It’s a strange new world out there, that’s for sure. I am writing today to thank all of you who have written in the past few weeks asking how we are and wishing us well.
The truth is we are both fine, at least so far. Since I tend to be the more careful one, I’ve taken on the role of official jailer and have stowed all the car keys in an undisclosed location.
Posts: which way did they go?
I apologize for not posting lately. The delay is partly due to the pandemic, but mostly due to my being overwhelmed by other writing assignments, most of which require photos as well as text. Articles are a lot of work and I can only sit at a computer for a limited number of hours before I go stir crazy.
Also, since it’s April, everyone has bee questions, which I’ve tried to keep up with. And my own bees need attention as well. I spent the whole day yesterday cleaning honey supers, killing mites, preparing bait hives, and wondering why I never do all that busy work in advance. Just the usual April pandemonium.
Pandemics take time
As I’m sure a lot of you have noticed, trying to procure basic supplies takes a lot of time. When we couldn’t buy bread, I started making it. When we couldn’t get flour, I started milling it. When I couldn’t get eggs, I began playing with substitutes. On it goes. It makes me really appreciate things that I generally take for granted, but I wonder why I stopped keeping chickens. I know where a quail nest is hidden…but, no, I wouldn’t do that.
So that’s it: all my excuses in half a page. If you have subjects you would like to see covered in an upcoming post, I would really like to hear from you. Deciding on a subject is the hardest part, especially once you have a couple thousand in the archives. I am currently experimenting with a few new pieces of beekeeping equipment that I will be able to review soon, and a few beekeepers have sent some innovative ideas which I hope to cover as well.
Unfortunately, all my bee safaris—those small trips where I collect enough photos and stories for the coming year—have been canceled. So, like everyone else, I will just have to take this day by day.
I can’t thank you enough for thinking about me. Please write any time and let us know how you are doing. Tell me your personal stories or your bee stories. As always, we can learn from—and entertain—each other.
All the best,
Honey Bee Suite