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Thread #80794 Message #1476641
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
02-May-05 - 02:48 PM
Thread Name: Hooray Hooray May Day
Subject: RE: Hooray Hooray May Day
In the UK it's "Ne'er cast a clout (vest or undershirt) till May be out" meaning the may flowers or hawthorn. For the first time in a long while, the may was not out this weekend, but the rhododendrons were. I can't remember what that means weather-wise, but I'm keeping me big knickers to hand!
Flanders and Swann put it more succinctly... from the 'Song of the Weather' - "Farmers fear unkindly May, frost by night and hail by day!"