The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday February 5th, 2014
Episode 63
Previous episode: 2014-02-03
Next episode: 2014-02-07


Today in the Royal Arboretum there were snails. It is also the day the bees left, and the birthday of a celebrated glovemaker. Is it the Feast Day of twin saints, and in the garden. there are interns.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is February 5th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1921 that the Royal Arboretum was overrun with were-snails. This was extremely embarrassing, as many of the snails came from good families and thus could not be salted without excessive gossip. In the end, they had to be removed by hand and placed in a large bucket until they recovered themselves.

Several camellias were damaged beyond repair and it is rumored that one of the under gardeners stepped on the third son of an Earl.

And today is the birthday of the glovemaker Heinrich Tableroni, long acknowledged as one of the greatest of his time. He created the legendary Salamander Gloves, which remained damp and cool in hot weather, and was once called upon to glove a sparrow, which he did. In his memoirs, he said that the most difficult part lay in assembling a clasp that could be worked by a beak, and that the sewing itself was rather straightforward.

And it was on this day in 1988 that the bees left. They were gone for three weeks, during which widespread panic gripped the city, but then returned in good spirits. Beekeepers said that they had no idea where the bees had gone, but tiny hats and noisemakers were discovered at the bottom of several hives.

Today is the Feast Day of the twin saints, St. Iris, patron of the rainbow, and St. Forlox, patron of thundersnow. These two saints rarely appear in the sky at the same time, and legend has it that they were separated long ago by the devil, to prevent their excessive goodness from spoiling his dinner. They are represented in diptychs as a man and woman clothed in rainbows, with snow and lightning behind them, reaching toward one another, but never appear together in the same panel.

In the garden this week, several of the interns have returned to base camp for supplies, but announce that one of their number may be lost somewhere near the pond. Search teams consisting of more interns are being sent out.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for February 5th, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

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.

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