May 1, 2011

A Festive, Joyous May Day!

'Tis So Festive to See the Maypole Hoisted and Set!
A basket full of handmade May baskets and handmade crepe paper flowers.
Diane made cone shaped May Day baskets filled with crepe paper flowers and cards for Sarah's teachers when she was in grade school. Diane fashioned the daffodil and rose flowers out of crepe paper. Diane's homemade May Day cards were also included with a photograph of Sarah and her cousins dancing round in a circle and inside the card Diane wrote in calligraphy Milton's "Song on May Morning". Sarah wore her crepe paper flower head wreath and handed out the May Day gifts to all her teachers, including those she had in past years.

Diane also made the head wreath flowers out of crepe paper. When Diane showed Tasha Tudor the head wreath, it was packed in a box with tissue paper covering it. When Diane opened the box with the head wreath and picked up the tissue paper, Tasha told Diane's husband that he had an exceptionally talented wife!


A joyous May Day Celebration was held when Sarah's friend's came over to dance round the Maypole. A tiny Maypole with bears, rabbits, and mouse can be seen in the corner of the stone and wattle fences.

"Song on May Morning"
Now the bright morning-star, day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire

Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
Woods and groves are of thy dressing,
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
- John Milton

Our May Day parties are always delightful! The day before May Day, a straight young maple tree is cut from our woods. 'Tis so festive to see the Maypole hoisted and set. Invited friends dance around the Maypole and play their musical instruments together. After May Day refreshments, scrolls are untied and unrolled and May Day poetry is read aloud, together. "May Song" and "Song on May Morning" are amongst some favorites. Tasha Tudor illustrated Sarah in a lithograph called "Afternoon Tea" from one of our May Day celebrations.


Sarah sorting a rainbow of colours from the Maypole.
Tasha Corgi is looking on.


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3 comments:

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Happy May!!! :-)
What lovely colorful images and happy happy memories!!!
Blessings and JOY!! Linnie

Christie said...

Dear Sarah and Diane,
What a beautiful celebration...like Jeri, it evokes sweet memories from childhood May Day May poles. I love the little cones filled with flowers!
I especially love the adorable celebration occurring in the corner of the stone and wattle fence!!
Happy May Day dear friends!
Christie
P.s. It is truly wonderful to have an adoring husband who is thoughtful to bring you such a bouquet of 101 daffodils! One of my most favored flowers!

Morisot said...

How very beautiful! May is such a lovely month and you all seemed to give it a glorious welcome.

P.S. I adore your Courant.

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