When I was growing up, my father was all about our backyard beehive. For those of you who knew Chuck, you know he was an adventurer to the MAX and was always finding interesting hobbies. This "very" local beehive was one of them.
So, here is the background. I was privileged to grow up in a home that my parents built in the 80's on Camelback Mountain. My playground was a mountain. Seriously, I look back on my childhood and it was awesome. Then, when I was very little, a swarm of bees decided their perfect home would literally be right behind our pool in a massive, natural rock wall. In my family we are all huge nature lovers and thus, it was only natural not to "disturb" the bees, as this was their "home" too.
So, I grew up with a ton of bees around our pool and really grew to respect them. And as parents do, there were many teachable moments around these bees. For instance, dad had horrible allergies and he began self-harvesting the honeycomb to consume the local honey [see benefits of honey link below]. He would take my dress-up bridal veil and cover his face with the netting [what a picture, haha] and my mother would duct tape his gloves down to keep the bees from crawling into this sleeves. Then he would repel down the rock wall to harvest the honey. Yep, I learned the importance of consuming raw, local honey as well as inventive safety precautions. [I cannot help but laugh thinking about the whole thing.]
Now, I see all of these articles on Saving the Bees and the Benefits of Honey. I need to help spread the word! Because without bees, we would not have honey - or many of our beautiful flowers.
Here are a few links to articles all about bees & honey.
Saving the Bees
Benefits of Bees
Benefits of Honey
Also, here is a video to see the bee waggle dance, super cute.