Wednesday, September 21, 2005

clear moon, frost soon

While I was out in the wilderness foraging for food (aka grocery shopping at the discount supermarket) this morning, I came across a little book of German Bauernregeln, or weather proverbs. I've heard these here and there, but never seen them all compiled into one handy resource. How could I resist?

These ones are organized by month and by season for easy reference and they also include proverbs for the saints' memorial days that are so common in Germany speaking countries. Today, for example is Matthäustag - St. Matthew's Day, and the proverb goes as follows:

Trifft Matthäus stürmisch ein, wird's bis Ostern Winter sein.

(If it's stormy on St. Matthew's Day, winter will last until Easter)

Lucky for us it's brilliant sunshine today. We'll see what tomorrow holds in store, though. The proverb for September 22:

Zeigt sich klar Mauritius, viele Stürm' er bringen muss.

(If St. Mauritius is clear, he'll bring many storms with him)

So if it's sunny tomorrow, we're in for it.

A couple more proverbs for September:

Im September kommt der Regen
Wohl dem Bauern stets gelegen,
Doch wenn er den Winzer trifft,
Ist er grad so gut wie Gift

(Rain in September is the farmer's pleasure but the wine maker's poison)

Septemberdonner prophezeit vielen Schnee zur Weihnachtszeit.

(Thunder in September means a lot of snow at Christmas.)


At September 21, 2005 10:34 p.m., Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

what a cool book.

I don't understand a word of German.... but it sounds

I am a book geek... Oxfam is one of my fav stores

wv: oh snore forever

At September 21, 2005 10:46 p.m., Blogger Crystal said...

Cute proverbs, though they don't make much sense to me ;-)!

At September 21, 2005 11:13 p.m., Blogger christina said...

hippo - we just recently got an Oxfam store in Hannover but I've yet to check it out.

wv: ear decoupage

Crystal - I think they're all pretty old and aren't really supposed to make that much sense.

At September 22, 2005 2:28 a.m., Blogger Hannah said...

People who live in glass houses gather no moss.

At September 22, 2005 8:40 a.m., Anonymous haddock said...

So next year the wine will be crap, and we definately wont have a white Xmas this year! :)

These proverbs are probably more accurate than the German weather forcasters though :)


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