Last night the Birdchick and I went to a meeting of "The Old Gods Of Beekeeper Assoc." At least that is what I am calling them, can't for the life of me recall what their name is. There was a speaker there who spoke on, well, beekeeping and Russian Bees and Organic Beekeeping. He was obviously very good at beekeeping, speaking, well, not so much. Still, I learned a lot.
First up, the Russian Bees. It occurs to me we have been joking about "Fur Hats and Vodka" and I had a think on that, and don't think we should. I am no Over the Top PC person, but it seems a negative stereotype, and could be taken as Not Very Nice, if you see what I mean. Am I worried too much? Anyone from Russia?
Russian bees, it seems are kind of aggressive. Great. Another Bitchy hive, Three of them in fact. We had heard they were not, but last night, general consensus seemed to say they were. Of course, the first thing you learn Beekeeping is that for every rule someone states as fact, someone else will disprove it. They also, it seems, tend to Supersede Queens a lot, and make lots of new ones.
That means they decide, for whatever Bee Reason, that they don't like the current Queen, and kill her and make a new one. HARSH!!!!!!! I also learned that one can artificially inseminate a Queen. WAY more than I wanted to know. I do not know, for the record, how they get the "Boy Bits" for this. Nor do I want to.
On the Organic front, his point seemed to be if you used plastic in your frames, that was a cause for scorn. My belief is, I have an organic garden, but I use metal shovels, and rubber hoses for it, and that does not make it not organic. Just saying. I am not weaving baskets from rushes for the bees to live in either. (Any Bee People out there, feel very free to disagree, and make your point, we welcome talk on these things)
I met a lot of really fun people. Beekeepers seem to be really friendly folks, by and large. I met one women in particular who was great. She keeps a lot of bees, and told me she does not own a Bee Suit. She sometimes wears gloves and a veil (Or Bee Hat as I like to call it) but that's it. She told me something that started me thinking.
She said when you hive a package (Put a new box of bees into a hive. We also saw pictures last night of how one GETS the Bees INTO the box. I want to party with those people) well, when putting them in, you have to sort of spread them out, like Pizza sauce, so they go down into the hive, with a bee brush.
Or your bare hand. So she says.
I asked her what this felt like, and she said, with a rapt look on her face: "Like Tribbles" Bees crawling all over your bare hands, like petting velvet. Like being really alive.
I told the Birdchick, "We could do that!" She replied "YOU can do it. I will video it. I am making my position known."
Ok. So I will do it. I want to. What a thing to do, for someone like me who had a HUGE Bee Phobia two years ago when we started this. It would be a beyond Face Your Fear moment. Petting Bees. Like Velvet. Being Alive. I'm going for it.
In a complete change of direction, I have a new favorite cd, Lady Gaga. Kid you not. I know I am not known for the pop/dance music playlist, but she is really different. Mads turned me onto her, she had made up a playlist of songs she thought I would like, as we play Radio often, a game called Do You Like This. Mostly not. But this is different.
She isn't a Lollipop girl with great dance moves a studio is "Making" She is the real thing. The cd goes ALL over the place, and it's obvious this girl has been listening to music her entire life, the influences are everywhere. There was one song that starts with only piano, and GREAT down and there piano, like AFP. And another than made me think You have SO listened to Tom Tom Club. I told Mads, "Wiki that Girl!" She writes the songs, she plays the piano. And she rocks. It's pop, it's ABBA, it's showtunes, it's British post punk, it's straight up R&R. All done as a Dance/pop cd. I love it. Can't wait to hear what she does next. Got a Grammy coming, this I know.
And now for a Fashion Moment. What DOES one wear to the stable early in the morning when one has dragged oneself from ones bed in order to get in a ride before work, at an impossibly early hour, and one realizes all riding shoes are AT work? Coraline Dunks!!!!!! With Leather Half Chaps! This will amuse your fellow riders to no end, but it will be a lot of fun for all concerned. And they brought me luck. I cantered and cantered! Twice around the ring at one point! And there was no fear at all. Felt like trotting! I loved it!
My hips now, not so much.
Love and Bees, Gaga and Weird Riding Gear,