I have a way with chickens. I know, you must be thinking I’ve hit the Prosecco a bit hard today but honest to God, chickens dig me. All I have to do is go near a chicken coop and say “here chicky chicky” and they flock to me to have a conversation. I’m pretty sure that in a past life I must have either been a farmer or Snow White (although 7 dwarfs have yet to follow me I’m working on it).
Anyway, my sister-in-law has many interests that pretty much change with the wind and this year she has an obsession with bees…or should I say beehives. My father-in-law had bee houses on the property many years ago but he had to stop because he became allergic to their sting.
While I am not exactly afraid of bees, I can still recall like it was yesterday, my very first bee sting. Perhaps because I was stung on the bum, but I remember I was only about 5 years old and the bee was sitting on my tricycle seat, so clearly I sat on him and he got a bit pissed off. I screamed all the way home and then my mom pulled down my shorts and put mud on the sting. I guess after that all was right with the world but I’m not sure how fond I was of my tricycle after that.
So now we have three beehives in our yard. This means free, organic honey! I don’t plan on sitting on any of them this time and I admit I am fascinated to see how this bee farming adventure works. At the moment they are a bit agitated because they have been moved and they are still trying to figure out where the fridge and bathroom are I guess. They are at the far end of the field so presumably they will mind their own business while I hang out the laundry and in return I will avoid sitting on any of them! Sounds like a fair deal don’t you think?
The actual bee houses look more like a storage box at an office, but here is a photo of them as well as some chickens a rabbit, a couple curious cats on a window sill, and a sheep that I made friends with in Cantalupo (the name sounds like Cantalope the fruit but actually it means the singing wolf, one of the villages we explored last weekend).