Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bee Confessions

Reprinted with kind permission from: http://emsnews.wordpress.com/

Sometimes I sit on the deck with a mug of chai just watching my bees.

I can sit for HOURS (well, minutes actually) with my ear pressed up against the ventilation hole on the hive just listening to the gentle but powerful humming and thrumming of Queen Atalia and her hive.

If I press my eye up against the ventilation hole on one side of the lid, with the light streaming in the hole on the opposite site of the lid, I can see my girls moving over the tops of the frames going about their bee business. And this makes me VERY happy.

Sometimes I rest my hand on the deck out the front of the hive entrance so I can feel the gentle wind from the bees wings as they come in to land.

No matter where I am in a 3km radius of home, I just assume all bees are my bees and greet them all with a heat felt "Hello my darling" just in case.

that is all.


Jacqui said...

aww...that's what I say to the girls every morning! I love reading about your bees - M. and I have had bee fantasies for almost as long as we've had chicken fantasies. I think I will nudge him about it again...glad your hive has made it through winter and I promise your giveaway will be in the post soon...x

Ingrid & Dugald said...

Hi DH,

Maybe you need to take a new middle name "Melissa", worshipper of bees.

From Wikipedia: "The bee was an emblem of Potnia, the Minoan-Mycenaean "Mistress", also referred to as "The Pure Mother Bee". Her priestesses received the name of "Melissa" ("bee"). In addition, priestesses worshipping Artemis and Demeter were called "Bees". The Delphic priestess is often referred to as a bee, and Pindar notes that she remained "the Delphic bee" long after Apollo had usurped the ancient oracle and shrine. "The Delphic priestess in historical times chewed a laurel leaf," Harrison noted, "but when she was a Bee surely she must have sought her inspiration in the honeycomb." Ernst Neustadt, in his monograph on Zeus Kretigenes, "Cretan-born Zeus," devoted a chapter to the honey-goddess Melissa."

Yay for the honey-goddess and the bee worshipper!

sweetpea said...

LOL ..that just made my morning .....

Killi said...

Is Lemon Balm Melissa Officianalis? I'm sure 1 of the herbs has that name.

Managed to finish the photos for May 13th finally. See what you make of my latest "boyfriend"
(on Wordpress):)

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