Re: medieval weather
> Which, I suppose, brings us full-circle to medieval weather lore.How did our medieval ancestors know a hard winter was coming so they
could prepare for it?
> What a body of ancestral countryside weather-lore handed down byword-of-mouth seems to have been lost to us now, - as students of
the period, - because no-one contemporary felt it worth recording as
One way is to watch the honey bees. They collect propolis and start
smearing it all over the hive as a water and weather retardant in
advance of winter. If they start adding it early, you know winter is
coming early. If they cover *all* holes and narrow their opening to
the smallest hole, you know it'll be cold.
My bees did this last fall, and we got an early and hard cold snap
that still killed them all as they did not have time to get enough
honey reserves into the hive.