Romance And The Farmer’s Almanac


Have you ever flipped through the pages of a farmer’s almanac? These things are crazy prescient when it comes to predicting the weather. Instead of oft-wrong computer models we usually rely on, the information inside an almanac is culled from centuries of observing nature–and go way beyond ‘red sky in the morning, take warning’ sayings.


The width of color bands on woolly caterpillars can predict the harshness of winter accurately 80% of the time. Or noticing how high off the ground a bees nest in a tree is can hint at the coming winter. That, along with a whole host of signs and signals in nature, can be found in an almanac. How cool is that?

An almanac doesn’t just contain information about the weather–but is full of planting guides, recipes, folklore, and stargazing tips. But does it say anything about love?

harvestYep! From courting according to moon lore, to a plethora of time-honored tips for finding a mate (“pluck a stalk of yarrow and stick it up your nose. If a drop of blood appears, your love is true”…or “place a snail in a pan of cornmeal, and the tracks it makes will spell your true love’s initials“), a farmer’s almanac can lead the way to love and romance (“in Elizabethan times, prunes were so highly regarded as aphrodisiacs that they were served for free in brothels.”)


And such information is especially helpful in these long weeks between Groundhog Day and the First Day of Spring.

Or you could read romance novels. That would work, too.


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Living so close to Nashville has provoked Bella to take up fiddle lessons. Until her tunes no longer sound like amorous alley cats, she writes romance with a touch of weird. Visit her at
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11 Responses to Romance And The Farmer’s Almanac

  1. E. Ayers says:

    I hope everyone has enjoyed Bella’s fun-laced posts because this will be her last one as an Author of Main Street. We are all sad to say goodbye to her. She’s striking out on her own with her paranormal books. Being an author is never static, and Bella is also a busy wife and mother, which means she’s juggling a lot of balls – mostly basketball-sized ones. We wish her much success, and we know everyone will miss her on Main Street.

    Sending lots of hugs and good vibes for continued success because a touch of weird is a good thing!.

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  2. Joan Reeves says:

    Bella, I will certainly miss you. Was this forecast by the moon phases? *g* I always buy a Farmer’s Almanac every year. It’s a nice little compendium with tons of homespun wisdom. Good luck with all your wonderful books.

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  3. leighmorgan1 says:

    Yarrow and snails and prunes…oh my. Interesting! I haven’t read a Farmer’s Almanac in over a decade. Think I’ll be checking one out for the grins. Thanks for the smile, Bella. 🙂

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  4. Carol says:

    Bella, you’ll be sorely missed. I wish you much success in your coming accomplishments. Loved the post. I wouldn’t want to put anything up my nose to find out if my love was true. Other ways to find out. 🙂 Please keep in touch and let us know how you’re doing.

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  5. Jill James says:

    Love the post, Bella. Will miss you and your wit!


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