Category: BIRDS AND BEASTS.
Luck Comes With A Strange Swarm
It is considered very lucky indeed to find that a strange swarm of bees
has arrived in the garden, or tree, belonging to a cottager. The advent
of the bees is joyfully welcomed, and the conversation of the neighbours
on such an occ...
The Day Of Swarming
Sunday is the favourite day for bee swarming. Country people say, when
looking at their bees clustering outside the hive, and dangling like a
rope from it, Oh, they won't swarm until next Sunday, and it is true
that they are often ...
It is lucky to have crickets in a house, and to kill one is sure to bring
bad luck after it. If they are very numerous in a house, it is a sign
that peace and plenty reign there. The bakehouse in which their merry
chirp is heard i...
Birds Flocking In Early Autumn
When birds gather themselves together and form flocks in the early days
of autumn, it is thought to foretell an early and severe winter.
On the other hand, should they separate in early spring, and again
congregate in flocks, this...
The crane is often mistaken for the heron. When the crane flies against
the stream, she asks for rain, when with the stream she asks for fair
This bird is said to be thin when the moon wanes, and fat at the waxing
The stripe over the shoulders of the ass is said to have been made by our
Lord when He rode into Jerusalem on an ass, and ever since the mark
It was thought that the milk of an ass could cure the decay, or
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 white horse figures in the superstition of school children. When the
writer was a lad in school at Llanidloes, it was believed that if a white
horse were met in the morning it was considered lucky, and should the boy
who first sa...
The Snake Serpent
The snake was supposed to be able to understand what men said. A tale
was told me by an aged man at Penrhos, Montgomeryshire, of an event which
took place in the last century. His father, he said, saw a number of
snakes, or nether...
A Swarm Entering A House
Should a swarm enter a house, it was considered unlucky, and usually it
was a sign of death to someone living in that house.
The culture of bees was once more common than it is, and therefore they
were much observed, and consequen...