That's All Well And God But ...


Well, for a kick-off the weather was a tad wild and woolly. In fact, it was so bad that even Sir Ranulph Fiennes brought a letter from his mum to excuse him from having to take part!

So, first and foremost, I apologise for the quality (or, to be more precise, the total lack of quality) of the piccies. However, as I hope you can see, the weather was absolutely bloody appalling and unfortunately, Jacques Cousteau I am not!

The procession enters The Digey, where it was relatively sheltered ... The (soggy) procession on the Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 1
... and then emerges from The Digey, where it wasn't ... The (soggy) procession on the Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 2
... finally disappearing under the stormy skies over Porthmeor! The (soggy) procession on the Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 3

Of course, the irony of all this is that in howling winds and torrential rain we are going to a well ..... to get some water!

Once the procession managed to squelch into the small alcove that contains Eia's well the local vicar, Andrew Couch, took some water from the well, blessed it and offered up a prayer .....

"My God, I don't think we've ever had weather this bad before..." At Venton Ia on Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 1
He then offered the chalice of water to the Mayor, inviting her to take a swig to see if it was safe to drink! At Venton Ia on Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 2
The vicar then sprinkled water (no, honest, he did!) on the other attendees, no doubt to the annoyance of the woman behind him who still hadn't managed to get her giant match to light! At Venton Ia on Feast of St. Eia Day in St. Ives, Cornwall 3

Then, we all trudged back the way we came until we finally arrived at the Parish Church. The Mayor and her gang went into the church (allegedly for a short service, probably for a chalice-full of mulled communion wine!), while your correspondent squidged back home for a change of clothing.

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