Household ManagementBills are due and servants are paid on the traditional quarter days (so called because they divide the year into quarters.) Curiously, each of these falls on or about an equinox or solstice. (NAG: This is quarter day, not quartering day!)
In the country...You may pay for some services in kind instead of money: such as an amount of firewood, the use of land, or a number of fish from your stream by the quarter or by the year.
Some of your tenants may pay part of their rents in kind: calves, honey, milk, wool, etc.
The lady of the house, even a noble lady, may do or at least oversee many homely things herself, such as the brewing of ale or mead. Even noble ladies take responsibility for making shirts for the gentlemen of the house.
If you live mostly in the country, you are likely to be very proud of your ale, or how pure your milk is, or what excellent honey your bees produce.
Bees love gossip. It is considered lucky for your estate and family to tell the bees every bit of news. If you don't, they may leave and take their good luck with them.
Plan of Ingatestone Hall, a Country House of the
Latter Sixteenth Century
26 March 2008 mps