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16 april: the canterbury tales

'Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich ..

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13 july: john clare - ‘the midsummer cushion’

'It is a very old custom among villagers in summer time to stick a piece of greensward full of field flowers & place it ..

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30th september: the harvest moon

Oh, shine on, shine on, harvest moon Up in the sky; I ain't had no lovin' Since January, February, June or July. From: ..

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A special feast for allantide

Most of the time the things I cook for this blog get eaten at home or taken to friends, but yesterday was a special day...

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A good old home christmas

StartFragment 'One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all soun..

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24 october: st crispin's eve

This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.  He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,  Will stand a tip-toe when th..

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25th february: renoir and a clutch of birthdays

‘It once might have been, once only: We lodged in a street together, You, a sparrow on the housetop lonely, I, a lone..

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6th august: goldsithney charter fair

Goldsithney Charter Fair takes place in early August every year. In his classic book on CornishFolklore 'Popular Romance..

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21 september 1937: the first publication of ‘the hobbit’

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13 december: st lucy

Sul mare luccica l'astro d'argento. Placida e l'onda, prospero il vento. Venite all'agile barchetta mia! Santa Lucia! Sa..

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20 june 2012: the aestival solstice

'.....On the hub of a burning wheel, you read a twinkling, sidereal calendar.  Each keyhole of light has decreed that we..

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January 17th: st anthony the great

…..Hermits upon Mount Meru or Everest, Caverned in night under the drifted snow, Or where that snow and winter's dread..

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Holy innocents day or 'childermas'

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child, Bye, bye, lully, lullay. Lullay, thou little tiny Child, Bye, bye, lully, lull..

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6th december: christkindl and sinterklaas

'Here come the saints: so near, so innocent, They gravely cross the field of moonlit snow; We villagers gape humbly at..

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December 23: tom bawcock’s eve

‘A merry plaas you may believe Woz Mowsel ‘pon Tom Bawcock’s Eve. To be theer then oo wudn wesh To sup o sibm soorts ..

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Leo tolstoy’s birthday: september 9th 1828

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17 march: st patrick

‘….That last pagan king of Ireland, Cormac in the schoolpoem choked himself at Sletty southward of the Boyne. Wonder wha..

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30th june: the annual service of the knights of st john of jerusalem

‘...Inured to Syria's glowing breath, I feel the north breeze chill as death; Let grateful love quell maiden shame, A..

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