It’s February 29th – our extra day that pops up almost every four years.
My great-nan, Nana Davies, was born on February 29th. She passed away in the 1970s.
A local paper, possibly the Dorset Echo, ran the following story, many, many years ago. Apologies for not knowing the exact source of this clipping, but the paper’s name has been cut off.
‘A Great-grandmother at 19. It sounds impossible, but it is the case with Mrs. Harriet Davies, of Mount Wellington, New Zealand, who until 13 years ago lived for 20 years …(address given) in Weymouth. Mrs Davies was born in Maesteg, South Wales, one of 23 children, on February 29th, 1892 – a Leap year. She has had only 19 birthdays, although she is really 80 years old. You might think she would be 20, but 1900 was not a Leap Year.’
There are many wonderful and amazing facts in that report. It goes on longer, but this was the relevant section.
If you’re intrigued as to why 1900 was not a Leap Year, please click here.
And my Nana Davies was indeed one of 23 children.
I expect that one extra day almost every four years was used wisely.
Me? I’m using the day to put together my forthcoming talk for the Weymouth Leviathan Maritime Literary Festival. PowerPoint, here I come.
Have a great day.
My talk at the Weymouth Leviathan Maritime Literary Festival is no longer taking place. Please see the main festival website for details of the other events.