Wassailing

“Here’s to thee, old apple tree, That blooms well, bears well. Hats full, caps full, Three bushel bags full, An’ all under one tree. Hurrah! Hurrah!”

January 17th is the traditional night to go orchard wassailing. If you’re wondering what on earth this wassailing business is, the word ‘Wassail’ is from the Anglo-Saxon ‘waes hael’ meaning to be ‘in good health’. Its an old custom that toasts the health of the trees in the hope that they produce abundant cider making apples and pears in the coming year. Go for a wassail and enjoy a mug of Cornish Orchards’ spiced Wassail available online or in the farm shop! Enjoy your drink responsibly, unlike the lairy looking crowd in the painting!

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