This post is going to be a bit of a mish mash, it’s difficult to know what to mention because there was so much going on!
The Goddess and Greenman decorated their window with a golden Awen to celebrate OBOD’s Golden Anniversary. I hope you can make it out through all the reflections! They’d also produced some Golden Sickle incense to mark the occasion ‘to Honour the Ancient Spirit of Oak and Mistletoe’ I’ve brought a couple of packets, it’s lovely but pretty pungent!
Because it was the Order’s Anniversary, OBOD realised that a lot more people would like to attend the Assembly and so rather than sticking to the normal format of whole order talks in the Town Hall, which has restrictions on numbers, this year they decided to have a marquee in the Abbey Grounds on the Saturday. The Town Hall was used as a communications base, a place to eat before the Eisteddfod and held various exhibitions and meetings over the weekend.
This year there was also a ‘fringe event’ with additional talks, particularly on the Friday and Monday when there is normally nothing official arranged. To keep everyone up to date with what was happening there was a four page programme
Needless to say I only made it to a few of the events but luckily for me and those unable to attend the weekend itself, the talks were recorded and will hopefully appear on either the website or on Druidcast sometime in the future.
On the Saturday morning we all repaired to the Marquee to hear talks by Ronald Sutton, Caitlin Matthews and Philip Carr Gomm, all of which were fantastic. We were also treated to a performance from the Ogham. The banners were painted by Stephanie Carr Gomm and were used later in the day to mark the quarters on top of the Tor – the images are taken from the Druid Animal Oracle. The talks were all recorded (hurrah!) and there was also a gentleman filming most of the weekend and so you should also be able to see them soon, as well as the Tor Ceremony.
On Saturday evening we had the Eisteddfod in the Marquee. There was a smaller tent adjacent which held the refreshments, including Hawky Hawklord’s generous donation of mead. Utterly delicious but deceptively strong, it caught a lot of people out!
Shaun ‘purple’ Hayes did the compering as usual.
First up was this beautiful lady with some opera pieces.
Barry Patterson performed some of his own poetry. Fantastic!
Liv Torc finished up the first half with poems from her new book and some old favourites.
In the second half we had Arthur ZZ Birmingham and ensemble, Poplar Jake, and then Damh with Paul Newman. I was so pleased when Damh and Paul played the Worship of Trees! There are no photos as the light got too bad for our poor little point and shoot At the end of Damh’s act which was as always, fantastic but much too short, he led us round to the back of the Abbey ruins for a ‘surprise’ This turned out to be a beautiful ten minute firework display, unfortunately it was such a surprise that we didn’t have the camera set up and so the photos are nothing more than blurs. Mr Stoatie took a few video clips and I’m including one for the wonderful soundtrack of oohs and ahhs. The images are really awful but have a kind of trippy element to them! (NB if you’re using a tablet or mobile to watch you might find the sound a bit slow)