The first of June marks the first day of Meteorological Summer but traditionally summer starts on the Solstice on the 21st June but there are Midsummer festivals on the 24th!
Here's the Wheel of the Year with the Litha or Summer segment from the book "Ceremonies of the Seasons" by Jennifer Cole. Litha was the Anglo-Saxon for the sixth and seventh months
June was such a busy time in the farming calendar that there was little time for festivals, not many special church days either so much of the folklore for June is centred around Midsummer Day. Good weather was needed for hay-making.
A calm June sets the farmer in tune
Below is the first June page from "Cattern Cakes and Lace" by Julia Jones. It explains that St Barnabas Day was the longest daylight day of the year before the calendar change in 1752.
In Ancient times people thought that needed to help the sun as it increased in strength by lighting bonfires. They would jump through the flames to ensure good fortune and drive their animals through the embers once the flames had died away to protect them from evil.
If it rains on Midsummer Day we may expect a wet harvest
St Johns Day is on the 24th
Before St John's Day we pray for rain, after that we get it anyway
Cut your thistles before St John,
You will have two instead of one.
Below are illustrations from some of the June pages in "An Illustrated Country Year" By Celia Lewis.
There will be yellow flag irises in the ditch across the track very soon.
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
Thank you to everyone for comments yesterday, I'll keep doing the end of month review as it's not as boring as I thought!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I have Eldest Daughter and Jacob staying for a couple of nights so it will be little cousins getting together again I hope.