Thursday, July 15, 2010

More Reliable Than A Weatherman: Saint Swithun's Day

Saint Swithun was Bishop of Winchester from 30 October 852 to his death on 2 July 862. His historical importance as bishop is overshadowed by his reputation for posthumous miracle-working. According to tradition, the weather on his feast day (Today, July 15) will continue for forty days.

The name of Swithun is best-known today for a British weather lore proverb, which says that if it rains on Saint Swithun's day, 15 July, it will rain for 40 days.

St Swithun's day if thou dost rain,
For forty days it will remain,
St Swithun's day if thou be fair,
For forty days 'twill rain no more...
If on St Swithun's day it really pours,
You're better off to stay indoors.
In honor of Saint Swithun, today's Etsy Treasury is all about weather.

So chic. Weather Art Work on Vintage French Dictionary Pages from Wall Envy Art.

Rainy Day with My Umbrella Necklace. Love the sweet little raindrop beads on this piece by Lychee Kiss.

I totally dig the hidden skull in The Fantastic Mosaic Sun Card by Blue Moose Art.

The Amigurumi Happy Weather Mobile Pattern is an adorable DIY afternoon project by Amy Gaines.

The detail is so subtle and lovely in the painting Winter Rains by artist Kecky.

Beatles + Optimism + Jewelry = Perfection in this Glass Tile Pendant by Lyrical Lady.

Possibly the cutest rings ever. The Oh Happy Day/Oh Crappy Day Ring Set by Weasel Factory.

I just melt when I look at Rainy Day (Art Print) by Rosy Designs Online.

Each piece is painstakingly cut and positioned in this paper collage to create Lint Bunnie's stunning piece simply titled Weather.

And finally....

Because I am a sucker for vintage postcards I couldn't resist including this Sunshine Motel card from Roadside Photographs.

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