An unwilling beekeeper
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  1. #1
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    Default An unwilling beekeeper

    I have already posted a few questions to the 101 forum so am doing things backwards by NOW introducing myself.

    I got dragged along to bee classes last fall by my wife. A local bee keeper who has @300 hives and is a local distributor for Mann Lake provides free education to anyone wanting to keep bees. They run four three or four (I don't recall how many) 4-hour classes on Sunday afternoons.

    The wife already had a nice garden, chickens and dairy goats and wanted to expand into bees. Being honest I was pretty much dragged along, unwilling. I knew she really wanted to do the class and got the impression she wanted company on her first class so, off I went. I told her I would go to the first class and if I didn't like it, I wouldn't attend the rest, figuring she would be at ease attending the rest solo.

    Well, I attended all classes and somehow have become THE beekeeper in the family.

    It only took a single class before I realized that beekeeping is a rewarding hobby.

    Happy to be on board.

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: An unwilling beekeeper

    That's the old honey-pot trick. Works every time!

    Nancy

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    Default Re: An unwilling beekeeper

    Like Forrest said, "It happens." Glad to have you onboard.
    “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

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    Default Re: An unwilling beekeeper

    Knowledge is power. Taking a class is a great way to start. Just be sure that any protective garb you get, you order for your wife as well! Otherwise, you'll be needing an extra set of hands for a split or something, and she'll be saying "Where's MY super-suit??"

    Cheers,

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    Default Re: An unwilling beekeeper

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Frazier View Post
    Knowledge is power. Taking a class is a great way to start. Just be sure that any protective garb you get, you order for your wife as well! Otherwise, you'll be needing an extra set of hands for a split or something, and she'll be saying "Where's MY super-suit??"

    Cheers,
    Yes, we ordered two of everything when we got started but she tags along to watch and provide some smoke from time to time and I end up doing what needs to be done.

    I think when we get honey she will take over, producing any products.

    i.e. when stingers are involved I am to the fore!

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    Default Re: An unwilling beekeeper

    I am glad you finally liked it.

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    Default Re: An unwilling beekeeper

    This happened to me too.
    Itīs rather nice to have someone who sees himself a "helper" get enthusiastic.
    Itīs so much more nice to work a team.

    Iīm glad you support your wife.

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    Default Re: An unwilling beekeeper

    Welcome!
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    Default Re: An unwilling beekeeper

    Welcome to Bee Source.
    "Sometimes the best action, with bees, is no action at all."

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