St Swithin strikes again but the Garden Party is already home and dry!

St SwithinSo here we are, another summer washout! Sounds familiar? Looking back at my July blog of a couple of years back I noted that the day the schools broke up the sun stopped shining. Same story this year. The first two weeks of July promised a Summer of 76. But then came July 15th, St Swithin’s Day, and it rained. Now we’re all paying the price! I was talking to a couple of young people the other day who’d never heard of St Swithin or the saying he inspired:

St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain
Full forty days, it will remain
St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t’will rain no more

So if you need any enlightenment (or mansplaining if your’re a female reader!) here goes: St Swithin was a 9th century Anglo-Saxon bishop (of Winchester) who was canonised for the miracle of making an old lady’s broken eggs whole again. However he is better known for the event on July 15th which followed the removal of his remains 100 years after his death. Stormy weather allegedly followed for 40 days and so a legend was born. According to the Met Office there is no evidence of 40 days of rain following a wet July 15th in any year since records began. However some meteorologists say that our summer weather is determined by the position of the Jet Stream in mid July. If it’s to the north of the country it means high pressure, and the warm, sunny weather it brings, is in the ascendancy. If it’s to the south of the country low pressure prevails, bringing wet weather. so there is some element of truth in the saying.

No such worries for the Piccotts End Garden Party. Presciently timed for the start of July it enjoyed a sunny day and all who came had a lovely afternoon. The highlight was the recital performed by our highly talented musical community. If you weren’t there do watch this snippet: