Monday, 30 November 2009

St Andrew's Day

Today is the feast day of St Andrew - Patron Saint of Scotland, Patras in Greece and Russia. A Galilean fisherman, Andrew was the first-called of Christ's disciples, the brother of Simon. he is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at Patras; the tradition that his cross was x-shaped (as on the saltire, above), dates from the Middle Ages.

St Andrew the King, three weeks and three days before Christmas comes in

Traditional saying.

Well, it's definitely winter here now; there is an icy blast and a heavy sky; bare branches, wet underfoot, cold is in the air, birds wheeling, with their amller brethren seeking shelter in teh evergreens to take their turn on teh feeders. time to turn the stove up and put socks on indoors, make soup and winter puddings, think ahead to Christmas and a bit further to what the new year, soon to come in, will bring.

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