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Old 17-06-2010, 18:36   #31
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ConradG - you also get a lot of FREE methane for the generator
Cooking and lights! (I'm eating my beans for dinner right now-that helps too! but cows certainly can be providers..when you're milking, all hunched down there and adjusting the cups and old bessie lets one out it can be hard to get air! Way better than bong hits)

"long foretold, long last
short notice' soon past"

" when the glass is low, prepare for a blow
when it rises high, let topsails fly"

"when the rain's before the wind
halyards, sheets and preventers mind,
when the wind's before the rain,
soon you'll make sail again."

"sound traveling far and wide,
a stormy day will betide"
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Old 17-06-2010, 18:44   #32
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Conrad - your poems are going into my learning book. Great stuff thanks
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Old 17-06-2010, 18:52   #33
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There's more....

Of course" red sky at night, sailor's delight
red sky in the morning, sailor take warning" which was slightly butchered previously

and it's kin "evening red and morning grey are certain signs of a fine day"

The farther the sight, the nearer the rain"

Those aren't that good a rhyme but none the less.
So here's one that does..sort of

"mackerel sky, 12 hours dry,
the higher the clouds the finer the weather,
when clouds appear like rocks and towers
the earth's refreshed by frequent showers"
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There's more....

Of course" red sky at night, sailor's delight
red sky in the morning, sailor take warning" which was slightly butchered previously

and it's kin "evening red and morning grey are certain signs of a fine day"

The farther the sight, the nearer the rain"

Those aren't that good a rhyme but none the less.
So here's one that does..sort of

"mackerel sky, 12 hours dry,
the higher the clouds the finer the weather,
when clouds appear like rocks and towers
the earth's refreshed by frequent showers"
Here's another: Mackerel Skies and Mares' Tails, Make Tall Ships carry Small Sails. T
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I've seen the pictures in books, so I know what "mackerel sky" means, but never really understood why it was called that.
I like all the poems though!
Around here, it's really hot. I find that the position of the cows (and horses too) is an excellent indicator of where there is shade.
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Old 17-06-2010, 21:38   #36
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"does the red sky saying hold any truth?"

In my experiance it usually works if your sailing east on the ocean
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I've seen the pictures in books, so I know what "mackerel sky" means, but never really understood why it was called that...
A “mackerel sky” is “patterned with cirrocumulus or small altocumulus clouds.”
Which (are supposed to) appear similar to the pattern on a mackerel's back.
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Old 18-06-2010, 04:24   #38
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Can't belive I ead this.Funny though will cook a roast today.marc
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And to add to the invaluable knowledge of cows:

Do you know why they put bells on cows?
Because their horns don't work :-)

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Fannys to the wind

Read an article re wind which stated all the cows had their fannys to the wind. This would support the original poster in the States and Cananda but would be completely wrong in the UK and SA where the F-word has an opposite meaning
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Old 18-06-2010, 05:49   #41
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On the St.Lawrence River we use shad flies in May to show wind direction.Clouds of them travelling along in the breeze.It's really neat to see the vortex off the leech of the main made up of a few thousand fishy smelling flies.Sails and hull are covered with them and when you tack a shower of flies invades the cockpit.

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red sky in the morning indicates the low is to the west and hasn't made it here yet. In the evening it indicates it has passed...that's the theory anyway, refraction at low angles through moisture in the air... and it quite often is true. As are most of these little jingles. I guess that's why they've been passed down through the ages...
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Since we are on topic, anyone know a classic good sailing weather book that talks about sailing strategy and tactics with weather systems in blue water? Not "Heavy Weather Sailing" or storm survival management. Maybe a race book?
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Do cows always face down wind?

No, but most cruising sailors do...

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Just finished a really good sirloin steak.Don't mind being downwind of the barby!
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