The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday March 4th, 2015
Episode 231
Previous episode: 2015-03-02
Next episode: 2015-03-06


Today we remember the axolotl eruption of 1991. It is also the day a nomad had a vision. It is the Feast Day of St. Kennedia, and in the garden, there is mud.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is March 4th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1991 that axolotls came up through the drains in the city, shocking many, who had not realized that they had gotten into the storm sewers and were breeding with great enthusiasm. Axolotls generally prefer cleaner water, but improvements in sanitation had greatly improved the water quality, and unseasonable warm winters combined with heavy rains had caused a population explosion. Axolotl removal services sprang up overnight, as animal control was overwhelmed.

Many of the axolotls were relocated and re-released into the wild, increasing the population dramatically in some areas.

And it was on this day that a man in the Glass Wastes saw a mirage of an ancient city and rode into it. Neither he nor the city were seen again, and some question whether it was truly a mirage after all.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Kennedia, patron of climbing peas and other vines. The story goes that she was engaged to a barbarian prince, and escaped on her wedding night by climbing up a vine that grew to her bower window. This vine is traditionally represented as an annual pea or bean, neither of which are sturdy enough to hold a human’s weight. Some hagiographers claim that this may have been a black coral pea, an exotic vine that would be unlikely to grow anywhere locally, while others simply claim that it was a miracle. St. Kennedia herself went on to found a convent and wrote several hymns notable for their botanical imagery.

In the garden, a warm snap has turned everything to mud. The protesters have returned, though in smaller numbers. As the CharmX drillers have not yet come back, they are singing protest songs at each other. I suppose it keeps them out of trouble.

Meanwhile, my daffodils have come up. It is a welcome sight, given that this winter has occasionally seemed endless. The more showy pheasant-eye narcissus varieties were scarred by the weather, but the basic yellow daffodils are solid performers under most conditions, provided you do not bury them in a swamp.

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 Hole-Free Mothball Company. Keeping your clothes free of holes for fifty years and counting! Moths? Not on our watch!

That’s the Hidden Almanac for March 4th, 2015. 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 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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