Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I missed posting by a few hours but Yesterday was the Shortest Day over Melbourne
2010 June 21, 9:28pm

Diagram and information supplied by

Artist: Frey Micklethwait. Source: Museum Victoria.

On the day of Winter Solstice, Earth’s south pole is tilted away from the Sun. The Sun rises north of east, sets north of west and reaches 281/2° above the horizon at noon. This is, usually, the shortest day of the year.  see Museum Victoria @ http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/infosheets/planets/the-sun-and-the-seasons/

Although Aussie by signature, my roots and birth are of the Sassenach nature.  And I imagine my ancestors painted in Woad blue dye dancing round the fire in the cave singing to celebrate that Summer was on its way even tho it was a long way off.

And of course this brings back memories of my Guiding Days when we would sing to the tune of Men of Harlech. The National Anthen of The Ancient Britons

What's the use of wearing braces?
Spats and hats and boots with laces?
Vests and pants you buy in places
Down on Brompton Road?
What's the use of shirts of cotton?
Studs that always get forgotten?
These affairs are simply rotten,
Better far is woad.
Woad's the stuff to show men.
Woad to scare your foemen.
Boil it to a brilliant hue
And rub it on your back and your abdomen.
Ancient Briton ne'er did hit on
Anything as good as woad to fit on
Neck or knees or where you sit on.
Tailors you be blowed!
Romans came across the Channel
All dressed up in tin and flannel
Half a pint of woad per man'll
Clothe us more than these.
Saxons you can waste your stitches
Building beds for bugs in britches
We have woad to clothe us which is
Not a nest for fleas.
Romans keep your armours.
Saxons your pyjamas.
Hairy coats were made for goats,
Gorillas, yaks, retriever dogs and llamas.
March on Snowdon with your woad on,
Never mind if you get rained or snowedon
Never want a button sewed on.
Better far is WOAD


Ozjane said...

Shrieking cats...now you are really scaring me.!!
I just used to be glad, when I was teaching and getting up early, that the shortest day of the year was over.
Seems so tame.

phil the pom said...

Hi Sis loved the song are you sure the GUIDES used to sing it sounds more for the Rugby football lads, by the way in poassing I noticed amid the hum drum of the Footie world cup, we ACTUALLY beat you at RUGBY, one point only I admit but never the less another win for good ole lads from Blighty eh? it was a glorious day here temps up in the low to mid SEVENTIES F that is remember it before C, came along loved the natural history lesson keep it up. love ya all PtP

Jules said...

Wave the flag girl, wave the flag! LOL
Oh what a clever little possum you are.. all that info, brilliant!
Yes, remember those songs - also remember the Scout play when they covered themselves in what was meant to be Woad - oh what a laugh we had - such was youth then!
They paint first aid symbols on their faces now.. lol ( St, George Cross! lol) That shows my age because the red cross has been changed to green and white from red and white. F and C temps, Pounds, SHILLINGS and pence - how are we meant to retain anything British!? My schooling was in vain! Hahaha....