This extravagant building has a definite fairytale atmosphere about it and there are many tales locally of ghost sightings, mostly, I think because of the design of the building.
We were entertained by the Foresters Morris Men and the Greenwood Step Clog Dancers. The Morris Men were great fun and the gentleman in the blue waistcoat took great delight in hitting all the ladies on the head with a (dried) inflated ox bladder! Apparently anyone hit with it will fall pregnant within the twelve month! Stewart would be suing the hospital if that happened! lol It's probably not evident from the collage of photographs but they encouraged members of the audience (who were mostly students from the university) to join in.
This photograph is not the best but I loved this musicians coat made of strips of all sorts of fabric.
After the Morris dancing we moved to the conservatory for an exhibition of Step Clog Dancing which I really enjoyed. The poor ladies of the Greenwood Step Clog Dancing group were shivering when we went to join them but their dancing soon warmed them up. The dances were taken from Lancashire, Derbyshire and Welsh tradition and some of the steps were quite complicated. I used to enjoy Scottish Country Dancing at school and the tunes reminded me of those days. If you look at the photographs you should be able to see the metal tips to the clogs.
The evening was brought to a close with a plough play and a sword dance, both of which are pictured on the Foresters Morris Men site. The Plough Play was hilarious, but obviously wasn't controlled by any health and safety rules as part of it involved hurling brussel sprouts and potatoes at the assembled throng! As if that wasn't bad enough The Farmer character chose me to hurl a swede at!!!!! Thank goodness I had my wits about me and caught it before it connected with my teeth or smashed my camera! If he'd thrown it at my DH he would have been unconscious as he can't see out of one eye too well and misses catches.
Blogger is now beginning to throw a hissy fit and putting big gaps in so I'll quit while I'm ahead. Thank you, everyone for your good wishes. They have certainly helped and, although I am still not out and about each day shows an improvement. My DH has been a star, doing all the cooking, washing and ironing this week. He's getting so good at it it seems a shame to deprive him of the job in future! LOL