Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Ne'er cast a clout ....

...  'til May be out.

This is an Olde English adage dating from at least 1732.  There seems to be unanimity that the phrase is ambiguous between referring to the month of May or the appearance of blossom on the May tree (Hawthorn = Crategus sp).  As the May flowers in late April - mid May there is probably little effective difference in the two definitions.

Basically what it means is don't get your kit off until the weather warms up.

In the Southern hemisphere the equivalent to the month of May is November, which is at least 4 months away.  Also, the Crategus is nowhere near out, in the sense of being in flower:
It doesn't even have any leaves.  A few berries (the local fructivores have been active on most of the crop) and some raindrops are the best around.

So humans shouldn't drop the daks any time soon, despite the strange timing of an Acacia dealbata flowering quite strongly at the moment.
Keeping up with the Pommie adages one could add to "One swallow doesn't make a Summer" with "neither does a single Silver Wattle".

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