Pretty Views - Stuck in Traffic !!! by littlestschnauzer on Flickr.

St Swithin’s day if thou dost rain,
For forty days it will remain,
St Swithun’s day if thou be fair,
For forty days ‘twill rain na mair,

The old rhyme goes that sunshine on St Swithin’s Day will mean unending clear blue skies and sunshine for the next 40 days - the outlook certainly looks promising from where I’m sat!

Tanabata - a beautiful Japanese star festival, read the story of the star crossed lovers, Tanabata and Mikeron



  1. During the Summer Solstice, the sun reaches the farthest point north of the celestial equator.

  2. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.”

  3. The famous Stonehenge is thought to have been used to observe the summer and winter solstices.


Happy Vesak Day, Happy Birthday Buddha


Happy Vesak Day China, Happy Birthday Buddha!

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly”

More on Vesak day by Somewhere in tHhe world today…

Picture: Bathing Buddha by hkdigit, on Flickr


048 by Fresh From The Oven 606 on Flickr.

Happy Mother’s Day Japan, USA and all other countries celebrating motherhood today!

Happy Easter everyone!

A cart packed full of explosives heralds the Easter Sunday celebrations in Florence.

Does your town / city have any unusual Easter traditions? If so you can share it on our facebook page

Find out more about Scoppio del Carro) (Explosion of the cart)

Some say its good day for a haircut and a bad day for gardening!

Most people know that Good Friday is the day, according to Christian belief, that Jesus was crucified on the cross, but there are a few lesser known traditions and superstitions - read our blog post here: Good Friday | Somewhere in the world today

Hanami (flower viewing) is the Japanese tradition of picnicking under the beautiful cherry blossoms (sakura) which bloom all over Japan from mid January to early May.

We’d love to see your Cherry Blossom pictures - share them on our facebook page

Hanami | Somewhere in the world today

Take the day off from Lenten deprivations and bake a cake for your dear old mum!
Mothering Sunday / Mother’s Day | Somewhere in the world today