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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Month of May *~*~

May is such a beautiful month with the onset of summer (we live in hope) May has been celebrated for centuries and here in England the different counties do it their way, In Padstow, Cornwall they celebrate "Obby Os" an ancient fertility festival, where the whole town take part. People from all over the country travel to watch the display.
In Rochester, Kent they celebrate with a Sweeps Festival, dating back to when children were sent up chimneys and the 1st of May was awarded to them as a holiday
In Castleton, Derbyshire they celebrate Oak Apple Day on the 29th to celebrate Charles II returning to the throne in 1660 A procession with the "King" on horseback wearing a three foot (1m) high King Garland, made from a wooden frame to which small bunches of wild flowers and leaves are bound. People wear an Oak leaf on this day to show their allegiance to the King (If you don't you get your bum pinched!)
In Clun, Shropshire they stage a May Festival over the three days of the first May Bank Holiday, every year the Green Man festival is held. On the Bank Holiday Monday the Green Man enters Clun to battle the spirit of Winter at Clun Bridge and a May fair is held in the grounds of Clun Castle with a May Queen.
So as it is the 1st of May today I thought I would celebrate, I bought some flowers
I took a look around the house for some floral inspiration
Then I pinned up my hair and poked in some flowers!
Looked out of the window and guess what....... it had started raining!!!

18 comments:

  1. A lovely post Thea, what some pretty things you have.
    I love the way you have put flowers in your hair.
    Where is the sunshine? We can't even call the rain April showers anymore!
    Essie x

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      Thea x

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  2. I love your hair Thea! I love the china with the gold spotty bits and your flowers are beautiful.
    I liked seeing the different traditions in the UK. There is a tradition here called 'burning the witch' which is not quite as drastic as it sounds. A pretend witchis made then put on a bonfire.
    I hope you get some sun soon. Thanks for your lovely kind comments on my blog. xxx

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      Thea x

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  3. Love the flowers. I think that it is great the way that these old traditions are carried on. Interesting post.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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      Thea x

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  4. A very nice, May, flower blog!
    I love your china!
    And the flowers in your hair looks very lovely, Thea!
    Very nice indeed! Sorry it had to end with rain!

    Juliëtte xx

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      Thea x (saw some sun today)

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  5. Dear Thea,
    What a most charming post. I knew there were 1st of May ceremonies in England.. but had no idea they were so festive. I like the Morriss dancers.
    your plates and cup are just right to take tea from ..so pretty.
    Your hair so delicately pinned with a posy.
    thank you
    happy wed
    Val

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    1. Thank you Val for your lovely comments, yes I love watching the Morris dancers, they are very entertaining.
      Thea x

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  6. What a lovely post - your hair looks really pretty. Lily. xxx

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      Thea x

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  7. Lovely lovely post. Your things are so pretty and sparkly clean and your hair looks very pretty. x

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      Thea x

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  8. Hi Thea,

    Love your floral inspiration and the pretty view of your garden through the window.

    Celebrating the month of May looks like fun. Wish we had it in Holland too.

    Have a lovely evening.

    Madelief x

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      Thea x

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  9. I love all your May day pictures - fingers crossed the weather picks up.

    Nina x

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  10. Your blog is lovely and I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award but I won't be offended if you choose not to accept. Details over at mine xxx

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Thank for your lovely messages they make my day,Thea x