Sunday, 13 January 2013

Was heil!


Through the narrow streets we walked, carrying fire-lit torches and banging on pots and pans. Warning against evil spirits and waking the fruit trees from their winter slumber. Such a peculiar centuries old English custom, dowsing the roots of the 'king tree' in the orchard to encourage growth for the year ahead and a good harvest.

So a "was heil" as the norse would say, may your year be healthy and your harvest bountiful!

1 comment:

  1. A was heil to you too, Emma! We went wassailing for the first time on Saturday, and loved it. Embracing Gloucestershire life... Laura x

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