31st 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.

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Onwards and Upwards!


Stairs, 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2017:
Full Moon – August 7, 19:10
Last Quarter – August 15, 02:14
New Moon – August 21, 19:30
First Quarter – August 29, 09:12




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

Saint's Days and Observances:
Aidan of Lindisfarne
Raymond Nonnatus

Day of Solidarity and Freedom (Poland)
Day of Our Language or Limba Noastra (Moldova)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Kyrgyzstan from the Soviet Union in 1991
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Malaysia from the United Kingdom in 1957
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Trinidad and Tobago from the United Kingdom in 1962

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Capricorn: Plant edible roots and brumal vegetables.
Root out, grub up weeds, clear the woodside, hedge (during the waxing moon).
Pile a manure or compost. (during the waxing moon).
Grapple with underground pests.
Enrich and water flowers with poor root assemblage.
Make prickling-out sprout.
Prun the branches and graft orchards.
Transplanting is favorable.
Harvest is binned well.
High-quality seeds*

Also on this day:

1422 – King Henry V of England dies of dysentery while in France.

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper's confirmed victims.

1895 – German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.

1978 – William and Emily Harris, founders of the Symbionese Liberation Army, plead guilty to the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst.

1994 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire.

* more information can be found here.