02 February 2008

Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog Day

Landscape on 2 February 2008
If Candlemas be cloud and snow
Winter will be gone and not come again

Sorry, was that supposed to rhyme? Or scan, even?

Anyway, the weather today looks promising if the legends about the first and second days of February are to be believed. Not a glimpse of the sun all today or yesterday. So the Gaelic goddess Cailleach is sleeping and any small burrowing creature silly enough to put its head out of its winter refuge will not have seen its shadow.

We're almost out of wood for the fires now, so it's interesting that the Gaelic legend is all about the goddess going off to get more firewood.

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