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The Horsemen and the Ice Saints - a little story.

tui34tui34 Posts: 3,444
I decided to plants 6 green pepper plants yesterday in the cool calm of the morning.  By 4pm the winds had got up to around 70 kmph.  They increased in strength throughout the evening.  The horsemen had arrived!!!  The French call them "Les Cavaliers" and they ride across the sky breaking new growth as they pass.  This could go on for the next couple of days.  Next, are the Ice Saints called "Les Saintes Glaces" which are St. Mamertus on the 11th May,  Saint Pancras on the 12th May and Saint Servatius on the 13th May.  These cheeky saints will see us with a drop in temperature and maybe frost.  Old timers would use these weather precautions before planting summer crops - now with global warming it seems unlikely.  My French father-in-law has already planted his tomatoes, so I can take that he is not worried about the Ice Saints!!   I hope you enjoyed this little story.  There are lots more idioms and expressions about the weather and planting.  Have a good afternoon!
A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

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  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,691
    Excellent tuikowhai. I enjoyed that. Any more? Don’t the French have a similar expression to the one pansyface quoted but in your case it is avril? Isn’t there a rather vivid simile in French which puts heavy rain and bulls in the same sentence?
    Rutland, England
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,444
    Don't know about the heavy bulls - but "Au mois d'avril, ne decouvre pas un fil."  Although - "Au mois de mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît!"  In the month of May, do as you please.  But I have since changed it to "Au mois de mai, reste confiné!"  
    Thank you for your interest.

    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,691
    Sorry, cows not bulls. I was not thinking straight.
    Il pleut comme une vache qui pisse.
    Rutland, England
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,444
    Yes, that means it's raining cats and dogs - in general.  But we are on the subject of the spring idioms and expressions.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,444
    Yes, I am from NZ but been living in France since 1990.  Late hubby French to the core!!
    I enjoy it here.  Good weather - I like the European style of living.  
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,444
    So did you put that or something else? 
    NZ is certainly handling things well during this Covid-19.  Seems that having a young feminine PM with a young daughter and a stay-at-home husband is good for NZ.   
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,444
    Maybe one day you will return for a visit.  
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    In Welsh, it rains "old ladies and sticks".  
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,444
    Maybe we could get an Irish expression.   Quite often in NZ we say - It's teeming" .
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,334
    My granny teemed vegetables. She also wet the tea.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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