Amanda As A Bee!!!

The blog Amanda As A Bee all started when I started keeping bees and a friend of mine said, “Oh Amanda, you should really have a blog!” Another friend gave me this little metal garden figure of a girl with funky hair dressed as a bee on a bicycle. Yeah, random. And I said, “Oh it’s me as a bee.”

This blog has taken twists and turns that I did not expect. In a little more than 3 years, I have gained and lost a lot of beehives, made new friends, moved to a farm, then to a boat, then had a baby, who then had a heart condition, then moved back on land and like a good book, I’ve come back to the beginning. Bees!

Last night I waited until little nutling was asleep and off I waltzed to go pick up a hive. On Pender, no less. Someone I’d delivered bees to a couple years ago made me up a hive as a thank you. Well, Brian and Sue, thank you! I thought this would be the first summer I’d face without bees since moving to Pender.

I have had an upwards of 25 hives but over the last couple years with Gabrielle in and out of the hospital at crucial beekeeping times, the bees have suffered. When it was time to put my 6 hives to bed for the winter last year, Gabrielle’s surgery was bumped up because her heart was failing. Sorry bees, but baby wins.

After getting home with a hive in the back of our tiny truck, I fully suited up and asked Marc (unsuited) if he would help me carry this not-strapped-together hive down to the field. Poor guy, I was trying to be sympathetic but I was more concerned with the bees than his overall health when I said, “If you get stung, put the box down slowly then you can yell and jump around.” Yeah, I’m a good wife… More importantly, he is a very supportive husband.

(Yeah, I know this is a bumble bee but it was a pretty picture to take while my bees were getting settled)

The bees are in full sun with a field full of yellow buttercups. It could not be more perfect. And I could not be more happy.

I have an extra suit, if you wanna come join in on the fun! Let me paint you the picture. The hum of happy bees, the bright sun warming your back, the delicate waft of honey as you’re surrounded by buzzing and flowers and summer. Yes, it’s a perfect moment. Just ignore the stingers.

Welcome Bees!

About Amanda

Living a simple quiet life on the Gulf Islands, BC.

13 Thoughts on “Amanda As A Bee!!!

  1. Gail on 17 June, 2012 at 2:29 pm said:

    Yeah, Amanda as a bee. I’m in for suiting up again!And I have a suit no less and your metal figurine I’ve kept safe for you. Happy for you!Can I get another hive too?

  2. Cidnie on 17 June, 2012 at 4:22 pm said:

    I am SO happy things have settled enough for you to be “goofing with the bees” again. :)

  3. Sandi on 17 June, 2012 at 5:29 pm said:

    Hooray for bees!

  4. If only I were closer. It sounds delightful.

    By the way, you have (by far) my favorite blog title. As A Bee. When Justin and I talk about you, we always call you “As A Bee” because to us, that is your name just as much as “Amanda” is.

    Hooray bees.

  5. Danielle on 17 June, 2012 at 8:03 pm said:

    And what delightful fabulous name has this hive whispered to you? What shall it be christened?

  6. Bea Smoker on 18 June, 2012 at 3:40 pm said:

    Happy to hear you’re back in the bee business. Hope they multiply quickly so we can enjoy more of your delicious honey. Do you want us to save jars?

  7. My favorite bee keeper is back!

  8. Sarah on 19 June, 2012 at 8:04 am said:

    So lovely! Amanda – just wanted you to know, I still swing by “As A Bee” on a weekly basis and love the pictures, stories and adventures you and your family are part of. Partly, I love reading your stuff because I would love to one day move to one of the gulf islands and think you offer a little window for me. Take care and one day, when I’m visiting the Island, maybe I could hop a boat and come for a visit!

    • Sarah you are always welcome! I think our kids would have a lot of fun playing together. Do you keep up on your blog at all?

      • Sarah on 19 June, 2012 at 12:23 pm said:

        Totally – Sophie is almost walking now too, which is fun. And no, I have my work blog that I have to keep up, so it seems I’ve lost interest in doing a personal one. Thanks for the invite – one day I’ll take you up on it!

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