Time to say goodbye to October as we welcome November.
And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither …
As we welcome November, we say hello to the eleventh month of the year and the last one to have thirty days. There are many facts about this month and I am only sharing a few. There are many others, so please, do feel free to share them in the comments below.
In Anglo-Saxon times, November was known as Blotmonaþ (blood month or sacrifice month).
Always starting on the same day of the week as March, and always ending on the same day of the week as August.
November is the only month never mentioned in any of Shakespeare’s works.
While November is likely to be blustery and full of falling leaves in the Northern Hemisphere, countries in the Southern Hemisphere are just getting into spring! That’s why things look much different in Australia this time of year – it’s due to how the Earth tilts towards the Sun.
November’s traditional birthstone is the topaz, usually a yellow to amber colour. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make a wearer invisible. A symbol of honour and strength, topaz was also believed to bring longevity and wisdom.
November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. Generally, chrysanthemums represent cheerfulness… and isn’t this one a lovely colour 😊
… and sharing a lovely November recipe
Lentil and Vegetable Minestrone Stew / Casserole
a warming dish, its nutritional details per serving
Fat 5g Carbs 19g Fibre 6g Protein 6g
~ Wishing you a happy November 2023 ~
All the best Jan