Bee Tales


BeeTales

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BagpipesSCOTLAND: There was an old belief that early on Christmas Morning all bees would leave their hives, swarm, and then return. Many old Scots tell tales of having witnessed this happening, though no-one can explain why. One explanation is that bees get curious about their surroundings, and if there is unexpected activity they will want to check it out to see if there is any danger. As people were often up and about on Christmas night observing various traditions, or just returning from the night services, the bees would sense the disturbance and come out to see what was going on.

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IrishIRELAND: An Irish legend is that honey bees celebrate the Nativity by waking up from their winter sleep and humming a song of praise to Christ. Unfortunately, only those who have led a blameless life could hope to hear their song, which is said to be the 100th psalm, that is perhaps why no-one can be found who has heard this.

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EnglishENGLAND: English farmers used to put sprigs of holly on their beehives. On the first Christmas, they believed, the bees hummed in honour of the Christ Child. Early texts also state that Britain was known as the “Island of Honey” and that the Beehive was considered to be an example of orderly British society. On the Isle of Man, it was considered a capital offence to steal Bees.

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ScandinavianSCANDINAVIA The Bee was also worshiped in Scandinavian cultures, such as Finland, where the insect is thought to transport the prayers of ordinary people up to the creator in the sky. Several Countries, including Poland had a tradition at Advent and, in some homes, on Christmas Eve, of pouring melted bees wax into a dish of cold water, and fortunes were told from the shapes which emerge.

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Gardens
GARDENS Coriander is supposed to be used by bees – it helps them rub off mites. Sage can be a spring cleanser for bees. A feed of 5kg of honey with a tea brewed for 20 mins in 5 ltrs of water, 14 tsps sage, 4 tsps thyme, 4 tsps chamomile. Warm this to around 65. c. They do say that to help with the bee’s health, it’s important to have growing in the garden, anise-hyssop, catnip, purple loosestrife, majoram, motherwort and mint.
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DumbledoreDUMBLEDORE: Most people will have heard of professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter books. Apparently, the author used the word dumbledore, which is an early English dialect word for a bee, as she imagined Professor Dumbledore wandering round humming to himself.

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Shakespeare

SHAKESPEARE This verse is from Shakespeare’s Henry V For so work the honey-bees, Creatures that by a rule in nature teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom They have a king and officers of sorts; Where some, like magistrates, correct at home, Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad, Others, like soldiers, armèd in their stings, Make boot upon the summer’s velvet buds; Which pillage they with merry march bring home To the tent-royal of their emperor Who, busied in his majesty, surveys The singing masons building roofs of gold, The civil citizens kneading up the honey, The poor mechanic porters crowding in Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate, The sad-eyed justice with his surly hum Delivering o’er to executors pale The lazy yawning drone. I this infer . . .