Yes, my friends, it is Candlemas Day or as it is affectionately known in America, Groundhog day. On this day, we are informed by a sweet little creature called Punxsutawney Phil how long winter will be with us. The Groundhog comes out of his winter hibernation and if he sees his shadow he goes back for another six weeks, but if the day is cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate. Here Phil would not see his shadow. I will be waiting to hear from some of you across the pond what the results are today...
And so for Groundhog Day, here is the pinkeep I made back in 2007.....
"As the light grows longer
The cold grows stronger
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas be cloud and snow
Winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on Candlemas day
Have half his corn and half his hay
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop"