Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Scarves & St Swithin's Day


Well I haven't posted much as had my DBIL here last week this is the one who had been in hospital & came out the week before.

I have been knitting a couple of scarves which will be for Christmas Gifts well do need to make a early start in fact if you look back on my earlier in the year posts you see that I started a gift stash I am doing little gifts that for the most part will be for Christmas but if I need a gift during the year I don't have to rush to get something done so that my tip do gifts in what ever crafts you do or a mix of them & then you are not stress over last minute gifts also you can build a stash for Christmas as we all do it we say Oh it soon be Christmas it come upon us so quickly as if they changed it we all know it on 25th December yet we all get caught out every year lol

Today is St Swithin's Day where it is said that if it rains today (15th) it will rain for 40 days & nights here is what I found on this old wives tale (Folklore)

St. Swithin's Day is 15 July, a day on which people watch the weather for tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue so for the next forty days.
There is a weather-rhyme is well known throughout the British Isles since Elizabethan times. copied from projectbritain.com
'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain For forty days it will remain St. Swithin's day if thou be fair For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'
dost = doesthou = itnae mair = no more.
Who was St. Swithin?
St. Swithin (or more properly, Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches.
Why do people watch the weather on St. Swithin's day?
A legend says that as the Bishop lay on his deathbed, he asked to be buried out of doors, where he would be trodden on and rained on. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then, the monks of Winchester attempted to remove his remains to a splendid shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971. According to legend there was a heavy rain storm either during the ceremony or on its anniversary.
This led to the old wives' tale (folklore) that if it rains on St Swithin's Day (July 15th), it will rain for the next 40 days in succession, and a fine 15th July will be followed by 40 days of fine weather. copied from projectbritain.com
However, according to the Met Office, this old wives' tale is nothing other than a myth. It has been put to the test on 55 occasions*, when it has been wet on St Swithin's Day and 40 days of rain did not follow


So if this is true I guess we will be in for some bad weather, listening to our forecast we will be having showers some very heavy & winds for the next week or so not looking good for the children start of their Summer School Break as most places the children break up on Friday lets hope that we will have a nice summer rather than some we have had in the past which has been wet & colder than the expected weather for summer.

2 comments:

Micki said...

I enjoyed reading about St. Swithin's Day. It was a neat post.
Micki

jan said...

Oh Janice, it rained here, not a lot but it did rain. It was the wind though, whew, it was dreadful. But this evening was absolutely gorgeous! A typical English day weatherwise, I guess.