Latest entry: 22nd August

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.

We hope you enjoy this website. We will be adding content as we go through the year and welcoming your feedback and suggestions.

Onwards and Upwards!


Summer Solstice Eve, Conway Valley, 2004: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2014:
First Quarter – August 4, 0:50
Full Moon – August 10, 18:09
Last Quarter – August 17, 12:26
New Moon – August 25, 14:13




Nasturtiums, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Day:
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Queenship of Mary
Symphorian and Timotheus

Flag Day (Russia)

Flowering Now by Saul Hughes: Burdock
Arctium Lappa.
Family: Composite. Asteraceae.
Gaelic Name: Suirichean Suirich, Seircean Suirich, Mac An Dogha, Meacan Tobhach Dubh, Leadan Liosda and Copag Tuaithil.
Also known as Thorny Bur, Sticky Bud, Beggar’s Buttons, Love Leaves, Lappa, Happy Major and Philanthropium Personata.


This wonderful plant known to many by taste but not by sight, from its combination with the Dandelion plant in the famous pop drink, is a favourite of children who would take its sticky burs and throw them onto unsuspecting passersby and would laugh as the burs would cling to the clothes becoming an unwanted passenger.


This wonderful plant is one of the best blood purifiers in the plant world, and food source for a large host of insects.*


Also on this day:

565 – St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland

1138 – Battle of the Standard between Scotland and England.

1485 – The Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.

1642 – Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil War begins.

1791 – Beginning of the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue.

1849 – The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.

1864 – 12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention. The Red Cross is formed.

1922 – Michael Collins, Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Free State Army is shot dead during an Anti-Treaty ambush at Béal na mBláth, County Cork, during the Irish Civil War.

1971 – J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the Camden 28 who had taken active protest against the draft for the war in Vietnam.

1972 – Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies.

1989 – The first ring of Neptune is discovered.

2003 – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.

* All information regarding the uses of the plants is exactly for that informational purposes only, and that the author and owners of the web do not encourage anyone to be eating, or disturbing wild plants, but merely to admire them in their natural environment and to ponder on their rise and fall within human culture.

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