Wassailing and pruning

On Sunday 12th we had a wassailing and pruning day:

Wassailing the trees
Wassailing the trees

Four singers came with a selection of traditional wassail songs for us to serernade our trees.

Then David Petch showed us how to winter prune apples (see separate post).

We shared mugs of mulled cider and apple juice, and hung cider-soaked toast in the trees

Jenny putting cider-soaked toast in the apple trees
Jenny putting cider-soaked toast in the apple trees

Another tradition: some say it appeases the tree spirits, others that it attracts insect-eating birds!

 

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