Category Archives: Orchards

Apple Day

Apple Day at the Donkeyfield Community Orchard will be on Saturday October 29th 2 – 5PM.

Come and press apple juice, play games, enjoy the bonfire, sing songs – celebrate the apple year. Singing for children (with an adult) at 2.30-3.00;
Singing for adults 3.30-4.30 – led by Jane Lewis of Portobello Community Choir.

All welcome – and please ignore the message created by Facebook that says you need a ticket – you don’t!

Squeezing apple juice

 

Wassail

Come and join the Apple Wassail at the Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Sat 23rd January 2-4pmWassailing

January is tra­di­tion­ally the time for singing rowdy songs in orch­ards to cel­eb­rate the har­vest from the pre­vi­ous year, chase away evil spir­its and so ensure a good crop in the com­ing sea­son.  Please bring noise mak­ing equip­ment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in, and wear scary clothes if you wish, to scare away any evil spir­its that may be lurk­ing… Come and drink spiced apple juice and sing round the bonfire. All welcome!

This year the was­sail­ing songs will be taught at Portobello Community Choir ses­sions  — Weds even­ings on  13th and 20th January 7.15 – 9.15pm at Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 189 Portobello High St.  £6/4 con­ces­sions. All wel­come (you do not need to be a mem­ber of the choir to attend these was­sail­ing ses­sions) — songs will be taught by ear so no singing exper­i­ence or abil­ity to read music required.  Children and young people wel­come provid­ing they are able to con­cen­trate and join in.

Apple Day 24th October 2015

applesSeason of mists and mellow fruitfulness…PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town will hold its sixth Apple Day on Saturday 24 October from 2-4.30 pm at the community orchard, Brunstane Road South.

We will be pressing apples to make juice so please bring along some apples if you can and an empty bottle so you can take some home with you. We’ll be tasting some apples you may never have heard of and picking the crab apples that are just ripening. There will also be tea, coffee and home baking and sales of local apple juice, jam and chutney. We’ll have a fire to keep us warm and for your entertainment there will be games and music.

We hope you will come along and join us for an afternoon of fun at this celebration of nature’s abundance.

Wassail

Come and join the Apple Wassail at the Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Sat 24th January 2-4pm

January is tra­di­tion­ally the time for singing rowdy songs in orch­ards to cel­eb­rate the har­vest from the pre­vi­ous year, chase away evil spir­its and so ensure a good crop in the com­ing sea­son.  Please bring noise mak­ing equip­ment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in, and wear scary clothes if you wish, to scare away any evil spir­its that may be lurk­ing… Come and drink spiced apple juice and sing round the bonfire. All welcome!

This year the was­sail­ing songs will be taught at Portobello Community Choir ses­sions  — Weds even­ings on 7th, 14th and 21st January 7.15 – 9.30pm at Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 189 Portobello High St.  £6/4 con­ces­sions. All wel­come (you do not need to be a mem­ber of the choir to attend these was­sail­ing ses­sions) — songs will be taught by ear so no singing exper­i­ence or abil­ity to read music required.  Children and young people wel­come provid­ing they are able to con­cen­trate and join in.

Apple Day: Saturday 25th October 2.00pm till 4.30pm at the Orchard

Hello, it is time for Apple Day…

Squeezing apple juiceJoin us at the Community Orchard
Saturday 25th October
2.00pm till 4.30pm

Everyone Welcome!

Apple pressing (Please bring apples if you have plenty to spare and a bottle to take some juice home).

There will be:

  • Apple tasting, games and crafts – if you have your own home grown Portobello apples please bring an example to show us.
  • Apple juice & jams for sale
  • Refreshments and home baking – we would be grateful for any contributions of home baking, preserves and help but more important: Come along and have fun.

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Orchard Workshops: Songs for the earth: Monday, 28th July

Songs for the earth with Jane Lewis

Monday, 28th July 7-9pm

£6/2 concessions
Venue: Donkeyfield Community Orchard, Daiches Brae, near Brunstane Station

Come and learn some simple harmony songs  around the bonfire and amongst the fruit trees in Donkeyfield Community Orchard. All songs will be taught by ear. All welcome!

Please book by July 21st. Contact Eve: eve [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk or 07724 825 434

Orchard Workshops: Learn to make a Pea cone: Sunday, 29th June

The first in a short series of

WORKSHOPS AT DONKEYFIELD ORCHARD

Daiches Brae, near Brunstane Station

Pea cone workshop with Anna Leibmann

Sunday, 29th June 11-3pm, £30 (there are a few concessionary places, please contact us for details)

Learn to make a beautiful willow pea cone to support your peas, or other climbing plants. All materials provided, but bring your own lunch.

Please book by June 22nd. Contact Eve:
eve [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk or 07724 825 434

Wassailing cancelled due to persistent rain

We have reluctantly just decided to cancel the wassailing today due to the weather. Sorry! – and we hope you see this in time. We didn’t think it would be much fun for a few die-hards to be singing in the rain and that it wouldn’t achieve the purpose of getting folk together for a nice community event and encouraging more folk to come to the orchard. But we do hope to re-arrange and will keep you posted.

We have had two energetic singing workshops to learn the wassail songs – including one with young people at Woodcraft last night – so there is a band of great wassailers ready to go. 

Wassail singing workshop

There will be a singing workshop to learn some traditional and some new wassailing songs for the PEDAL wassail on Wednesday 15th January at 7.00-9.00pm at 7 Rosefield Avenue.  Cost £5 per person to raise money for the orchard.  All welcome – songs will be taught by ear so no singing experience or ability to read music required.  Children and young people welcome providing they are able to concentrate and join in. Please contact Jane Lewis if you wish to come.

Wassail

Sorry  today’s event is unfortunately cancelled due to persistent rain.

You are all invited to the wassail at PEDAL’s Donkeyfield Community Orchard on Saturday 25th January at 2pm – 4pm.

January is wassailing time.  This is traditionally the time for singing rowdy songs in orchards to celebrate the harvest from the previous year, chase away evil spirits and so ensure a good crop in the coming season.  Please bring noise making equipment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in, and wear scary clothes if you wish, to scare away any evil spirits that may be lurking…

There will be a singing workshop to learn some traditional wassailing songs for the PEDAL wassail on Wednesday 15th January at 7.00-9.00pm at 7 Rosefield Avenue.  Cost £5/£3 per person to raise money for the orchard.  All welcome – songs will be taught by ear so no singing experience or ability to read music required.  Children and young people welcome providing they are able to concentrate and join in. Please contact Jane Lewis if you wish to come.