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Here's a health to King Charles... - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
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Here's a health to King Charles...
Oak Apple Day.

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tudorpot From: tudorpot Date: May 29th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
YOu scared me, I thought the Queen had died. What does this mean? Interested
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 29th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, Lord, no. (Shudder.)

It's Oak Apple Day, otherwise Royal Oak Day, when Charles 2d escaped the Roundheads after the Battle of Boscobel by hiding in an oak tree.

I'll take any hols I can manage.
serriadh From: serriadh Date: May 29th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh, Lord, no. (Shudder.)

Also known, hilariously, as 'Pinch-bum Day' in some areas (not anymore, I fear, but perhaps you know of a rural outpost where the tradition survives) because children would pinch the bum of anyone not wearing oak leaves.

I'm taking evensong in chapel tonight (mainly a matter and writing/selecting prayers and announcing hymns - no sermon, thank God) and have included prayers for the royal family.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 29th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

A Sussex custom, I believe, the bum-pinching.

Hereabouts, it would be generally Shitshack Day (shick-shack being an old dialect word for oak leaves and galls) were it not, more importantly, Grovely Forest Rights Day, as witness my post immediately after the one above.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 29th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sigh. I am getting careless in my old age.

Boscobel Oak, Boscobel House, after the Battle of Worcester, of course.
velvet_tipping From: velvet_tipping Date: May 29th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol, same, and then i looked at the II and thought, well, my english history's rather rusty but surely there were >1 charleses before this one!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 29th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Indeed.

And a good thing, too. I'm not quite ready for a new accession. (I tremble at the prospect, actually.)
velvet_tipping From: velvet_tipping Date: May 29th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Indeed.

why is that?
themolesmother From: themolesmother Date: May 29th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll raise a glass to that. Charles II was one of my favourite monarchs - probably because of all those mistresses.

MM
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 29th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Let not poor Nell starve.

He was a bit of a lad, was Charles.

My father was a dead ringer in face and feature....
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