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  1. Must be the weather ?
    i have just been reading Nicolsons Gaelic proverbs book which mentions ……

    “The Oisgean or Ewes, called ‘tri la nan Oisgean,’ the three days of the Ewes, or ‘ la nan tri Oisgean,’ the day of the three Ewes,
    were three days immediately following the Cailleach, which would bring them into the third week of April, O.S. The name
    suggests the “three borrowing days” of the Lowlands, but the period and character of the ‘ Oisgean ‘ is quite different. Accord-
    ing to the Lowland tradition (Chamber^ Pop. rhymes of Scotland, pp. 143, 4 ; Book of Days, I., 448) these three days were the last
    of March, and said to be borrowed from April. According to the English version, referred to by Sir Thomas Browne, and thus
    given by Kay, – April borrows three days from March, and they are ill.

    The Stirlingshire version quoted by Chambers gives, as he says, the most dramatic account of this tradition, and seems to throw
    light on the Gaelic name, substituting ‘ hogs ‘ for ‘ ewes,’ though otherwise not satisfactory : —

    March said to Averill,
    ‘ I see three hogs on yonder hill,
    And if you’ll lend me dayis three,
    I’ll find a way to gar them dee ‘ !
    The first o’ them was wind and weet,
    The second o’ them was snaw and sleet,
    The third o’ them was sic a freeze.
    It froze the birds’ feet to the trees ;
    When the three days were past and gane,
    The silly poor hogs cam’ hirplin’ hame. ”

    Alos Interesting that one of the weeks in April was called the cailleach

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