Sunday, 21 September 2008

St Matthew's Day

Today, 21st September, is St Matthew's Day. We were always a bit excited at this oen when we were wee, as my maiden name is Matthew :)

"St Matthew's Day bright and clear brings good wine in next year"

St Matthew's Day falls close to the autumnal equinox (23rd September), which marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It is time to close the beehives for the year ("St Matthee shut up the bee") and to prepare for the darker nights ahead ("St Matthew get candlesticks new"). It is also one of the two days known as DEvil's Nutting Day (along with 14th September) when it is unwise to go off to the woods to gather hazelnuts.

Maybe that's why there were no nuts in the wood last Sunday...........Definitely a good way into autumn here now, weather is chill, darkening earlier, thoughts turning towards preparations for winter.

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