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  • crisped greens for jour de la marmotte.

    Today is Groundhog Day. Obviously not in Australia; I have never even seen a groundhog, nor did I think their name-day was anything more than an old Bill Murray movie. 

    But Groundhog Day is a real thing that happens on the second day of the second month of the year. If it is cloudy when the groundhog emerges from his burrow on this day, the spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will see his shadow, presumably get scared and run back into his burrow, thus winter will persist for six weeks more. There is some bizarro folklore around the world, certainly. I think my favourite thing about Groundhog Day is how it sounds in French, the Jour de la Marmotte.