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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 mair.’

Whether you’re weather watching today or whether you’re not  -Happy St Swithun’s Day. May your next forty days be filled with sunshine – even if it’s of the metaphorical kind. In Wiltshire,it could go either way.

 Of course, it’s all a load of rubbish but there is something to be said for the dear saint’s connection with apples. Apple growers ask St. Swithun for his blessing each year because they believe  that any apples still growing at St Swithun’s day will ripen fully and that any rain that falls on July 15th will ‘bless and christen’ the apples. Now as someone who planted a lot of apple trees at the end of the Winter (and then had to carry gallons of water to keep them going during a drought) I’m rather keen on all this . With St Swithun’s blessing I’ll be harvesting something delicious eventually.

And because I have been the world’s worst blogger of late here are a few snippets of what we’ve been up to lately – growing salads in the polytunnel and outside, pond dipping, planting out squashes, making sun tea and dressing up as Victorians to design a seaside garden, inspired by some Victorian postcards. (More of this another time!)