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Remembrance Day (11th November)

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

 

 

FALL BACK! (last Sunday in October) – 27/10/2019

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.

  • SPRING FORWARD:-

   On the last Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward 1 hour ahead of Standard Time.

  • FALL BACK:-

   On the last Sunday in October, we set our clocks back 1 hour.  Thus returning to Standard Time.

St Swithin’s Day (15 July) 2019

 

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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.

Hurray!  Hurray!  It was sunny and hot hot hot in Urmston today! (24 degrees).  Hopefully we will have another nice Summer.

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.

The Longest Day (21 June)

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).

Its Easter!! Sunday 21 April 2019

Easter is always on a Sunday, but it changes every year (but it’s usually 3 weeks after Mothers Day).

 

It is on the Sunday following the ‘first full moon’ after the ‘first day of spring’.  eg in March or April.

 

Traditionally, the church celebrates Easter with bell-ringing and White Lillies…though it always makes ‘me’ think of daffodils…….probably because I love them so much! :o)

Mothering Sunday (31 March 2019)

Mother’s day is on the fourth Sunday of Lent (in the UK).  It is usually 3 weeks before Easter Sunday (which is late this year).

So why do we give flowers on Mothering Sunday?

The tradition comes from a time when young children (who were ‘in service’ to other households) returned home on the 4th Sunday of Lent to attend church with their families.  They would gather wild flowers as they walked, to take to the church or give to their mothers (and daffodils were the flower in natural abundance at that time of year).

This tradition has changed over the years, but the giving of the humble daffodil is still my favourite!  After all….who wouldn’t love a golden bunch of daffodils on Mother’s Day!