If St. Paul's Day be fair and clear
It doth betide a happy year.
But if, by chance,it then should rain,
It will make dear all kinds of grain.
And if the clouds make dark the sky,
Then neate and fowls this year shall die.
If blustering winds do blow aloft,
Then wars shall trouble the realm full oft.
In this rhyme neate is an old word for cattle and even politics can be changed by the weather - who knew?
I was pondering on how various days were remembered in the past. Usually because they were Saints days or important in the church calendar.
Now we have days that reflect the importance of money rather than weather.
Black Thursday and Black Tuesday - The 24th and 29th October 1929, when panicked sellers traded 4 million shares, making the stock market crash and the usually said to be the start of the Great Depression.
Black Friday - The day following Thanksgiving in the US. Now used worldwide to signify the start of a mad spending spree leading up to Christmas
Black Monday - October 19th 1987 - The more recent stock market crash
Blue Monday - the day in January when all the credit card bills arrive for the massive Christmas overspend
Black Wednesday 16th September 1992, when the pound sterling was withdrawn from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
I think I would rather have weather sayings.
The latest book added to my Books Read 2017 list. I read this quite quickly. It's Elly Griffiths other series- A Stephens and Mephisto mystery. This is the 3rd, set mainly in 1950's Brighton.
- The library website says this-On the eve of the Queen's coronation, DI Stephens and Max Mephisto uncover an anarchist plot and a ticking bomb at the same time as solving the murder of a man close to them.
The 9th book in her Dr Ruth Galloway series - The Chalk Pit- is due out next month, the library has loads of copies on order and I'm on the waiting list.
And to anyone with Scottish heritage celebrating Burns' night - Lang may your lum reek.