Sunday, April 6, 2008
There has to be a way for me to get free honey out of this
The beautiful 300 year old oak tree in my back yard has had some suspicious activity in and around it recently. While clearing the underbrush to install a long awaited fence, we noticed some bees have moved in. Because we have so many important things to worry about other than swarms of bees in the backyard, and getting this fence built, and we are a little bit lazy, we have yet to buy bee poison - or bee dope as my maw-maw would say. (If there is even such a thing?) I did hear some talk of kidnapping a mosquito control employee and forcing him to spray our back yard, but somehow the opportunity never presented itself.
But, after our Saturday morning breakfast, while looking around the farmer's market, we saw fresh honey for sale, and a sign that said- I catch bees for you FREE. Imagine running into a bee keeper- exactly when you have bees that need to be kept! The bee keeper came to inspect the situation, then confirmed, we do indeed have bees.
We have 20,000 bees.
Yes, 20,000 bees in my backyard. Apparently, the State's entire population of bees have taken up residency in my back yard.
The good news is the bee keeper will gladly do whatever it is he does to take them off our hands- and it will only take 5-6 weeks to somehow lure them out of the tree and into his... whatever he has to keep them in.
5-6 weeks to get rid of 20,000 bees. Sounds completely reasonable to me.