
Huna’n dawel, annwyl blentyn,
Huna’n fwyn ar fron dy fam.

Huna’n dawel, heno, huna,
Huna’n fwyn, y tlws ei lun;
Pam yr wyt yn awr yn gwenu,
Gwenu’n dirion yn dy hun?
Ai angylion fry sy’n gwenu,
Arnat ti yn gwenu’n llon,
Tithau’n gwenu’n ôl dan huno,
Huno’n dawel ar fy mron?

Click HERE to see full Welsh lyrics with phonetic translation and the English translation.


Ar Hyd y Nos or  All Through the Night in English,  is another of the old Welsh Christmas lullabies that began as a secular folksong.    Acclaimed Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel’s sings Ar Hyd y Nos :

Dating back to at least the 18th century, Ar Hyd y Nos has been translated into English and Breton.

Sleep my child and peace attend thee,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping
I my loved ones’ watch am keeping,
All through the night

Angels watching, e’er around thee,
All through the night
Midnight slumber close surround thee,
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping
I my loved ones’ watch am keeping,
All through the night

Click HERE to see the full English lyrics.


Meinir Gwilym is a Welsh-language pop singer born in Wales in 1983.  One of my favorite versions of Ar Hyd Y Nos is this accoustic version she released in 2002:

I hope these Welsh Christmas lullabies bring you peace and serenity during the holiday season and beyond.

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Outlander Christmas List

Dec 11, 2014 by

In the spirit of simplicity, I cut waaay back on my Outlander Christmas list this year. 

Poor Santa gets stressed out when he gets a big, greedy Outlander Christmas list, so I have requested just ONE item. 

Yes, I am that selfless.*

All I want for Christmas is James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.  Honestly, my attention span is short these days,

and April 2015 is too long to wait to catch a glimpse of our Scottish hero. What’s a poor Outlander fan to do?


Hmmm…maybe I need a bit more.  Can I add Dougal Mackenzie to my Outlander Christmas list, Santa?

That’s just TWO things.


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My Outlander Christmas list is the essence of simplicity: Jamie Fraser.


*And I am not, Elf boy.

Pretty sure about that.

OK, more like “cautiously optimistic.”


If you’ve been suffering from the effects of Droughtlander, too, click HERE and HERE to see a couple of the new trailers for the second half of Season One.

I know, it’s like getting a fun size Snickers when you want/need the original, full size candy bar.  We’ll all just have to hang tough through this bleak midwinter.

May I suggest taking up a hobby, like, oh, I don’t know–whisky tasting?

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