Well, Mrs. Saltheart & I are well into our 3rd month of beekeeping. Iâ€™d guess that makes us first degree â€˜newbiesâ€™, but so far, so good.
I never intended to get involved with creatures that sting. As a kid I learned quickly to stay away from them, for a lot of painful reasons. Weâ€™ve always had petsâ€¦mostly cats & dogs. We have 2 dogs and 4 cats presently. But there was the period when our youngest son got really involved with 4H raising rabbits. You know what they say about rabbits, and we had a bunch. But then, after the kids went out on their own, Mrs. Saltheart started bringing up some of her well worn queries (to which I had always answered â€˜Noâ€™).
â€œCan we get a llama? No! Can we get sheep? No. Can we get a beehive? Whatâ€¦you crazy or something? No?â€
And so, last year after moving out of a suburban neighborhood into a larger home on a much larger property, she approached me withâ€¦â€I found a class on beekeeping being given by a local club (Norfolk County Beekeepers) and itâ€™s not expensive and I have all the information and Iâ€™ve always wanted to get into beekeeping and we never had the room but now we have a bigger place with lots of room and woods andâ€¦..Iâ€™ve already signed up and paid.â€
â€œWould you like to do it with me? I have an application for you.â€
What could I say? â€œYesâ€, I said, â€œIâ€™ll go with you.â€ I figured it might be interesting, and quite frankly it really is. Iâ€™m fascinated with watching the bees. We have 2 hives started with nucs (Carniolans) and theyâ€™re doing just fine. We didnâ€™t really get going until mid-May when the bees arrived (late), but we were ready for them. Two hives seems just rightâ€¦donâ€™t need any more. Then why do we have all that extra equipment? Just being prepared, I guessâ€¦
I suppose the bees are better than llamasâ€¦right? Anyway, weâ€™re looking forward to this experience, wherever it takes us. And I suppose that 2 hives will probably give us more honey than we can use, but I also know that now that we have the bees, long lost relations seem to be showing up asking about honeyâ€¦.