Archive | July 15, 2018

St Swithin’s Day (15 July) 2018

……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)

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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.

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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.