I've been getting to know a new side to the Isle of Wight, a side I hadn't seen in my childhood trips to the island. I've got Mrs Constance Hopkins to thank for that, someone who I can now count as personal and professional friend.
I'd first come across Mrs Constance Hopkins through her seminal study of the Ba-reen Peoples back in the 1950s. Now we're working together on her observations of customs and rituals on her home turf, the Isle of Wight.
In her column in Chine Magazine, A Constant Calendar of Customs, she revisits many of these customs. You can read the first, on Milkers Day, right here.