Pat Shingleton: "Saying, Weather Sayings"
A recent column noted why brides carried a wedding bouquet to offset June heat and related odors to the baby being the last to bathe and "throwing out the baby with the bath water." When it was raining cats and dogs in the 1500s the animals were actually falling from thatched roofs. Another tidbit from that era was the floor of dirt. Only the wealthy had slate floors and during wet weather a layer of thresh was placed on the slippery surface for better footing. During the winter months, piles of thresh would cover the doorway and once opened, the thresh would spill onto the entryway, creating the word "threshold." In the kitchen a large kettle hung over the fire with the daily task of stoking the fire and adding vegetables to the pot. Leftovers would chill overnight and the process would continue leading to the rhyme: Peas' porridge hot, peas' porridge cold, peas' porridge in the pot nine days old.