The chiefest cause, to read good bookes,
That moves each studious minde
Is hope, some pleasure sweet therein,
Or profit good to finde.
Now that delight can greater be
Than secrets for to knowe
Of Sacred Bees, The Muses’ Birds,
All which this booke doth showe
From the preface to First Lessons In Beekeeping
I am inhaling a 6 week evening class on the basics of beekeeping. Last night was week 3. There are 35 men and women, boys and young ladies in the room, all spell-bound by the wisdom we are hearing. (“and learning the secrets of the sacred bees”) 😉
It is one thing to read a good book, it is something entirely different, to be able to interact with someone in person.
ie. “This is what they suggest in the book, BUT……………. Here is what I’ve discovered happens if you do that in our area.”
Our instructor Jim has been keeping bees for ???? (Not sure how many years) I do know he manages around 400 hives in a three state area.
And on a personal note….
Last Saturday and again on Monday, I had the opportunity to mentor two different people interested in either starting an orchard or tending existing apple trees. Both spent a couple of hours with me as we talked specifics. I enjoy those kind of opportunities. It feels like I am passing the torch on to the next generation myself, although in this case, both students were at least as old or older than myself). 😉
Back to the bees…..
I feel like a racehorse in the gate at the Kentucky Derby when I think about managing a bee hive (or 3)….
The creative juices are already starting to flow…..
Wild bee in our orchard
2012 growing season