This is the June illustration in 'An Illustrated Country Year'
June is usually my favourite month....Summer, Strawberries and Wimbledon.... not sure it will be so joyful this year with Col's funeral but I will get through.
From the Mystery book - still no clue as to where it came from - "An Illustrated Coastal Year".
This book is divided into seasons rather than months. So from the Summer pages...........but not many cliffs in Suffolk to find these
But much more opportunity to find these Shingle loving flowers in Aldeburgh, Thorpeness or the aptly named Shingle Street.
There would have been very little time in June in days gone by for celebrating the Saints Days as farmers would have been busy with haymaking and sheep shearing. Watching the weather would have been the main occupation.
Calm weather in June, sets the farmer in tune
Before the change of calendar in 1752 the longest day was June 11th. This is Saint Barnabas' Day
Midsummer's day was for centuries one of the main festivals in the countryside and celebrated the abundance and mystery of nature.
Bonfires were lit on hilltops for the solstice and it was the custom for people to leap over the flames for good luck.
Elder will flower this month and there are many recipes for syrups or wine. Elder was considered to be an unlucky tree because of it's associations with witchcraft. Cutting down an elder tree would bring bad luck unless you apologized profusely and burning elder indoors would "Bring the devil indoors".
Farmers don't like elder in a hedgerow as it is brittle and no good for keeping in cattle or sheep. Yet having Elder growing near a doorway could protect from evil spirits entering the house and stop lightening strikes.
Under the Oak there comes a stroke
Under the Ash there comes a flash
But under the Elder there comes no harm.
Many Thanks for comments on the Suffolk show posts, I enjoyed the day and then writing about it took me there all over again - double pleasure!