… As Merlin prepared to leave once more
for the wild woods of Caledonia
his sister, Ganieda, attempted to dissuade him
arguing that it would make more sense
to winter within the city and return to the woods in spring.
“I could live in the forest the whole year through
if only I had an abode in the woods which
would afford me shelter and respite from the winter.”
So saying Merlin went his way into the wild,
whilst Ganieda saw to it that his wish was granted.
She had built for him an observatory of the night sky,
on the edge of the forest, and furnished it with the
wherewithal to withstand the harshest of winters.
During the summer months Merlin wandered alone
in the forest but in winter he retired to his
observatory and there watched the heavens
and made prophecies concerning the affairs of men.