But what if Candlemas day is snowy, windy and foul …

Lucky bamboo
A rare botanical specimen: Dracaena sanderiana, the ‘Lucky Bamboo’, growing at 310m asl just off the summit of Roseberry. It’s probably dormant at present, as it needs a minimum temperature of 12°C, according to the plastic label someone has kindly affixed. A label ‘Made in the Netherlands’ by Ikea.

It’s Candlemas, although it feels like just another Groundhog Day.

Candlemas is a Christian feast day that sort of coincided with the pagan festival Imbolc, the mid-point between the winter solstice and Spring equinox.

Feast days generally have some weather lore associated with them. Candlemas is no exception and there is a wealth of rhymes …

If Candlemas day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight.
But if Candlemas day brings clouds and rain,
Winter is gone and won’t come again.

Hmmm, cloudy, snow and high winds today so I guess that’s a promising sign.

But …

When the wind’s in the east on Candlemas day,
There it will stick till the second of May.

I would have been blown towards Newton today if I had been a shade lighter, so that’s an easterly. Even-stevens then.

A French proverb has a bit more subtlety to it …

At the day of Candlemas,
Cold in air and snow on grass,
If the sun then entice the bear from his den,
He turns round thrice and gets back again.

Which I think is saying that a sunny day will be followed by more wintery weather. So that’s good then. I think I better stop there.

But wait, let’s go full European. There’s nothing like cooperation after all, is there . This is from Germany …

The badger peeps out of his hole on Candlemas day, and when he finds snow walks abroad, but if he sees the sun shining he draws back into his hole.

And Scotland …

If Candlemas day be dry and fair,
The half of the winter is gone and mair.
If Candlemas day be wet and foul,
The half of the winter is gone at Yule (Christmas).

So you pays your money …


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