and a procession, as we followed the May Queen and her entourage around the village in this celebration of spring that has it's roots in our ancient pagan past.
The children stop and sing a May song at various places along the way,
before going to the orchard to crown the May Queen.
She sits on a granite throne in a bower of flowers on the May Day Rock which is inscribed with the names of all the May Queens from 1954 until now.
From there she has the best view of her court dancing and of the patters that are woven and unwoven by the maypole ribbons.
none of which they noticed
but they made it back none-the-less. What a perfect day.