Malvern and the Morris Dancers

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
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Trip End Aug 02, 2009


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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Yep, you wouldn't believe it, we found some Morris dancers.  Now I'm going to be a bit politically incorrect here, so apologies and hope I don't offend anyone, but we in NZ know that the British can be a little eccentric.  Having said that, they wear their eccentricity with great pride, or perhaps they just don't realise that they are LOL.  So the epitome of eccentricity has to be Morris dancers, and as luck would have it, there seemed to be a Morris Dancing Convention in Malvern.  We actually went to walk to the top of a hill called the North Beacon, which we did - a nice pretty gentle climb up a sealed pathway to the top.  No cafe at the top, although Ray tells me there was once!!!  Height at the top 1395 feet, around 425 metres, so not high.  The gradient would not be as hard as the Centre of New Zealand walk in Nelson, but would be further in distance.
However, on returning to the town of Great Malvern, we were looking for a place to have some lunch when we saw strangely-attired people wandering around the streets.  Where we stopped for lunch there were a whole bunch of them, and they kindly agreed to let me take their photo.  But wait, there's more!  We followed them down into the town and found them giving a display at the library, with more Morris Dancers from around the country. I just couldn't stop laughing, it was just so funny that we had found them.  I got some good shots of them doing their stuff, if anyone would like to have a look, and hopefully I can include a video of them also.  I could just visualise BBB (aka Paul Beswick) giving this a go, maybe it could become an alternative pastime for those guys at Waimak Club who are getting fed up with all the new rules in agility, they could do this instead LOL.
On our way home we passed through a beautiful little village called Ombersley, check out the photos of the half-timbered houses, and the sign in one of the pubs - if you can't read it on the photo it says something along the lines of: "We welcome dogs and children.  Please keep your owners on a lead".
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