Tag Archives: Anglo Saxon

The Norman Conquest and being English.

If you had lived in EnglandĀ on this day (16 Oct 2016) 950 years ago chances are you would be aware that a momentous battle had just been fought, only a few days earlier, near Hastings in Sussex. Even if you … Continue reading

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New Forest: colt pixeys, elf shot and hag stones.

I recently visited the house of a fellow commoner and noticed that outside the front door dangling from a cord was a collection of flint stones. Each stone had a hole in it through which the cord was threaded. Upon … Continue reading

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New Forest: hand fasting in a woodland glade

Recently I was invited to a hand fasting wedding ceremony that took place within a leafy glade in the New Forest*. The weather was perfect, as dappled sunlight showered through the canopy of beech, ash and oak trees. A gentle … Continue reading

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