29th April

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!


Scouse Sakura, Spring 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, April 2017
First Quarter – April 3, 19:39
Full Moon – April 11, 07:08
Third Quarter – April 19, 10:56
New Moon – April 26, 13:16




New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Catherine of Siena
Endelienta (Roman Catholic and Anglican Church)
Hugh of Cluny
Robert of Molesme
Torpes of Pisa

International Dance Day (International)
Queen's Night (the Netherlands)
Shōwa Day, traditionally the start of the Golden Week holiday period. (Japan)
The beginning of Arita Ceramic Fair (Arita, Saga, Japan)
The ninth day of Ridván (Bahá'í Faith)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Gemini: During the waning moon: seed, plant and transplant flowers and vining plants.
Grapple with pest, eradicate the soil, sprinkle from diseases.
Enrich poor flowering plants.*

Also on this day:

711 – Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus).

1429 – Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orleans.

1832 – Évariste Galois - mathematician and radical republican - released from prison.

1909 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the People's Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public.

1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops.

1946 – Father Divine, a controversial US religious leader who claims to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement.

1974 – Watergate Scandal: President Richard Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of White House tape recordings related to the scandal.

2004 – Lest we forget...Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.

* more information can be found here.