The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians passed on from generation to generation, and for that matter replicated in various guises in a host of other ancient cultures, advises as follows:
A borrowed horse needs hard hooves.
Beauty never boiled the pot.
The burnt child fears the fire.
The old dog for the hard road: the pup for the pad.
When Eddie Maguire first got the job of digging graves and tending the lawns up in the cemetery, he was more than content to be well off-side from snooping Dole men, busybody neighbours and sarcastic so-called ‘mates’.
My late and very beautiful friend Sarah Hagan – who sadly parted this mortal coil just a few days ago – was my distant cousin. So distant, one would not normally mention it at all – except for my pride in being related to such a remarkable lady.
..that’s in the hands of The Man Above ..
referring to anticipated weather for a great event, sporting occasion or the likes. Not to be said in the presence of a priest!!
“I had a little puppy
His name was Tiny Tim
I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim.
He asked the eldest to bring him an extra rush for himself. The rushes were brought to him at the bedside and he handed one to the eldest son and says,
If it rains on St Swithin’s Day, it’ll rain for 40 days
Cows huddle together before a storm
When the wind’s in the west the cuckoo’s in her nest
When a dog eats grass it’s a sign of rain
A wind from the East is bad for man and beast
When the robin ventures indoors, hard weather may be expected
As Friday’s weather, so Sunday’s weather
Rain on Sunday, rain all week
If bees work around the hive, the rain is near
If the cat sneezes it is a sign of rain
March of many weathers
If the oak is well-acorned it’s a sign of frosty weather
If the frog wears a golden coat, the weather will be fine
If he puts on his black coat, rain is on the way
A sloe year is a woe year
A haw year is a braw year
A ring around the moon is a sign of bad weather
If the ring is close, the storm is near, if distant, further away
A wind from the south-west foretells wet weather
Candlemas storms and Lammas floods must come
The March winds had almost killed the old cow, so March borrowed a day from April to finish the job
It’s cold weather for snedding turnips!