Caleb's gift from us was this beekeeper's suit.Okay, so maybe it's a wee bit of a gift to myself as well. You see, I am terrified of bees. Last year's experience with them did not help at all. Not that anything happened, mind you. I was just expecting to go through some sort of "therapy" with them and end up completely at ease around the little stinging maniacs. Unfortunately, I was so scared, I wound up dizzy and sweating if I was anywhere near them. I spent the season standing 30 feet away shouting instructions (I was the only one who had read the books) to Don and Caleb while they did the dirty work. I tried getting nearer, but if just one single bee flew anywhere near me, it took all my concentrated effort to not run screaming into the sunset.
A little historical sidenote is that our bees killed the queen before she was able to lay any eggs and therefore we developed a case of "laying workers" which, for a single hive, is pretty much a death sentence. Our hive did eventually die off, so we ordered a second hive body and 2 packages this year and are hoping for better luck.
Anyway, Caleb has absolutely no fear of bees. He even remained calm when one
Last year, he did most of any bee work without the benefit of any sort of protection and frankly, didn't want any. However, we never had to harvest honey last year. My understanding is that bees are not too happy when we human-types rob them. So, despite his protests that he is just fine, I insisted that he would need some protection this year. And so we picked this bee suit up for him from the local beekeeper's store for his birthday. I'd say he was pretty pleased. I think he loves the official look and feel of it. I also have a full coverage suit now that we picked up late last year so that, hopefully, I can get near them and help. Otherwise, I'll look pretty silly all decked out in my beesuit standing on the other side of the yard. Actually, I'm okay with that too.
Another gift he received was a really neat handmade yellow shirt from my cousin that says "Got honey?" on it. It was such a clever idea.
Caleb is now ready for these bees to arrive. They are coming from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms near the end of April. We hope to have a little bit better luck with these bees, in part because of the way they will be packaged. Anyway, I'll be sure to post pictures when the big day comes.
Oh, and by the way, another BIG deal for Caleb on his birthday, a huge deal for any