The shortest day marks the point when the DAYS start to get longer and the NIGHTS shorter. Thank goodness for that!
This is the best time to have a think about what you want from your garden in the New Year (and perhaps, make it a New Years Resolution!). Go on…treat yourself! Have a look around. Try to think of at least one thing you can change (maybe a new feature/ plant, or maybe there is something you don’t like anymore and want to remove/ replace it). Pop-in to your local plant nursery, or go to the garden centre…..its lovely and quiet at this time of year. You will also help to Support your local businesses :o)
If you can do this each year, you will steadily grow to love your garden more and more.
On the 11th Hour,
of the 11th Day,
of the 11th Month,
We WILL remember you!
Remembrance Day signifies the end of the hostilities of World War I.
The red poppy symbolises those who died in the war. The poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I. The red colour is a symbol of the blood spilled in the war.
“They died…….that we might live”
We will not forget . x
Don’t forget to ALTER YOUR CLOCKS!……for Daylight Saving Time!
– it begins on the last Sunday in March.
– it ends on the last Sunday in October.
“Daylight Saving Time” allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours (ie so get gardening folks!).
The phrase “Spring forward, Fall back” helps us remember how Daylight Saving Time affects the clocks.
On the last Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward 1 hour ahead of Standard Time.
On the last Sunday in October, we set our clocks back 1 hour. Thus returning to Standard Time.
Each year (middle of September), everyone in Urmston is invited to create a Scarecrow, for public display! (It is organised by the Facebook Group: Urmston Partnership).
Anyone can enter…..you just have to notify the Facebook group to make sure your entry is listed for ‘the World to see’….and maybe win a prize! (but I don’t suppose it really matters if you don’t).
Its a fun thing to do for everyone, especially during the August bank holiday weekend!
This year we decided to make a fisherman. My friend gave me her Uncles boat when he passed away, hoping we could make use of it. I am pleased to say it has come in very useful as a boat and thought we would now show it off in the Scarecrow Festival. I’ve sent her a postcard with it on as a nice memory for her too. Hopefully it made people smile as they walked the dogs (and children) on the meadows! This was displayed in our garden, and could be seen from the meadows (enter at the corner of Southgate/ Riverside Drive….on the left approx. 200 metres down the path).
Happy Scarecrow Festival!
……So, today in Urmston, we were are continuing with the heatwave! It was 25 degrees today, with the odd cloud, but not a drop of rain (though we desperately need it….well at night time anyway). The grass is all yellow and has gone to sleep, but the weeds are growing a treat!
Ok, so …..looks like its going to be the hottest summer on record this year! :o)
St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain.
St. Swithin’s day (15 July) if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.
If it rains on St. Swithin’s day then it will continue to rain for a further forty days.
St. Swithin was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester and was originally buried (at his request), in a humble outside grave at Winchester.
9 years later the monks at Winchester moved his remains to a magnificent shrine inside Winchester cathedral on 15 July 971. Legend says that during the ceremony it began to rain and continued to do so for forty days.
If St Paul’s day (29 June) be fair and clear
It does betide a happy year.
But if it chance to snow or rain
Then will be dear all kinds of grain.
If clouds or mists do dark the sky
Great store of birds and beasts shall die.
And if the winds do file aloft
Then war shall vex the kingdom oft.
Summer Solstice is the first day of Summer!
It is also the longest day of the year (…..and the shortest night of the year).
It was a medieval custom to collect flowers on the longest day (ie for their healing properties). Typically, Apothecaries would gather herbs on this day (eg St John’s Wort, Chamomile, Geraniums, and Thyme).
To celebrate, they would light a bonfire and dance around it. Flowers collected on this day would release their fragrant aromas when thrown on bonfire (to eradicate bad luck and negative energy).