Off to the lovely old Fox at Denchworth, where once more we are guests of the men of Icknield Way.
Once more, it’s not the warmest of evenings.
Havoc musicians (and Jenny) looking like they could be warmer.
Luckily this week the patio is a bit bigger than last week, so there’s no problem with room.
Havoc hankies are a-flying.
Icknield get things waving.
Our hosts were in fine form.
Icknield getting into Banks of the Dee.
Icknield show us how to dress.
And once again, once dancing was brought to a halt by the appearance of substantial platters for sandwiches and chips (Thank You, the Fox!), it was inside for songs and tunes. All in all, a great way to spend a May evening.
Out annual meetup with our old friends from Towersey Morris. The corresponding fixture last years was held on a lovely summer’s evening, where we dance happily on the lawn. THis year, however, was a bit on the overcast and soggy side, so we decided that the patio might be a better bet.
Towersey got underway in fine style.
Towersey demonstrate their synchronised hankie prowess.
In return we tried an eight-handed dance and, well, it was a bit of a tight fit.
Havoc finding it bit of a squash.
Sticks featured too.
Towersey get the long sticks out.
Havoc show that we can do things with long sticks too.
Luckily the rain held off; no interrupted dancing. Afterwards we headed indoors for some tunes and songs.
The swing frames a deflated bouncy castle and Emma’s Austin Allegro.
To properly celebrate Jenny & Barney’s visit (see previous posts), our Squire hosted an English barbie. The experience is much like the more famous Australian version, but colder.
Warming up around the fire.
As well as the usual sausages and burgers, veggie kebabs and asparagus were on offer. And PUDDING!
Conversation flows as we thaw.
There was a little singing, too, to accompany the never-ending search for firewood.
What’s Barney seen?
Oxford takes its May Morning tradition seriously. And Havoc is no exception. For the last few years, the Friends of the Botanic Garden have kindly invited us to their early May Morning gathering. A lovely location, even if it means we start dancing at 05:15.
Starting Constant Billy
At that time in the morning, some brisk exercise is necessary to keep out the cold.
It’s all very well if you’re dancing. Our poor musicians have to wrap up warm.
Musicians feeling the temperature
Now let’s get the long handles out.
And some precision long stick work
When it’s fully light, we can appreciate the Botanic Gardens. Just over the road from Magdalen Tower, it’s a prime position to watch the choir sing at 6am.
After listening to the Magdalen choir, we wandered down to the Said Business School and provided a little diversion for the early commuters. From there, it was on to our home pub, the Seacourt Bridge, to round off the morning.
At the Seacourt Bridge
And thanks to Tracy and the team – breakfast at last.
In recent years, the first Havoc dance out of the summer season has been at Oxford Folk Weekend. The organisers of that were having a break this year, so our first appearance of the summer was a low-key celebration of St George’s Day at the Eight Bells at Eaton.
They’re under starters orders…
This year we are once again very pleased to welcome our old friends Jenny and Barney from Brisbane’s own Bellswagger morris.
… and they’re off!
We have to admit being a little late; we were dancing on Thursday 25th April, 2 days after St George’s Day.
But the 2019 dance out season is properly launched.
Vale Islanders kicked off the evening
Garstion Gallopers galloped!
Rose Hips – shook and shimmied!
Havos ate well and had a jolly good time – oh and danced our best!
Is this what you did at Swanage!! – No wonder we are not a ring side!!