Posted: 27/12/2016 at 16:04
Here's hoping that you had a lovely Christmas Weekend, and a white one in Scotland -How lucky you are despite the wind and cold I saw featured on UK weather -I would love a white Xmas again. Seems the best we can do here in Normandy is the odd sparkly frost. We get really good snow every 5-7yrs when we are really hemmed in and I love every moment of it -they say that you like the weather according to the month that you were born. Being a December baby -perhaps that is the reason I love Winter regardless of the weather. O/H born in June prefers early Summer. Does this work for you?
Anyway, Lunar Calenders and Bio Books opened on Xmas Day and gosh there's alot to read based on new scientific findings. Certainly enough to take us well into next year. The general weather indications for 2017 show a North wind bearing down on us regularly throughout the year, a warm Spring, a hot Summer and a wet and variable Autumn. A particularly good month will be May with heavy storms predicted for July and a hot August. January will see temperatures higher than the norm but wet and foggy. Snow is forecast between 9-13th and a colder windier end to the month, seems to be the prediction from all sources.
Something new to me has been suggested in the Newsletter of our local French Bio-Dynamic Group:- There is an old French saying that you can judge the weather for the year ahead from the weather between Christmas Day & Twelfth Night. What you have to do is choose a specific time of day - say 11am every day and note the weather (Not the temperature) between 24th December & 6th January. In theory the weather in January will correspond to 24 -25th December, the weather in February will correspond to 25th-26th December. The weather in March will correspond to 26-27th December. The weather in April will correspond to the 27-28th December and so on and so on for the 12 months.
I think that I might give this a try -certainly never heard of it before -Have you?
The Lunar Calender up until 1st January with the Moon ascending is clearly aimed at people with heated greenhouses - If the temperature is no less than 10 degrees sow radish and carrots, and if mild outside continue planting onions, shallots and garlic in frames. My Japanese Onions have slowed down a little but are nice and sturdy. I have re-labelled the potted goodies as ink had faded despite being 'permanent'!
So there we are -the end of another Lunar Calender Year. With 54,000 views on this Thread to date -I would love to continue - Shall we?? - There must be more of you out there interesting in commenting -Be brave, we can all learn from each other -That is what the Forum is for - and it's a great hobby!
Anyway -Happy New Year everyone and all the best for 2017 in and out of the Garden.
(Oh the Vegan Cake met with great success - Just a little Italian number I rustled up!!)