calendar // july

calendar // july

Pinch and a punch for the last day of the month ~ and the last day of the financial year here in Australia. [But let's not go there ~ tax time, ugh!]

Not to mention we are halfway through 2014! How did that happen?!

So July.

  • It was named by the Roman Senate in honor of the Roman general, Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis.
  • July starts on the same day of the week as April in every year, and January in leap years. In a common year no other month ends on the same day as July.
  • It’s hot in the north and freezing in the south.
  • It’s a great month for Independence Days around the world ~ including the US on the fourth of July ~ and its Bastille Day on July 14.
  • July’s birthstone is the ruby and its birth flowers are the Larkspur or the Water Lily.

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calendar // june


Pinch and a punch for the second day of the month.

This month’s calendar is coming to you a day late this month after we spent the weekend celebrating with a bit of bash for my birthday. Twas a great night and hope to be able to put some words and pictures together for you soon.

So here we are in June, which means  the halfway point of 2014 is drawing near, which, quite frankly, is just crazy.

It is of course the official start of winter here in the south, summer in the north, so a splash of pink seemed in order.

Some fast facts about June.

  • No months start on the same day of the week of June in common or leap years, just like its predecessor May.
  • The Latin name for June is Junius. But there are differing theories for its origin ~ after the Roman goddess Juno or from the Latin word iuniores, meaning “younger ones” . 
  • It’s World Environment Day on June 5 and Bloomsday on June 16 in honour of James Joyce’s Ulyssess.
  • And of course the solstice occurs from June 20 to June 21.
  • June’s birthstones are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone and the birth flower is the rose.

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calendar // may

calendar // may

Pinch and a punch for the first day of the month!

M is for May and for mushrooms this month. You can tell the autumny weather is here when these start sprouting in the lawns.

May is an exciting time in our little family ~ two birthdays, including a milestone one for me [party already well in the planning stages!], and it’s Mother’s Day.

There’s lots of other stuff happening in May around the world, too.

  • No other month begins or ends on the same day of the week as May in any year. This month is the only month to have these two properties.
  • The month May was named for the Greek goddess, who was identified with the Roman era of fertility, whose festival was held in May.
  • May 1 is May Day in many countries. This is also celebrated as Labour Day. May 1 is May Day in Britain, however the public holiday is held on the first Monday in May.
  • The night before May 1 in Germany it is an old custom to plant a “Maypole” to honor someone. Often young men set up an adorned birch in front of their girlfriend’s house. Isn’t that romantic?!
  • For movie buffs and book worms : May 4 is considered to be Star Wars day for “May the fourth be with you” sounding similar to “May the force be with you” and May 25 is Towel Day, in tribute to Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
  • May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, which is a celebration to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the Civil War and is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage.
  • May 11 will be Mother’s Day here in Australia and the US.
  • It’s time to get on yer bike with Bike Week marked internationally in the second week of May.
  • And it’s Eurovision month!
  • May’s birthstone is emerald, emblematic of love and success, and its birthflower the lily of the valley.

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