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.
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.
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).
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)
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!
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.
So, today I am quietly celebrating International Women’s Day …….in my own garden for a change!
It is a day for Inspiration and Change!
Today has given me time to reflect on my own actual achievements’, in particular my own gardening business. Life is never easy, but I do believe you have to have a dream, to ever be able to achieve anything outside your own comfort zone! So go ahead…pick your dream, and take action today….no matter how big or small….start putting the steps in place TODAY and you’re well-on your way to achieving your dream!
I didn’t start my own business until late-on in my career, when I suddenly decided I needed a career change, and quick! (I am a little impulsive like that!) It was the best decision I have ever made! I now have a successful business, I’ve featured in The Sun newspaper, had a scarecrow replica made of me (Thanks Val!), and featured in an AXA Insurance advert! It has been so much more than “just a Dream” so far. However, I have to say, I could not have done it without the help and support from my husband Dave! So even on this special day for women, I would like to share my success in ‘equal parity’ with my amazing husband (the Boiler Man @ G20 Gas Services)!
Happy International Women’s Day everyone xx