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Party, party, party!
And a wi’ a wee festive bunnit, jest fer the Auld Yin!

Wikipedia:
Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2. It is held in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Is this Wiarton Willie? Is he happy? Is he seeing his shadow? Is he running amok? Film at eleven; count on it. AND Happy Groundhog Day to you, too. Now ponder on this a while: How much ground round would a groundchuck grind, if a groundchuck could grind ground round?

  • Nah. It’s Cornwall Chuck. Seems happy enough. Typical Cornwall, though. Sees his shadow and figures winter’s over, ‘cos the wee bugger slept in and it’s April.
    As far as groundchuck goes – dunno. But I do know 5 lbs of ground hog makes a dandy batch of sausages. Did some on the weekend. Hot Italian. Happy Groundhog Day, eh!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brock Hunter
    Brock Hunterover 4 years ago

    The wee hat tradition continues. I can’t wait for upcoming holidays, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Easter…

  • Many thanks, Brock, Not too sure what to do for V’s Day, but, hey, it’s over a week away. Lotsa time.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    And to you too Mike. I’ve been so busy I haven’t even heard the result!!

  • Thanks, Al. Not too sure myself.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Lynn  Gibbons
    Lynn Gibbonsover 4 years ago

    This is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cheers, Lynn! Thank you most kindly!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerover 4 years ago

    Jings those wee hats again Mike? A wull let yea oaf this time Bonny lad seen’ yea dedicated the bunnets tae me; Ta!
    The Auld Yin.

  • Ta, Auld Yin. Goat a few new styles o’ bunnet in, but A huvtae use up they auld yins first.

    – Mike Oxley

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago

    OH Mike this is brilliant, can I ask what is Groundhog Day? & what is it for we have nothing like that over here.

  • Much appreciated, Malcolm. I have a little fun with these. Anyway, here’s a little blurb about it from Wikipedia:
    “Groundhog Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 2. It is held in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.”
    We use it to lighten up the winter blahs a bit!

    – Mike Oxley

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 4 years ago

    Lol!! I’ve heard that he did not see his shadow in Calgary and Staten Island!! Now the race is on…Spring is in the air!!! Great shot, Mike and the wee hat suits Cornwall Chuck!!

  • Thanks so very much, Deb. Had a bit of a hard time getting the hat on Chuckie Boy, I’ll tell you! Anyway, nice to hear Spring is on the way, Yay!! Now I have to think up something for Feb 14th….

    – Mike Oxley

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago

    Thank you very much for the information Mike I’ve often wondered what it signfied.

  • Cheers, Malcolm! You’re very welcome.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    From CBC.ca, posted at 2.00 p.m. 2/2/10:
    Lovers of snow, sleet and freezing temperatures, rejoice: according to Ontario’s best-known groundhog and his U.S. and Atlantic Canada counterparts, winter will stick around for six more weeks.

    Wiarton Willie reportedly saw his shadow shortly after 8 a.m. ET Tuesday, just 35 minutes after Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in Pennsylvania. In Nova Scotia, Shubenacadie Sam reportedly saw his shadow shortly after 8 a.m. AT.

    Tradition holds that if a woodchuck casts a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says, spring will come early.

    For more

  • Linda Yates
    Linda Yatesover 4 years ago

    I hope he doesn’t see his shadow, I am more than ready for spring! Love the photo mile and the hat adds just the right touch!!

  • Many thanks, Linda, and I really appreciate the addition of this to your favourites! According to the groundhogs and the CBC, we’ve still got 6 more weeks of winter to go. For us up here, that would be a good thing, but it’s still 6 weeks to many!

    – Mike Oxley

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