August, tomorrow, unfathomable really. And it seemed only appropriate to go an take some photos of the wattle which is now starting to bloom around the place.
See, I always thought Wattle Day was August 1 but a little research says it is actually September 1, the first day of spring. Bu a little more research tells me it’s only been September 1 since 1992, when it was formally declared by then minister for environment Ros Kelly.
The day was originally conceived as a way to demonstrate patriotism for the new nation of Australia and over the years had been marked on days in August and September due to the differences in flowering times.
So what else is special about August:
- In common years no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, though in leap years February starts on the same day. August ends on the same day of the week as November every year.
- The middle week of August is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.
- International Lefthanders Day is on August 13
- It’s Vietnam Veterans’ Day, in Australia, marking the Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 1966
- August’s birthstone is the peridot or onyx
- Its birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy, meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family
- And of course, tomorrow is horses’ birthday in the southern hemisphere.
So a new calendar to adorn your wall or workspace for the new month. Trying a revamped design and a new landscape size.