Saints of The English Year – St. Piran

March 5th One of Cornwall's most popular saints, and also known in Brittany and Wales, Piran (or Perran) probably originated from Ireland and died in Cornwall sometime around the year 480. Details of his life are decidedly sketchy, mainly because of the mistaken identification of him as Irish saint Ciaran, which has all but destroyed … Continue reading Saints of The English Year – St. Piran

Saints of The English Year – St. Winwaloe

March 3rd A somewhat obscure Breton saint of the sixth century; so obscure in fact, that even the spelling of his name is uncertain: Winwaloe, Winneral, Winnold and Winnal are just some of the variations. His cult was quite popular in medieval England, particularly in Cornwall and East Anglia, and his day was regularly listed … Continue reading Saints of The English Year – St. Winwaloe

Saints of The English Year – St. Chad

March 2nd Ceadda or Chad (d.672) was the first bishop of the newly converted kingdom of Mercia, and made his seat at Lichfield. No major customs seem to have been attached to his feast day, although there were a number of churches dedicated to his name, and he achieved lasting fame in the sphere of … Continue reading Saints of The English Year – St. Chad

Saints of The English Year – St. David

March 1st Saint Dewi, anglicised as St. David, was a sixth century monk and bishop. He was the only Welsh saint to be officially recognised in the wider Christian community, and was adopted as the patron saint of Wales in the twelfth century. Little is known for certain about his life. As Wales' apron saint, … Continue reading Saints of The English Year – St. David

close to the aperture [close the aperture]

[close the aperture] three boys, at the tyne’s edge, sit, in silhouette, atop some metal structure that they should not be sat atop. a gang on a gangway. their legs hang beneath them. they have liberated one of the wreaths from the gravel of the nearby merchant seamans’ memorial. they talk measuredly, loudly, as they … Continue reading close to the aperture [close the aperture]

close to the aperture [oblong of light]

[oblong of light] the tyne ferry sketches across the river from the north side & sidles, beautifully, up to the south pier with such grace that I wonder if the river, tonight, is not brack, but brandy. the voyage is only some six minutes, but always a delight & well worth the £3.60 return fare. … Continue reading close to the aperture [oblong of light]