Weather Lore

We are very fortunate to have numerous broad leaf trees growing in the grounds of Scoil Eoin. Since Easter we have paid several visits to the trees to monitor the arrival of new leaves. We were hoping that the leaves on the Oak tree would open before the Ash tree.
The buds on the Ash tree are beginning to open.

Have you heard the old rhyme?

Oak before Ash then we'll have a splash.
Ash before Oak then we'll have a soak.

 Unfortunately the pictures show that the Ash tree has won the race this year. We hope that the message in the rhyme will not come true otherwise we will have a fairly wet summer.

The buds on the Oak tree will not open for at least another week


  1. Dear Fifth Class,

    I have never heard that expressions before. :-) I live in California, and it has been quite hot this week. In fact, the hot dry air has contributed to some brush fires that are burning right now.

    We had a Google HangOut with a class in the state of Nebraska on Thursday, and it was snowing there! What a world!

    Here is a link to a photo of a liquid amber tree in my backyard:


    Do you have this type of tree where you live?

    I'd love to use your photo of the ash leaves on our class photo-of-the-day blog. It is the blog where you'll find my liquid amber tree. If you allow me to use it, who should I credit with the photo?

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    My pupils will be delighted when they hear that you commented on our blog. We visited you class blog some time ago and they were amazed at the number of visitors that you had.

    There are many specimens of your Liquid Amber tree around Ireland. People select it as an ornamental tree for its magnificent autumnal colors and also because the leaves remain on the tree much longer that most of the other trees.

    You are most welcome to use the photo of the ash leaves.You can credit it to
    M Purcell. By the way the wood of the ash tree is used to make hurleys the sticks used to play hurling(men) and camogie(women). Hurling is the national game of Ireland and reputed to be the fastest game in the world.

    Yours sincerely
    Ms. Purcell

  3. AnonymousMay 19, 2013

    Hello again to Fifth Class, Scoil Eoin and your Teacher,

    We were very interested in this post.
    We think there is a lot of wisdom in these traditional sayings.
    We often look out for
    'red sky at night, shepherds' delight;
    red sky at dawn, shepherd's warn.'

    We can see the Sugar Loaf mountain from the window of our classroom.
    We say that if you can see the mountain clearly,
    it is going to rain...
    and if you can't see the mountain,
    it is already raining ;)

    With every good wish,
    2nd Class Room 6 and their Teacher Merry Beau