Friday, 20 July 2007

St Swithin's Day

We always watch out for St. Swithin's Day, the 15th July, because tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue so for the next forty days.
The rhyme goes:

'St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain
Full forty days, it will remain
St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t'will rain no more.'

St. Swithin (or Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. Tradition says that he said that when he died he wanted to be buried out of doors. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then the monks of Winchester decided to move his remains to a shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971. It is said that from the time his remains were moved until the time he was reburied outside there was torrential rain.

Sadly, it absolutely tipped down this St Swithin's day - so we could be in for some terrible weather and today as I write this blog we are virtually cut off on every road with floods - thank goodness we live on the hill!

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