St Nick’s (aka St Nicholas Fields/York Environment Centre) celebrated Apple Day yesterday, and was teeming with visitors taking part in all sorts of apple-related activities, including an apple pudding competition, a competition to create the longest continuous strip of apple peel, apple juggling, apple olympics, apple pressing …
… and apple haiku writing, which was my preserve.
It was all go on the apple haiku front! Visitors wrote a total of 42 haikus in 3 hours – which I work out to be about one haiku every 4 minutes! They were written in 4 languages (English, Italian, Spanish and French) by people ranging from a 4-year-old girl to a retired professor. Some haiku writers came from down the street, others from across the world, including as far afield as Minnesota, USA and Argentina!
A young Apple Day haiku writer at St Nick’s, York, 16.10.10
The highlight of the day for me was when my Mum was announced the winner of the prize for the most beautiful apple pudding! Richly deserved!
Contestants in the St Nick’s Apple Pudding Competition (after the judges had done their tasting)
It was great to see friends there from our local Fulford Community Orchard, with an array of jams and chutneys made from the orchard’s apples, plums and pears.
Congratulations to all haiku writers (most of whom were complete novices), and to everyone at St Nick’s (especially Ivana) for putting on such an enjoyable and worthwhile event.
If you fancy some community haiku writing for your event, email me!