Cloudy Day



Today marks Imbolc, the Gaelic festival that heralds the start of spring.  A centuries old tradition, Christians use this day to observe the Feast of St. Brigid.  

Imbolc was a time of weather prediction, with people watching to see if serpents, or badgers, came out of their winter dens.  Many think this is a forerunner of our modern day celebration of Groundhog's Day.  Germany, the United Kingdom, and Serbia, all have similar celebrations.  

I, for one, am hoping that Mr. Groundhog does not see his shadow tomorrow.  Seeds are ordered, mental garden plans are in place, and manure arranged appropriately.  

Bring on a cloudy day!  


"The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it."  

Patrick Young   



Comments

  1. Beautiful shot. I must say I am ready for Spring too.

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  2. I had not heard of that, I need a festival this time of year. So glad to see January gone. Our ground has been wet since last fall, I hope we get some dry time before planting comes around. I know where there are a couple groundhog dens are, I will have to watch for them!

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  3. Love that quote, so perfectly true!

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  4. Makes a great picture even if it is cloudy.

    You know that song.

    I love a cloudy day.

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  5. I din't know anything about Imbolc, and that wise quote is simply too true!

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  6. My dear Aunt used to say 'to get the right weather forecast, look out the back door'!

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  7. We have clouds here, if that helps. We'll be watching the Super Bowl today with our sons and their families. Busy day. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. It's cloudy here but we're getting snow tonight! Two more full months or more of winter for us....not even going to think about spring yet!

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  9. Pretty shot- this is a view I see often here. I'm hoping for sunshine..I've decided to quit wishing whole seasons away because time is flying so fast anymore. I just want it to slow down. I think you will have a super garden!

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  10. I welcome also spring, and the days, that are getting longer ... Yes, come sunlight ... the first greens each spring are so pure and filled with life!

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  11. I'm hoping for clouds too. :) Actually, Southern Ontario will be in the throes of a big snowstorm. My area may miss most of it but if we're "lucky" we will still have overcast skies.

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  12. It's cloudy here today...as well. I'm sure hoping that Mr. Groundhog is still sleeping and doesn't wake up to see his shadow.

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  13. Imbolc? I am even part Irish and I have never heard of this. I learn so much on your blog.

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  14. Never heard of that one! As for the groundhog, he won't see his shadow if i shoot him before he comes out of his den! By the way, his den is still under about 3 feet of snow in these parts. :-{

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  15. The lore about of nature's cycles are so interesting! Spring comes late to Colorado, no matter if the groundhog sees his shadow, or not--lol! We can get snow until early June at our altitude. This has not been a bad winter so far weather wise, so I can't complain.

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  16. This is a new one to me too. Lovely photo of the cows.

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  17. I haven't checked to see what happened, but it's certainly a cloudy day here!

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  18. Hello Michelle!:) Here in Portugal we have Nossa Sra das Candeias on the 2nd of Febuary. If it rains tomorrow the winter is finishing, and if it's sunny, winter weather continues. Cute quote Michelle!:=)

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  19. Hi Michelle, I love that quote. It reminds me of something Ben Franklin said ... "Some people are weatherwise, but most are otherwise". John

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  20. I am afraid the groundhog would see his shadow here, however, it is so cold I don't know if he would have the courage to go outside to see.

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  21. Dear Michelle, oh I know this custom - it's fun - hope you had a cloudy day. We celebrate "Maria Lichtmess" today, And from this day now the days becoming realy longer!
    Spring is somewere around!
    All my best and thank you for your nice comment
    Elisabeth

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  22. I have the crock pot ready for the first negative ground hog I see...

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  23. Stay warm. Enjoy this beautiful but frigid weather.

    Velva

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  24. I was wishing for a cloudy day too. I love the quote, it is so true! At least the days as getting longer.. Have a happy new week ahead!

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  25. I think I should have known about The Gaelic Imboloc . . .

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  26. Sorry, Michelle, that the groundhog was not very cooperative and most likely didn't even know about your seed ordering and garden plans. After all groundhogs have no interest in such things :-)

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  27. Very nice shot of the cattle--and I like that quote!

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