Yesterday we had our first Wassail. Here is the schedule of events and the lyrics to the song we sung.
And here is the map of the orchard we wassailed.
We definitely ate, drank and got merry in our purple lit car port with ciders and a great variety of warm foods. In the rain we then toasted bread over the bon fire. We then proceeded in loud procession to 12 of our cider apple trees. We had horns, drums, sticks, and whistles to scare away evil orchard spirits. Then we placed cider dipped toast in the branches of 12 of our traditional cider apple trees.
We then intrepidly gathered around the Yarlington Mill tree and sang the Whimple Wassail song led by our musical director Anne (behind the tree).
Then it was time to enjoy the remainder of the bonfire, make s’mores and drink further under the purple lit car port.
Hopefully our orchard appreciates the efforts, and we will get a large harvest of apples this year! Thanks to everyone who participated in our efforts!!!
Here is a video of a crowd learning the Whimple Wassail song, not sounding that different from us.