Not In Good Health: A Cursed Tale
Not So Behind-The-Scenes
I was all set to go a Wassailing this week when I was struck down with what the doctor described as a ‘cracking chest infection.’ After four days of barely being able to get out of bed I had finally relented and sought some medical advice. One of the perils of having worked in healthcare yourself is that you never want to trouble those who you know are working so hard that surely they have better things to do than administering to the minor ailments of a wandering bard. Turns out it was not all that minor.
Several doses of double strength antibiotics later and I am pleased to say that I am feeling a lot better. It will be a while before I am 100% again but I am hoping that over the next two weeks I will have rested enough to be ready for February’s storytelling events and the Dark Skies Festival which starts on 4th.
This does mean, however, that I am unable to bring you the Wassailing behind the scenes post that I was hoping to and yes the irony of me not being in good enough health to sing and tell stories wishing good health to the orchard has not escaped my notice.
I thought, instead, that I would share a recorded version of the story I was going to tell. I recorded it around two years ago but on digging out the video I discovered I had a bad cold when I was recording it and I really need to redo it! Perhaps this particular story is not a good one for me then? I shall ponder that.
For now I shall assume that this year the land is telling me I am not destined to tell this story (stories are like that sometimes) and so I shall instead share with you one of my favourite Wassailing songs sung by the wonderful Kate Rusby!
February 4th-17th - Dark Skies Festival - Storytelling on behalf of South Downs National Park - More Information here
February 5th - A Shire Spring - Join myself and Jason Buck for online storytelling, with a virtual halfling feast from Craig Brookes aka The Saxon Forager - Tickets available here
February 17th - Dark Skies & Storied Stars - Stories of Greek Gods and Buried Moons in the great roundhouse of Butser Ancient Farm - Tickets available here
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Heck, Dawn!! Hope you're soon feeling much better! There really are some awful things around just now - our Christmas was a very quiet one after Covid finally caught up with my husband (but, weirdly, not me!) in the week before. Hope you're soon restored to full story-spinning strength. x