Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sweet Smelling Woman





I met Michael Gibbons one morning ( morning in Clifden is anytime after eleven!) on the way into the studio on Clifden and he was telling me of this article he came across on Ambergris. 

It is found washed up on beaches in the form of a hard grey coloured rounded shape, The O' Flatherty's had rights over the sea and they were entitled to a percentage of the  finds. If Ambergris was sold on without payment being made to them, the chancers would be fined two cows! 

It was a very valuable commodity hundreds of years ago and traded as far away as the far east where its sweet smell was in high demand as a perfume, women covered themselves with it, just as women do today to lure us naive and innocent guys and girls away from our other pursuits and activities (ie mountain guiding). 

So next time you are rolling around between the sheets with your sweet smelling woman think on this, Ambergris is whale vomit!

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Creation

Creation
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Poppies in the Wind

Poppies in the Wind
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