Sunday, 15 January 2012

A-Wassailing we go

Last night we wassailed for the first time, at Barley Wood Walled Garden, home of one of my favourite restaurants - The Ethicurean.
Wassailing involves various pagan rituals designed to wake up the trees for the forthcoming season. We hung out, drank cider, ate delicious apple cake and sausage rolls, the kids had their faces painted, we listened to an amazing array of songs from Pip's Jukebox, and as the sun set we headed for the orchard, guided by firetorch-wielding circus performers. It was a fun, if chilly, way to spend a January afternoon. I do love an ancient ritual, and need no excuse to eat cake and drink cider.
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