Laura Saxton Heiman (among many other things co-editor of the Loomis House Press
edition of the Child Ballads
) allowed me to follow her around as she harvested honey this year.
There are fewer bee references in the Child Ballads than I expected.
For there was hot venison, and warden pies cold,
Cream clouted, with honey-combs plenty;
And the sarvitors they were, beside Little John,
Good yeomen at least four and twenty.
- Child Ballad 149: Robin Hood's Birth, Breeding, Valor and Marriage
I like the juxtaposition of venison and warden pies
. Any time you serve game, you should also serve wardens (ideally, poached).