Owlswick Ale October 17

Hosts kicked off matters!

Stony Steppers – stony stepped!  Woads something bordered and mollied!

Summertown did it daintily  and a Havoc tarted!  More tarts that Towersey!

We just made a quorum and put on a good show and ate well!  Good to see eight sides at an ale!

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Bunk 2017

A glorious sunny Bunkfest dance out – that saw Ed back in the side – welcome back, and a farewell dance out to Oliver who is off to university but is replaced for a few weeks by Nerys who is back for a break from studies – all change!bunk-001 bunk-002 bunk-004 First stop was Boat House with Kennet Morrisbunk-005 bunk-009 bunk-012

Last stop was Town Square – where Oliver and Nerys put all else to shame by shaving donkeys in adjacent parishes!!bunk-014 bunk-016 bunk-017 bunk-018

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white horse folk day 17

Conucopia – step and clog!white-017

Belly dancers dance their bellies!white-019

Havocs create havoc and proper Morris!white-024 white-026 white-027Ridgeway pack away the table clothe

All in a days dancing and folking in Wantage – and havoc add a recorder – great sound Kate and their mini Havoc!

 

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Eynsham on July 25th

The last Thursday in July saw us at the Newlands Inn in Eynsham, as guests of Eynsham Morris. They’d also invited Ducklington Morris and Cornucopia Appalachian. We’re all old friends.

Ducklington in action

Ducklington in action

Emma did her jig. Judging by the photo, at some speed.

Sometimes Emma dances so quickly, she's just a blur

Sometimes Emma dances so quickly, she’s just a blur

Later on we moved on to the Queen’s Head for some more dancing.

Eynsham turn up the energy

Eynsham turn up the energy

Eynsham's musicians working hard

Eynsham’s musicians working hard

Kate concentrating

Kate concentrating

And once danced out it was inside the pub for a most splendid music session. A most excellent evening.

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Eight Bells Eaton July 14th 17

 

Dance out with Ridgeway clog and Rising Phoenix Morris from LA!  Spot the visitors!  Mind you how anyone could concentrate with the smell of Thai food wafting everywhere!  I’m told the food is good!  Maybe a Christmas visit to this lovely country pub? 8-bells-005 8-bells-006 8-bells-008 8-bells-010 8-bells-011 8-bells-014 8-bells-016 8-bells-018

Emma reveals her darker side!

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Rose and Castle weekend – july 2017

Back from an exceptional weekend in Towcester – a great weekend of dance food and fellowship – great weather, great dance sides, great food, great hosts (esses), great venues and great value – many thanks

I have no idea who took this sneaky shot – but must explain – Oliver was worn out from playing and I was empathising with him!  Plus it’s tough being his tour manager, beer buyer and dad!

img_1493First Stop Brackley – Blackheath Morris kick us off – with a joke before each dance – How many members of the Morris Ring does it take to change a lightbulb?rose-and-castle-17-001

Change!!!    Meanwhile we are pictured with the Mayor!rose-and-castle-17-004 Queen’s Oak our delightful joint hosts (esses)rose-and-castle-17-005

Morris kit 1 one – a bell padrose-and-castle-17-006 rose-and-castle-17-011 Stockport Morrisrose-and-castle-17-013 rose-and-castle-17-014Barbara thinks we’re on a fashion shoot!

Morris kit 2 – Socks and assorted curtain material!!rose-and-castle-17-016 rose-and-castle-17-017 Wrigley Headrose-and-castle-17-019

Wharf distillery – Dogs!

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And Dacre and Mr Gumby and son!rose-and-castle-17-026 rose-and-castle-17-027 rose-and-castle-17-029

Morris kit 3 – a hatrose-and-castle-17-030

Morris kit 4 – sticky things! North Westrose-and-castle-17-032

Morris kit 5 –  A ‘Lagerphone’ without a drop of lager being spilled!rose-and-castle-17-034 rose-and-castle-17-035 Lead musician for the day takes time out to be a yoof!

One for Barbara who says piccies rarely flatter her! Thanks to her and Charlotte, Barbara, Mick

and Jim who kept Oliver company musically.  rose-and-castle-17-042rose-and-castle-17-038

Don’t ask – although I know you will!rose-and-castle-17-045

Can we gather round at the lock on Sunday for a photo – all facing the same way!rose-and-castle-17-048 rose-and-castle-17-053 rose-and-castle-17-055Phoenix Morris! rose-and-castle-17-056

Admiring fellow dancers!rose-and-castle-17-057 rose-and-castle-17-063 Country Gardens!

With thanks to Charlotte – she knows why!!

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6 Bells Warborough – nearly a sunny evening!

 

Dance out the Old Speckled Hen – with their two new chicks!6-bells-003 6-bells-005 6-bells-006 6-bells-008

Note the chap sitting on the far right – William Kimber!  What a coincidence – he is the grandson of the very William Kimber whose other relative we danced for last week and of course who did so much to revive the Morris!  His dad is William Kimber and he has a son – guess his name!6-bells-010 6-bells-011 6-bells-013 6-bells-021 6-bells-022 6-bells-025 6-bells-026 6-bells-028 6-bells-029 6-bells-030

Mick proves to be a dab hand at brolly holding!  What a glorious rainbow! or two!6-bells-032 6-bells-037

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