Cowart's Common Room
Sheep and Bleakness

Another beautiful morning, but then sometimes it is the case that a fine May signals a poor summer and vice versa, but the weather is so topsy turvy these years that we may be baked from now until October with water rationed, reservoirs dry, fish dying etc.

Whatever I did observe yesterday as I sat in the Castle Bailey an ash tree and an oak in close proximity. The oak was in full leaf whereas the ash was still sprouting. It reminded me of "If the oak comes before the ash, we shall only have a splash (of rain in the summer) but if the ash comes before the oak then we are truly in for a soak." I suspect that in these parts at least the oak always comes before the ash, but it might be different elsewhere. We could ask Shelagh if she is still around. I miss her posts of sheep and bleakness.

Anyway make of it what you will and have a good and sunny day. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 15th May 2019 - 08:18AM   Posted by Fennie   Sheep and Bleakness Comments: 8

Withy Brook's Avatar I grew up with that saying and still live with it but have never checked it’s veracity! Here this year, the oak we planted on the village green has been in leaf for quite a while. The Ashes are a long way behind. Let’s come back to it at the end of summer and note whether the saying is right!
My wording was/is slightly different- the oak before the ash, we shall have a splash. The ash before the oak we shall have a soak.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 15th May 2019 at 09:01AM

Fennie's Avatar My wording is only half remembered, Withy. Yours is probably correct.

The one I like best and tell to visitors apropos of the Bristol Channel which we can't actually see from here as there is a ridge in the way but could if there wasn't and certainly can if we climb up the Tump, is 'If you can see the other side it means it will rain very soon and if you can't see the other side it means its is raining already.' Not, fortunately, true, especially in summer.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 15th May 2019 at 09:35AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I can't think where there's an ash tree around here to try it out, oaks yes but not ash.
I'm not sure Bradan has anything taller than a small whin bush on the Island Fennie. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th May 2019 at 10:05AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar "Sheep and Bleakness" sounds like a good name for a book about the Hebrides. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th May 2019 at 10:55AM

Fennie's Avatar Maybe after our trip to the Shiants! Very Happy

And ash trees here grow as weeds. Rolling Eyes I'd be delighted to send you one.

Posted by: Fennie on 15th May 2019 at 12:43PM

Withy Brook's Avatar I grew up with the
Cleveland Hills in view to the SE. In our case it was if they were very sharp and seemed near, it would rain but if they were abit ‘furry’ it would be fine.
Now, if I walk up to the wind turbines, I can see Cheviot. Often you can’t see it at all because it has its hat on, so it gives no message. However the sharp and clear/abit furry applies when the cloud base is higher.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 15th May 2019 at 08:55PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Ashes are weeds here too. Before we got rid of several from the hedge behind the house, we spent our time pulling out seedlings!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 15th May 2019 at 08:57PM

Camilla's Avatar Are Ash trees the ones with white bark? and paler green leaves.

Posted by: Camilla on 17th May 2019 at 02:36PM

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