Friday, May 25, 2012

May - A Month When .....

It is another warm beautiful day here, like Summer although it is only Spring.  We are hoping it will last all Summer!

I was thinking about superstitions and remember by Grandmother (who taught me how to sew, cook, keep house) "Never wash a blanket in May or you will wash someone away"!  At the moment I have two blankets to wash and with all the warm weather it seems a shame not to do them, but you know I just cannot bring myself to do it!  My Grandmother was very superstitious and taught me very well, so the blankets won't be washed until June 1st!

I also found some other interesting facts about May :

May 29th 
 
This is the day that traditionally people wear oak apples or oak leaves pinned to them to remember that on May 29th King Charles ll returned triumphantly to London after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
oak laf
The reason for the wearing of oak apples or oak leaves was to celebrate the King's narrow escape from capture by Cromwell's soldiers by hiding in an oak tree.
Until well into the twentieth century, anyone caught not wearing an oak leaf or oak apple on 29 May could be pinched, kicked, or otherwise abused. Whipping with nettles was a favourite punishment, hence the name 'Nettle Day' in some areas.

Some Notable Dates in May :

21st May - 1946 Bread rationing introduced in the UK.
28th May - 1908 Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond books, was born.
29th May - 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest.
29th May  - Oak Apple Day.
30th May - 1431 Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
30th May - Death of King Arthur in 542 

And how about this; too late for this year but maybe next!!!!!

All year round

May Day Superstition

First thing in the morning on May 1st, young girls used to rush out into the garden to wash their faces in the May dew.

Why?
 
There is an old tale that says that May dew has magic properties and that anyone who has washed their face in it will have a beautiful complexion all through the year. This dew was supposed to be able to remove freckles and also spots and pimples.

So on this fine May evening I will be having dinner and then getting on with Treacle's quilt.  Happy Quilting and hope you all have a lovely weekend wherever you are.

x
 

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