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Saturday, 14 July 2012

St Swithin's Day - Birthday Boy

This has to be my favourite photograph of my St Swithin's Day boy.  Bless him.  I have seen that cheeky look a million times.  This photograph was taken at Roll Right Stones we used to go there a lot.  I must try to go again this summer.  There is an ancient stone circle and two lots of standing stones.  We love the energy up there, very mysterious.  I am sorry for the quality of the picture here, I tried hard to get it to go nice but it wouldn't!  
              15th July, St Swithins Day is Henry's Birthday, tomorrow he will be sixteen.  I really do not know where the time has gone, but really this child has been a pleasure (most of the time).  He is great and feels like a soul mate to me.  He is a very special boy.  Sadly I miscarried my first 'baby' on the 15th July 1995, I was between 12-15 weeks pregnant.  It is a very sad time for any family.  This little man arrived a year to the day later and went a long way to taking the heartache and sadness away.  I see him and his timely arrival as a gift from the universe.  A very special coincidence to be born on that day.  
              Tomorrow we will be going to my parents for lunch, Henry has already requested what he would like his Nan to cook, then one of his buddies will come round in the evening.  We do not go crazy for big celebrations really.  Henry's needs are fairly simple, Marvel Zombie Books and X box games and he is happy.  Henry was 5 days from being 8 years old when his brother was born, so he had been an only child for years.  He told me one night he looked out of his bedroom window and he wished upon a star for a brother.  He believes his wish was granted.  Many a time he has said to me 'Mom, why did I wish on that star?'  'I should never have wished on that star!'  In reality though even with the age gap, Henry and Euan are the best of buddies, real partners in crime.  Brotherly love.  Often Euan is the more sensible of the two and he keeps Henry in line! 
                My Dad has suggested we have had St Swithin's Day Rain before St Swithin's Day this year, because legend has it if it rains tomorrow it will rain for forty days!  Please. . . no more. . . we have had quite enough rain already.  The garden is like a wet sponge.  I found out when I was running down the garden last night in a storm, I had to put three silly chickens to bed. . . I slipped right over onto my butt, I got very muddy but the old Lavender bush broke my fall.  There is a long muddy skid on the lawn as evidence of my accident and the poor Lavender is looking a little squished!  Please no more rain!  
You can read about St Swithin's Day at this link  here.

St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day (15 July) if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.


  1. Happy 16th birthday, Henry, hope you have a great day tomorrow.
    Weather forecast for us looks fine so perhaps we will get a summer.
    Carol xx

  2. Happy Birthday Henry, and Happy Birth Day memories to you too Lucy. Please, please, no more rain. 40 days of sun would be fantastic right now!!

  3. Happy Birthday Henry! Two boys having birthdays in the same week. Have fun tomorrow. No more rain for you I hope, we could sure use some here.

  4. I had never heard of St. Swithin's Day before. I'll have to read up on it! Happy sixteen to Henry! That is a big birthday for us Americans. Pardon my ignorance about laws over there, but here teenagers are allowed to get their driver's licenses on their 16th birthday if they have completed training. Public transport around here isn't very common so getting one's license is synonymous with freedom.

    We'll gladly take some of your rain! I'm sorry about your yard and poor lavender bush. You'll have to let us know if the tides turn any time soon!

  5. happy sweet 16th henry, have fun! i think you get your cheeky adventurousness from your mum ;) skidding down the garden on her bum, i don't know.. teehee, you sound like a super fab family to me.

  6. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to Henry from your blog friend in Oregon, USA! I hope you have a grand celebration - you'll have to tell us what you ordered for lunch from your grandma! Lucy, glad you didn't break anything, besides the lavender bush! We're having a brilliant sunny afternoon here, just 73 out, lovely day.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Aw, he looks like a cutie in the photo, and I am sure he will have a wonderful birthday. Our garden is waterlogged too.....I hope your butt isn't too bruised and that the lavender gets over the attack x x


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