Following the Bees

 Isn't this a sweet little painted bee?

Isn't this a sweet little painted bee?

Following the Bees

I had stopped by my bee buddy David's house to return something. Actually I was dropping off a six pack of beer someone at a club had recommended where I had recently lectured. I also had something that belonged to David but returning, and borrowing items from each other, is a regular habit. This was a visit just to bee chat, something we frequently do on each others decks. 

 We have been beekeeping and sharing our adventures, and equipment, for years.  David also happens to love beer so I was pretty confident he would quickly volunteer to give it a taste test. Besides being the darker beer David likes, this beer had a special ingredient - honey.

While waiting for David to come out, I saw several bee hive boxes neatly stacked up in his driveway. I recognized some pieces he had borrowed from me; then next to them, a couple of hive boxes from our mutual bee buddy Cheryl. 

For the record, Cheryl also likes beer.

Hard to miss one of her boxes, she had little bees painted on the side!

 This hive box was painted by high school students in a local art class.

This hive box was painted by high school students in a local art class.

The charming paint job was by a local high school student art class. The honeybees are flying over a series of painted flowers, so pretty against the honey brown hive body color.

Yes, bees have colored the way I now see the world. I can't imagine not sharing adventures with wonderful beekeeping friends, brought into my life because I followed the bees.

And the beer?

 This beer was available at our local Aldi's store in Rolla, Missouri.

This beer was available at our local Aldi's store in Rolla, Missouri.

David says the beer is "very good." He likes to follow the honey.

Charlotte