My friend Michael, the BEE-KEEPER
Meet my friend Michael who lives on a large farm near me and who has taken up the hobby of raising bees and harvesting honey.
Michael is a sweet man with a sweet hobby and he was kind enough to share the experience with me. The first thing he did was to fill up his smoking device. Hopefully that helps to calm the bees and it seemed to work the day that I was there.
He said he’s been stung a few times but that’s to be expected and is a small price to pay for the enjoyment received.
You can see the bees swarming but they tend to stay pretty much in the one area. Not only does Michael keep bees but he’s planted extensive fields of alfalfa that they swarm to and pollinate. It amazes me that he has been able to do this on his own…but the flowering alfalfa proves that it can be done and he says that the honey is greatly enhanced by it.
This is strictly a hobby for Michael. He doesn’t sell the honey or expect to make it commercial. He’s just found it to be a serene and soothing pastime .
I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and it wasn’t until I was driving home later that I remembered that I am very allergic to bee stings. I guess the powers that BEE were looking out for me!