No, we didn't have snow just another lot of rain lasting half the night and all morning - it has to stop soon - Right?
(Thankfully Not as much as other parts of the country when people are still getting their homes ruined again and again, I can't imagine the distress it causes.)
We know about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday but according to my little almanac book each day of this week has a name..................
This was the last day for eating meat. Any fresh meat still available would be sliced and salted to preserve it until after Lent. = A Collop - a Scandinavian word, means a slice of meat.
The last day before Lent when it was customary to make confession. In the past it was a day for merrymaking and fun and feasting on the last of the eggs and butter before Lent fasting
Pancake Tuesday is a very happy day,
If we don't have a holiday we'll all run away,
Where shall we run,up High Lane,
And here comes the teacher with a great big cane.
(a children's rhyme from the past taken from the Cattern Cakes and Lace book)
Lacemakers had to stop using candles on this day, no matter the date or the weather conditions.
The first of the 40 days of abstinence. The word Lent comes from Anglo-Saxon 'lengentide' which means spring or lengthening of the days. Originally only 1 meal a day was eaten during Lent.
Maybe because of the dough fritters that were often eaten in meatless Lent or perhaps using the last of the stored apples dipped in batter?
Once this was the day when boys had the right to kiss girls without being told off !