Michaelmas -Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Although we now celebrate Michaelmas Day on the 29th September before the calendar was reformed in 1752 it was celebrated on the 10th October which is now known as ‘Old Michaelmas Day’ or “Devil Spits Day” and it is this date when the last day that blackberries should be picked.

St Michael, the Archangel, banished the devil from heaven on this day and the story goes he landed on a prickly blackberry bush, which he cursed and either spat or urinated on depending which story you choose to believe.

An old Irish proverb says: “On Michaelmas Day the devil puts his foot on blackberries”