The Quarter Days are
- Lady Day 25th March
- Midsummer 24th June
- Michaelmas 29thSeptember
- Christmas Day 25th December
when traditionally servants were hired, rents were due and so on. The tax year starts on "Old Lady Day", 6th April, from when the calendars changed (all that Julian/Gregorian calendar stuff that I've never got to grips with.)
The Cross-Quarter days are
- Candlemas 1st February
- May Day 1st May
- Lammas 1st August
- All Hallows 1st September
and Lammas is also the first day of the harvest,
|Sir George Clausen, 'Harvest (Tying the Sheaves)'|
when you bake a special loaf using the first of the harvest and take it to be blessed. (And then use it to work protective magic charms for the rest of the year!)
This is the place to go to learn about all things to do with Lammas and also where I found this picture.
Well, here are our "first fruits"; well, nearly all the first fruits - there were five wild strawberries the day before yesterday, and four cherry tomatoes, but I didn't know about Lammas then, so we just ate them. It doesn't look as though there will be any more strawberries this year. Blackberries won't be an issue - as usual the flowerbeds are full of brambles.
I also baked a loaf - because we had the two last, rather dry, slices from the old one as toast with our fry up at lunch time. I also made a cake, as I noticed that the eggs we had needed using up. The only strawberry jam I could find was a brand new jar of Tiptree "Little Scarlett" wild strawberry jam - not what I would usually lavish on a Victoria sponge, but, my word, it tasted good!