Wassailing At Lower House Farm

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The most venerable tree in the orchard, a stately Monarch, was blessed with pieces of toast pinned to its branches.  Despite the rain threatening to dampen spirits,  it held off long enough for the crowds to arrive.

The children decorated sticks and plastic bottles filled with pasta shapes and buttons to bang and shake to ward off the evil spirits.  Pieces of bread were toasted over a small brazier as offerings to the tree gods. Continue reading

Orchard Wassailing

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Orchard wassailing has been taking place for centuries. References to this ancient custom can be found in texts dating back to the 14th century. In the last few years, it has experienced a bit of a renaissance in the West Country, and the cider and perry orchards in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire. Continue reading