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Thursday, August 26, 2004

Five sevens

Everything my grandma taught me about nature had something to do with the number seven. She passed away more than 30 years ago, but here are a five bits of her wisdom as I recall them:

  1. Every seven years the maple tree sheds its spinners (seeds) in massive abundance.
  2. It takes seven years before you can harvest a really good crop of asparagus.
  3. From the time you first hear the buzzing of the locusts, it will be seven weeks until fall weather.
  4. From the first time you see a caterpillar crossing the road, there will be seven weeks until autumn (presumably autumn on the actual calendar since the caterpillars don’t cross the road until well after the first locusts are heard).
  5. When you find seven spiders in the rain barrel, expect an early fall.

Lore.

Posted by Marie at August 26, 2004 12:49 PM

Comments

Maybe they meant seven months because way back in April I saw a caterpillar in the road. Same as the one in the picture on this page:

http://radio.weblogs.com/0101365/2004/04/10.html#a1074

By the way, thanks for your comments!

Posted by: Chris at August 28, 2004 2:30 PM