"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark."

~ Saying of the Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Weather Lore - Icemen Days

Ugh! This weather could not be any more awful after the beautiful, warm days we had last week!

I guess, on the bright side, our peas and carrots might be enjoying it!?

Anyways, a friend of mine posted this info today and I found it interesting so I thought I would share.....

Spring may be in full swing, but May 11, 12, and 13 often revert to the colder days of winter, according to weather lore. The Three Chilly Saints—Mamertus, Pancras, and Gervais (also called Mammertius, Pancratius, and Gervatius or Servatius)—often celebrated their feast days during a cold snap.

Some called them the Ice Saints or Frost Saints, and many farmers held off planting until after the Three Chilly Saints’ days had passed. Germans knew these days as the Icemen Days, and both the English and French watched for a late frost at around this time. St. Boniface (May 14) and the chilly “blackthorn winds” were sometimes associated with them, too.

Pretty neat huh! And pretty dead on considering the weather we're having today and scheduled to have the next two days here in NE Ohio! I believe our last frost date is this Saturday - keep your fingers crossed! In the words of my husband, "This garage is starting to look like a nursery!" I think he means, we need to get the seedlings into the ground....asap!

1 comment:

emerich said...

my grandfather never planted anything till after icemen days
they were always the coldest day in may