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Almanac Companion Newsletter
July 14, 2011

On the Almanac Calendar

July 14—Bastille Day
On July 14, 1789, civilians in Paris stormed the fortress prison known as the Bastille. This started the French Revolution.

July 15—St. Swithin’s Day
Several weather proverbs are associated with this saint’s feast day. According to old Scottish folklore, St. Swithin’s Day if thou dost rain, / For 40 days it will remain.

July 15—Full Buck Moon
Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. See our new monthly Moon Guide to learn about the Full Buck Moon, why July is such an important month in Moon history, and how scientists measure the distance from Earth to the Moon. See our monthly Full Moon Guide.

Quick Clicks

Recipe Ideas
• In the heat of summer, who wants to cook? See our No-Cook Recipes page!
• For less cleanup time in the kitchen, try our One-Dish Dinner recipes.
• Need a couple of weeks’ worth of easy dinners? See our Easy Dinner Recipes: Chicken and More.

Expert Advice

Summer Winds: How do we define wind? What do we mean by a “breeze” or a “gale” or a “storm”? In 1806, Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort of the British navy devised a wind-velocity scale to help naval officers standardize their observations. For example, a wind between 39 and 46 miles per hour is a “fresh gale” and “walking against the wind is very difficult.” To learn how all wind speeds are classified (and even when it’s difficult to use an umbrella), see the Beaufort Wind Force Scale.

Enjoy a gentle breeze? Catch the wind with melodic Wind Bells! Hear the chimes and see more.

The wind in one’s face makes one wise.

Editor’s Musings

Mosquito Repellent?
Sarah buys a mosquito plant. Read her post.
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots, and gillyflowers.

–Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

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Wind bells

North Country Wind Bells

For centuries, traditional ship’s bells have been used for signaling, keeping time, and sounding an alarm.

Today, as a wind chime, they gently catch the breeze as they hang outdoors on your porch or patio in your garden.

North Country offers over 20 wind bells, each with the unique tones reminiscent of the bell buoy from the harbor for which it is named. All of these bells are handcrafted using an eco-friendly process.

Their construction-grade steel is made from 60 percent recycled metal that is specially treated to withstand harsh weather conditions so that they can hang outdoors year-round, without twisting, tangling, or breaking.

Purchase the North Country Ship’s Bell.

Learn more. See our “Made in the U.S.A.” blog, “Wind bells, a more dignified way to call every one to “DINNNERR!!

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