I noticed this the other day in Oxford. I found myself giving out a very old maidish snort…I guess ‘muse’ is quite a good catch all term :-)….
It was August Bank Holiday Sunday – so it was the Eynsham Beer Festival. As you can see, Sue and Gav didn’t let the cold and windy weather daunt them. Why did we need the sun?
We had beer…
…(well, OK, not everyone enjoyed the Morris Dancing)…
…and CREAM TEAS!
William Morris called Bibury ‘the prettiest village in England’. These cottages, Arlington Row, are now owned by the National Trust.
My Pa was intrigued by this little lane, and so we went for a little explore…
…and in passing saw this amazing roof. I guess that’s what happens when you build on a slope!
It brings you out above the village, with loads of footpaths to choose from.
We took a wander through the woods…
…past from ancient trees…
…and came out round the back of Arlington Row.
Now…this is what I CALL an outhouse!
Well, what else do you think he’s dancing with that knee action?
Ah the Eynsham Beer Festival…which means: beer (of course), cream teas, cricket…
…cute dogs aplenty….
…Aunt Sally and Eynsham Morris…
…even if Robin came in civvies!
The past, the present, the future – Eynsham Gods?
[P.S. The shadow photo above was inspired by one of SueC’s recent paintings]
I’ve just finished writing a letter to the child we sponsor in Sri Lanka. Plan UK suggest that you include pictures of where you live. I have sent local post-cards, including one of Eynsham Morris – I hope the poor child isn’t scared out of his wits!
On Saturday evening we had a treat – Eynsham Morris were dancing with two visiting troupes outside The Queen’s Head.
Morris Men come in all shapes and sizes. Here is a ‘Morris Minor’ – a result of the Eynsham Morris captive breeding programme.
One troupe were from Brighton – and I have to admit not my cup of tea. They just didn’t have the macho vigour that Eynsham have.
The other troupe, were the FANTASTIC Armaleggan from Cumnor. They came and danced at Carnival a couple of years ago and absolutely blew us away.
Their musicians move in sync, like a soul band.
I LOVED this lady in pink – her make up made her look like a member of KISS…
…even this monkey is in on the act!
This chap is also a mean banjo player…
…and this accordion player was plain MAGNIFICENT in her plumage.
Here is The Boy trying to explain what’s going on to our French neighbour Steph (while the lovely Jo Grieve looks on).
Jo was taken with Robin’s ‘glad to be grey’ badge.
Steph couldn’t believe here eyes, when she saw the Morris’ ‘watering’ can.
As you can see from Mick’s posture, it’d been rather a long day.
“Hmmm – women dancing in Eynsham…it’s not right I tell you!?!”
“I HATE being a Morris dancer!”
“I’m just THRILLED to be a Morris dancer!”