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Mad as a wet owl


Is that a saying? It should be a saying. Another picture from Saturday’s owl deluge.

In the previous thread, Ric Fan says: “I love the Old English name for August, ‘Weodmonað’ – Bede says it means ‘the month of weeds, because they are very plentiful then’!”

I know this! I’m currently working my way through a History of England podcast (from the departure of the Romans to…not sure. Haven’t finished yet). Most entertaining. He listed the months of the year in the old Anglo Saxon (per the venerable Bede), and I thought it was so cool I wrote it down. Rough notes, I’m sorry.

I’m indebted to Ric Fan for the ð – I used the audio ‘th’. Other Anglo Saxon spelling howlers, undoubtedly.

Here we go!

Dec 25th is Modrenecht: “the night of the mothers”. Not sure what that means or if it’s a pagan festival that predates Christmas.
Month 12, 1 Juil: (Jule, Yule). Last month of the old, first month of the new.
Month 2 Salmanac: the month of cakes. Or mud. They made buns.
Month 3 Arethae. Should that be Areðae or something? No further information.
Month 4 Aeostre. Easter you should recognize.
Month 5 Trimicle. Three milks. Cows are milked three times a day.
Month 6 and month 7 Lethe. Something about the moon. He says we know no more.
Month 8 Weodmonað. The month of weeds, as Ric Fan said.
Month 9 Halechmonað. Spelling unk. The month of sacrifice, festivals, harvest.
Month 10 Wintirfirað. First full moon of Winter.
Month 11 Blodmonoð. Blood month. The time when it makes more sense to slaughter livestock than feed it through the Winter. Much feasting.

I’m getting quite addicted to using podcasts to get me through dull, brainless jobs. This one is recommended, if you have any interest in Jolly Olde.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 1, 2017, 11:11 pm

Thank your software. I expected to see a bunch of boxes and black diamonds and other weird shite.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 2, 2017, 12:19 am

Who knew? If only they had frankincense.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 2, 2017, 12:26 am

Older tradition may have been borrowed from tribes further east, mother’s night is the longest night of the year when Frigg/Frigga labored to birth the sun into the world, though that appears to be Germanic, the Celts had the old hag Cailleach that ruled between Samhain Oct 31 and Bealltainne May 1.
They’re all celebrations that pre date Christianity in Europe.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 2, 2017, 1:33 pm

I always found the month names that Ernest Thompson Seton gave in his Wild Animals I Have Known, in the story of Redruff the partridge, to be very haunting. The Acorn Moon, the Molting Moon, the Mad Moon, Hunger Moon, Wakening Moon, and the Gunner Moon.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 2, 2017, 2:47 pm

Speaking of moons, who can translate this:

Mon in the mone stond ant strit;
On is bot-forke is burthen he bereth.
Hit is muche wonder that he nadoun slyt!
– Man in the Moon (C14th)

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 2, 2017, 4:06 pm

Man in the moon, standing straight?
Something about a burden he bears?
It is much wonder that he….errrrrrrr…not down slips?/falls?

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: August 2, 2017, 4:43 pm

Lethe and nepenthe?

But those are Greek… so not likely to show up in post-Roman Britain.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 2, 2017, 5:02 pm

Close, durnedyankee. I cheated and googled it:


Surprisingly, it’s comedy.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 2, 2017, 5:13 pm

I guess it needs to be spoken – it made more sense when I read it aloud then when I ‘read’ it,

but I don’t get the bot-forke.

A Bot Fork? Fork You Bots!

Did they knowe aboute skye nette in the 13’s?
Maybe a Nostradamn-us thing?

The man will take
his bot fork
and skewer the spinner of
nets upon the skye
Russians will elect Trump.
This beats writing COBOL.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 2, 2017, 6:00 pm

Bot fork? I have been on the Internet too long. I imagined it as being “butt fork” — though I can’t envision what that could be. . . .

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 2, 2017, 6:05 pm

A bot fork is a stick, a pole. I think stoaty has one.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 2, 2017, 9:13 pm

I think the butt fork is one of those thing Humongous Bosch used to paint pictures of when he was tripping on ergot.


There’s probably owls somewhere in those paintings doing unusual things to humans.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 2, 2017, 10:31 pm

I thought it would be like something Gandalf would carry when he would walk around in his floppy hat:


Comment from Mitchell
Time: August 2, 2017, 10:38 pm

“On his boatfork (i.e. pike pole) he bears his burden.” It’s the old-timey hobo bindle stick! Neat!

Comment from AliceH
Time: August 3, 2017, 12:24 am

Hmmm. No post for today yet. Should we worry?

Comment from Some Vegetable i
Time: August 3, 2017, 12:28 am

I refuse to worry… yet.

Comment from AliceH
Time: August 3, 2017, 12:41 am

Top reasons for no weasel post I hope could be true:
1. Just plain forgot
2. Too busy celebrating a huge windfall
3. Spirited away by Uncle. B. to a surprise exotic and/or relaxing getaway holiday with no WiFi.
4. Couldn’t come up with a post idea and decided “screw you, internet. I’m taking the day off.”
5. Became engrossed in creating gorgeous art (perhaps dead pool prize dick art) and has not noticed the time.

Comment from Weaseltablet3
Time: August 3, 2017, 1:25 am

Holy shit! Did I forget to post? First time in ten years!! No explanation. Will address tomorrow.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 3, 2017, 2:26 am


Comment from AliceH
Time: August 3, 2017, 3:29 am

My number one reason wins !!!!

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: August 3, 2017, 2:36 pm

Even Homer nods!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 3, 2017, 3:13 pm

Indeed, Can’t Hark. But I bet he didn’t wake up in bed yelping ‘ZOMG! I forgot to update my blog!’

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 3, 2017, 3:38 pm

This is what happens when you import ‘tablet’ workers.
lookitthat! 3 of em! 3!

okay, who am I kidding, I’m quite glad to find out it’s just overlook, not a problem for the proprietors IRL.

Comment from S. Whistle
Time: August 3, 2017, 6:09 pm

Putting water on owls can in extreme cases escalate to putting molasses on cats. Nartism ensues oh look was that a bird?

This is a real poat..

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