Weather lore: The Borrowed Days

Borrowed Days

The month of March which is noted for its winds has passed, as the saying goes “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” and this year it seems to have been so. The month of April started yesterday and this month is known for its showers, which along with March is covered in the rhyme “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.”

However the first few days of April are known as the Borrowed Days (la Riabhόg) and as legend has it, they are fraught with bad weather. This is all due to an old brindled or striped cow, who kicked up her heels and mocked the passing month of March that she had lived through the winter and nothing now could kill her. So for punishment for her insolence, March begged nine days from April.

Three days for fleecing the blackbird

Three days to punish the stonechat

And three days to skin the old brown cow.

fleece the Blackbird

I know why the old brown cow needed punishment but why the blackbird and stonechat, I know not.


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