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The English are so weird


I have posted about flower festivals before, where the members of a parish church fill the church with flower arrangements. Different people do different arrangements all around a single theme.

This sounds lovely, if you’ve never seen it. In practice, specific arrangements often include brain hurty items like plastic dinosaurs, old shoes or decapitated Barbie dolls.

I have no idea how this got started or what the point is, other than to spruce the place up and draw visitors. There’s usually a program (thank god for the program, or half the arrangements wouldn’t make any sense at all) and someone playing the organ and they sell you a cup of tea and a piece of cake. It is both civilized and grotesque.

We went to one this weekend that took it a step further and eliminated the flowers. The whole inside of the church was covered in…hats. Just hats. With labels.

Ladies’ hats, military helmets, Boy Scout berets, chainmail coifs, this here sombrero (there were two, actually).

I described this to a group of my neighbors and they were like, “oh, well yeah. That’s a little weird.” Then I told them that this same church last year featured wedding dresses of the parishioner and they were all, like, “oh, hey, our church did that!”

My life is a Monty Python sketch.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 4, 2015, 11:33 pm

At least nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 4, 2015, 11:56 pm

So a Church function involving somberos = a Ministry of Silly Hats?

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: August 5, 2015, 12:54 am

This is soooo cute!!!!

But you’re probably seen it!

Comment from Nina
Time: August 5, 2015, 2:47 am

The price you continue to pay for the misfortune of falling in love with an English badger.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: August 5, 2015, 3:00 am

It would be amusing to witness a hat-off between the old ladies in a Southern Baptist church (Atlanta variety) and those of one of your fetes. The sniffs of disdain would be awe-inspiring.

Comment from mojo
Time: August 5, 2015, 5:02 am

Did they do the Mexican Hat Dance? No?…. Pity, that.

I wanna see the old broads scampering about yelling “Aiee! Arriba!”

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