26th December

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.

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Onwards and Upwards!

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After a winter ritual, Liverpool, 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, December 2015
Last Quarter – December 3, 07:40
New Moon – December 11, 10:29
First Quarter – December 18, 15:14
Full Moon – December 25, 11:11

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CURRENT MOON


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Allotment in winter chill, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Abadiu of Antinoe
James the Just
Stephen
Synaxis of the Theotokos

Festival:
Boxing Day
Day of Good Will (South Africa and Namibia)
Mummer's Day (Padstow, Cornwall)
The first day of Kwanzaa, celebrated until January 1
Wren Day (Ireland and the Isle of Man)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Gemini: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Fruits Harvested now should be eaten straight away. *

Also on this day:

1792 – The final trial of Louis XVI of France begins in Paris.

1860 – The first ever inter-club football match takes place between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at the Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England.

1862 – The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place in Mankato, Minnesota, 38 Native Americans die.

1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.

1966 – The first Kwanzaa is celebrated by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

1991 – The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the USSR.

2004 – A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 250,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train


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