Life in the Highlands

Hello and thank you for looking at my Blog...i hope you enjoy my site. I'm pretty new to this but hope to keep it all updated with the progress of my garden. I've really enjoyed being able to start everything from scratch and the hard work has been worthwhile. I hope you enjoy seeing my progress too! Feel free to leave comments it's always nice to get feedback.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

St Swithin's Day

Sunday 15th July was St Swithin's day and we got Sun! how does that poem go?

St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain
Full forty days, it will remain
St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t'will rain no more

Well...we got a fair St Swithin's day so how come i've got rain, and not just spits and spots but that stuff whereby every drop is a bucketful?

So who was St Swithin?

Correctly spelt St Swithun he was apparently the Bishop of Winchester. St Swithun died July 2, 862. Whilst he was dying he asked to be buried out of doors, where he would be trodden on and rained on, in the following century he was regarded as a saint, and the then Bishop had his bones reburied in a shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971.

The story goes that as St Swithin was being exhumed, it started to rain. Unfortunately the rain didn't stop for forty days and forty nights....sound familiar? Apparently this was St Swithun showing his disapproval and punishing the monks.

St Swithun's day used to be a “feast day” in the Christian calendar, but it is now just seen as a quaint British thing.

Oddly enough, while most of us would rather not see rain in mid July , apples need it. If the rains fail, the apple crop will be a poor one. Well, my apples certainly can't complain of water shortage this year.

The Fatsia japonica is really lovely after rain, the water sits in big droplets on the leaves. Since repotting the fatsia has really taken off.

Well we're not out of the woods yet and as the song goes 'I'm never gonna stop the rain by complaining'. Sooo as we can't do any gardening. Check out the weather trivia site for the answer to all those questions that keep you awake at how big are raindrops?


Blogger Chris said...

Well at least we should have a good supply of apples :-) Have a good week.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Ziggywigs said...

I do hope so. My trees seem to have quite a few on them. Although one isn't faring so well but think i may not have thinned it enough last year.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Gardener Greg said...

Yes and "nothin's worryin me" Happy Swithin day to you too.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Ziggywigs said...

Hope you had a nice St Swithin's day Greg, your blog is looking good.

3:09 AM  
Blogger mobecks said...

Thanks for the post. I was interested in who St. Swithins was.

6:16 AM  

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