Telling The Bees

George Morley writes in Shakespeare's Greenwood: The Customs of the Country (1900) of the curious tradition of "telling the bees":

I don't have any bees, but I guess I could try "telling the gopher" that lives in my front yard.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 27, 2012
     Category: Animals | Customs | Superstition

I've heard of this and don't find it much different than folks talking to the weeds flowers growing in their gardens. I've always attributed it to measuring level of care one has over hirz (unisex for his or hers) charges.

BTW, Alex, one of these works wonders on gophers.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/27/12 at 09:10 AM
A quaint superstition. It makes about as much sense as the ones I grew up hearing. Like, don't rock an empty rocking chair as bad luck will befall the household. Ditto walking under a ladder. oh, and if a bird gets in the house do not let it land on a bed because that means there will be a death in the family. My mother was superstitious, I once got smacked for rocking an empty rocking chair (I was laying on the floor watching TV and kicking it absentmindedly). She told me not to once, when I did it again that was it *SMACK*.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/27/12 at 09:14 AM
I tell my parrot everything...
Posted by KDP on 04/27/12 at 10:02 AM
Patty, sounds as if some bad luck DID befall you when you rocked the empty chair again!
Posted by ScoutC on 04/27/12 at 05:19 PM
Patty has good luck when I have been fortunate enough to "gopher" her hole :cheese:
Posted by BrokeDad on 04/27/12 at 06:54 PM
OMG! Stop telling the wuvees all my secrets!!! :lol:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/27/12 at 07:25 PM
Sorry Patty. Like I would ever mention the bed ties, handcuffs, and the various leather and vinyl accessories. whoops :red:
Posted by BrokeDad on 04/27/12 at 07:47 PM
Funny how bees keep coming up in weird ways. A chemical insecticide implicated in colony collapse disorder which is causing bee die offs world wide was banned in France. Guess what? Bees are recovering in France. The manufacturer of that chemical purchased the bee research firm that discovered the link between the chemical and colony collapse. Control the research. By the way, Patty and BrokeDad, you two need to get a room.
Posted by MonsantoSucks on 04/28/12 at 09:10 AM
Hay! If Patty & BD get a room what the h311 are we, who live vicariously through them, supposed to do?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/28/12 at 09:57 AM
@Expat47: Get a life?
Posted by Lollylollylol on 04/28/12 at 10:23 AM
Life has passed me by and left me sitting in dire straights awaiting any stimulus from the outside world that may shine but a single ray of light to dispel the darkness that surrounds me.

Or... it rained today and totally ruined a photo trip to one of the islands! 😠
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/28/12 at 11:12 AM
Aww, sorry it rained on your good time honey. I have fun joking around here, no offence meant.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/28/12 at 07:10 PM
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