Monday, 23 December 2013

The first Winter Solstice in Bedford Wood

Last Saturday was the Winter Solstice and we held our first winter gathering in the wood. The rain and the gales did not stop us, although we could not light the two campfires and chimenea. The composting loo was dug out at the entrance to the wood
with lights leading down to the lorry, and beyond that the christmas tree and tent, which we have now affectionly named "the sardine tin"
The food and drink were laid out in the tent, and decorations
There was Sloe gin for the people who drank alcohol, and ginger drinks for those who didn't, also various soft drinks for the kids.
The patchwork hares made an excellent back drop to the food table on which was mainly vegan delights with a few vegetarian options and a few meat trays brought by family and friends. We roasted the chestnuts in the house as we could not light the firepit, but they seem to go down just as well.
The wishing bunting was made from strips of material in red, gold and green. We also had the Bedford Wood Little Library, where people could take books, to either keep return or swap.
 The lorrys woodburner was blazing away making the lorry a place for people to warm up and escape the gales. I managed to take these photos just before the torches were spotted along the lanes carried by family, friends and neighbours. Everyone clammed into the tent and lorry with standing room only, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.So I would just like to wish everyone Solstice Greetings, and now that the days will be getting longer we look forward to the Summer Solstice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The array of vegan goodies look yummy!