Thursday Thirteen #42


1. If the geese on St. Martin’s Day (November 11) stand on ice, they will walk in mud at Christmas.

2. If the first snow sticks to the trees, it foretells a bountiful harvest.

3. If sheep feed facing downhill, watch for a snowstorm.

4. If on All Saints Day (Nov 4-07) the beech acorn is dry we will stick behind the stove in winter, but if it is wet and not light the winter will not be dry, but wet.

5. Thunder in November indicates a fertile year to come.

6. If there be ice in November that will bear a duck, there will be nothing thereafter but sleet and muck.

7. As November 21st, so the winter.

8. When the winter is early, it will not be late.

9. Lengthened winter and tardy spring are both good for hay and grain, but bad for corn and garden.

10. December changeable and mild, the whole winter will remain a child.

11. A warm Christmas, a cold Easter.

12. A green Christmas, a white Easter.

13. December cold, with snow, brings rye everywhere.

So, everyone pay attention on November 21st! :-)

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Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

16 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen #42”

  1. Great list! I need to get a Farmers Almanac. I usually have one by now but been so busy with work and college. I can’t wait until Nov 21!!! Happy TT!

  2. That was great!
    Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
    My TT is posted.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Happy TT’ing!
    (“)_ (“)Š

  3. If there’s enough snow on Christmas Day to build a snowman with my daughter, there’ll be an affectionate comment left on Nancy’s blog.

    Aw, shucks. There’ll be an affectionate comment regardless.

  4. Well, then let’s see what November 21st brings!
    I’d love to have a cold, snowy -sunny winter, it’s still better then rain and mud ;)

    Happy TT!

    Greets Julia

  5. That’s fascinating Nancy. Our weather here in Denver is so variable and wild that I can’t imagine any of those are true. But who knows?

    Happy TT!

  6. Great list – I love snippets of old country lore. There’s one we always say in the UK – if the cows are lying down in their field, expect rain soon. Happy TT!

  7. When I was in the west of Ireland, years ago, they said that if you could see the mountains, it was going to rain, and if you couldnt see the mountains it was already raining!

  8. Hmmmmm. And if geese stand on snow on November 11, what does that mean? :-)
    No ice up here that I can see, but several inches of the white stuff. First time on Remembrance Day in a few years, I think.

  9. Hello Nancy,

    What a fun post! Some of them probably worked in northern Illinois, but not in my part of Texas – we don’t even get any geese to test the ice.

    One saying I remember hearing from my Chicago Irish relatives was pretty gloomy.. it went something like “A green Christmas is soon followed by a full churchyard.” That one seems to have some substance to it, unfortunately.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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