Wassail?

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Wassail?

Post: #279381 Chaldeonmenthe
Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:59 pm

As in singing to ones crops, trees and animals in order to promote a bountiful harvest? It is the winter solstice coming up here very soon, and the kids want to wassail our animals, gardens and crops. But my knowledge ends at what they tell me on Victorian Farmer. Anyone have more knowledge? What to drink :drunken: ? What to say/sing? Kid friendly ideas?

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Re: Wassail?

Post: #279384 bonniethomas06
Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:28 am

Hmm dunno, wish I knew more, it's a lovely tradition. I know it involves warm cider, toast and freezing your nuts off (in the middle of winter over here).

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Re: Wassail?

Post: #279413 doofaloofa
Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:39 pm

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Re: Wassail?

Post: #279420 MKG
Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:52 pm

Seems strange answering this one in June! :wave:

Yep - a mulled cider punch is apparently traditional, as the idea was to wake up the apple trees so they could get on with their work. I should imagine that you want to wake everything up, so anything mulled will be suitable (a million or so recipes on the net). And if you're wondering, the Old English thing you have to shout is Waes Hael, which is pronounced (strangely enough) ... "wassail" and means, roughly, "Good Health".

Now the important bit - if you're mulling anything, don't go past the finger-hot stage (shortly after vapour becomes visible) as what is actually vapourising is all your hard-won alcohol. Nothing worse than wassailing without the necessary ingredient.

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Re: Wassail?

Post: #279450 Chaldeonmenthe
Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:25 pm

Thanks MKG - yep, you can betcha I won't be dragging my ass around at sparrow fart o'clock without some decent alcohol in my hand. But having never mulled anything before, I appreciate the tip. As will my liver.

It is kind of de-motivating being on the other side of the world and hearing about everyone doing their Spring/Summer planting while I just have peas, beetroot and garlic hopping along in the garden due to Winter. We need to Wassail to keep our spirits up. But, revenge will be mine come September to December (says she with a semi-evil chuckle).

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Re: Wassail?

Post: #279453 MKG
Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:44 pm

But seriously (as if!) it depends on the age of the kids. None of them will suffer from a glass - one glass - of mulled cider (but they might not actually like it) and hot Ribena or similar is actually palatable with cinnamon and cloves. Even cheap Oz plonk is palatable with cinnamon and cloves (and allspice, peppercorns and even a bit of chilli) - I know, it's hard to believe, but it's true.

Whatever you do, have a great midwinter.

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