The first of June and the first day of meteorological summer, June was named after either the goddess Juno or from Iuniores - meaning young people. June is usually my favourite month of the year with Tennis on TV all month including Wimbledon and strawberries from the garden. This year my garden strawberry plants have shriveled up from the drought, but I think we will get a little tennis - although mostly of the "looking back" sort!
Here's another pretty illustrated page from a childrens book of the Sara Coleridge poem
The mice are having a BBQ behind the wheelbarrow
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
June damp and warm does the farmer no harm
This is the June page of events in the little Almanac book. It seems to have broadened into a list of all sorts of happenings - and most cancelled this year
St Johns Day is the 24th
Before St Johns day we pray for rain; and after then we get it anyway
(What a faff it is with this new blogger to put pictures on here and change the size, and to centre things, what was once a one click operation now takes three or four!...............although when written like that it sounds slightly pathetic as there is plenty of time for clicking nowadays)