Marie’s May Article

What a lot of rain we had in April.  As we went shopping Rabbit Lane was nearly always closed off because of flooding but still the fly tippers managed to get down and deposit their rubbish.

I found a book called “The book of hints and wrinkles”.  I have no idea when it was published but it must have been many, many years ago because the income of a family with 3 children was £4 per week. Also the women of the house didn’t go out to work once they were married.  This book must have been before the N.H.S. as the fee for a midwife was £2 for the first confinement and £3 for subsequent ones.  It’s no wonder most women had their babies at home as they also had to pay for a hospital bed.  How lucky we are to have the N.H.S.

There was also a chapter headed “Informing the bees”.  Bees were often referred to as “The little servants of God” or “The little messengers of God”.  It stresses that one of the most important tasks of any beekeeper was to keep his bees informed of the latest news because they were part of the family.  If someone died the bees had to be told by someone tapping gently on the hive with a front door key, and explaining what had happened so as not to make the bees angry.  The bees were also told of weddings and christenings.  I suppose we would call this an old wife’s tale but I suppose in those days the beekeepers felt it was better to be safe than sorry.

Some words penned by Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of one of America’s Presidents: To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.  Anger is only one letter short of danger.  Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

Marie Cove.