Mothering Sunday (11 March 2018)

Mother’s day is on the fourth Sunday of Lent (in the UK).

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!

Community Advent Calendar (01 Dec 2017- 05 Jan 2018)

Each December, a group of people in Urmston will volunteer to decorate a window for each day of Advent (via the Facebook Group: Urmston Partnership).

It’s quite a fun thing to do, so I try to participate each year (with some help from my super-human hubster!).

So, on the 1st of December someone will decorate (and reveal) their window decoration.  The same on the 2nd December ….and so-on, until the 24th December.  The decorations remain up until 5th January, so that if you wanted a nice family walk over the Christmas period, its a fun thing to do.

This year, we made a Christmas tree using pallets and added a bauble each day of Advent, which listed the address of the advent window revealed for that day.  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).

Hope it brightens up your walk on the meadows :o).

Merry Christmas!

Urmston Scarecrow Festival (16-30 Sept 2017)

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 were struggling for time, but we still managed to cobble-one-together quite quickly……a pole dancing fairy!  (sorry!……it was all we could come up with at the time in a rush!).  Still, at least we made an effort, and hopefully it made people smile as they walked the dogs 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!


Mothering Sunday (26 March 2017)

Mother’s day is on the fourth Sunday of Lent (in the UK).

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!

WINNER! Urmston Scarecrow Festival (Sept 2016)


 

 

 

 

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 and it’s a fun thing to do, especially during the August bank holiday weekend!

This year my friend at FREDS (ie the clothes shop in Urmston) thought it would be funny to make a scarecrow of the Garden Girl!   ME!   Wow!  What an amazing effort.  The resemblance was uncanny ….we could have been twins!….and best of all….it WON 1st prize!

It was left at the front of my house with a wheelbarrow, all planted up with pansies, as a surprise while I was out.  It was so realistic that passers-by were shouting “Hi Gaynor!”.  They thought I was being rude when I didn’t reply.  Even the window cleaners tried to have a chat with her.  It was so funny.


 

 

 

Well done Valerie Tinker!  You’re the best Scarecrow-maker in town!

Happy Scarecrow Festival!

 

St Swithin’s Day (15 July)

….Hurray….it was gloriously hot in Urmston 2014 (we are having a heat-wave!!), so:

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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.