Wassailing the Fruit Trees

Fruit Tree

The Block Twins and Tuesday went out with Constance to the Quince tree, to take part in the 12th Night ceremony of Wassailing the orchards.

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Toast

They hung toast in the branches for the robins (spirits of the fruit trees)…

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Pot-Banging

…banged on pots to wake up the trees…

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Ale

…and poured brown ale on the trunk!

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Song

Now they are dancing around the tree and singing a joyful Wassail song to the tree:

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Wassail, Wassail all over the town

Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown

Well may you blow, and well may you bear

Blossom and fruit: quince, apple and pear

May your every sprig and your every spray

Give bushels of fruit for next New Year Day

Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree

And with all our wassailing, we’ll drink unto thee!

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Happy New Year to all the Fruit Trees!

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12 thoughts on “Wassailing the Fruit Trees

  1. What a poignant story…and how apropos that sweet Hittys are supporting and giving homage to trees…their origins. Hittys and trees are spaces I go to for contemplation, joy and peace. I experience palpable happiness when I interact with them.
    I have never before read this wonderful poem, Wassail. I will keep it forever along with my other favorite:

    Trees
    Joyce Kilmer, 1886 – 1918

    I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.

  2. I am hopeful that this will help produce more fruit and not turn out to be a waste of perfectly good ale.The Hittys usually get it right, so I am confident in a future abundance.

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