“Here We Come A-Wassailing”

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | Events, Seasonal

Wassail tree with child tying a ribbon - Winter gallery image

It’s usually sub-zero cold or raining and muddy when the annual Wassail comes around. Fortunately the day was relatively mild if a little grey and overcast.

There’s a bit of milling about waiting for something to happen at the start then suddenly it’s Wassail time. Everyone is invited into a circle around the wassail tree so that the tree can be blessed with cider and woken from its slumbers.

When that’s over, there’s a mad rush as everyone tries to find a suitable branch to tie a ribbon on the Wassail tree. It’s difficult to photograph in this kind of situation as there’s a lot going on in a short period of time. There’s the difficulty of trying to get in relatively close to what’s going on and not get in the way. Also, a large clunky camera and branches don’t mix well. Anyway, the trees were woken and blessed and wishes made for another year.

This was my favourite photograph from the day.

There’s more photographs from the Wassail here “Here We Come A-Wassailing” Gallery