24th 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!

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Summer Solstice Eve, Conway Valley, 2004: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2016:
New Moon – August 2, 21:44
First Quarter – August 10, 19:20
Full Moon – August 18, 10:26
Last Quarter – August 25, 04:40

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CURRENT MOON

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Nasturtiums, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Day:
Abban of Ireland
Aurea of Ostia
Bartholomew
Ouen

Festival:
International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence Based on Musical Preferences, Lifestyle and Dress Code
National Day or Den' Nezalezhnosti, celebrates the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union in 1991.
One of the three Mundus patet, a harvest feast involving the dead. (Roman Empire)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Aries: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce*

Also on this day:

410 – The Visigoths under Alaric begin to pillage Rome.

1215 – Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.

1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.

1690 – Calcutta, India is founded by the East India Company (!).

1875 – Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim the English Channel.

1931 – Resignation of the United Kingdom's Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK all-party coalition National Government.

1937 – In the Spanish Civil War, the Basque Army surrenders to the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie following the Santoña Agreement.

1950 – Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the United Nations.

1967 – Led by Abbie Hoffman, a group of hippies temporarily disrupt trading at the NYSE by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them. Nice one Abbie.

2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is now considered a Dwarf Planet.


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