All About August

August begins with the sun in the sign of Leo and ends in the sign of Virgo. It was originally named Sextilis (it was the sixth month in the Roman calendar) and was renamed in honour of Augustus in 8 BC because several of the most significant events in his rise to power, culminating in the fall of Alexandria, fell in this month.

August’s flower is the poppy, and its birthstone is the sapphire.

In August 1947, the British colonies Pakistan and India gained independence. Unfortunately, in October 1947 they went to war over control of Kashmir.

August is a time for fun – with the Edinburgh Festival, Eisteddfod and Notting Hill Carnival.
August is not such a fun month if you are a Red Grouse – the Glorious Twelfth is the start of the shooting season.

August Mobius studied one sided surfaces and in 1858 discovered the Mobius Strip – a loop with only one side…



All about July


is National Hot Dog Month & Anti-Boredom Month!
It begins on the same day of the week as April every year.
Its flower is the water lily. Its birthstone is the ruby.
July begins with the sun in the sign of Cancer and ends in the sign of Leo.

It’s named after Julius Caesar, who was born in that month.

The US celebrates the Declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, signed on July 4th 1776.

Final day at Wimbledon is always the first Sunday in July.

July sees the Henley Regatta and the census of swans on the River Thames known as ‘Swan Upping’.

St Swithin’s Day, on the 15th, has the legend that the weather for the next 40 days will be same…

‘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.’’

Another July saying also predicts the weather…

‘If the first of July it be rainy weather,
It will rain more or less for four weeks together.’

Whatever the weather, July officially our hottest month!