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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
Learn English in September

St Swithin's Day

TeachTeach Your TeacherHomePosts: 10,484 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

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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,090 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I didn't know this. :)

    This article is interesting too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/saints/swithin.shtml
  • zapppsrzapppsr Posts: 231 ✭✭✭
    This theory about the weather stay the same day is based on observation... And that happens a lot in the UK.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,877 ✭✭✭✭
    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: 8,055 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]

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  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,877 ✭✭✭✭
    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
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