Happy Groundhog Day

I can’t believe that it is February.  Time is flying by.  And I almost forget about Groundhog Day.  The second of February is a holiday in the United States and Canada.  According to legend, if a groundhog comes out of his hole and sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter.  If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will arrive early.  The biggest Groundhog Day celebration is in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  Crowds up to 40,000 people come out for the celebration.   The first reference of Groundhog Day in the US is in an 1841 diary kept by James Morris of Berks County, Pennsylvania.  I’m looking forward to my first spring in London so I’m hoping for good news today.

I don’t have any pictures of a groundhog in my collection.  However, I do have a couple of photos of an agouti, a small rodent, that ran by me once in Honduras.  He was quite shy and I only snapped two photos.  Unfortunately, that was the last that I saw of him and I was never able to get a better shot.

 

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
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32 Responses to Happy Groundhog Day

  1. niasunset says:

    “Happy Groundhog Day”… I haven’t known this day before… I can’t believe too how passed the time… But we all miss the spring… Thank you dear TBM, have a nice and enjoyable day, with my love, nia

  2. Happy Groundhog Day to you too TBM! I always find GD kind of humorous where I live because even 6 weeks would be an incredibly early Spring for us. It’s not unusual for us to get snow in April! This year has been a very unusual Winter so far though, so you never know. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      When I first moved from California to Colorado I was amazed when it snowed in May. That seemed so unreal to me. But you are right, the weather is anything but normal this year. Who knows what will happen.

  3. happy groundhog day! wish it was a stat holiday from work… ha ha .. waiting to hear if Wiarton Willie sees his shadow or not.. ha ha soooo scientific 🙂

  4. Nice! I didn’t know about Groundhog day (except for that reference to the movie) – thanks for educating me. Cute photos!

  5. frizztext says:

    “Groundhog Day”… I haven’t known this day before 🙂

  6. Robyn says:

    I forgot it’s groundhog day! Nice photos by the way.

  7. The Hook says:

    You weren’t able to get a better shot?
    Those shots were AWESOME!

  8. buddhafulkat says:

    The agouti is super cute – a plump little guy. Looking forward to your ground hog day pics. Little things like this make me miss home a bit, but in a good way.

  9. Kristina says:

    Happy Groundhog Day 🙂 we have the same day back home in Lithuania, we don’t really celebrate it 😀

  10. Fergiemoto says:

    That’s an interesting looking creature. Winter is being wishy washy this year. I don’t mind six more weeks if we can get a few more decent snowstorms. We really need the snow.

  11. Paige S. says:

    You’ve lived in Honduras and London? You really get around! Sounds great. Love the picture of the little guy.

    • TBM says:

      I’ve only visited Honduras…but it would be a fantastic place to live. I do live in London. I recently moved from the US. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. wolke205 says:

    Groundhogs are so incredible cute…But I hope Phil was just joking..I mean, come on…6 more weeks of winter?? lol We have temperatures around -15c here, I m so tired of it 😉

    Hugs & Happy Groundhog Day 🙂

    • TBM says:

      -15c…that doesn’t sound pleasant at all! For your sake, I hope Phil is wrong and spring is just around the corner. Have a great night!

  13. T.F.Walsh says:

    All I know about Groundhog day is what I’ve seen on movies:) The pics are adorable:)

    • TBM says:

      I think that is all most people know about Groundhog Day. I would be curious to attend one of the celebrations some day to witness all the hoopla.

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