We had a great afternoon wassailing in our orchard space a few weeks ago.
An apple wassail is a traditional festival from the West Country, where you scare away the evil spirits from your orchard to encourage a good year’s harvest. There are traditional songs sung but it also includes making lots of noise, banging things, whistles (one tradition is to fire your gun in the sky!) The fruit rees are also decorated and hung with bread, and toasts (with cider traditionally, but we used mulled apple juice) are made to the health of the tree and their roots soaked with cider.
We had our very own Timebank Temptations leading the singing – many thanks to them for their help.
Fingers crossed for a great harvest!