Bee houses: the Devil sharpens a woman’s tongue

Matthew Chatfield
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Ranger reader Dave Larkin has been to Slovenia again – and once more he’s brought back some remarkable images of traditional Slovenian bee houses.

Slovenian bee house image © all rights reserved Dave Larkin

Above is a typical traditional bee house in use – the coloured boards by each entrance can be clearly seen. It’s customary to decorate these boards with interesting images. Dave writes:

I went back to Slovenia skiing this winter, the hotel we stayed in had loads of bee boards in the corridors as decoration, I have photographed a few of the more interesting ones!

Dave’s kindly allowed the Ranger to roll out these images for your entertainment – here’s the first:

Slovenian bee house image © all rights reserved Dave Larkin

It appears to be two jolly devils sharpening a woman’s tongue on a grindstone. The date shown is 1882. What the bees made of that is not recorded! More bee house imagery to follow.

Matthew Chatfield

Uncooperative crusty. Unofficial Isle of Wight cultural ambassador. Conservation, countryside and the environment, with extra stuff about spiders.

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