1. the hot period of the summer reckoned in ancient times from the
heliacal rising of Sirius (the Dog Star)
2. a period marked by inactivity[source]
C16: translation of Late Latin diēs caniculārēs, translation of Greekhēmerai kunade
…1530s, from Latin dies caniculares, from Greek; so called because they occur around the time of the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Dog Star ( kyonseirios). Noted as the hottest and most unwholesome time of the year; usually July 3 to Aug. 11, but variously calculated, depending on latitudeand on whether the greater Dog-star (Sirius) or the lesser one (Procyon) isreckoned.
This week, I had a request, at less than a day’s notice, to make a sausage dog pencil case as a birthday present. I did not succeed. After getting some way with a sausage dog, I realised that making it a suitable size to comfortably fit a collection of pencils in would make it rather too large to carry about. So, rather than abandon altogether, I finished it up as a felt toy…
…and made a quick pencil case with the only dog themed fabric to hand.
And, instead of the days of inactivity forecast by the almanac writers of old I ended up with a sausage dog, a pencil case and my first Friday sewing finish in a very long time :)
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Janine @ Rainbow Hare