It's hard to believe that we have reached the end of our camp time together! I hope you enjoyed working on the projects, exploring your gardens and yards and learning about Agecroft Hall and its gardens when it was in England 500 years ago. Hopefully you have some fun information to share with friends and family! Come to see us at Agecroft when you are able and see our beautiful gardens in person - and perhaps meet and pet Rocket! We will keep our camp portal and discussion board open through next week so you can work on any projects that you missed or revisit any projects or information! Enjoy the rest of your summer and we are so glad that you joined us! Here are the answers to our trivia questions: Where to honey bees go in winter? Honey bees spend the winter in a “winter cluster” around the queen. They are less active in winter, but not dormant. The colony is smaller and they “shiver” to keep warm. They survive on the honey and pollen they have stored in the warmer months. What did Queen Elizabeth I carry in her sweets pouch around her waist to keep her breath fresh? She carried sugared violets in her embroidered sweets bag. I'm sure this was not very healthy for her teeth! Why were baths infrequent in Tudor England? It was hard to heat large amounts of water at one time to fill a big tub. Remember, water had to be heated in the open hearth. There was no running water. Also, people believed that disease entered the body through the open pores of the skin, making scrubbing with soap and hot water seemingly dangerous. They sometimes used artichokes for deodorant!
Today we have many options for finding information. If you needed to get more details about gardens and plants today, you could check the internet, or when they open again, you could go to the library. You could even order a book and get a regular copy in the mail or an e-book. Back in the 1600s, books were very expensive. Agecroft has a few books from the time period, and a few of them have information about plants. This book is in our Great Parlor: Because it is hard to get these old books, we also have some books that are reproductions, which means they are copies of the originals. This reproduction book is in our Gentleman's Study: Have you used any book or websites to get information to help you with your camp activities?