Saturday, July 17, 2010
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
St Swithin's day is July 15th ,St Swithin was a 9th century Saxon ( English) Bishop of the famous Winchester Cathedral.When he died he asked to be buried outside the church, when the church was renovated about 100 years later his remains were brought inside and since then if it rains on that day it is believed it will rain for the next 40 days and guess what it rained here last Thursday!
I have been kept busy all this week and have not been on the plot since Tuesday.Kathryn has been watering the greenhouse plants and reported blight has definitely arrived on the second potato bed. Kathryn cut down the stalks on the worst affected plants digging up one to check the tubers, the potatoes were a good size but discoloured to a grey/brown shade.They have been sprayed religiously every week since the end of May.
I am painting my sitting room which has not been updated for about 6 years, so all paintwork from ceiling to skirting boards needs attention!It has to be fitted in between minding the two girls and two students one of whom returned home to Italy this morning which necessitated getting up at 3.00am to catch her early morning flight!
Jack had his first birthday party this afternoon and big brother Scott will have his second birthday in 2 weeks so for 2 weeks of the year they are essentially the same age!!