Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Honey Bees

It is with great sadness that I said goodbye to my bees yesterday. Apparently you can't keep them in a wall. A man came, opened a square in the wall and took out three big 50-lb buckets of hive and honey. Although I had nothing to do with this operation directly, it was nonetheless terrifying, exhilarating, absolutely astounding. At one point he invited me into the room literally filled with swarming bees for a chunk of comb. The first chunk was golden and tasted a little like orange. I don't think I've ever tasted anything like it in my life. This is the second chunk, apparently older, and probably from different flowers. That's all they could spare, as they need the rest to start up in a new spot, a few miles away. Many of "the girls' were left behind to clean up the rest of the honey, which is now oozing out of the walls. Rather surreal if you ask me. So is the plastic covering the hole and the furious buzzing behind it. The weirdest thing, is the bees through this whole operation just did what they were told. Remarkable.

5 comments:

lostpastremembered said...

That is breaktakingly cool. So many people would have fumigated and walked away. Excellent to have someone who takes them to a new place to be happy. KUDOS to you and congrats on the honey haul. WHat kind of flowers do you have around you>???

Ken Albala said...

Right around the immediate spot are orange trumpet vines. But there's also citrus all over the place, a bougainvillea on the other side of the garage, oleander. Who knows? This batch is darker but not bitter like some wild flower honey. Also very weirdly buttery.

sharon parquette nimtz said...

I hope you can find out where that 'weirdly buttery' taste comes from. Isn't fresh honey just immeasurably fantastic, each little bit of it swallowed and upchucked by our honey bees. I think. Is that not true? I LUFF these things.

Michele said...

That looks really amazingly yummy! Happy honey-ing, lucky duck!

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