E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image At the Allotment - January

At the Allotment - January


Natural Corn Dolly

This caught my eye because I thought it looked like the decoration on a Corn Dolly. It is in fact the old flower of a sweetcorn plant.

Corn Dollies, for those of you who've never heard of them, are made of corn (wheat) stalks. They were traditionally made from the very last stand of corn in a field, and were woven into quite intricate and pretty shapes, resembling people, baskets, horns or almost abstract shapes. They were a way of saying thankyou for the harvest and appeased the "Corn Spirit".

Almost all corn dollies would include some complete stalks, with grain attached, which would ensure that the Corn Spirit would sleep safe through the winter, to be reborn in the spring when the dolly would be carried into the fields as the new seed was sown.

There's a little information on Wikipedia - here - and an interesting piece about Dartmoor Corn Dollies is - here -
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This last group of pictures is loosely grouped together as "Allotment Art"
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This series of pictures were taken at local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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At the Allotment - January


Natural Corn Dolly

This caught my eye because I thought it looked like the decoration on a Corn Dolly. It is in fact the old flower of a sweetcorn plant.

Corn Dollies, for those of you who've never heard of them, are made of corn (wheat) stalks. They were traditionally made from the very last stand of corn in a field, and were woven into quite intricate and pretty shapes, resembling people, baskets, horns or almost abstract shapes. They were a way of saying thankyou for the harvest and appeased the "Corn Spirit".

Almost all corn dollies would include some complete stalks, with grain attached, which would ensure that the Corn Spirit would sleep safe through the winter, to be reborn in the spring when the dolly would be carried into the fields as the new seed was sown.

There's a little information on Wikipedia - here - and an interesting piece about Dartmoor Corn Dollies is - here -
.....

This last group of pictures is loosely grouped together as "Allotment Art"
.....

This series of pictures were taken at local Allotments, which is land owned by the council that can be rented for growing plants (fruit/vegetables/flowers) for use in the home. The land is separated into measured strips, rather like the mediaeval field systems.

I do not have an allotment. I am grateful for the tenants who didn't mind me taking a few pictures.

Picture taken 16th January 2009
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comments (9)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Feb 2009, 00:16
You're dead right Ellie: this is very much like a corn dolly: a charming image indeed
Another nice details, Ellie. Here dof is very obtained!
I've heard of and seen wheat weaving. They may have similar origins.
EJWilkins: Possibly, making straw hats is a traditional country thing, apparently. Making these "dollies" is quite locally specialised, with traditional shapes and patterns. Some of them are amazingly intricate
  • panda
  • China
  • 14 Feb 2009, 06:25
learns a lot here.nice shot!! smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 14 Feb 2009, 06:47
Interesting reading, well presented shot Ellie
Thank you for the information Ellie. Fine shot!
Useful infomation..and nicely pictured. Thank you Ellie
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Feb 2009, 13:30
Oh jolly its a corn dolly wink

Somewhere in the coming week I will present my own deco dolly.
Nice differential focusing Ellie, and lots of interestinf information as usual.

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