The Hidden Almanac for
Friday November 6th, 2015
Episode 331
Previous episode: 2015-11-04
Next episode: 2015-11-09


Today we remember the arrival of a rooster in the city. We also recall the Thickwall Massacre. It is the Feast Day of the Remote Saint, and in the garden, there is catmint.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is November 6th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1985, that a rooster wearing boots walked down High Street, to the Kingfisher Bridge. They were quite serious boots with hobnails, and the rooster struck sparks from the cobblestones. It was a large black and orange rooster, possibly of the Golden Highland variety, and it had a distinctly grumpy expression. Several people followed it, but it stalked into a pub and did not re-emerge.

And it was on this day in 1608 that a terrible massacre occurred near the Walleye Copper Mine. A group of bandits ambushed a convoy of merchants in a narrow defile known as Thickwall Gap. When they attempted to descend to claim their prize, they brought part of the wall down with them. Both bandits and merchants were caught in the landslide. Many died, although the merchants, protected by their carts, fared slightly better. The Thickwall Massacre was commemorated in song and story, with local heroes being inserted into the narrative in increasingly improbable ways.

It is the Feast Day of the Remote Saint. The Remote Saint has an icon at the top of a reasonably remote mountain, the location of which must be determined by careful study and meditation. Seekers who believe that they have found the location of the icon go on pilgrimage to find it. They must go alone, although they may find companions along the way. Nothing is known of the Remote Saint’s history or how this figure presents itself. There are not even descriptions of the icon. Those who have found their way are not telling.

In the garden, the catmint is reblooming. Catmint will often rebloom until frost, and occasionally after if there is a warm snap. It is a largely trouble free plant that achieved perfection in the form “Walker’s Low” although people keep insisting on fiddling with it. Bees are fond of it, and the better varieties do not reseed.

Some of our other plants have succumbed to the Season of Mold. Spikenard is a very good plant in spring and summer, and a limp brown mess at the tail end of autumn. It is worth planting, but one must expect to cut it back during the cold season.

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 Suzy’s Seasonal Assassins. You know what time of year it is. You know where to find us. We’ll end your Yule problem before it starts.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for November 6th, 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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