I’ve only ever been to one car boot sale in my life. I love to sleep and car boots mean getting up before the dawn chorus! Every year, Wimbledon Stadium held a huge boot sale on a bank holiday Monday – and it lasted all day. At the time I live a short bus ride away so one year four of us went to have a mooch around. We decided beforehand to buy everyone a gift at no more than £1 each. That meant when we returned, we’d all have three presents each to open.
It was a great day, lots of sunshine and plenty of knick-knacks to choose from. When we got home, my presents were a wooden set of fruit forks, a pack of Australian playing cards and a rabbit’s foot keyring.
I never used the forks, still have the playing cards and was appalled at the rabbit’s foot. It went straight in the bin once my friends had gone! A rabbit’s foot is a lucky charm meant to bring good luck – although, it didn’t bring much luck to the rabbit it belonged to! This belief has been around for a very long time all over the world. If you wish to read more about it, this Wiki link is informative.
What other nature-themed charms are there? Below are a handful, some you’ll be familiar with, others not so.
Four-leaf clover. Clovers usually have three leaves, but every so often (approximately 1 in every 10,000) one will have four leaves and these are deemed lucky. Each leaf represents something different: the first is faith; the second is hope; the third is love and the fourth is luck.
Crickets, especially on the hearth. Crickets have been a symbol of wealth and good luck for a long time. The reason may be because crickets chirp happily, bringing us happiness when we hear them They are mentioned in Shakespeare’s play Henry IV:
Sirrah, Falstaff and the rest of the thieves are at the door: shall we be merry?
As merry as crickets, my lad.
Albatrosses. Sailors are superstitious about these birds and it is considered very unlucky to kill one. The famous poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is all about the albatross.
Bananas. Staying in the oceans, having bananas on board a fishing boat is considered unlucky. Why? I have no idea!
Cats. On the other hand, sailors will welcome cats on board their ship as these are thought to bring luck. Possibly because they catch rats & mice who will happily eat through a ship’s supply of grain and gnaw at ropes causing untold damage to the vessel.
There are many more plants and animals thought to bring good (or bad!) luck – if you think of one let Education Quizzes know in the comments box below.