July 15 is St. Swithin's Day. Tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue so for the next forty days. Here is the weather rhyme that has been around in the British Isles since Elizabethan times:
'St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'
It's also a day to make an apple dessert or at least eat an apple. St. Swithin is the patron saint of apples and apple growers used to ask St. Swithin for his blessing each year because they believed:
•Rain on St. Swithin's day 'blesses and christens the apples'.
•No apple should picked or eaten before July 15th.
•Apples growing at St Swithin's day will ripen fully.
You can also indulge St. Swithin reading the novel One Day by David Nicholls. Over twenty years, snapshots of a relationship are revealed on the same day--July 15th (St. Swithins)--of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
Beginning in 1988 Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives--lives very different from the people they once dreamed they'd become. And yet, unable to let go of that special something, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.
Submitted by Jacki @ MPL Central