We are baking bread for Lammas Day- Aug 1st, the festival of the wheat harvest, the first harvest festival of the year. In the medieval agricultural year, Lammas also marked the end of the hay harvest that had begun after Midsummer.
At the end of hay-making a sheep would be loosed in the meadow among the mowers, for him to keep who could catch it,or at least that is what Wikipedia says! if so , appropriate for our spot in the fields.
The Church of England First lesson for today starts out like this:
“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring”.
Lammas Tide (July 31st) is the birthday of Shakespeare’s Juliet, she was 14.