February Second, 2014! How the time flies!!
This is Ground Hog Day here in Canada and the United States. Wiarton Willie is our local celebrity and today when he pokes his nose outside folklore has it that he will predict how much more winter we are likely to get.
Many Canadians celebrate Groundhog Day by attending festivals, engaging in activities and reading or listening to news about groundhog appearances on February 2. Some Christian churches celebrate Candlemas on this day. Other people mark Groundhog Day as the date to take down their Christmas decorations.
According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
People across Canada will be watching to hear from such forecasters as Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam, Brandon Bob in Manitoba and Balzac Billy in Alberta. And of course in the US it is Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.
This year winter seems to be dragging on far too long for me. It snowed all day yesterday, starting with beautiful, huge flakes. Then as the temperature rose they got smaller and grittier. But looking out this morning, everything is white, pristine and covered in a beautiful deep blanket. Looks like we will be shovelling once again!
FYI, “Buckleberry”, my princely little bear pattern, is back from the printers and ready to go. He is now uploaded onto the web site and on the order form ready for shipping. Teddy bears are apparently a traditional Valentines gift. If you hurry you might be able to get him in time! He is one charming fellow.
So until next time,