In 1906 Edith Holden started a Diary, now known as ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’. In it, she observed Natures cycle through the months of the year, writing simply about the weather, the birds, the flowers and the natural world around her. All the pages are beautifully ornamented with her original artwork and favourite poems. In this Blog, I’m going to try to emulate her Diary in a modern way. For a start, this is a blog on a computer, not pen and ink lovingly written on paper! However, I hope that the end result will have some similarities, in that I want to capture day by day, month by month the steady rhythm of Nature through the year. For although our 21st century lives are hectic, chaotic, noisy and deafened by electronics, the beat of the natural world, which is the backdrop to all our lives whether we notice it or not, remains ever the same. So take a sedate, gentle and steady-paced journey with me through the next year, observing the natural world. Our way of life may have changed almost beyond recognition since 1906, but nature is doing what it always has done, the cycle of nature remains constant and reassuringly predictable. In that respect, nothing has changed. ‘ No Winter lasts forever; no Spring skips its turn.’ (Hal Borland)

Monday, 1 July 2013

July 1st.

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July was the fifth month in the Roman calender, and so was called Quintillius. It was renamed Julius after Julius Caesar, his birthday being in this month. The Anglo-saxons called it Heymonath or Maedmonath meaning hay, or meadow month.
 In Welsh it is Gorffennaf- the end of summer,and the ancient Celts called this season Equos-'horsetime'.

Folk-sayings about July.
"A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay.
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly."

'If the first of July be rainy weather
twill rain more or less for four weeks together'.

'St. Swithins Day, if thou dost rain,
for forty-six days it will remain,
St. Swithins day if it be fair,
for forty days'twill rain nae mair.'

Traditional days in July.
July 3rd-Dog Days begin.
July 15th- St. Swithins Day.
July 25th-St. James's Day.
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A warm, sunny start to the month. This is the month that the British landscape for me really comes into its own, as our countryside is full of hedgerows. They are thickly festooned with so many varieties of plants, just in one patch this morning were trailing pink and white roses, honeysuckle, bindweed, pale bramble blossom twined through the banks, with hedge parsley, hogweeds and meadowsweet standing upright and sculpture-like, underneath masses of creamy elder blossom- beautiful chaos! They are the safe havens too for all the fledglings around at this time of year, this morning there were wren families, green woodpeckers, blackbirds and several varieties of finch all living in these riotous habitats. 

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