Colwall Orchard Picnic

OK, so it wasn’t warm, but nevertheless the Colwall Orchard Picnic on Sunday was fabulous! It took place in idyllic surroundings, in the largest surviving cherry orchard in the West Midlands, teeming with cherry trees in full blossom.

Colwall Orchard, Herefordshire

Colwall Orchard, Herefordshire

I had the great honour of inaugurating the Colwall Renga.  A renga is a traditional Japanese poetry form, composed of 3-line haikus and 2-line linking verses. The Colwall Renga is a year-long project, with members of the community adding verses throughout the year.

The whole community joined in haiku writing at the picnic …

Contributing to the Colwall Renga

Contributing to the Colwall Renga

… creating a poetry blossom tree.

The Colwall Orchard poetry blossom tree

The Colwall Orchard poetry blossom tree

The champion haiku writer turned out to be 5-year-old Matilda!

Matilda, the champion haiku writer

In awe of Matilda, the champion haiku writer

Not to be outdone, Toby the Dog joined in with a haiku of his own too.

Toby the Dog writes his haiku

Toby the Dog writes his haiku

Other events for everyone to join in with included minibeast hunting with Dr Roger Key and his wife, and a Rhyme Time Ramble through the Orchard led by yours truly.

Bug Hunting at Colwall Orchard Picnic with Dr Roger Key and his wife

Bug Hunting at Colwall Orchard Picnic with Dr Roger Key and his wife

What with delicious home-made cakes and Colwall Orchard apple juice, it was a day not to be missed!

Well, that’s my version of events. You can read the official version here: Report from the Blossom Picnic 2010

The Cake Ladies writing their haikus

The Cake Ladies writing their haikus

If, for some reason, you did miss this Blossom Picnic, then make a date in your diary for the next Colwall Orchard event, and add your contribution to the ongoing renga.

Huge thanks to Tim and Helen and the other members of the Colwall Orchard Group for organising the event, and for  inviting me to participate.

Tim Dixon, co-organiser of the Colwall Orchard Picnic

Tim Dixon, co-organiser of the Colwall Orchard Picnic

And to Carole, for her taxi services well above and beyond the call of duty!

Anneliese Emmans Deaninfo@theBigBuzz.bizwww.theBigBuzz.biz

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2 thoughts on “Colwall Orchard Picnic

  1. Dear Anneliese Emmans Dean,

    I wondered how your children’s renga went after a year? I did try the links above, but for some reason they aren’t working.

    Would love to see the completed renga after a year, how many verses did you get?

    all my best,

    Alan

    • Dear Alan
      Hmmm, you’re right – the link to the renga no longer seems to be working. I’ll check with the lovely people at Colwall Orchard and see if I can get a copy of the renga for you. It was a lovely day’s haiku writing.
      Good to hear from you, and to visit your website. If you’re ever passing through York – not a million miles from Hull – let me know.
      Best
      Anneliese

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