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Good Morning Everyone,

A title with a double meaning!

This is a well that is dressed with a flower picture which commemorates the centenary of the First World War.

The well dressing is from a beautiful little village called Tissington in Derbyshire. There are several wells within the village and each one has its own well dressing on the same theme.

There is no definitive explanation as to why well dressings were started. It is thought that they originated in pagan rituals or sacrifices to water gods as a thanks for past supplies and a request for continuing future deliveries. With much of the Peak District residing on porous limestone, water could, at times, be in short supply. The scarifies are thought to have been replaced by the colourful decoration as a tribute to the gods. It is known that the Romans made similar offering to their gods and one theory says that they probably brought this custom to Derbyshire. Unfortunately, no similar custom exists in modern Italy. So, the most favoured theory has the custom originating before the Romans and that is was a Celtic custom that managed to survive the successive invasions of Romans, Saxons, Danes, and Normans. From 'Derbyshire Guide'

If you follow this link there is a very easy to read explanation about how the well dressings are made.

As a w/s, I will add another of the well dressings.

The photograph was taken during our little TE Get-together in Derbyshire. Jasmine (Tigerlily) met us here and we spent the day exploring the village and its well dressings.

I hope you have a lovely day. We have endured thunderstorms and hailstorms but hope today will be much brighter, Bev :-)

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