Medieval charm to keep your bees safe
If you use straw skeps to house your bees, you probably find the swarm process (during which the bees move to a different skep so that you may collect their honey and wasp - see picture) to be a highly stressful one.
Not to worry! An 11th-century manuscript, most probably written in Winchester, provides us with a handy charm to protect bees from getting lost, being attacked, or even being stolen.
In an earlier thread, I wrote briefly about trans people in medieval Europe, and discussed some of the main issues when studying the medieval history of trans people.
Today, if you'll indulge me, I want to spend some time discussing a single person in detail. I want to talk about the way she's been written about, and about her and what she can teach us about life as a trans person 600 years ago.
This is the story of Eleanor Rykener.
Four months ago I reached one thousand followers on this account. I wanted to give the wonderful people of the Fediverse something in return, and I offered to write an essay on a topic of my followers' choice. They voted, overwhelmingly, for @citrustwee 's birthday bit.
And now, after months of waiting, on her birthday, it is finally here. Happy birthday Evelien. And thank you, to all of you, for making logging on worth it.
On the 2nd of September 2004, just as France's children were preparing to go back to school, the "Law 2004-228 of 15 March 2004" came into effect.
Nominally, this law banned anyone from wearing "conspicuous religious symbols" in schools. In practice, however, it was widely understood to specifically target Muslim students and parents, in particular those who wore the hijab.
Girls and their mothers were now forbidden from "conspicuously" belonging to their faith.
anyway now i’m standing at the end of the bike path typing this out and i really hope that kid isn’t there when i go back
at this point my anxiety is screaming so i open my mouth to reply and what comes out is “no thanks but i appreciate it” (????). i calmly walk for like 10 seconds to make it seem like these two actions were not related and then i picked up my skateboard and ran away from the child
so i skate down the ramp super loud. i hit the bottom turn around and the child is there instantly staring daggers into my soul. this child has a child’s bike and no fear. he looks dead at me and goes “Do you wanna race.”
instantly i know that 1) i am absolutely not going to race this child on my skateboard, but also that 2) this child is going to watch me not only back down from his challenge, but then pick up my skateboard with my one gloved hand and physically run away
we bought a set of heavy duty industrial gloves for protesting, which would protect my skateboard-holding hand while i ran. perfect solution. i strap on my one glove, grab my skateboard, and make my way to the bike path to the coffee shop. my mistake was skateboarding down the ramp to the path which allowed this child to besiege and defeat me within seconds
so for the past several weeks i’ve been trying to solve a conundrum ive been facing. on sunday mornings i want to run to my favorite cafe for a coffee then skateboard back to my apartment to cook breakfast. but how do i run with my skateboard? i’ve tried holding it (tore up my hands), tying it to the inside of a backpack, no dice. today i thought i had solved the riddle
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