I just came in from shoveling my driveway. The snow is wet and heavy, or am I older than I think?
Now I am back at my 'box' ...
I got my nose buried into my keyboard - back home in Slovenia, beeks are loosing bees from farmers spraying the fields of rape. ( think that is what is called?)
The reason I bring this up is the way situations have a knack of developing in this crazy world of ours; yesterday there was this argument going on (their forum) about growing things organically, getting away from dreaded Neonicotinoids, at least using less chemicals, sprays and what have you, which all affect the health of our bees. One guy, that I personaly know, he eagerly and at times 'hotly' defended the growers/farmers, saying that they work by the book, spray by the book and at proper times, to protect bees, blah, blah, blah...
Early today I was reading their newspapers and noticed the many reports how are in many regions loosing countless hives, due to improper or careless spraying of rape crops.
Such, or similar (last year was corn) poisonings are yearly wiping out many beeks in Slovenia.
I recognized some names and regions where this is going on and promptly went to various sites to investigate? Sure enough, the fella who defended the practices, mentioned above, he lost 300 hives today. Pictures of dead bees and empty hive, upon hive are not nice to see...
I should mention again that the plight of EU bees and beeks is in the news every spring if not even throughout the year, as of late, cause growers and orchard owners just don't care about nothing anymore. They spray whenever it suits them with whatever chemicals comes into their hands. (or so I gather?) Most often they mix a bit more, or mix a 'cocktail' and "fortify' so it will 'take better!"
if there is no 'bugs' to spray - they set up with the same (unwashed) equipment and spray to kill off the natural growth, plants that 'steel' fertilizer and deprives their precious crops from proper nourishment???
It is a sad world that we are living in, my friend, and I don't see it getting any better.
About the book?
Thanks, but no thanks. I take enough flack as it is. Tired of eating crow. . . Writing books belong - should go to the 'experts,' for God knows that we have enough of them. It should make for entertaining reading if they do decide to put their know-how on the paper? I am looking forward to it, when sitting by the crackling fire, passing the time - waiting for weather to break, or for lost Spring to appear... We sure could use something to perk us up in our gloomy days, don't you think Thomas?
Like the guy said: "I'm too old to dance ..... is too cold to swim, don't drink, to old to - heee, hee, nuf said. . . .
Happy Easter to you and all. . .