telling the bees

HSchinske at HSchinske at
Thu May 19 15:32:54 EDT 2005

Yes, telling the bees is a real bit of folklore. I don't know how far back it 
goes, but I could find you several nineteenth-century citations without half 
trying (I'm sure it's in a folklore article in the Monthly Packet, for 
instance, and know beyond doubt that it's in Flora Thompson's _Lark Rise to 
Candleford_), so I suspect it's a good deal older.

Helen Schinske
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