Oh at last, here is December, the Christmas season starts officially today! The holiday mood has crept onto my downloadable calendar as well, so you can use a grey work day to smuggle some festive cheer into your daily life.
For me, getting into the Christmas mood seems harder and harder every year but I have my own survival kit, which will always bring some holiday spirit. So instead of the usual nature notes I am going to share this list with you – in the hope it might help you as well. So at my place…
…there is no December without
Christmas movies (Love Actually and Bridget Jones are must-s, others may come according to my mood)
Christmas carols (it is Diana Krall lately, but I have loved the King’s College Choir and Loreena McKennitt as well)
candles & tea
having breakfast in bed with some Christmas Special magazines
mulled wine and the Christmas fair
walking in the city full of Christmas lights
the smell of orange
Enjoy this amazing month, and have a lovely, calm, shopping-centre-free December :)
We are welcoming a new month, so here is my latest downloadable calendar for November! This wreath is an old favourite, the original hanging in the living room of my parents. This was the starting point of my 12-piece collection.
There was a time when November was my favourite time of year. It is getting dark fairly early, which justifies the use of different lights, the weather is cold and foggy, perfect for cuddling :) These days I have a bit more difficulty accepting darkness, but there is no point in moaning, Christmas is on the brink of the horizon.
Edith Holden has something to say to you again
November was the ninth month of the old Roman year. The 11th of November was held to mark the beginning of winter. The Anglo Saxon name of November was Blotmonath (blood month) probably alluding to the slaughter of cattle for winter consumption.
1st: All Saints’ Day
2nd All Souls’ Day
3rd St Hubert
Nov 5th Bonfire Night. (The particular service commemorative of the Papists’ conspiracy on the 5th. was abolished in 1859.)
11th St Martin’s
21st Presentation of the Virgin
22nd St Cecilia
25th St Catherine
30th St Andrew
Nov 5th Bonfire Night. The particular service commemorative of the Papists’ conspiracy on the 5th. was abolished in 1859.
“November take fail
Let no ships sail”
“If there’s ice in November that will bear a duck”
Here is October, the month of pumpkins! At last, mornings are chilly, nights are frosty but the autumn sun still warms nicely during the day. This is one of the most beautiful times of year, so I am presenting you with one of the most cheerful calendars I’ve ever created. The different shades of yellow will cheer you even if you are sitting in a neon-lit office on a rainy day. All you need to do isdownload it.
Edith Holden gives some background information again, although the superstitions of the month seem a little less witty than usual (not Edith’s fault I’m sure). Still, I’m sharing them!
By the Slavs this month is called “yellow month” from the fading of the leaf. To the Anglo Saxons it was known as “Winter fylleth”, because at this full moon (Fylleth) winter was supposed to begin.
By the 1st of March the crows begin to search
By the 1st of April they are sitting still
By the 1st of May they are flown away
Creeping greedy back again
With October wind and rain.
As good October and a good blast
To blow the hog, acorn and mast.
Wow, at last autumn has come!!! A new month, a new downloadable calendar to share with you. Chestnuts and grapes were the first things that came to my mind when thinking about September, so you can now have them on your desktop background surrounding this month’s calendar.
September has always meant a fresh start to me – much more so than January, perhaps not unrelated to the start of a new school term. I am not at school any longer but the start of autumn still fills me with the feeling of re-birth: the heat waves are over, and at last they are finishing the road constructions that turn Budapest upside-down every summer :D
Edith Holden keeps up her fascinating information about months, but it seems that September is not full of folk observations.. She only mentions:
Plant trees at Michealmas & command them to grow,
Set them at Candlemas & entreat them to grow.
She also mentions that although September was the 9th month according to the Julian-calendar, it still retained its name of seventh (according to Roman calendar).
August is here, time to share with you a new downloadable calendar. I’m happy to say I still haven’t melted away and August brings the glimpse of autumn, so I can see a tiny bit of hope at the end of the tunnel (after all we’ve survived 2/3 of summer already). Nevertheless, there are still things to be happy about in August.
“August received its name from the Emperor Augustus. He was not born in August, but during this month his greatest good fortune happened to him: As July contained thirty-one days and August only thirty; it was thought necessary to add another day to the latter month, in order that Augustus might not be in any respect inferior to Julius.”
I still enjoy her collection of her monthly observations, here are a few related to August:
“All the tears St. Swithin can cry, St. Bartholemy’s mantle wipes them dry.”
“St. Barthalomew (August 24th) brings the cold dew.”
“If the 24th of August be fair and clear then hope for a prosperous Autumn that year.”
Things to be happy about this month:
endless amounts of icecream
FRUIT! All kinds!
sky-gazing for shooting stars
Looks like I’m gonna have a fab August (my birthday is coming and I’ll spend a well-deserved vacation by the sea), hope you will also enjoy this last month of the summer.
It is hard to believe that half of 2016 has already gone and we are entering July. To tell the truth I’ve never really been a fan of this seemingly endless month of heat waves but this is the first time in my entire life that I actually work in an office during these 31 days, and strangely enough, I look at the experience with anticipation (at least I won’t boil in my own room but have an air-conditioned work space).
According to Edith Holden “This month was originally the fifth of the year, and was called by the Romans Quinctilis, the latin name of Julius was given in honour of Julius Caesar, who was born in this month.”