23rd June

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!

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

Moon Phases, June 2015:
Full Moon - June 2, 17:19
Third Quarter - June 9, 16:41
New Moon - June 16, 15:05
First Quarter - June 24, 12:02

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CURRENT MOON

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Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Æthelthryth
Marie of Oignies

Festival:
Father's Day (Nicaragua, Poland, Uganda)
Grand Duke's Official Birthday (Luxembourg)
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism (Canada)
St John's Eve and the first day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the real summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Northern Europe):
First day of Golowan Festival (Cornwall)
First night of Ivan Kupala Day
Jaaniõhtu (Estonia
Last day of Drăgaica fair (Buzău, Romania)
Līgo (Latvia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: 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:

1314 – First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn (south of Stirling) begins.

1611 – The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson's fourth voyage sets Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they are never heard from again.

1683 – William Penn signs a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.

1812 – Napoleon I of France invades Russia.

1917 – In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retires 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire

1972 – Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into the Watergate break-ins.

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