Category: BIRDS AND BEASTS.
This bird is considered sacred, because it frequents church steeples and
builds its nest there, and it is said to be an innocent bird, though
given to carrying off things and hiding them in out-of-the-way places.
When ignorance of a...
The Wren's life is sacred, excepting at one time of the year, for should
anyone take this wee birdie's life away, upon him some mishap will fall.
The wren is classed with the Robin:--
The robin and the wren
Are God's cock...
Moles are said to have no eyes. If mole hills move there will be a thaw.
By the moving of mole hills is meant bits of earth tumbling off the
mound. A labourer in Llanmerewig parish, Montgomeryshire, called my
attention to this fac...
Caesar, bk. v., ch. xii., states that the Celts do not regard it
lawful to eat the hare, the cock, and the goose; they, however, breed
them for amusement and pleasure. This gives a respectable age to the
superstitions respecting th...
Bees In A Roof
It was thought lucky when bees made their home in the roof, or indeed in
any part of a house, and this they could easily do when houses were
thatched with straw. Many a swarm of bees found shelter in the roofs of
ancient churches, ...
The woodpecker's screech was a sign of rain. This bird is called by two
names in Welsh which imply that it foretold storms; as, Ysgrech y coed,
the wood screech, and Caseg y drycin, the storm mare.
These names have found a place ...
The little busy bee has been from times of old an object of admiration
and superstition. It is thought that they are sufficiently sensitive to
feel a slight, and sufficiently vindictive to resent one, and as they are
too valuable t...
A mouse nibbling clothes was a sign of disaster, if not death, to the
owner. It was thought that the evil one occasionally took the form of a
mouse. Years ago, when Craig Wen Farm, Llawr-y-glyn, near Llanidloes,
This pretty spotted little beetle was used formerly in the neighbourhood
of Llanidloes as a prognosticator of the weather. First of all the
lady-bird was placed in the palm of the left hand, or right; I do not
think it made any dif...
Informing Bees Of A Death In A Family
Formerly it was the custom to tell the bees of a death in the family.
The head of the house whispered the news to the bees in the hive. If
this were neglected, it was thought that another death would soon follow
the previous one. ...