B would not be complete without sharing a photo of me with the two grandbabies in my life, Rosalie, 6 months old, and Aspen, 2 weeks old in this photo. My other granddaughter, SweetPea, is now two and a half–how did that happen? But being as she’s not a baby, I didn’t include her photo in this post.
I love being a grandmother. It totally makes it worth being over 50! In the years before being blessed with babies, I was noted for stealing other peoples’ infants at church.
At the end of June, my family had a reunion. The highlight, of course, was having all my sisters, all our kids, and all our grandkids in one place for several days. In this photo, all five of us are enjoying our youngest babies. (Aspen was born after the reunion, so my youngest was Rosalie.) I probably don’t need to tell you we’re the pair on the left. From left to right, the babies were 4.5 months, 3.5 months, 2.5 months, 11 months, and 14 months.
No discussion of the Letter B would be complete without mention of our 75 hives of bees! Four years ago we began learning to keep bees with two hives. The next year we expanded to three. The next year our son and daughter-in-law joined us on the farm and we moved to ten hives between us. Then. . .the jump! We bought out our mentor this past spring and are revving up now to extract all that honey. We’re expecting 3-4 tons of honey and it will be that many tons of work to accomplish it all!
People are fascinated by beekeeping while (nearly always) expressing fear of bees. May I just put in a plug for honeybees? They are not aggressive. Hornets and wasps have a hate-on for everything that moves and half the things that don’t. They can also sting repeatedly. Bees sting once–and then die.
Bees are very docile in comparison. They will attack to protect their queen, who stays in the hive. So yes, when we’re working around the hives we suit up.
The other time bees sting is if they are protecting themselves. For instance, if you reach in to pick a flower and squish a bee, it will sting you. Can hardly blame it for that!
Please don’t perpetuate a bad name for bees by lumping them in with hornets and wasps. They are very different creatures.
This has been a public service announcement from your friendly Canadian beekeeper.