On the morning of Twelfth Night, we were delighted to be joined for an online workshop by folklorist and artist Anne Marie Lagram for an informal chat and make session exploring folklore traditions at the start of the New Year. We have done many seasonal celebrations with Anne Marie across the years at Boundary Way, each of them incorporating creativity, discussion and storytelling, and this session was no different. We were delighted to make our way through the joys of wassailing from brewing to sharing stories, fully immersing ourselves in bringing in the New Year.
Coming together online from across the world to explore Anne Marie’s garden with her, we jointly wassailed her apple trees and celebrated Twelfth Night & other seasonal traditions & customs through snippets of folklore. During the session, Anne Marie showed us how to make Lambswool, a traditional Wassail drink dating back to at least Tudor times, on a outdoor stove; encouraged us to learn a wassail song traditionally sung to the apple trees at this time of year and forage for natural materials to help us go guising. This all came together with centuries of folklore wisdom to help us to do our upmost to encourage a bountiful harvest, a year full of good fortune and to truly celebrate this wondrous season.
Here’s a snippet from the Wassailing songs we learnt during the session:
“Apple tree, apple tree, we all come to wassail thee, Bear this year and next year to bloom and to blow, Hat fulls, cap fulls, three cornered sack fills, Hip, Hip, Hip, hurrah, Holler biys, holler hurrah.”
We are delighted to be continuing our seasonal folklore work with Anne Marie as she shares a Winter folklore film with us today, over on the Boundary Way Vimeo channel. In the video, Anne Marie shares how to propagate mistletoe, a look at her apple tree and wintery rural surroundings and how to save your wreath bases for the birds to begin their nests with! Other activities she shares include when to plant your fruit trees and even creating natural incense too! We can’t wait to give these activities a go, embracing the winter season and making the most our time outdoors during this difficult time. You can watch the film by clicking on the link below…
To watch Anne Marie’s wonderful Winter Folklore Film click here.
This session was part of the Winter Wonder programme from Boundary Way Project designed to inspire and motivate through creativity and connection during the Winter season. This work has been made possible with support from the Culture Recovery Fund for heritage.