|(Puffins for my penfriend on a windy Scottish Island!)|
July is named in honour of Julius Caesar and apparently the word July used to be pronounced with the stress on the first syllable as in duly and truly. It changed to the way we say it now during the 17th century.
Dog days. the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11. a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.
Anglo-Saxon names for the month are Heymonath or Meadmonath referring to haymaking and the flowering of the meadows.
And from the other book by Celia Lewis 'An Illustrated Coastal Year'
From the poem by Sara Coleridge..........
"Gillyflower is an old name that seems to have been given to a whole group of fragrant flowers in the 14th-16th centuries. One definition says that the name means 'July flowers', derived from the French, juillet , (jillyflowers) This would make sense as French was the language of the Royal Court and was widely spoken. As time passed the name was used for mainly just for Pinks, forerunners of Carnations and the 'clove gillyflower' was Dianthus caryophyllus."
There were no Gillyflowers/ Pinks here so I have remedied that by picking up one from a stall on the Saturday market in Stowmarket. They are not a flower that I've had much success with in the past in other gardens but I'll try again.
There are very few weather saying for the days of July apart from St Swithin's on the 15th although in one of my books I found the following
From the poem 'January Jumps About' by George Barker (who I'd never heard of until I found this)
July by the sea sits dabbling with sand letting it run out of her rather lazy hand, and sometimes she sadly thinks: "As I sit here ah, more than half the year is gone, the evanescent year."
That does seem a depressing end to the 1st July post! ......................