Friday, 1 July 2022

July 1st

 June has been dusted and put away and July is on the bookshelves along with a few roses from the garden.


 When I had this library book at home, I took several photos and tucked them in drafts for using later

So this is one of her lovely illustrations for Summer

 July is named in honour of Julius Caesar and usually contains some good hot days sometimes referred to as Dog Days. At this time of year Sirius, the dog star, rises at the same time as the sun and was thought by the ancient Romans to give the sun extra heat. The Dog Days are from July 3rd until August 11th .

As the dog days commence, so they end

Anglo-Saxon names for the month are Heymonath for haymaking or Meadmonath meaning flowering of the meadows.The full moon in July is called the Wyrt moon or Mead moon . Wyrt is an old English name for herbs and July was the traditional time for taking the first honey from the hive and making mead. The Full moon on the 13th will be another Super Full Moon - when it looks extra large.

I'd forgotten this bit of July info that I found in 2019

 "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."


Many of the old weather rhymes are connected with farming - so many people's livelihoods depending on the weather back then.

A shower of rain in July, when
the corn begins to full,
Is worth a plow of Oxen.
 
 
Back Tomorrow
Sue

28 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures, your framed ones and the ones in the book. Pretty jugs.

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  2. I love your monthly displays. I expect you're really pleased you bought those plates now.

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    1. I am glad I bought them, a new one out each month makes good use and I'll not get fed up with them

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  3. What lovely illustrations in that book Sue. Bet you're glad you have the full set of plates, as Fun60 said. So pretty. At the time it was published that book was such a revelation and of course has spawned an entire industry making textiles, ceramics, pictures, and x-stitch designs. I never knew July used to be pronounced like the girl's name. Love these old customs and folklore.

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    1. Such a clever artist - the whole book is full of pictures I'd like to keep

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  4. This is so interesting. I always wondered why hot summer days got called dog days, and know I know :)

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    1. Not a dog day here today, everytime a big cloud comes over the temps drop several degrees - I'd like it warmer!

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  5. Lovely mantle decorations-I always look forward to your first of the month posts. Catriona

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    1. I've got so many books of weather sayings etc it's good to make use of them

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  6. Sue, you have such beautiful things to display always, and that book looks truly snuggle down and browsable. x

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    1. The book is packed full of her lovely illustrations of birds and animals

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  7. A lovely July display for your bookcase.

    I have the Angela Harding calendar and the July illustration is the one that is on the cover of The Salt Path ... which is inspiring me to read it again.

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    1. Where did I come across something about Raynor Winn recently? was it on your blog? about the farm and growing there? or am I imagining it all!

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  8. What a delightful old rhyme that is. Loving your mantlepiece too. xx

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    1. I'm glad the plates came home with me - they are new out each month so I won't get fed up with them

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  9. I always love seeing your shelf. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Absolutely love your display
    Alison in Wales x

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  11. I love July and the weather is usually great for vacations. The history around July is fascinating and all new to me. Your July display is delightful and the coral colored rose is lovely.

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    1. We have hundred of old weather sayings - trying to predict the weather for the crops

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  12. I'd forgotten the link between the phrase dog days and Sirius - but of course! Here in West Wales we have such dark skies as well as sunny days - best of both worlds perhaps.

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  13. We had some hot days last week but now a bit cooler July 1. I enjoyed reading what July is named from. Interesting. I need to clean my house a bit as well. Have a good day.

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  14. A great picture, and lovely roses.

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  15. I am not much for collector plates but oh I love those plate! I wonder if I have any chance of finding them here in the US I love the trivia about the month.
    Cathy

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  16. I love those collector plates. On a completely unrelated note, we had several dens of foxes across the road one year. Baby foxes everywhere. Do you know what a group of foxes is called? A 'skulk'.of foxes. I love that.

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  17. Interesting! I always thought the dog days were the first two weeks of August, and were when we can see Sirius in the late night sky. //The collector plates are lovely. There are artists on Instagram who draw perpetual nature journals like this, work is exquisite. Mine look like cartoons by a five year old.


    The linocut nature book is very special and imaginative, I look forward to seeing more pages.

    lizzy

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