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.