Last night on the weather report, we were reminded that it was Les Saints de Glace and to expect frosty weather. It was icy during the night – maybe this phenomenon is true? Ever since the middle ages, farmers seek the help of the Ice Saints to guard their crops from the frosts that can occur of the 11th (Saint Mamert), 12th (Saint Pancrace) and 13th (Saint Servais) of May. The weather seems to be warming up and then it seems Winter returns for these few days. People do protect their plants over this time. These dates coincide with a change in the moon known as a Lune Rousse (Red Moon), when the risk of frost is strong. For 2013 this period starts on the 10th April and finishes the 9th May. The term ‘rousse’ comes from ‘roussir’ meaning to scorch or turn brown. We will see over tonight and tomorrow night if the Saints are correct! I’m happy it’s not Saint Sylvain who brings the frost!
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