31st 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.

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!


Snowfall on Maria's Balcony, 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




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

Saint's Day:
Pope Sylvester I

International Solidarity Day (Azerbaijan)
'Last Day of the Year' or Bisperas ng Bagong Taon, special holiday between Rizal Day and New Year's Day (the Philippines)
The first day of Hogmanay or "Auld Year’s Night" (Scotland)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Broad Beans, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages *

Also on this day:

406 – Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gaul.

1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid the tax.

1759 – Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum and starts brewing Guinness.

1923 – The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC.

1960 – The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.

1991 – All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.

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