NOVEMBER 13 – 16TH – TIME TO LAY IN STOCK OF FIREWOOD; CLEAN PRIVIES SWEEP CHIMNEY

Yarrow – image by CongerDesign

Nov 13th – Time to gather yarrow which is often still flowering. It was used for wounds, inflammations, hair lose, tooth-ache and good for those who cannot hold their water.

November 14th Firewood

Beechwood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs be kept a year
Oaken Logs if dry and old
Keep away the winter’s cold
Chestnut’s only good they say
If for years ’tis laid away
But ash-wood green or ash-wood brown
Are fit for a King with a golden Crown
Elm she burns like the churchyard mould
Even the flames are cold
Birch and pine-wood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last
But ash wet of ash dry
A Queen may warm her slippers by.

November 15th Exercise

Leaping is an exercise very commendable and healthful for the body.

The Compleat Gentleman 1634

November 16th

Foul privies are now to be cleaned.

The chimney all sooty would now be made clearn.

Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. 1573

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