100 – New Years Day Festival

Dear Lucy,

You’ll be pleased to hear that we had a good turn out for our New Years Day festival this year and unusually the event went off without a hitch.

We started at around 10.00am with the usual parade through Mouse Town.  It had originally been the turn of Gertrude for the role of ‘New Year Queen’ but at the last minute she kindly asked if Lottie might like to take her place as guest of honour on the New Year float.  Lottie was honoured and delighted in equal measure. 

This year our traditional Morris Dance took place through a spectacular winter meadow in the Victorian glasshouse of Mousington Hall.  The meadow was all thanks to Popsie and Elsbeth who’ve been secretly planning, planting and tending in collaboration with Lord Mousington since mid September.   Over lunch everyone agreed that the meadow was a real triumph and perfectly encapsulated the celebration of a new year and warmer days to come.  Of course, those warmer days will come much sooner for Lottie and me as we travel back to the Naldera tomorrow, which is as we speak on its way to Egypt.

Catching up with Gertrude after the event I thanked her for stepping aside to make Lottie’s final day so special, Gertrude then confessed that her gesture wasn’t entirely without self-preservation as after getting rat roaringly plastered on New Years Eve she didn’t think she’d manage a trundle through the high street without the aid of a sick bucket.  Honestly, that girl … you’ve got to love her!

Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

Love M.M.

Morris would like to wish all his followers a very happy New Year! For those who've not heard of it, Morris Dancing is a form of old English folk dancing, it's a bit crazy but it's ours in all its wonderful stick-wielding hankie-flapping glory. Morris would love to hear from you, just drop him a line here or under his Instagram, Facebook or Twitter shares. © All images and story content copyright of lynncf

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