Whosoever eats goose on Michaelmas Day
Shall never lack money his debts for to pay.
29th September is one of the Quarter days when farm tenants would pay their rent and farm workers could change jobs.
The traditional meal for the feast on this day was a roast goose, fattened on the stubble fields after harvest.
Another saying for the 29th is
If St Michael brings acorns down, snow will cover the fields at Christmas.
We've already had a lot of windy weather this month and some chilly evenings too
This is the well known poem to remember what to burn...................
Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold
Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.
No mention of Willow which we have a lot of, but stored at the back of the shed for next winter.