Monday, June 7, 2010

Honey hive

Can you tell what this is?
Someone in our neighborhood has decided to try his/her hand at bee keeping.  Chris doesn't ever want to walk by their house again - the place is swarming with them!

I, on the other hand, am currently reading a book that briefly touches on bee keeping and think it's fascinating.  Did you know that there is such a thing called a "bee smoker"?
This contraption sends smoke in the direction of your bees to drug them up so that you can get the honey out of their hive without them stinging you.  They even sell starter kits for bee keeping online (which I will not be purchasing - it's not that fascinating).  Anyway, you learn something new everyday!  The more you know...

8 comments:

jennie said...

my parents friends keep bees and it is fascinating! bees are so much more complex than I would ever have imagined, plus the honey is delicious!! ya'll should try to befriend this family (while keeping a safe distance of course)

maggie said...

haha, jennie, "bee"friend :) i think this is a sweet home project -- plus the honey i'm sure would be awesome!

Paul said...

Our neighbor does it as well and he sells to the local farms. It is a hobby. We are in the backyard all the time and never have an issue.

Liz said...

hope you get to try some delicious honey!

Patty said...

Are you reading The Secret Life of Bees?

Katie said...

I was reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver!

Stina said...

woah...intense! I do not like bees!!

LA-jan said...

beeeecareful!