You know you’re a Beltane Group Organiser when…

Nyree, co-organiser of Whites for Beltane 2013 sent us this list to share. How many Beltaners are nodding their head with a knowing look on their face right now?

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Whites, Blues, Fire Priests and Stewards rehearse on Calton Hill, by Heidi Korkala

• You deem a Beltane hoodie suitable outerwear for work, even when you work in an office

• You burn the ear off your colleagues for hours with tales of your group, when they have simply asked ‘how was your weekend?’

• You have your time blocked out in hours between now and May. Bathing, cleaning and ironing are NOT priorities!

• You family and non-Beltane friends send you concerned text messages to check you are okay/still alive

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Red (left) and Fire Point (main) GOs at the Group Organiser walkthrough, by Daniel Rannoch

• You are on first name terms with everyone in Edinburgh Fabrics

• You are on first name terms with everyone in The Regent

• Upon entering the Regent, you are asked if you are having your ‘usual’, which consists of a pint of water and a plate of Nachos/Haggis/Pasta/Toastie

• You have Group texts set up on your mobile

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Whites rehearsing on Calton Hill, by Daniel Rannoch

• Your most used app is ‘Met Office’

• You have not been able to follow your normal TV programmes since February

• You are shocked that Doctor Who has started

• All your trousers/skirts are covered in dirt and grass stains

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Processional Drummers busking at the Mound, by Daniel Rannoch

• Wearing a corset all day is normal

• Your waterproofs are permanently beside your front door

• Wood smoke is your perfume of choice

• You are able to cook for a group who require gluten-free, dairy-free, citrus-free, pepper-free, vegan fruitarian carnivore food

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Whites, Blues, Fire Priests and Stewards rehearse on Calton Hill, by Heidi Korkala

• You spend hours on Facebook checking for Beltane related updates and photos

• You own more face paint than make-up (okay, this one doesn’t apply to me!)

• You have the Beltane Health & Safety rules memorised

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Whites rehearsing on Calton Hill, by Daniel Rannoch

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