Les saints de glace

Despite the fact that I have so much to blog about after 10 days of hard work down in France I just couldn’t resist to reblog this episode by fellow blogger FranceSays. It gives you some of that detailed knowledge that really makes you ”know” a country well. The link in the text to the article in lesgrappes.com is also worth a read!

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We had snow the other day. Not precisely in our village but just a few hundred metres above on the foothills.

This seemingly surprising meteorological phenomenon is not as unusual as it seems. The French hold great store in old proverbs and folklore when it comes to the weather. Les anciens, the old timers who have been around long enough to know better, will not take sayings like ‘En Mai, fais ce qu’il te plâit‘ too much to heart. They will rather think of ‘Les saints de glace’ and be wary of planting or ‘uncovering by a thread‘ until after they have safely passed.

Les saints de glace, or the ice saints in English aka St. Mamertus, St. Pancras (or Boniface) and St. Servatius, are the saints whose birthdays fall from May 11 to 13, dates which are thought to correspond to a time…

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