Friday, January 07, 2011

St Distaff's Day


January 7 using to be called, jokingly, St Distaff's Day as it was the first day back to work after Christmas and the village women returned to their spinning wheels. Robert Herrick wrote this ditty about it:


Partly work and partly play
You must on St. Distaff's Day:
From the plough soon free your team;
Then cane home and fother them:
If the maids a-spinning go,
Burn the flax and fire the tow.
Bring in pails of water then,
Let the maids bewash the men.
Give St. Distaff' all the right:
Then bid Christmas sport good night,
And next morrow every one
To his own vocation.

6 Comments:

Anonymous kinglear said...

Rather like the idea of trhe maids bewashing the men - presumably one of the reasons there are lots of babies in September and October...

11:41 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

That's you, KL! (Have you retired from blogging?)

9:11 am  
Anonymous kinglear said...

Dear WW - no not really have just been swamped doing the Manroy PLC deal ( take a look)and now the domains are becoming embarassingly succesful. I always knew being a mere property developer was feet on desk, large lunches and home in time for tea, but I had no idea how hard everyone else seems to have to work,,,,,

5:20 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Oh! I'll have a look...

9:11 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

What a wonderful name, we don't make them like that any more.

7:09 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a mine of interesting information you are, WW!

8:55 pm  

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