Sunday, August 07, 2011

What's it like out? Check the mountain

Many years ago, I stayed with a Bernese family (Therese, where are you now?), whose house had a splendid view of Bern's very own local mountain, the Gurten. After all these years, my brain has managed to retain the rhyme they taught me:
Hat der Gurten einen Hut
Ist das Wetter schรถn und gut.
Hat der Gurten einen Kragen
Darf man nicht vom Hause wagen.
It's probably more reliable than hanging out a piece of seaweed, something which I imagine is a rare commodity anyway in Switzerland.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You'll doubtless recall the following:
"If you can see the Isle of Wight from Hengistbury Head, it be goin' to rain. If you can't see the Isle of Wight from Hengistbury Head, it be already rainin'"

Nea said...

What does the seaweed do?

Here we put out a pine cone:
wet cone = rain
dry cone = dry
white on top = snow
can't see cone = fog
moving cone = windy
jumping cone = earthquake
cone gone = tornado

Nea said...

What does the seaweed do?

Here we put out a pine cone:
wet cone = rain
dry cone = dry
white on top = snow
can't see cone = fog
moving cone = windy
jumping cone = earthquake
cone gone = tornado

Old Scrote said...

Kelp, for example, shrivels and feels dry in fine weather, but swells and becomes damp if rain is in the air. Otherwise, as for your pine cone.