Merry Christmas Mr Woodley!

Mr Woodley wrote on 24 December 1890 in the British Bee Journal on the subject of Christmas Cards.

“I have seen many times on Christmas cards the old-fashioned straw skep or beehive figuring amongst the illustrations, but never in a single instance the modern frame hive, loaded with snow.  On more than one occasion I have wished for a ‘Kodak’ so that I could snap a view of my apiary when the row of hives have been laden with with snow, and have taken friends to see the unique vision of a snow laden apiary.  I am sure the view would inspire lovers of the beautiful in Nature with enthusiasm if they could share in the view.”

So my dear Mr Woodley, here is my Christmas card to you.

Dear Mr Woodley - Merry Christmas! As you can see, my Christmas card to you contains an illustration of an apiary of frame-hives which are snow-laden. I hope this meets with your satisfaction.
Dear Mr Woodley – Merry Christmas! As you can see, my Christmas card to you contains an illustration of an apiary of frame-hives which are snow-laden. I hope this meets with your satisfaction.

I would like to share Mr Woodley’s thoughts and best wishes of the season:

“Christmas Weather. — The Hampshire hills in the distance, as viewed from my window, are of the old-fashioned Christmassy type.  The green glades are encrusted with snow, and the thermometer outside my house registered 10 deg. of frost this morning, affording the boys a happy time sliding on a roadside pond, the ice of which is strong enough to bear them. The apiary bears the aspect of a great lone land, but as all stocks are packed snugly away for winter, one’s mind is at rest so far as the bees’ welfare is concerned.

[NBTW 31 December 1908]

Again may I say a word for the welfare of the bees he loved so well?  Amidst the feasting and good fellowship which will prevail at Christmastide do not forget your bees.  If they are well provisioned and domiciled in dry hives, well and good; but if the almost incessant rain has soddened the wraps, and you have any doubt of the condition of the stores, put on dry coverings and give a big cake of good soft candy, wrapping it up with some dry, soft material, so that your poor, defenceless bees may not at this season of the year die of starvation.

[NBTW 22 December 1910]

The near approach of Christmas Day, the time of the reunion of friends, brings memories of those who were with us a year or two ago, and throws a somewhat melancholy shadow over the coming festival for us older people; but to the younger members of our families the season is one of joyous brightness, full of hope and pleasant anticipations; and we of older growth must not forget our duty lies in trying to make Christmas as joyous as we remember it was of yore when we were in the green leaf of youth.

To my many bee-friends I tender my sincere wishes that this Christmastide may be a joyous one around their hearths and homes. — W. Woodley, Beedon, Newbury.

[NBTW 23 December 1909]

Mr Woodley's Christmas Card

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