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)

Sunday, 1 September 2013

September 1st.



September takes its name from the Roman word 'septem' meaning 'seven' as it was the seventh month in the Roman calender. The Anglo-Saxons called this month Gerst-monath- barley month or Haefest-monath- Harvest month. It is the month of the Autumn equinox, and this is the time of the traditional Welsh harvest celebration of Mabon.

Traditional days in September.
14th September-Holy rood day. ( a day when children were let off school to gather nuts!)

21st September-Autumn Equinox, Mabon and St Matthews day.

24th September- Harvest Festival.

29th September- Michaelmas ( St. Michael) day.

 Folk-sayings about September.

'Fair on September the first,fair for the month.'

'September blows soft ,till the fruits in the loft'.

'He who eats goose on Michaelmas day
shan't money lack or debts pay.'

'If St. Michael brings acorns, Christmas will cover the fields in snow.'

Illustration available here
September- Helen Hunt Jackson.( lines from)

"The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

 By all these lovely tokens
 September days are here,
 With summer's best of weather,
 And autumn's best of cheer.

 

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