Beekeeping teaches you to appreciate a simple, yet complex creature that we tend to take for granted; you will practice patience – you will be calm (or you will get stung); you will meet new people and make new friends; and if you are good to your bees, you will eat honey.
Bees know exactly what they are doing. The most important lesson that I learned from a seasoned beekeeper… if you don’t know what you are doing, don’t do anything.
The experts couldn’t tell us why our bees swarmed, but one expert pointed out our new queen for us, so we knew our hive was going to be okay. We lost half our hive when they swarmed, but our bees still produced about 60 pounds of golden, sweet, sweet honey.
There are a good many resources on bees and beekeeping. We read a lot of them, watched a lot of YouTube videos, joined and attended a local beekeeping society, but a book I just happened upon at our local library’s book sale is the perfect resource for anyone interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping. The Honey Makers is undoubtedly my favourite bee keeping reference book. Sure, it’s a children’s book, but it is a good one. (I also have my Gramps’ beekeeping book, for the harder questions.)
Anyone who has kept bees will tell you it is a lot of work. You need to visit them often, assess their health at each visit, harvest the honey, prepare them for winter, and hope for the best.
I have so many plans for my share of the liquid gold, but right now I am eating it by the spoonful with a touch of cinnamon to stave off a cold.
Thank you bees.