Hello.

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Don't forget to check the calendar(s) for session times. Sessions are held on different platforms, so be sure to find out where the session will take place:-

Speaking Practice

LEN English sessions:-
http://www.learnenglish.de/calendar/learnenglishcalendar.html

Listening Practice 24/7

English radio playlists:-
http://www.englishradio.be/musicevents/calendar.html

St Swithin's Day

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 8,652 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

Comments

  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I didn't know this. :)

    This article is interesting too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/saints/swithin.shtml
  • zapppsrzapppsr Posts: 229 ✭✭✭
    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: 24,112 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: 7,414 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]

    qlow-200px-Stavanger_Domkirke_-_StSvithun.jpg
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,112 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
Sign In or Register to comment.