The mice are back.
This is the August page illustrating the Sara Coleridge poem from a childrens book I've used before.
The mice are gleaning the cornfield for their winter stores.
Don't worry about rain in August because...........
"August rain gives honey and wine"
But on the other hand..............
"Dry August and warm doth harvest no harm".
The first of August is celebrated in some parts of the Northern hemisphere as Lammas or Loaf Mass. This is when the first loaf of bread made from the first wheat harvested is blessed in a church service.
It would have been a public holiday when fairs were held and also marked the start of the time commoners were allowed to graze their animals on the stubble fields.
Combines are out and about here cutting the barley, the wheat will be next, it's almost ready.
Here's an obvious saying............
If weather be fair and tidy,
thy grain make speedy carriage,
for fear of rain.
There were plenty of "speedy carriages"on the road yesterday when I popped over early to see Youngest Daughter and Florence. The mass of traffic heading up the A12 to Lowestoft was crazy. With fewer people going abroad this summer I reckon the coast roads will be madly busy on any sunny day.
I shall be staying close to home through August.
Have a good weekend, whatever your plans - hope you don't get stuck in a traffic jam.