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February 2, 2012


I saw my shadow and it was a big one. It looks like this will be a year when l’hiver prend vigueur*.  Not that surprising since we haven’t had much winter to speak of so far.  A thermometer close to the house says 2°C and there is a north wind chill factor.  It might end up like in 2009.

Maybe we will heat up the bilig and make some crêpes tonight.  One does not flip a bilig, but I prefer the thin crispy crêpes.  Photos in a previous entry in case you don’t know what a bilig is or what a proper crêpe looks like.  Well,…. actually these were green. 

*Winter gathers its forces, becomes vigorous.

February 02, 2007

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So far today, the sky is unevenly gray with a light drizzle falling. Maybe a drizzle is by definition light? As husband passed in front of a white wall, I did see his shadow, but I don’t know yet if I will see my own.

Since I’ve been living in France I have realized there is a more to this day than a rodent in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. There are many religious and secular traditions associated with February 2nd. People flip crepes with a gold piece in their other hand. Success ensures success! In case of failure, if the floor isn’t too dirty, you can still eat the crepe. It is also the day (supposedly) Jesus was presented at the temple (Simon and Anna). It is the midpoint between Dec. 21 and March 21. There is a French saying, A La Chandeleur, l’hiver meure ou prend vigeur. At Candlemas, winter dies or gathers its forces.

I have to wait ’til after lunch to see what Punxsutawney Phil has to say, due to the time difference.