Twelfth Night custom: firing at apple trees

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Victorian illustration to download showing a Devonshire Twelfth Night custom: men fire guns at cider apple trees to ensure a good crop of apples, watched by a group of men, women and children. One man brandishes jugs of cider and another raises his glass. It is a cold, snowy night. In the background is a cottage with a hill rising behind it. It was the tradition to chant the following: ‘Here’s to thee, / Old apple tree! / Whence thou may’st bud / And whence thou may’st blow, / And whence thou may’st bear / Apples enow; / Hats full! / Caps full! / Bushels, bushels sacks full, / And my pockets full too! / Huzza! Huzza!’