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ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, WASPERTON
A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

Updated July 2021

Alluding to the wet, usually prevalent about the middle of July, the saying is: “Saint Mary Magdalen is washing her handkerchief to go to her cousin Saint James’ fair”.

St Mary Magdalen’s Day is the 22nd July and my book says that there is only a 37% chance of rain on this day which is barely satisfactory, what do you think? However there is often a warm period in the middle of the month (10th to the 24th). The usual weather in July is westerlies and storms from late June in to the first week. Then the warm period. The last week in the month running into August gives us thunder storms and cyclonic weather. The hottest days of the year are often at this time too. Something to look forward to.

In the Churchyard the wild flowers are just passing their best , I think; the Campion has been outstanding this year, rather over-powering most of the other summer flowers. The nettles have taken over too, getting in everywhere. We haven’t really encouraged them, but they are a good plant for a number of butterflies I have read. Sorry, too much at present so we will be strimming a lot of them off to open things up a bit for other flowers to shed their seeds. Try to manage things a bit.

Our birds and bats have seemed to be having a good time and the naughty cuckoo has been singing a lot this last month. The dirty work is done! I do love to hear the cuckoo though, it just sounds right for spring and summer don’t you think? Gosh, how the grass has grown this last few weeks, it has certainly kept our merry band of mowers busy, all good chaps plus Alice. The work goes on and thank you mowers also thanks to you for your support. Hope you get away for a bit of holiday and miss Mary Magdalen’s wash day.

Mike Porter
01926 624909

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