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28th Apr 2003, 16:45
There are many "olde wives tales" related to Country wisdom, but how many of them have proved accurate?

I'll start with two for you which have, over the years proved quite accurate.

1. Crows nesting high in the trees = hot summer coming.
2. Lots of berries on trees = Long cold winter

Any more out there?

henry crun
28th Apr 2003, 16:54
Cast no clout till May is out.

28th Apr 2003, 17:17
Red sky at night, shepherds delight.

Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning.

Pretty accurate, something to do with clouds off to the west I believe.

28th Apr 2003, 17:43
A while ago the last would have read,

28th Apr 2003, 20:41
"Is het weer in mei zeer mooi,
dan ziet de schuur maar weinig hooi."

(If the weather is nice in May, the barnes will have less hay)

"Wil maart reeds donder,
dan is sneeuw in mei geen wonder"

(March gives thunder, snow in May no wonder)

simon brown
28th Apr 2003, 20:44
Red sky at night, house across the road is on fire,

Red sky in the morning house across the road is still on fire

28th Apr 2003, 21:03
Hooray, hooray, the first of May
Outdoor shagging starts today

pax anglia
29th Apr 2003, 03:34
The Ash before the Oak and we shall have a soak,

The Oak before the Ash and we shall have a splash.

The Ash at the bottom of my garden is always the last to come into leaf (usually the back end of May) and the amount of rainfall thereafter varies widely from year to year, so I don't think there is too much truth in that one.

29th Apr 2003, 03:37
Don't get caught with the farmer's daughter (especially if pants still round ankles).:O

29th Apr 2003, 03:43
If the Cows are lying down, then it will rain.

Or count the number of magpies you see in one place;
1 For Sorrow
2 For Joy
3 For a Girl
4 For a Boy
5 For Silver
6 For Gold
7 For a Secret never to be Told


tony draper
29th Apr 2003, 04:06
Nae cast a cloot till May be oot. :(

Prune stone counting,
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Richman, Poorman, Beggerman, Thief.

Just done a google search on country sayings and supersticions, Strange thing,loads of American sites with them a plenty, but few European ones,I would imagine most of them originated here.

29th Apr 2003, 04:58
"he who goes to sleep after a dinner of onion soup, shall wake amongst dead flies"

"If thy cows be dancing the foxtrot in ye old stable, there probably be a short in ye milking machine"

"rain for Easter, Christmas in December"

29th Apr 2003, 05:40
Red sky at night shepherds' delight
Red sky at morning shepherds' warning
Snarled up traffic in West London shepherd's Bush


29th Apr 2003, 05:52
It's only acceptable to be seen inside one kind of fleece in the great outdoors, and it has arms not legs.:ooh:

Capn Notarious
29th Apr 2003, 06:06
When Mr Mole, goes down deep sleep.
A winter long, to make you weep.

Jet Dragon
29th Apr 2003, 07:08
When March winds doth blow
then we shall have snow

well in the"old Dart" anyway - don't get a lot of snow in March in Sydney:hmm:


tony draper
29th Apr 2003, 07:22
Do not entreat to the stones,or cry out His name, do not open the door which leads to the strange time and place, nor to invite Him Who lurks at the threshold . :ooh:

29th Apr 2003, 09:52
If you go down to the woods today,
You're in for a big surprise...

29th Apr 2003, 11:12
Eat cow cake 'til replete during Monday a'ternoon milkin', and thee won't be needin' t'Andrex 'til two weeks T'ursday

29th Apr 2003, 11:37
Hooray hooray for the 12th of May,
Chicken fat canning begins today.

You can tell how much snow you're going to get in the coming winter by how far the wasps nests are off the ground in the summer. Works too. Had one under the eaves of me woodshed last summer, and it wasn't far off.:D

29th Apr 2003, 14:06
" 'tis only slightly more embarrassing bein' seen gettin' out the back o' a sheep than 'tis bein' seen gettin' out th' back o' a Skoda" :}

William Wordsworth

29th Apr 2003, 16:22
Especially if it is my Skoda.:ooh:

29th Apr 2003, 17:44
Apples be ripe,
Nuts be brown.

Petticoats up,
Trousers down....

30th Apr 2003, 09:13
Makes sense, particularly if the trousers were down on a sunny day.

pax anglia
2nd May 2003, 02:12
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight.

Red sky at morning, four minute warning.

Well, I was a child of the Cold War!

3rd May 2003, 13:39
Before you criticise someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you do criticise them, you are a mile away.......and you have their shoes.

tony draper
3rd May 2003, 17:46
Take yee not a piss on a 25,000 volt transformer. :rolleyes:

3rd May 2003, 19:05
I were an urban lad, grew up in Hayes. Our folklore depended on the runway in use at London Airport (sic) and a local factory.

1) If them airyplanes do be landin' across Southall gasholder, it be rainin.

2) If you can smell the coffee from the Nestle factory (and no fancy-pants acute accents, if you please - ask for 'Nestlays' Avenue in Hayes and you will get a blank stare) it be going to rain.

3) If you sneeze into your hanky and the result is black, it be a good old London smog with a good chance of an early finish from school.

Uncle Cracker
3rd May 2003, 19:30
Mr Crun, Herr Draper

To clarify, May being the blossom, not the month.

Red sky at night, they've left the pub lights on again.:rolleyes:

4th May 2003, 01:09
Red sky at night

Granny's house is alight.

4th May 2003, 02:42
If thy leaves opp'n thy garden gate, t'cows'll come in and $hit all t'nate.

If thy leaves opp'n t'kitchen door, they'll be in there too, an $hit on t'floor.

Just don't ask me how I know.....:ugh: