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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The Swarm -- Across the Road

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Around August 1st each summer a little magic happens here! Well it's magic to me because I don't understand quite how or why it works... the Man and I were sitting under the catalpa tree, him with his red and me with my nicely chilled rose, when he looked at me and said, "Do you hear that humming sound?" I listened carefully and sure enough there it was and as the minutes passed and our glasses emtied, it grew a bit louder. That coupled with the sound of a machine that made a whirring chug-a-lug sound from time to time and I was pretty sure M. Georges Estival was making honey. No fancy hive or protective clothing for him! Jamais!
This was taken last year around the same time. For some reason this particular combination of junk causes the bees to swarm by the thousands!

8 comments:

  1. G'day Broad. Sometimes the mysteries of life are best if we don't know the answer to them all.The main thing is that the bees know why they come there. How lovely. Take care. Liz...

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  2. I'm not that familiar with bee keeping but the ones I have seen aren't as "free range" as that. Fascinating! Ah a glass or two of red or rosé in the sun... bliss!

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  3. He's probably immune to bee stings by now, Broad. A friend of us here in Normandy keeps bees and the whole process is fascinating. Sounds like you're having a lovely, relaxing time :-)

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  4. Hello Katherine:
    How very extraordinary that this should repeat itself annually. Are bees, we wonder, very much creatures of habit or is this just something of chance?

    Whatever, when they are known to be under threat it is good to see them active.

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  5. When we had a hive in a tree (next to the catalpa) sometimes the bees would swarm and travel, up high above us, it was eerie. They would pass over like a cloud.

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  6. Fascinating. We will be sitting chez nous with a similar beverage ourselves very soon but the only flying visitors we usually get are bats and swallows swirling around !

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  7. There is nothing quite so good as truly fresh honey. Had some from a beekeeper friend a couple of years back and it makes regular store-bought seem like artificial sweetener by comparison.

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  8. Well have had a few 'blissful' glasses of rose since then! Many thanks for all your comments. Unfortunately, I have not figured out how to respond to comments from my mobile -- there is a way I think -- but now it's too late as my mobile is caput.

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