I had a wonderful time at HAS. Here are a few of my thoughts on it and my gratitude:
Thanks Robin for asking me to come and for all the work you put into this. I think it was a great meeting and your enthusiasm and work are a big part of it's success.
Thanks for sharing your ideas and your passion for our bees. I really enjoyed the late night discussions with you and others. When it's all said and done, dead bees don't make honey. And, as you said, survival is the best test to see if we've got good stock. All the mite and drop counts and capped mite counts, and hygienic tests will not prove that. Not that they are not useful, possibly, but they are not the bottom line. It's nice to hear someone else who sees that clearly. I wish I had the time, money, energy and bees to do as much as you are in that regard. Also thanks for the Instrumental Insemination class. It was very enlightening.
Thanks for doing a serious study of small cell. It sounds like you will see it through. The real test, of course, will be in a few years of not treating. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.
Thank you for your notes on L.L. Langstroth, your presentation of that information, and your queen rearing class. Also your sharing of your experiences with hand fertilizing eggs. It was great to meet you and your wife. I enjoyed talking to both of you very much.
Thanks for the tracheal mite class. It was very enlightening. Also the late night beekeeping discussions.
It was wonderful to put faces to names. Thanks for introducing yourselves.
I had so many good discussions with you before I realized who you were. It was really stimulating conversation. Thanks.
Thanks for providing most of the bee books available right now. As I said to you at the meeting, you can't ever retire. But seriously, you are a huge asset to the beekeeping fraternity, not only with your expertise with bees, but by publishing books that big publishers wouldn't consider.
Thanks to the many volunteers without whom the conference would never take place. Your work is appreciated.
The Bee Lady
Reyah, thanks for the stings. The shoulder was better since. The neck is a bit stiff. Of course it will all work its way out.
The bees were there as well. The ones in the beeyard were so well behaved. The three that died for my apitherapy paid a high price.
My new friends from the Virgin Islands.
Some people have especially beautiful souls. Thanks for sharing yours with everyone around you. I wish you and your bees the best.
Thanks to the vendors.
I always find some new tool when you are there. I found three this year, but every one of them makes my life easier.
It was nice to meet you, finally after knowing you online so long. I wish I had time to go to some of your presentations. Your energy is infections.
Everyone in my classes.
Thanks for coming to the classes. The turnout was great. I hope you all got what you came to them for.