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Months of the year

If grass grows well in January - it'll not grow lush for the whole year.

If a February brings no rain - it's neither good for grass or grain.

When there's a mist in March -  there'll be a frost in May.

April showers - brings forth the flowers.

Cast not a clout - until May is out. (Wear no Summer clothes until the blossom on the hawthorn smells sweet.)

A swarm of bees in June - is worth a silver spoon. A swarm of bees in July isn't worth a fly.

Await 15th July in anticipation -  for it is St Swithin's Day and if it should rain then so shall it remain for 40 days thereafter.

If August the 24th is clear and fair - there's hope for a prosperous Autumn that year.

If the 1st of September is a glorious day - then the month shall be fair.

When October is bright - see a starry night.

If ice forms on the pond in November that can't be cracked by the duck -  then the rest of the year will have sludge and muck!

December is deceptive - wrap yourself up and have plenty of sleep lest you be carried off before the New Year doth creep.

 

Wisdom & Health

'Twas a fool that once said a prayer to a rag, a bone and a hank of hair. (Never judge a person by the way they look.)

Still waters run deep.                                                                 [Sometimes the saying below is quoted instead.]                                                         A slow river may be deeper than it looks. (There may be more to a person than what is visible.)

After your fling - Watch for the sting.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

After dinner rest awhile - after supper walk a mile. Rest after eating lunch to digest food properly - but for health's sake move the body after later meals and do not sleep on a full stomach!

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!

Birds of a feather, flock together. A person may be judged by the company he keeps.

Beware of the smile that is paid for.

A whistling woman, a crowing hen - is neither good for God nor men.

Never despise a person that's wise - for with wisdom comes safety, happiness and contentment.  Seek knowledge and you may also be fulfilled.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Be content with what you know you can have and not go after the improbable.

 

Portends - Good & Bad

It never rains but it pours. One bad experience is often followed by another.

Marry in May and rue the day. It is said that often people who get married in the month of May do not stay together. 

The most painful cuts are often made with a blunt knife. The truth often hurts.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Something good may come unexpectedly even whilst experiencing a bad event.

The best things in life are free. You cannot buy happiness.

If cows lie down in hay then rain will fall that day. Cows can sense when rain is due.

Red sky at night, shepherd's delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning. Red sky at night signifies a fair day will follow but red sky in the morning means the weather, that day, will be bad.

 

The Obscure

It is said that he who glances too often at his own reflection will leave it behind him when he has gone.