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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 129 - 10th January 2007
Capfulls! Three Bushel Bagfulls] [The Traditional Apple Wassail
Satellite Navigation Thefts - Ryefield New Year - Macmillan In The Birches
- Peace Poster Contest - Nature Photos]
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Traditional Apple Wassail
Apple Wassail is a traditional form of apple fertility ritual
which is practised in English cider orchards during the
winter. There are many well recorded instances of the Apple
Wassail and the possibility exists that the practice
may have derived directly from pagan tradition.
the traditional wassail ritual men would go into
various orchards performing the rite for a reward. The practice
was sometimes referred to as 'howling'. On Twelfth Night,
men would go with their wassail bowl into the orchard. Slices
of bread or toast were laid at the roots and sometimes tied
to the branches of the apple trees. Cider was also poured
over the roots. The idea of the ceremony was to 'bless'
the trees so that they would produce a good crop during
the coming season.
with many Old English traditions, the modern day approach
to the Apple Wassail is often to drink vast quantities of
cider and party all night. Broome Farm certainly makes no
exception to this rule and even heats and mulls the cider,
which makes it taste fantastic!
Payphone from Chicago, USA makes an unusual fiery entrance to the
Wassail. Ref: DSC_2322
offerings to the apple tree. Ref: DSC_2328
bowl it is made of the white maple tree'. Ref: DSC_2332
wassailing tune. Ref: DSC_2340
warm welcome with mulled cider back at the barn. Ref: DSC_2366
lively entertainment to round off the evening. (Which continued
to be rounded off until about 1:30 am.) Ref: DSC_2394
one extreme to the other this week. After total panic prior
to the Christmas and New Year period, trying to be in a
dozen places at once to take photos, I've hit the usual
January news photography lull. I have been busy with this
and that but it's all been general updating on the main
web site and doing the chore type stuff - accounts etc..
and I did get to a great Wassail at Broome Farm on Saturday
evening and this event is covered but that just about sums
up this week's photographic journalism, so I have padded
out with some material from my archive. Mike Arnison has
also sent in some great nature shots. I had intended to
go nature watching myself on Sunday but an event involving
a rock and my car window made that pleasure impossible.
I spent the morning talking to the police and arranging
for the window to be fixed instead.
Ross ROGUES? Great parties back in the good old youthful
days of the '70s and '80s! I took a few photos at one ROGUES
event and you can see them in this issue. If anyone else
out there has archive Ross-on-Wye photos they would like
to share, please send them in.
week's Wyenot News:
weeks when I finish putting an issue of Wyenot News together
I feel a sense of satisfaction at the result. Other times,
I feel a little disappointed with the overall look of the
completed issue. Last week's issue was one of those for
me. Although it took ages to put together, it did not actually
cover many different events. I was amazed however by the
amount of readers that particular issue generated! Whether
it was New Year revellers and their families looking for
themselves or their relatives, I'm not sure but readership
of last week's issue hit the big time and was one of the
largest ever recorded. I would like to think it was due
to the popularity of The Zebras. 'The Zebras at the
Prince of Wales' pages were certainly the most visited.
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