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DR. SIBTHORP'S JOURNAL.
honey has been averaged, of late years, at five thousand. The principal food of these Bees is Satureia capitata (Saturei), then Lentiscus, Cistus, Salvia, Lavandula, and other herbs. Otherwise the Hymettus is very bare ; on its declivities and in some of the dales are wild olives, with shrubs of myrtle, laurel, and oleander. Pinus maritima grows on its summit very imperfectly, but near the monastery it is pretty. Besides this, there grow on the Hymettus, hyacinths, Amaryllis lutea, dark violet crocus, &c.—Extract from Fiedler's Reise durch Griechenland, in the Foreign Quarterly Review.
Nov. 3. LEAVING the hill of Anchesmus, and the monastery of Asomato on our left, we passed along the banks of the Ilissus. The bed was narrow, ary, ana frequently choked with stones; it was fringed with the Oleanders
FLOWERS OF MOUNT HYMETTUS.
and Agnus castus. Not far from the base of the mountain it divided, and one of its branches was dignified formerly with the celebrated name Eridanus. After an hour's ride, we arrived at the monastery, which presented a melancholy appearance. I took a young Caloyer for my guide to the top of the mountain. Having left the olive grounds, we found the rock at first thinly covered with the Kermes oak, the Spartium Scorpius, and Spinosum, mixed with Satureia Thymbra and Capitata, the latter of which is the celebrated Thyme of the Ancients, their Thymbra. I observed some strata of marble of a white colour, almost rivalling in beauty that of Pendali. Though Hymettus was barren of plants, I had not advanced far up the mountain before I was gratified with a new species of Colchicum, now in full flower. I saw the beautiful Persian Cyclamen under the shelves of the rocks, and towards the highest parts the vernal crocus was just opening its blos
The day was fine, and the atmosphere remarkably clear; from the summit I commanded an extensive view of the straits of Negropont, and various of the Cyelades ; the eastern coast of Attica, with its numerous ports stretching to Cape Colonna; the Saronic gulph, with its lands interspersed in it; the rich plains of Messora and others, with its city and groves of olives; the mountains of Pendali, and Parnes in Attica, and of Citheum in Bootea. Hymettus cannot be ranked among the highest mountains of Greece; its height is less than that of Parnes, and nearly the same with that of Pendali; not sheltered by wood, it is exposed to the wind, and has a sun-burnt appearance. The neglected state of the monastery arose from the debts which it had contracted; these, in some measure, had been lately paid by the See of Athens, to which the revenues of the monastery belonged. THE HONEY MADE IN IT WAS THE PROPERTY OF THE BISHOP; and the Caloyers were so poor and so strictly watched, that they could not procure me even a taste of it.”—P. 149.
The scene I have drawn for you is on the track from Tunis to Zagowar: a few Bedouin tents, pitched by the side of the vast aqueduct, which conveyed water from the sweet streams of the Oasis at Zagowar, to Carthage. It occasionally was reared on such lofty arches as you see in the drawing, and occasionally was tunnelled under ground. Though I had not room to turn, but was obliged to back out, I rode into the pipe which conveys the water, at a place where it was entering a hill. The Hives are wicker baskets, like brawn hampers, plastered over with mud, and laid on their sides. The statistics of the Honey and the Bees I did not gather, not then being Apiarian ; now I shall know better : and the next time I visit the Bedouin, with his two-handed sword, I shall bring you back a most detailed account.-Letter from H. W. Acland, Esq.
Englands Interest :
Gentleman and Farmers Friend,
1. How Land may be improv'd from 20s. to 81. and so to 1001. per Acre, per Annum, with great Ease, and for an inconsiderable Charge. 2. How to make Cyder, Perry, Cherry, Currant, Goose-berry and Mul-berry Wines, as Strong and Wholesome as French or Spanish Wines: And the Cyder and Wines so made to be sold for 3d. per Quart, tho' as good as Wine now Sold for 18d. 3. The Best and Quickest way of raising a Nursery. 4. Directions for Brewing the finest Malt-Liquors, much Better and Cheaper than hitherto known: Shewing what Care is to be taken in the Choice of Water, Malt, and Hops; and how they are to be Mixed, Boyled, and Fermented, for making the Best March or October Beer, Strong Ale, &c. 5. Instructions for Breeding Horses much Cheaper, and to a far greater Advantage than ever yet known. 6. Of the Husbandry of Bees, and the great Benefit thereby 7. Instructions for the Profitable Ordering of Fish-Ponds, and for Breeding of Fish.
The Fourth Edition.
By Sir J. More.
Talbot-Court, in Grace-Church-street, 1707.
I have reprinted entire the Chapter of this Work, (1 vol. 12mo.) which
relates to Bee Management.
CHAP. VI. Of the Husbandry and Employment of Bees, and the great
Profit and Advantage thereof
V. Of the Bees' Enemies, and how to Destroy them
ib. 112 114 119 ib. 124 126 128
GLOSSARY of Bee Terms used in this Reprint