27th October

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting appears, 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!


Sun Sets, Autumn 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, October 2016:
New Moon – October 1, 01:11
First Quarter – October 9, 12:48
Full Moon – October 16, 05:23
Third Quarter – October 22, 20:13




The Old Shed Door, The Plot, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Days and Observances:
Frumentius (Roman Catholic Church)

Černová Tragedy Day (Slovakia)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from Britain in 1979.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Turkmenistan from USSR in 1991.
Navy Day, first organized to be on this day. (United States)
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (International)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Libra: Transplant plants and prick off sprouts.
During the waxing moon it is a good time for setting legumes.
Set annual and perennial flowers and berrylike bushes.
Take the crop. It binned well.
High quality seeds.
Set flowers and flowering medicinal herbs. *

Also on this day:

312 – Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross.

1553 – Condemned as a heretic, Michael Servetus is burned at the stake just outside Geneva.

1644 – Second Battle of Newbury in the English Civil War.

1827 – Bellini's third opera Il pirata is premiered at Teatro alla Scala di Milano.

1936 – Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which would eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne.

1967 – Catholic priest Philip Berrigan and others of the Baltimore Four protest the Vietnam War by pouring blood on Selective Service records.

1973 – The Cañon City meteorite, a 1.4 kg chondrite type meteorite, strikes in Fremont County, Colorado.

1994 – The U.S. prison population tops 1 million for the first time in American history.

2005 – Riots begin in Paris after the deaths of two Muslim teenagers.

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