Pholklore, Phact & Phiction – Weather Lore


lion by wildlifeart 89
Photo courtesy of Wildlifeart89 in WetCanvas Reference Library

The month of March will arrive tomorrow all around the world. Perhaps it is already March 1st in your corner of the world. There is a popular saying…

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.
If March comes in like a lamb, it will go out like a lion.”

lamb by rhaynes
Photo courtesy of Rhaynes on Morgue File

“Weather lore is the body of informal folklore related to the prediction of the weather. It has been a human desire for millennia to make accurate weather predictions. Oral and written history is full of rhymes, anecdotes, and adages meant to guide the uncertain in determining whether the next day will bring fair or foul weather.” ~ Wikipedia

Listed below are a few weather related bits of wisdom and folly. Do you know which are which? You can find out more here: Weather Lore

When Clouds Look Like Black Smoke, a Wise Man Will Put On His Cloak.

Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.

No weather is ill, if the wind be still.

When halo rings the moon or sun, rain’s approaching on the run.

When windows won’t open, and the salt clogs the shaker, the weather will favour the umbrella maker!

A summer fog for fair, A winter fog for rain. A fact most everywhere, In valley or on plain.

When sounds travel far and wide, A stormy day will betide.

A coming storm your shooting corns presage, And aches will throb, your hollow tooth will rage.


Phacts – Tuesday Trivia/Little Known Phacts in the life of Vincent Van Gogh


Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh was a Christian Evangelist before he became an artist? Van Gogh had such empathy for the poor villagers he gave away his clothing.


“I knew him some forty-five years ago in the Borinage where he was an evangelist (not a pastor, as he had no theological degree). Faced with the destitution he encountered on his visits, his pity had induced him to give away nearly all his clothes; his money had found its way into the hands of the poor, and one might say that he had kept nothing for himself. His religious sentiments were very ardent, and he wanted to obey the words of Jesus Christ to the letter.” M. Bonte

This excerpt was taken from the article titled the Van Gogh’s Letters

Another controversial fact revealed in recent years is the theory that the suicide of Van Gogh was a fabrication to protect the person/persons who accidentally shot him.

The Death of Vincent Van Gogh is an excellent article on this subject.

The television show “Sixty Minutes” presented a very compelling episode on this same subject.

Although time has drawn the curtain on the true facts ever being known, Van Gogh’s paintings will forever be center stage as some of the world’s very best works of art.