Magpies are lovely fairly large birds, a relative of the crow, which can be frequently spotted anywhere in England. The first time I spotted one, I had been walking with Ashley.
Since I have a habit of pointing out animals to him, it was no surprise that I got really excited over the bright blue-striped birdie. That's when he informed me, however, of the superstition surrounding the magpie. "If you only see one, it's bad luck and if you see two, it's good luck. But it could be the other way around."
Well, it doesn't do much good if you know a superstition all wrong. But luckily my friend Jen, who knows all the old English sayings, gladly informed me:
1 for sorrow
2 for joy
3 for a girl
4 for a boy
5 for silver
6 for gold
7 for secret never told
And if you happen to find yourself face to face with a single lone magpie, you're suppose to say, "Hi, Mr. Magpie, how's the wife and children?" in order to reverse the bad luck. (Aww, what cute little English sayings.)
♡ - Kristen