Category Calendars

Just so you know – in Britain we have a rhyme on July 15th every year

15th July has a rhyme: 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. Celebrated (or berated as the case may be!) on July 15th, weather sayings pertaining to St. Swithin’s Day are probably the most famous […]

May Day and some ‘rules’ and ‘alternatives’

It was today, 1st May 1978, that we in Great Britain celebrated a new day off from work! It was called the May Day Bank holiday! Being British, and free from a daily work whatever that might be, many of those that could went walking in their local park. All across the country many of […]

The First of May – and/or – it’s traditions

Here is my first ‘snippet’ posted on both of my blogs today 1st May 2017: The day today – and every year – people all over the world will be celebrating May Day. For some it is, and always has been, a festival to mark the arrival of spring. In Pre-Christian times it was the […]

The Kate Kennedy Procession

Every year – generally on the second Saturday afternoon of April – thousands of students and citizens gather on the cobbled streets of St Andrews to watch Scotland’s oldest historical pageant. This year, at 2pm on Saturday 8th April 2017, the annual Kate Kennedy Procession will leave the medieval gates of St Salvator’s College on North […]

It happened in the week just past in times gone by.

Now where do we start?  The year is now just 9 days old – but if we go back many centuries we would still be in last year. The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750 reformed England’s calendar so that the year now began on 1 January rather than Lady Day – 25 March. At […]