20 May 2012

A Celebration of all things English

Bonfire, 2005
The English Ale is a celebration of all things "English" that takes place in the beautiful sounds of the Adelaide Hills. 

With ale meaning "singing, dancing, drinking and making merry", over the years this event has evolved into a folk festival complete with various styles of Morris dancing, a torch procession to the burning of a Wicker Man, and evening concert, by ever popular local band Spiral Dance
Morris Dancers, 2010

Along with a traditional Punch & Judy show and Mummer's plays, this year Damh the Bard, a modern day bard whose "spirituality, and love of folk tradition, is expressed through his music, storytelling and poetry" was special guest.

Petal the Giant, 2012
The first Ale I went to was back in 2005 when the event was held at Uraidla (a small town about 17 kms from Adelaide. Sometime after that, the event was moved to Mylor (about 25 kms south east of Adelaide).

Camping on the oval is always an interesting experience to say the least, especially with the approach of Winter making its presence being felt, and with a relatively thin piece of fabric separating you from the eldments.  This morning Jack Frost had left his calling card as the ground was was covered with frost, something that I have not experienced where I live in Adelaide for a number of years with our Winters having been rather mild.  So crunching my way across the oval was a relatively novel experience.

As the effects of Scrumpy cider passing, a mental note has been made to ensure another quilt be packed next year. 

More about the English Ale can be found at its web site.

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