The Hidden Almanac for
Monday November 18th, 2013
Episode 29
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Today Eland the Younger described the sand herring. It is also the day the Convent of the White Goat was founded, as well as the day the Black Beast was sighted a second time. There is no feast today, and in the garden, it is time to put things to bed.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord. Today is November 18th, 2013.

It was on this day that the naturalist Eland the Younger first described the sand herring, which gathers in shoals in the deserts of the Glass Wastes. A small, silvery fish approximately eight inches long, sand herring shoals can number more than ten thousand individuals. Like most sand fish, the sand herring has functional lungs and only uses its gills for threat displays. Unlike some sand fish, which have suffered from habitat loss as parts of the Glass Wastes are mined, the sand herring’s numbers remain stable.

Today is the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Convent of the White Goat, on the Isle of Shun. This isolated island had been nearly destroyed by imported rabbits when the nuns arrived. Among the convent’s goals is the restoration of the island to a natural state. They maintain a strict no-rabbit policy to this day and all visitors to the island must remove shoes and socks to avoid tracking weed seeds onto the fragile island ecosystem.

While the white goat features prominently in the Convent’s seals, crest, and stationary, there are no goats anywhere on the island.

And it was on this day, in 1804, that the Black Beast was sighted outside the Western Quarter in the city, on High Street. A crowd of witnesses saw it running along the railing of the Kingfisher Bridge, before leaping over the side and vanishing. Police searched the river, but found no body. It was speculated that the Beast had climbed or flown onto the underside of the bridge and made its escape from there.

Today is the Feast Day of no saints whatsoever. Hagiographers find this puzzling.

In the garden, if you have not already put the vegetable garden to bed then shame on you. However, given that life gets away from us all, it is still possible to prepare the beds for winter. Lay down a layer composted cow manure and then cover with layers of cardboard to suppress weed growth. You will need to till more heavily in spring, but the ultimate harvest should not be affected.

The neighbors, however, may judge you.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat — "We Dig Tea."

Also brought to you by the family of Steve’s Used Cars. Have you seen Steve? We’re getting a little worried. He said he was going out for milk, but that was weeks ago. If you have any news of Steve, please contact the Hidden Almanac service desk.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for November 18th, 2013. Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013, Ursula Vernon.