Of boats and bottles

Been to Leicestershire to watch bottle kicking. This is a centuries-old English tradition kept alive by the villages of Hallaton and Medbourne who battle it out every Easter Monday.

Play takes place in a sloping field on the edge of Hallaton. The bottles are made of wood, like miniature barrels, and the two sides compete to get them past the goalpost (the stream at the bottom of the hill). There are no rules. It’s a free for all, and every few minutes they all pile into a massive scrum. To get close enough to take a decent picture you risk getting trampled on – this was the closest I could get.

It’s fun though, a festival atmosphere. Considering there are hundreds of young people around and a fair amount of alcohol being consumed it’s all very good natured. They even make their own cider for the occasion.

This little excursion rounded off a glorious Easter weekend, spent mostly on the boat. It’s been fabulous weather, most untypical for an English bank holiday. There were a lot of boaters out. This is a traffic jam on the river Soar.

Still waiting for my results. When I phoned to chase them, they said because I’m a primary cancer care patient I need to wait four weeks not the 7-10 days I’d been advised – can’t quite work that one out, but still hoping no news is good news…


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucy
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 21:22:21

    Sounds like a fab day out! Hope results come soon and that it’s good news. Lx


  2. wartimehousewife
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 21:38:50

    Hi Clare – it was a great day out wasn’t it? I’m glad to have come across your blog – it has a very up-beat and appealing style. I wish you well with your health and everything generally.


  3. toasty redhead
    May 14, 2011 @ 07:55:14

    I didn’t know that.


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