I just returned from a visit to Romania for the wedding of an exchange student who had lived with us 10 years ago. While there I had the pleasure of meeting some beekeepers.
Even though we had quite a language barrier it was a wonderful experience. Beekeeping is very big, lots of honey for sale in the markets.
Along the road between Campina and Sinaia there were at least 6 roadside stands selling honey within a few kilometers. This is in the Prahova River Valley.
I took a few pictures which I wanted to share, showing the migratory bee wagons. They travel up and down the valley with their bees as the season progresses.
Romanian Migratory Bee Wagons
In Bucharest I met a beekeeper at the farmer's market near our hotel. He let me taste samples of all of his various honeys. The one that really stood out was "forest honey". "Padura" It is from the pine trees (as best as I could understand). It is a dramatic, dark and sharp tasting honey. He insisted on giving me a jar of it, and refused any payment. I have been enjoying it in my tea.
The Romanian name for bee is "albine" pronounced albeenay. The word for honey is "miere", or "miere de albine" (honey of the bee).
I hope to return someday and spend more time with them, perhaps visiting their hives. Because of the rainy weather and short time schedule I was unable to inspect their hives in detail. But check out the wagon with the numbered and various colored hives!
I was unable to communicate with them about mites. I used the word "Varroa" but they didnn't understand. So if anyone knows the Romanian word for mite please let me know! I hope they don't know the word because they don't have the problem!
But I do believe this is a country and people who have much to offer us!
Are those leaf hives I see? Sounds like a fun trip.
Yes they are called leaf hives, not sure why, the beekeeper works the hives from inside the wagon.
Thank you for sharing the pictures of your visit. Must have been a fascinating experience.
That one trailor appears to have 84! hives on it. Do they overwinter on the trailor or is there a "home" base? Thanx for sharing the experimence.
Wow! Excellent pics! Thank you!
Anyone know why we don't do anything similar??
I think mite is "acarian"?
But anyway, that was a great field trip report, thanks very much.
David, how would one service the bottom row of hives with the two hives above sitting on it in the picture with the multi color and numbers?
Are the frames slid out horizontally from the rear?
And is that living quarters inside the trailer?
Hi all, Glad you are enjoying the pics.
All I could find out is they do service the hives from inside. It was raining and there was a dog tied up inside that was not very friendly so I decided to defer my inspection to a sunnier day!
I really don't know how they do service the hives from inside. It might be like a top bar hive, or a door that swings down (or up) at the back of the hive. But there is an aisle way that runs inside the wagon.
Yes there are living quarters in the back of one of the wagons. I asked them if they sleep with the bees and they just laughed and said no! I think they might use the living quarters when they are selling honey along the road.
There were no bees on the wagon. They told me the bees were "at home".
Yes there are lots more questions I would like to ask. I hope to get back there some day and get a full report.
very nice people.