|Me at Pensford|
|Recounting a 'short poem'|
The annual wassail was held at Pensford Fields in North Sheen this afternoon. Pensford is a haven for wild flowers, birds and insects rescued from developers in the 1990's. It is a site of importance for nature conservation and a designated area of tranquility. It also inspires art, children’s play and education.
During proceedings the wassail master read his short poem against the cracking fire and a ukele band played sing- along - songs and we did circle dancing.
|Crowning the new wassail queen|
We clapped as Bella was crowned the new wassail queen and a noisy procession began.
Fancy dress is encouraged and also any sort of instrument or implement which makes a good noise will help us scare the evil spirits away from the fruit trees in the orchard. This is a key part of the old english Wassail custom which dates back to pre-Norman times.
|Toast and the ghost|
|Toast in the dressed apple tree|
Cider was presented to a dressed apple tree in the orchard.
Toast was left in the tree to appease the spirits and give thanks for the fruit.
|Olives along High Park rd.|
|Heritage apple walks of Kingston|
There were plenty of cooked apples in the food and drink - including
mulled cider - but the only fruit seen on trees in the local area were OLIVES growing on trees planted along High Park Road en route to Kew Gardens station.
|per J. Lock|
I am told that 70 people turned out to a Streatham Wassail. They look so beautiful dancing around the tree. The wassail cup was produced from an old trees that were removed a couple of years back. The cider was produced form Apple Day donations
For those interested in Kingston's orchards- the leaflet mapping local the heritage apple walks - should be available in most libraries, the heritage museum as well as the local history room. Lucy and I will be leading walks around Tolworth and the Hogsmill river from January 20th.
Of course there will be some news about the Tolworth apple store - see centre of the poster - get in touch if any of these appeal.