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wassail, cider, lanterns & darkness
















The Wassail.
We arrived at dusk, the boys made glittery bee planes, bee houses and lanterns in a gorgeous twinkling bell tent.
Pip the human duke box played great tunes for money, the kids danced.
Cider flowed.
Gloucester Old Spot sausages were devoured.
As the sunset striped crimson across the sky, live music played from the marquee, then with a whoop a uni-cyclist swept through the crowds carrying a flaming torch... the wassail was about to begin.
We all walked through the orchard, carrying our lanterns to the oldest apple tree, bejewelled in green glowing lanterns.
There we crowned the wassail king and queen and sang to the cock robin to ward off evil spirits and ensure a good harvest this autumn.
Despite being the coldest night this winter, it was great to be out in the darkness and feeling the spirit of winter.
x

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great evening to me!

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  2. beautiful photos, it looks so magical!

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  3. That looks amazing. Oh and to be drinking proper cider. I'm very jealous, all i had was a cup of coffee and a hobnob!

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  4. That looks brilliant Lou. I love doing things that keep us in touch with the past. It gives you a real sense of continuity. Am a pagan at heart! Love your photos x

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  5. photos are great! a lovely evening

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  6. I love the sounds of this! What fun! x

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  7. Oh Lou, this looks wonderful. Made me miss the west country so much and got me singing wassailing songs to myself all evening. Xxx

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  8. The wassail event looks fantastic! what an exciting thing to do!- magic and enchantment and fun for children and adults ;0)

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  9. what a lovely time you had x

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  10. Ah what great family fun...this reminded me I wanted to look up wassailing round our way after watching Rick Stein go to an event on a programme before Christmas. Think we're too late now maybe next year!x

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  11. Wow, we would love this! Looks and sounds amazing. Me and the OH both sighed when I read out the post to him. I wish Cheshire had events such as this. Sam x

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