The Hidden Almanac for
Monday March 25th, 2019
Episode 840
The Hidden Almanac
Previous episode: 2019-03-22
Next episode: 2019-03-27


Today we remember a threat upon a convent. It is the Feast Day of St. Genevieve, and in the garden, Spring is rushing in.

Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.


Mord: Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord. Today is March 25th 2019.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Genevieve, the Patchwork Saint. Legend has it that her convent was threatened by an enormous beast, frequently portrayed as a human-headed bull or manticore. It is said that the animals of the stable, horse and donkey, cow and ox and chickens and even the small birds in the garden came to her and offered their skins. How exactly they did this is not clear, although iconography shows it as a rather bloodless affair with the animals shrugging their hides off as if wearing coats. She sewed their hides together with every bit of cloth in the convent, into the shape of a dragon, placing the altar cloth over the beast's heart. The nuns of the convent stuffed the dragon with straw and it came to life and fought the monster threatening their home. The monster was defeated and the saint carefully unstitched her work, giving each animal back its skin in turn. There is a folk legend that the section of the dragon containing the turkey's head-feathers was damaged in the battle and the turkey's face has been naked ever since, but this is obviously a fanciful legend. Icons of Saint Genevieve portray her as a woman with clock and cowl, wielding a needle, with an enormous patchwork dragon in the background.

In the garden, spring is coming on with a speed that makes one giddy. The tiger swallowtail butterflies are emerging and one catches glimpses of early garden yeti in the distance, melting into the trees. It is not quite warm enough to plant out tomatoes or peppers, although foolishly brave gardeners may consider it. The bluebells have emerged in thick, cabbage-like rosette of leaves, though they have not yet put up stalks of flowers. The winter birds have fled further north and now there are only chickadees and goldfinches as we wait for spring's migrants to arrive.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Resistance Company, purveyors of fine and revolutionary teas. Red Wombat --- “Fight the Power.”

Also brought to you by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Cucumbers. "Remember, as you plan for this year's garden, that a cucumber is beautiful just the way it is. Say no to pickling."

That's the Hidden Almanac for March 25th 2019. Be safe and remember, you are not alone.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Red Wombat Studio, and is written by Ursula Vernon and produced by Kevin Sonney. The voice of Reverend Mord is Kevin Sonney. And the voice of Pastor Drom is Ursula Vernon. 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 2019, Ursula Vernon.Woo!



Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.