With Valentine’s Day looming yet again, you might not need any extra excuse for kissing & canoodling, but here’s one for you anyway.
Walkers along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path might have noticed a soft coconut scent wafting around, especially on sunny days. This is the scent of gorse, that spiny bush with lots of yellow flowers that’s often found along the path. As well as bringing memories of long, hot summer days filled with old-fashioned sun oil, the flowers are also used as one of the main ingredients used by the monks on Caldey Island to make perfume. The flowers can also be used raw in salads, or used to make wine – if you dare pick them between the thorns.
But what has this got to do with kissing, you say? Well, there’s an old country saying long the lines of: “When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season”. Given that gorse is rarely out of bloom…!
As if you needed any extra reason to give your loved one a quick smooch this February.