As many of my blogging friends will know, I felt more than a bit lost following the Welsh Castle Quest, and I wasn’t sure where to go after this epic adventure that had been so long in the planning. Suddenly it was all over, and I hadn’t thought beyond the last post.
Several of these lovely people pointed out that, with the great passion I have for all things medieval, I’m bound to do more such Quests, that further adventures are surely inevitable. Wales couldn’t be the end. Throughout the rest of summer, your encouraging comments stayed with me. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and soul searching, and I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re all right: Questing is, it seems, in my blood now. I need to do some more. Thank you my friends, you’ve obviously made some keen observations that I’d missed myself. So I’ve made a decision.
I plan to do another big Quest after my dissertation in a couple of years’ time, and in the meantime, while I’m slogging through the last level of my degree, I’ll keep busy with a few ‘mini’ Quests. Recently, an irresistible idea pinged into my head, so I’d like to announce my next Questing project. This time, I’ll be doing something completely different – something that will fit in with my gruelling study schedule and hectic life. But it’s medieval, of course, and it’s going to be huge fun.
Starting in October and running up to Christmas, I’ll be embarking on a:
The oldest drink in the world has been enjoying a merry revival in recent times, with sales shooting up, new flavours to sample and even mead bars popping up both in the UK and in America. So to celebrate this toast of historical libations, I’ll be setting out on a Quest of discovery. I want to get right to the heart of mead, so I’ll delve into its history, seeking out the stories and legends it has to tell and its place in the medieval world. In an act of selfless devotion to the cause, we’ll be tasting different and varying kinds of mead, and recommending some of the best to indulge in for some winter cheer or to give as a special Christmas gift. We’ll also be experimenting with some festive mead cocktails to welcome in the coming yuletide. In November we’ll also be taking a tour of a meadery to see how it’s made by the experts, and we’ll even have a crack at brewing our own.
So join me for a journey of discovery into the magical world of mead. There’s many a merry time to come…