our heads in the clouds, we didn't actually see the sun
during this year's May
Hill, Sunrise Festival. As my daughter, Sarah and I
drove to the venue, the stars were visible in a black sky
but there was one cloud, hanging in the sky right above
May Hill. It remained there throughout the traditional gathering
for May Day, from which May Hill takes its name.
felt quite spooky walking up to the trees at the top of
the hill in darkness and fog, or cloud so thick that we
could not see the copse of trees at the summit until we
were within a few feet of them, but once there, gasping
for breath we were greeted by quite a gathering crowd and
in true English tradition, the celebration went ahead. The
BBC were also covering the event for BBC Gloucestershire
and were the first to introduce themselves to Sarah and
I but then the various morris men also began to recognize
us, despite the conditions of extremely poor visibility.
A small party from Ross turned up for the event but most
were from Gloucestershire.
always, the atmosphere was fantastic, the fog adding to
it, even if it did make photography very difficult. A short
(10 minute) film of this year's event can be watched below.
any reader happens to be walking May Hill and finds a white
defuser for a Nikon Speedlight (flash gun), it's mine. I
realized when I got home that I had lost it up there this