This week is St. Swithin’s Day Week in Exploring Nature With Children. July 15th is St. Swithin’s Day itself, and here, in north-west England, it has poured with rain.
Saint Swinthin, or more correctly, Saint Swithun, was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of England during the ninth century. He was known for his humble and generous nature, and legend tells us that he requested to be buried modestly, outside the cathedral. Much later, the cathedral was rebuilt, and there was an attempt to move his remains to a special shrine within the cathedral. The move was delayed by a severe rain storm, and it is believed this storm is the origin of the old wives’ tale that if there is rain on St. Swithin’s day, then it will rain for the following forty days. However, if it is dry on St. Swithin’s day, then the next forty days will be fine.
Rose has been busy experimenting with sketching from photographs:
Her skills are improving all the time, which in turn is building her confidence.
I sketched a wee nature treasure: a fallen conker, and set up a chart to record the days of rainfall over the 40 days from St. Swithin’s Day:
(I missed crossing my ‘T’! ~ don’t worry, I have done it now!)
How was the weather for you on St. Swithin’s Day?