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What is one to say about June? The time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

Gertrude Jekyll
A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly.
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St Swithin's Day

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,208 mod
In the UK on 15th July, people watch the weather, because legend says that whatever the weather is on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue like that for the next forty days.

You can read more about this here: http://www.learnenglish.de/culture/stswithins.html

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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,723 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I didn't know this. :)

    This article is interesting too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/saints/swithin.shtml
  • zapppsrzapppsr Posts: 230 ✭✭✭
    This theory about the weather stay the same day is based on observation... And that happens a lot in the UK.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,751 mod
    St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
    For forty days it will remain
    St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
    For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare.

    Or the Met Office's interpretation?

    St Swithun's day if thou dost rain
    For forty days, relatively unsettled there's a fair chance it will remain
    St Swithun's day if thou be fair
    For forty days, a northerly jet stream might result in some fairly decent spells
    But then again it might not.
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,606 mod
    From Wikipedia:

    Swithun (or Swithin, Old English: Swīþhūn, Latin: Swithunus; died c. 862 AD) was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester and subsequently patron saint of Winchester Cathedral. His historical importance as bishop is overshadowed by his reputation for posthumous miracle-working. According to tradition, the weather on his feast day (15 July) will continue for forty days. The precise meaning and origin of Swithun's name is unknown, but it most likely derives from the Old English word swiþ, 'strong'.[1]

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  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,751 mod
    St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
    For forty days it will remain
    St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
    For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare
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