Gettin' a good buzz on!

It's been a while since this space has been updated.
Long and short of it is the web service provider went
through a merger and I lost control of the site just about
the same time as the hosting computer terminally
crashed. After some considerable Internet trolling, I was
able to regain the domain and the software to update it.
This might have happened quicker but for some
challenges of taking up a new hobby, beekeeping.
Barbara and I always had an interest in the bee
buzziness, so we took classes at Queens County Farm
Museum to learn the ropes before setting up our
enterprise, B&B's Honey Harlots, with two colonies.
Next thing we knew, between swarming, mixing,
matching and replacing lost colonies we now have four
colonies going in high-rise co-ops, and have spaces for
up to two more, should the girls bless us with more
offshoots this swarm season, when the swarm season
arrives around the Summer Equinox. The girls are a
great learning experience, starting with a very basic
tenet: Bees do not read the instruction books. Every time
they're checked on, they have new surprises, including
some really sweet ones, like getting more honey than we
imagined in our sweetest dreams. Far from being wary
of having 200,000 stingers nearby, neighbors welcome
the arrival of the harlots. Most are gardeners who enjoy
more fruits and vegetables thanks to the harlots'
pollination services. And they regularly drop by to buy
honey made of nectars from their gardens, trees and
plants within a five-mile radius. A few with allergies
swear by the golden goo as a sweet medicine during the
pollen season. And when the season ends, they extend
their protection into the winter months, just in case they
happen to stir up pollen while kicking around the garage
or tool shed digging out the snow shovel.

PHOTOS: (From upper left) New Honey Harlots
arrive for homes in high-rise co-ops. Barbara with
prize-winning honey. Bob with honey. Honey Harlot
homes. Honey tasting draws crowd at demo. A nice
frame full of honey.
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Bob Sterner
photos © 2018