A (Wet) Day Out on the Watercress Line
26th July 2015
Once again, we'd
dance at the Watercress Line's Summer Fayre, together with Red Stags
Morris. The weather forecast was awful, and the Summer Fayre was cancelled, but we
turned up and danced outside Alresford Station, then anywhere under
cover, including the trains and the newly-built waiting shelter at
Ropley. Rob from Wickham joined us and entertained us with songs.
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OBJ comprised: Alison, Andy, Ann, Chris, ChrisD, Claudia, Colin, Jason, Joe, Marian, MikeG, Pegeen, Sarah, Tony and Vera, with some help from Jess.
started at Alresford Station, with clouds looming, so we opted to not
This is Hay-on-Wye
Tony, Pegeen and Ann on this side
|Later in the same dance
Pegeen and Ann now at this end
|Not sure which dance, but Tony and Sarah are at this end
|It even brightened up a bit
Ann, Pegeen and Claudia prepare to face Mike and Andy plus one other
|Later in the same dance - the "one other" is still invisible
|This one is Dilwyn
Jess is in the star figure with Sarah, Claudia and Andy
|The musicians are: a lady from Red Stags, Vera, Jason, Ali, ChrisD, Colin and Joe
|This is "Tide" - always an open invitation for rain.
Ann and Claudia pass one another
|Jess is enjoying an ice cream, but I'm not sure what the foot is doing
|Then it started to rain at about 11:30 so we boarded the train.
We danced the customary guards-van dances on the way up to Alton and back to Ropley
|This is a morris-dancing "first".
This waiting room and shelter was built during the winter, and looks magnificent.
As it had never been danced in before, we did so in order to drive away any lurking evil spirits.
|Both OBJ and Red Stags crowded in - while the station staff looked on in puzzlement
But, it was dry!
|Not sure which dance this is, but we managed to dance it between the cast iron columns
|This shows the array of signs and the station clock
mid afternoon, the rain was bucketing down so we caught the train back
to Alresford, had a cup of tea, and went home - undefeated by the