Boekka our Guise team has been through many changes since it first began in 2010. There has been a change in appearance with Teazers wearing masks and then discovering that face blacking for disguise is easier to wear and also traditional for Guise performers. Penkevyll has had two changes of tatters and ribbon colours and now has the traditional Cornish colours of black, white and gold.
We tried including a Morris side with Boekka’s ‘Oss and Teazers as my son our first rider wished to teach a Morris side. We heard from an experienced Morris dancer that when a group has more than 7 members, the group dynamics change and problems occur. We found this to be the case and also discovered it is not easy to recruit Morris dancers in West Cornwall as most local musicians and dancers wish to participate in Cornish traditional performance. Boekka then reverted to ‘Oss and Teazers only and this works well.
We have two riders for Penkevyll the ‘Oss, one is local and the other lives in Reading. The rider who lives the farthest attended Sidmouth festival with his partner and Morris team and after this they continued their journey to Cornwall to visit us. We thought it an ideal opportunity to get both riders together for a practice with Penkevyll so the rider with more experience could give the newer rider tips on different ways of moving with the ‘Oss to give her personality and character.
We also took the opportunity to photograph Penkevyll (Cassandra’s ‘Oss) and Morvaugh (my ‘Oss) so that they could interact.
I had a Teazing rehearsal with Penkevyll. The energy of the ‘Oss is fast and wild and the Teazer needs to blend with this energy using fast, wild and earthy movements. Slow movement with the ‘Oss can still have an edge but needs to be done in a certain way and Cassandra is the only Teazer who has accomplished this judging by the performances I have seen.
This practice coincided with Boekka’s 7th Birthday the day before, so we all had a celebration together with Prosecco and cake.
After practice we spent the evening in our local pub the St Buryan Inn for an evening of music, singing and dancing which the locals and tourists enjoyed. Some of them moved to the public bar to listen and join in with dancing and singing.
A truly wonderful afternoon and evening It is good to now have two riders (as well as my son who rode in the past) who not only respect but understand the spirit of Penkevyll along with their wonderful supportive partners. Boekka is now a small but happy group with good energies. Long may it last.
Yesterday evening Morvaugh performed at Tintagel Carnival. There was a fabulous atmosphere and there were many participants.
Yesterday was a fabulous day for us when we took Morvaugh the Sea ‘Oss to Boscastle and introduced her to Peter, Joyce and Louise Fenton at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
The village was full of tourists who were interested in Morvaugh and what she represents.
We also spent time enjoying the sublime atmosphere of the harbour.
A wonderful afternoon.
It was the first week in July 2017 that a close friend of ours moved to Cornwall. They are a special family, the lovely Michelle, her husband Dave, son Corvan and also their beautiful raven Odin. We entered the Aviary to meet him and words cannot express the feeling when you are in close proximity to such a sublime creature.
They were delighted to meet Morvaugh the Sea ‘Oss and she used her powerful and protective energy to bless their home.
The Mari Lwyds in Wales tradition is to bring good fortune to households:
“The Mari Lwyd (the Grey Mare) is a pre-Christian tradition said to bring good luck. People made a horse figure from a horse’s skull, with decorative ears and eyes attached. They adorned it with colourful reins, bells, and ribbons and wrapped it with a white sheet that is carried around on a pole. The Mari Lwyd and its party would go door-to-door, singing and challenging the families inside to a battle of rhyming insults in Welsh. At the end of the battle of wits (known as pwnco) the group would be invited into the house for refreshments.”
“The Mari Lwyd (grey mare) is a centuries-old Welsh winter tradition involving a decorated, shrouded horse skull which is carried from house to house, or pub, by performers seeking entry for food/drink by entertaining with songs, rhymes or riddles. The tradition is said to bring good luck.” Western Telegraph
“At last the Maris gained entrance to the Museum and they blessed it in their usual ways ending with the traditional libations of soul cakes and beer.” Grumpy Old Witchcraft
It was a pleasure to do this for wonderful friends who offer an abundance of unconditional love and support.
Welcome to Cornwall Michelle, Dave, Corvan and Odin!