Hello! Can you believe it is almost August?! I am going to get ahead of myself
by writing some wonderful things about this month, including a large amount
of Irish battles and several country’s celebrations for Independence Day!
I would like to start with a short August poem by Keats’:
“On one side is a field of drooping oats,
Through which the poppies show their
The “Old Farmer’s Almanac, 2013 edition” lists this detail about the month’s
wonderful and sweet fruit, plums. I will paraphrase these facts:
European plum trees require full sun and well drained soil.
The two varieties “Stanley” plums and “Italian” plums cultivars are high in
sugar content and make delicious prunes.
To make a wonderful plum crop, plant two varieties for cross pollination.
This made me want to get some plums from the store. I love the way the skin
is tart and the inside of plums are so sweet and delicious! To choose a ripe plum,
the Farmer’s Almanac suggests to look for good color, slightly soft to squeeze
and releases easily with a slight twist if taking off the tree. Try this month, for
the ‘fun of it’ desserts, jellies, preserves or wines made of plums!
Here are some special dates to take note of this month:
August 5th- Celebrate the “Civic Holiday” in Canada or wherever you are!
August 6th- The New Moon phase.
“Old Farmer’s Almanac, 2013 edition,” advises:
“Add dead pea vines, bolted lettuce, and other gone-by plants to your
August 11th- Celebrate the “end of Dog Days!”
August 14th- Don’t forget our servicemen and veterans on
Victory in Japan (otherwise known as VJ Day).
August 19th- National Aviation Day. If you live close to an airport, an
aircraft museum such as the Dayton Air Force Museum, visit and tell
a family member about this special day. I cannot imagine living without
aviation! If you live close to Kitty Hawk, another example of a great place
to visit in celebrating first flights.
August 20th- View the Full Sturgeon Moon. Still fascinated about each
moon having a unique name attached! This brought me closer to one of
my fellow bloggers, Jules!
The Irish Battles- most celebrated in the month of August. (In order of years, not days…)
1316- The Second Battle of Athenny
1504- The Battle of Knockdoe
1596- The Battle of Yellow Ford
1599- The Battle of Curlew Pass
1647- The Battle of Dungan’s Hill
1798- The Battle of Castlebar
1969- The Battle of the Bogside
Now, for an Awesome August list of Independence Days!
On August 6th- Jamaica has celebrated their Independence since 1962.
On August 9th- Singapore celebrates their National Day.
On August 14th- Pakistan celebrates their Independence since 1947.
On August 15th- India or Indian Independence Day celebrating since 1947.
The Philippines celebrate the whole month of August their Native Language.
The whole first week of August has the following celebrations:
In Maine, the Penobscot Tribe celebrate and incorporate their tribal customs and
crafts in a festival.
In Sweden, the Medieval Week of Wisby in Gotland celebrates medieval customs and crafts.
In Scotland, the internationally famous Edinburgh Festival takes place in August.
In Wales, They celebrate the Welsh culture, their music, arts and crafts in the
city of Eisteddfod.
I am sure whatever “corner of the world you live in” you will be celebrating something
in the month of August!