Local lass Loretta “Titch” Rivett, known for her expertise in the Lincolnshire dialect, gave members of Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society a very interesting and humorous evening with her talk on “Gardening Through The Year Then And Now”.
Titch based her talk on the medieval Book of Hours, which, through pictures and sayings, illustrates the passage of time and sets the seasons and gardening patterns we know today.
They even included a piece on the Green Man, which forms the annual West Rasen Celebration in May.
Although the Lincolnshire dialect was not the order of the night, it was inevitable local words and sayings were going to pop up with local born members recalling times from their childhoods when local dialect produced some wonderful words such as Maydering - a time in May when folk would rest from gardening and farming.
However, the word ‘Swingerling’ from The Book of Hours stumped everyone.
The next meeting is on March 12 in Middle Rasen Church Hall at 7.30pm.
Dave Newman will be speaking on ‘All things Ericaceous’ and it will also be the members’ spring show.