In this corner of Anglesey, the beautiful weather that almost always comes in September is called Haf Bach Mari Pant (the little summer of Mari Pant). But who is Mari Pant?
Well, the story goes that she was one of the Newborough Mat Weavers – the ladies who made mats and bowls from the marram grass they collected on the dunes.
Mari Pant (Pant because she lived in a cottage called Pant, which means a dip or a hollow) worked with the grasses at a time when the “business” of mat making was becoming more commercial and organised. Apparently, the main collection of the grasses was in August. But Mari preferred to do her own thing and would wait for the soft warmth of the haf bach (little summer) in September to go collecting her grasses. Hence, locally, the short spell of good weather early in Autumn became known as Haf Bach Mari Pant.
More commonly in Wales, a period of warm and sunny autumn weather is referred to as Haf Bach Mihangel – Michael’s little summer – because it happens, very loosely, around the time of Michaelmas (29th September) – Mihangel being the Welsh equivalent of Michael.
Whatever the name, when it happens, the Haf Bach Mari Pant is a beautiful time: it comes when the children are back at school; most of the tourists have gone home; and the mellowness of autumn is just beginning. Enjoy:)