22nd June - Summer Solstice

The sun stands at the peak of day, all the life of earth is in its
flowering, our spirits are filled with ardent purpose, to celebrate the
glory of life, of light, of love. The time of joy is here.


Alban Hefin - Summer Solstice Joy and Blessings., 2011 Jamie Reid

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!


The Bendy Family Day Out on the Beach at Portmadog, Summer 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, June 2016:
New Moon - June 5, 03:59
First Quarter - June 12, 09:09
Full Moon - June 20, 12:02
Third Quarter - June 27, 19:18




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Aaron of Aleth
Eusebius of Samosata (Orthodox Church)
John Fisher (Catholic Church)
Nicetas of Remesiana
Paulinus of Nola
Thomas More (Catholic Church)

Anti-Fascist Struggle Day (Croatia)
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War (Belarus)
Teachers' Day (El Salvador)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Sagittarius: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Runner Beans, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard*

Also on this day:

1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.

1783 – A poisonous cloud caused by the eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland reaches Le Havre in France.

1848 – Beginning of the June Days Uprising in Paris.

1922 – Herrin massacre: 19 strikebreakers and 2 union miners are killed in Herrin, Illinois.

1941 – Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merge to one group.

1978 – Charon, a satellite of the dwarf planet Pluto, is discovered by American astronomer James Christy.

2003 – The largest hailstone ever recorded at a 7 inch diameter falls in Aurora, Nebraska.

2009 – Eastman Kodak Company announces that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.

* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.