Lang May Your Lums Reek

Here we are at the ending of a year that has brought pestilence and pain to many, has revealed the shaky foundations of our liberties and left us wondering when the next blow will strike.

Best it is buried deep, but not forgotten.

Its message being that we should take care to whom we surrender the power to direct our lives because the answer to the question ‘Quid custodiet ipsos custodes’ is no one but themselves. They can lie, cheat and steal with impunity if so inclined…and most of them seem to be on a pretty steep incline!

Still, a new year dawns and its hope brings us together, even if only virtually – preferably with a wee drappie o’t to ease the rough path ahead of us.

And now we’ve partaken of the clochan dichter – the penultimate glass – to warm the cockles of our hearts, we’ll prepare to set off to face whatever shall befall us in the coming year, with the deoch an doris…the parting glass itself.

To blazes with clean air acts….keep those lums reeking in the year to come!

36 thoughts on “Lang May Your Lums Reek”

    1. And take a real glass as well tto give you heart for the year to come! I salute all the work you and your husband do for those who can’t help themselves, both human and canine. All power to your collective elbows!

  1. Oi, my aching lums! I think you summed up 2020 neatly. Can we add to the tradition of a penultimate drink and final shot with a few extra practice rounds? I’ll be glad to say aloha and sayonara to this year but at least we are all still here to bitch about it. Hope your 2021 is a big improvement bringing you all good things including an upgrade to your Glenlivet. 😈

  2. I think we could go round the course with a few practice shots….just to ensure we get it right, you understand….
    Glenlivet is not my choice, i must say, but music producers have no taste, so Glenlivet it was…
    I’ve had just about enough of this year….except for the Brexit shanigans.

  3. I raise my glass to you Helen and slip you a glass of Penderyn to try. I was excited to see a Steeleye Span I hadn’t heard of and opened my ears ready for the strains of Maddie Pryor. Alas it was not to be and while this young lady has a fine Folkie voice, she’s not Maddie Pryor.
    Blwyddyn Newydd Dda and I hope it’s a great one for you.

      1. Look boyo, if it is trying to buy something from the Welsh you are wanting I would not start with a plain request, look you. You need to wrap it up in obscure references to the Mabinogion, a passing glance at Owen Glendower and a chorus of ‘We were signing hymns and arias’. And then they’ll say no,

        1. I saw “How Green Was My Valley” once. I think it starred Tom Jones. Will that help me plead my case? Of course, you probably remember the original version starring Owain Glyndŵr.

    1. Glad everything has settled down re residence….a weight off the mind nomatter how much you know you qualify! Enjoy the year ahead of you!
      There are words for 2020…but not printable here…

  4. To Your Health. May your beautiful lips never blister! May you live for as long as you want, and never want for as long as you live! Strike hands with me. To absent friends, and to ourselves, as no one is likely to concern themselves with our welfare. Health to those I love, wealth to those who love me.
    May I virtually join you and Maxwell in a couple practice runs? 🥃 🥃
    Happy New Year.

  5. All the best to you and Leo, the dogs, the sheep and the wildlife park!
    We have so much to be grateful for, life, some health, and no need for excessive number of vowels.
    Here’s tae us! Wha’s like us?
    Gey few, and they’re a’ deid!

    1. A Happy New Year to you….though how you could start it without Black Bun is beyond me….
      So catch the moments as they fly,
      And use them as ye ought, man.
      Believe me, happiness is shy,
      And comes not aye when sought, man.

  6. . . and there was me thinking that Geordies spoke a different language! Here’s hoping that it’s not ‘Forlorn Hope’! Best to you and yours.

    1. Languages? You get ’em all on here…including bad ………..
      Well if it is going to be a year of ‘once more into the breach’ I shall go back to bed and pull the blankets over my head. Until the dogs pull them off again.
      All the best to you!

  7. Happy New Year to you and Leo. It must be better than last year, but it has not got off to a very good start here in the UK. We must look on the bright side – glass half full.

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