Friday Folklore on a Saturday !

I’d actually meant to post this yesterday (Friday), hence I added three words to my original post title, which is now ‘Friday Folklore on a Saturday‘ 😊


If you are on your summer holiday or have children/grandchildren who may soon be breaking up from school, you are probably hoping for a bit of sun. But what if it rained non-stop for 40 days?

Well, yesterday Friday 15 July was St Swithin’s Day. This day takes place each year, and according to traditional folklore, whatever the weather is like on St Swithin’s Day – whether rain or sunshine – it will continue for the next 40 days and 40 nights.

But where does this legend come from and is there any truth to it?


What is the story of St Swithin?
The old poem goes like this…

“St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain
Full forty days, it will remain
St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t’will rain no more”


Swithin was a man born in or around the year 800. He became Bishop of Winchester. Unlike other religious figures, he asked not to be buried in a prominent place within Winchester Cathedral, but outside in a simple tomb “where the sweet rain of heaven may fall upon my grave”. The legend says after his remains were moved inside there was a great storm and it rained for many weeks after.

Is there any truth to the folklore?

According to the old saying, if it rains on St Swithin’s Day it will rain for the next 40 days. If St Swithin’s Day is dry, the next 40 days will also be dry.

No one takes the prediction literally – in fact, few take it seriously! – and there is definitely no statistical evidence to support the claim.

Weather experts say that since records began in 1861, there has never been a record of 40 dry or 40 wet days in a row following St Swithin’s Day.

So while we might not like 40 days of rain and 40 days of sun sounds fun, neither is likely to happen!

most words above from original article here

… well, here in the UK we have been experiencing very hot weather, with a red extreme heat warning given and I think many of us would be delighted to see some rain.


Salads are definitely on our menu plans.
~ this Vittoria tomato tricolore salad is perfect for summer days ~
see the recipe here

What’s the weather like where you live?
Will you be enjoying a salad, or is your weather more suited to a stew or casserole?


Dear reader, this blog is presented in a magazine style – we hope something for everyone. You will find a variety of articles, studies, thoughts, photographs, music and recipes!

Please note, not all recipe suggestions may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

I’d actually meant to post this yesterday (Friday), hence I added three words to my original post title, which is now ‘Friday Folklore on a Saturday‘ 😊


If you are on your summer holiday or have children/grandchildren who may soon be breaking up from school, you are probably hoping for a bit of sun. But what if it rained non-stop for 40 days?

Well, yesterday Friday 15 July was St Swithin’s Day. This day takes place each year, and according to traditional folklore, whatever the weather is like on St Swithin’s Day – whether rain or sunshine – it will continue for the next 40 days and 40 nights.

But where does this legend come from and is there any truth to it?


What is the story of St Swithin?
The old poem goes like this…

“St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain
Full forty days, it will remain
St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t’will rain no more”


Swithin was a man born in or around the year 800. He became Bishop of Winchester. Unlike other religious figures, he asked not to be buried in a prominent place within Winchester Cathedral, but outside in a simple tomb “where the sweet rain of heaven may fall upon my grave”. The legend says after his remains were moved inside there was a great storm and it rained for many weeks after.

Is there any truth to the folklore?

According to the old saying, if it rains on St Swithin’s Day it will rain for the next 40 days. If St Swithin’s Day is dry, the next 40 days will also be dry.

No one takes the prediction literally – in fact, few take it seriously! – and there is definitely no statistical evidence to support the claim.

Weather experts say that since records began in 1861, there has never been a record of 40 dry or 40 wet days in a row following St Swithin’s Day.

So while we might not like 40 days of rain and 40 days of sun sounds fun, neither is likely to happen!

most words above from original article here

… well, here in the UK we have been experiencing very hot weather, with a red extreme heat warning given and I think many of us would be delighted to see some rain.


Salads are definitely on our menu plans.
~ this Vittoria tomato tricolore salad is perfect for summer days ~
see the recipe here

What’s the weather like where you live?
Will you be enjoying a salad, or is your weather more suited to a stew or casserole?


Dear reader, this blog is presented in a magazine style – we hope something for everyone. You will find a variety of articles, studies, thoughts, photographs, music and recipes!

Please note, not all recipe suggestions may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan