Is the moon ‘her own colour’?




a red sunset…

Smoke rising straight from the chimney..
Frogs of a ‘good colour’…
Cranes going towards the lake…
Swallows flying high…
A clear, blue sky…
The cuckoo singing loud and clear…
The thrush singing in the evening…
When the moon is not ‘her own colour’…

Strength in Unity

An old poor man was dying and he grieved that he had nothing to leave to his three sons.  Still he called them to his bedside.  He asked them by name, one at a time, to go out and bring him in a rush – a common rush that would grow in a bog.

 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,
‘Break that.’
Sure the eldest son had no bother in breaking the rush, catching it at the two ends and pulling.
‘You all see that’, says the old man.  They said they did. 
‘Now’, he says, ‘if yous all go till I call yous.’
They left him to himself and he took the three remaining rushes and he plaited them and when he had that done he called them up again to his bedside.  He handed the plaited rushes to the eldest son.
Break that’, says he.
Well if he was pulling till yet he couldn’t break the plaited rushes: or the second son couldn’t break it: nor the youngest son when it come his turn.
‘Now then,’ says the father, ‘that’s the way you’ll be when I’m gone.  If yous stay together yous can’t be broken’.

Weather Signs


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!