Last edited by jim lyon; 08-09-2014 at 08:30 AM. Reason: no longer relevant
We run a very busy grain, cattle and honey farm. When the times are right, we always sit down for that important cup of coffee... when the times are not right, we respectfully communicate that and carry on with our business.
If you want to be seen as someone who is substantial, then making time for that chat is priceless.
Some of my best memories of time past has come from neighbours stopping on the road during harvest to chat... stopping by our cattle barn during calving for coffee, and stopping by the honey house during extraction. The point is, work is work is work is work. Settle down a bit, enjoy it
Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
Hope you can find a workable solution, Jim, so you can enjoy your work and remain approachable.
Jim, even with all of my wonderful recommendations that I gave earlier, I'll have to say that you do whatever is comfortable for *you* and that makes *you* happy. Sure, in this society we're living in today the threat of liability lawsuits are ever present, but we can't live our lives always looking over our shoulder to see if the other "boot" is about to drop...if were always looking over our shoulder we might one day step off a cliff. Years ago while down in France's wine district the guy showing us around explained to us that they have a philosophy..."We work to live, we don't live to work.". I've got issues with some of the French "thoughts" but I've mulled over that statement a lot of times and think it has a good bit of wisdom in it. We've only one life to use while here on earth. I don't think there is really a "right" or "wrong" course of action to what you are asking about. At the end of the day when I lay my weary body down, what I did during the day that gives me peace and that makes me smile in humble retrospect seems like the important things to me.
There's more to life than bean-counting, but bean soup is good...but it's a lot better when you have a smile on your face when you're eating it.
My previous post was actually made in error. I Forgot I was reading the commercial forum. I read this forum, but don't post here. Sorry.
My situation is much different than the OP's. I'm not commercial.
Lauri - if you spoke the truth, there is no need to apologize to me.
Not sure why you have particulars about posting in the commercial side. There are many aspects of commercial beekeeping. You don't need 1000 hives to post here if that's whats holding you back.
Ever soul who follows what you post on Beesource can easily gather you are already in the commercial side of this gig albeit on the smaller side. From what I gather you either have a Masters in Marketing already or ought to be given a honorary Doctorate in the subject at BEE-U.
I'm workin' on it.
Personally, I won't let people in during extraction simply for sanitary reasons. I have a kitchen operation.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
March 2010; +/- 50 hives, TF
Bevy, my wife really enjoyed visiting with a fellow beekeeper. My extracting room is pretty tight, not really room for anyone else in there. Its just a one man band. Also every time the door opens ,3 bees fly in.
If I had to do it over again, I still wouldn't keep the public away. Its been wonderful meeting interesting people from all over the world. So ring the bell, and we will pop up!