Alberta, Canada’s Balzac Billy saw his shadow and scurried back into his burrow – sigh, six more weeks of winter for me.
Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and Ontario’s Wiarton Willie both failed to see their shadows, so Canada’s east coast should see an early spring. My siblings that live to the east of me are probably laughing and dancing around their wood stoves this morning. I don’t know if British Columbia has a special groundhog, but they always seem to have spring earlier than the rest of us, so my family and friends that live there are probably okay too. And to add insult to injury, my siblings on both coasts have either the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean close by … rolling hills and mountains … beautiful forests and lakes … why on earth did I ever move to Alberta, you ask? Long story for another post, but I really, really want to move back to BC – I am so not a prairie girl!
Well, it’s actually a beautiful, sunny day here in Alberta, but really cold again – think I’ll hunker back down in my burrow for awhile – another six weeks maybe!
By the way, Groundhog Day was inspired by an old Scottish couplet: “If Candlemas Day is bright and clear / There’ll be two winters in the year.”
Happy Groundhog Day, everyone! May Spring be sprung soon for you, wherever you have your burrow!
- Groundhog Day – Why Do We Love it So Much? (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Groundhog Day: Shubenacadie Sam, Wiarton Willie predict early spring (canada.com)
- Groundhog Day: Wiarton Willie sees early spring ahead (thestar.com)
- Groundhog Day 2012 cheat sheet, from Wiarton Willie to Punxsutawney Phil (news.nationalpost.com)