3rd September

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!


Stairs, 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, September 2016:
New Moon – September 1, 10:03
First Quarter – September 9, 12:48
Full Moon – September 16, 20:05
Last Quarter – September 23, 10:56




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

Saint's Days and Observances:
Pope Gregory I

China's victory over Japan commemoration related observances:
Armed Forces Day (Taiwan)
V-J Day (China)
Feast of San Marino and the Republic, celebrates the foundation of the Republic of San Marino in 301.
Flag Day (Australia)
Independence Day, celebrates the second independence of Qatar from Great Britain in 1971.
Levy Mwanawasa Day (Zambia)
Memorial Day (Tunisia)
Merchant Navy Remembrance Day (Canada)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Virgo: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Jerusalem Artichokes, Onions, Radish, Spring Onions, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants. Fruits harvested now will store for longer.*

Also on this day:

301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world's oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus.

1650 – Third English Civil War: in the Battle of Dunbar, English Parliamentarian forces led by Oliver Cromwell defeat an army loyal to King Charles II of England and led by David Leslie, Lord Newark.

1651 – Third English Civil War: Battle of Worcester – Charles II of England is defeated in the last main battle of the war.

1658 – Richard Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England.

1797 - Liverpool slave ship Thomas, taken over for 42 days by African slaves.

1838 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery.

1855 – Indian Wars: in Nebraska, 700 soldiers under United States General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan Massacre by attacking a Sioux village and killing 100 between men, women and children.

1878 – Over 640 die when the crowded pleasure boat Princess Alice collides with the Bywell Castle in the River Thames downriver from Greenwich.

1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph.

1976 – Viking program: The American Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars.

1994 – Sino-Soviet Split: Russia and the People's Republic of China agree to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other.

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