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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Folklore Guide to the Weather

Back 1950's, considering that we had no car, we had quite adventurous family holidays. In 1954 possibly 1955 we went by train to Bideford in a North Devon, and have stayed in a caravan at Westward Ho! (Yes, the town really does have an official exclamation mark!

I am not sure if there are any extant photographs from this holiday, but I have on my shelves, a little booklet, now without its cover, concerning traditional weather sayings. It is Folklore Guide to the Weather published by the the Westerner Press at Westward Ho! in 1954.

I will repeat a few of the sayings at random:-

Green Clouds

If the clouds take on a greenish hue, A heavy storm of rain is very imminent.


When everything at the table is eaten, it indicates continued clear weather.


When the frogs croak much, it is a sign of rain.

The louder the frogs, the more the rain.


Turkeys perched on trees and refusing to descend indicates snow.


Good day for hearing

A good hearing day is a sign of a wet.

Chairs and corns

See how the chairs and tables crack,

Old Betty's joints are on the rack;

Her corns with shooting pains torment her

And to her bed untimely sends her.

It will surely rain, I see with sorrow;

Our jaunt must be put off tomorrow.

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