Day 211 & 212 A tale of quilts and apples…

The title will become clear shortly I promise…yes it is still to do with exercise!

Firstly Day 211: Saturday.
On Saturday, I had to teach my friend Karen how to do quilting, despite the fact that I had never done any quilting before. Luckily she only wanted to learn the basics so I could impart knowledge hastily gleaned from Wiki how the day before.
TO be fair…she knew full well that this was the case…I wasn’t passing myself off as a quilting expert just before any of you think I was being duplicitous!

Anyhow…quilting was not the point of this blog…but is was the reason I was short of time on Saturday!

combo_side_frontBefore the onset of quilting, and related walking about (which is more than you might think) I fitted in another go at Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. I did the level 1 work out again, mainly because I was still using the kettlebells as weights! It is a pretty good way to start the day off and If I can drag myself out of bed in the morning I will attempt to fit more in before work! Β I added a few stretches of my own onto the end of the work out and I have to confess that a I modified one of the strength exercises to accommodate the kettlebells… I just couldn’t do side lunge anterior raises with one in each hand, so I had to use only one kettle bell held with both hands; my shoulders think it still worked!

Day 211 Complete πŸ˜€

Day 212 Sunday with wassailing and mud and dancing in ruins!


Mythago Wassailing (thanks to David Poole for the photo)

On Sunday Mythago had been invited to lead a Wassail ceremony at Herrington’s Field Community Orchard in Arundel West Sussex. I explained a Wassail in this postΒ but basically it is a ceremony to bless the apple trees and ward off evil spirits in order ensure a good apple harvest for this year. Β We adapted a traditional Sussex ceremony (well researched by one of our members Martin) and incorporated some of our dances into the ceremony its self to make the whole thing more unique to us. With all the rain we have had recently, the prospect of dancing in a field was somewhat daunting and we approached it with more than a little trepidation, however, once we had convinced the musicians that slower rather than top speed was better, the dancing was doable πŸ˜€ and the audience seemed very appreciative! They wassail danceeven joined in one dance…

yes…we asked them too…they didn’t just invade the dancing, that would have been strange!

We did an audience participation Β version of one of our dances called the Broomstick dance, and much to our surprise every person in attendance joined in! I have never seen a broomstick dance for 50 people before…it was an experience (yes…a good one!).

Once we had wassailed the heck out of the trees, and planted a few trees of our own (they asked everyone too…we are not just a rogue tree planting morris dancers) we decided that the day was too nice not to do a bit more dancing… So we headed into Arundel and spent a very pleasant hour dancing at the Priory next to the river!
arundel prioryImagine this, full of Mythago Morris dancers and surrounded by an appreciative audience.

Yes…there was an appreciative audience…

No..we did not knock it down!
it was like that when we got there…honestly!

So, the dances that I ended up doing were:
Maiden Castle, Broomstick (ish + walk), Our Henry, Standing Stones, Spank the Monkey, Witch Hunt,
plus a (short) procession to the orchard, and a lot of tooing and froing between cars and venues πŸ™‚
It was lots of fun and made for an excellent Sunday πŸ™‚ I rounded off the weekend with a few hours of studying towards my anatomy and physiology qualification for the gym instructor / personal trainer course πŸ˜€

Day 212 Complete πŸ˜€


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About Sam Catchpole

Exercisaholic, Photographer, Artist, Writer, Engineer, Morris Dancer, General Obsessive...

12 responses to “Day 211 & 212 A tale of quilts and apples…”

  1. nancytex2013 says :

    My favourite part of this post is you teaching your friend how to quilt, by consulting wiki how! πŸ™‚

  2. fisefton says :

    Good luck with the anatomy and physiology studying. I think the anatomy was the worst part of my Sports Massage HND and Sports Science degree.

    I love that you confirm that you were asked to do what you did and that you asked everyone to join in. I would have assumed that permission had been given πŸ™‚

    I can’t quilt either but if I’d been asked I’d have asked my mum or sister-in-law. There is a photo of the quilt my mum made me when I was 18 somewhere on my blog. If you’re lucky you may see it in my header on some pages – it’s set to random header so it doesn’t always show up πŸ˜‰

  3. Janice @ Fit Foot Blog says :

    Rogue tree planting Morris Dancers sound great, you should just appear somewhere and start dancing n’ planting!

    • Ice_Badger says :

      hahaha! yes! that would be awesome πŸ™‚

      we pretty much did just turn up in arundel town…noone asked us to dance in the priory, we kind of invaded! we should take trees next time πŸ™‚

  4. Caitlin says :

    Quilting, wow! My boyfriend’s mum is super crafty and she quilts, we have quite a few lying about the place. They look like a lot of work, wish I had the patience.

    • Ice_Badger says :

      What we were doing was really basic but was good fun! I am not starting a quilt though, even though I quite want to as I have so many other projects on the go!

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