Fair and bright

Today was a lovely day, we had sunshine and it was pleasantly warm. It really didn’t feel like February – more like September. As I filled my watering can to water my elderly neighbour’s garden, where I had been busy yesterday lifting and dividing her plants, she told me of a piece of weather folklore. As it refers to today, the 2nd day of February, I thought I would post it. She gave it to me in Scots tongue but I have searched the Internet for a version that would make sense to most.

Chaffinch male, video 0.12 with background music, suggest 480p quality.

Chaffinch male, shown above was enjoying the mid-morning sunshine today. He briefly perched on my small domed Acer tree, in front of my window, before he dropped to the ground feeder below to indulge in some tasty sunflower hearts.

Winter is yet to come – I have felt this myself, so I was very interested when my neighbour told me the folklore saying below. I am the great-granddaughter of a shepherd so maybe I have something in my genes – who knows! Very interesting though are these folklore sayings – I must look into them further and perhaps post them where appropriate. I could post the Scots tongue too but few would be able to understand it – I am likely to have trouble myself!

February weather folklore –
“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight,
If Candlemas Day be cloud and rain,
Then winter will not come again.”
(Candlemas Day – 2nd February)

The video, shown above, was taken in my garden on February 2nd 2007.

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