Thursday, March 11, 2010
Bees in my backyard? Maybe.
I've been taking a beekeeping course, inspired in part by this beekeeper lady in Denver. Tonight is my 4th class and I think I'm ready, mentally, to handle a beehive. There's a lot to learn and a lot of details, but none of it is intimidating. One thing makes me hesitate: the instructors and the books keep emphasizing how important it is to talk to your neighbors when you start. Just to reassure and educate them. And I understand that. But. I don't know. I've got some complicated neighbors, well, one complicated one. He may not react well. And that's not good for anyone. And I've got another neighbor who once told me she's terrified of bees. So I'll ponder that question before I make a commitment to the equipment and the bees. Bees are sooooo interesting.
Pictures of my class last week making frames. Apologies to these classmates who I don't know and who don't know me. It's a very big class: 90 students plus all the instructors and vendors and other passionate apiarists who seem to buzz around the classroom.
Oh, and one other hesitation. I talked to an organic beekeeper a few weeks ago and she frowns upon the kind of beekeeping methods I've been learning about. Sigh.