Monday, May 31, 2010



June 2010

I write to you on a rainy Asheville day. I must admit I’ve come to love rainy days because it means I can catch my breath a tiny bit.

Springtime and early summer are intense times for bee keeping. Especially in the spring, a lot of attention is needed, a lot of visiting, a lot of observing and adjusting. Ideally, these visits happen in the warmest part of the day because at that time, the bees are very busy, flying out on foraging trips, working in the hives. An intrusion at that time of day is not as noticeable, since everybody in the hive is so busy. For me, finding time in the middle of the day is a big challenge. I usually work during the day in Asheville and so scooting home to Weaverville during those crucial few hours is not always easy.

I have a mentor this year who is lovingly stern with me. I am, I must admit, not the sharpest student. I will report something I find and will hear his advice and will then, um, not do that advised move immediately. He’s gentle with his advice, you see, and I am not always attuned to the necessity of doing what he says as soon as he tells me. But he is not really suggesting, he is telling me what to do. And then, when he finds out I have not done that thing, well, he becomes more emphatic. I’m really learning by experience with this.

I’ve been feeling like the kid who, hearing that a hot stove is HOT, touches it anyway – and gets burned. A few weeks ago I noticed that the bees were making another queen. I knew, in the back of my mind, that was an indication that they were getting ready to swarm, which would take half the colony away. My mentor told me what I should do and, though I heard him, I didn’t do it (I don’t think I realized the urgency) and, sure enough, the bees’ new queen, hatched and left - with half the colony. Now it is like starting over, with a much smaller group of bees. I could have prevented it – but I didn’t.

At this time of year, it is important to see that all the colonies are lively, have a queen, are making babies, and are healthy. I now have four colonies. On last examination, I found two queens, signs of one more, and no indication that there was a queen in the 4th hive. Sigh. I need to check them again – soon – to make sure all is moving in the right direction. If that 4th hive doesn’t make a new queen it will not flourish, will not make it through the winter. If they don’t make a queen I’ll have to buy them one. And if I don’t find that queen in the 3rd hive, well, I might need to buy a new one for them too. The other two hives seem fine, but things can change quickly. My mentor is helping, watching, guiding. But it is intense right now, especially trying to understand what needs to be done.

And in my NOT bee time, it is the busiest time of year. We are in the midst of wedding season. We are in the midst of graduation season. We have a lot of regular catering to do. And, this week, I am going to the White House! Next week I am going to Iowa to present some honey recipes to some national magazine editors. My desk is full and so is my head.

And so, yes, even though the bees need a visit, I must admit to being happy (ish) that it is raining today and I cannot visit them. I’m going to go to sleep early and then, when it is sunny in the next couple of days, I’ll look in and see how they are. I hope they don’t mind waiting a little bit. Just a little bit.

25 comments:

健豪 said...

我們這一代最偉大的發現是,人類可以藉由改變心中的態度來改變人生。 ..................................................

文佩齊華 said...

Where theres a will theres a way. ............................................................

tyroneb said...

A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody...................................................

耿賢耿賢 said...

人類最大的悲劇不是死亡,而是沒有掌握有意義的人生......................................................................

雅婷 said...

光這幾句話就價值連城了,讀著讀著小弟的眼眶就濕了... .................................................................

江婷 said...

一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼.................................................................                           

政儒 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。.................................................................

秋娥秋娥 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德............................................................

溫緯李娟王季 said...

It takes all kinds to make a world.............................................................

王雅筑 said...

在你一無所有的時候 是誰在陪伴你 他便是你最重要的人............................................................

溫緯李娟王季 said...

沈舟側畔千帆過,病樹前頭萬木春............................................................

LoydD_Motter11嬌潔 said...

來看你了~心在、愛在、牽掛在,幸福才會繁衍不息^^............................................................

楊儀卉 said...

不願彎腰撿拾一根針的人,永遠不值得一塊錢。..................................................

宋瑞正宋瑞正 said...

有深道,要慢慢感受~~^^ 加油......................................................

王美妹 said...

世間事沒有一樣沒有困難,只要有信心去做,至少可以做出一些成績。..................................................

曹彥均曹彥均 said...

謝謝您的分享~~好文值得收藏!!............................................................

張志亦劉美玲 said...

人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份............................................................

張怡萱張怡萱張怡萱 said...

好的開始並不代表會成功,壞的開始並不代表是失敗..................................................

凱v胡倫 said...

Learn wisdom by the follies of others.............................................................

家唐銘 said...

良言一句三冬暖,惡語傷人六月寒。......................................................................

姜堯林智超玟 said...

好的開始並不代表會成功,壞的開始並不代表是失敗..................................................

446 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。............................................................

張王雅竹欣虹 said...

友誼能增進快樂,減少痛苦......................................................................

佳張張張張燕張張張張張 said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」............................................................

佳張張張張燕張張張張張 said...

期待你的下次更新喔^____^..................................................