I discovered a new interest this past summer: beekeeping! The school where I work has a couple hives, and after helping look after them for several months, yesterday I participated in collecting the honey. The process of harvesting honey from the hives is very, very cool (and we helped ourselves to generous mouthfuls of honey-covered wax while we worked). It’s challenging to keep hives going this far north, but we got about ten pounds of honey for our efforts this year.
The title of this post comes from an Eddie Izzard routine – “My father was a beekeeper, and his father was a beekeeper, and I want to follow in their footsteps. And their footsteps were like this: ‘aahhhhhhh! I’m covered in bees!'” You can watch it on YouTube here, but be warned that it includes some profanity and a dude wearing women’s clothing, if that sort of thing offends you.
Do any of you have beekeeping experience? Do you find it as incredibly fun as I do?