(Adapted from my 2015 Valentine post . . .)
Beekeepers are not sentimental. For most of us, Saint Valentine’s Day is a day of intense panic when male beekeepers rush out to buy something special for some darling or pigsney. (It’s not like we didn’t know February 14 was coming.)
Saint Valentine’s Day, though, wasn’t meant to be a day of loathing and dread. It comes to us from a mythical character of long ago. The love-struck saint’s day is built upon Lupercalia, a 3-day Roman holiday (February 13–15) which was intimately connected to fertility. (Luper himself was originally a lupus, or wolf-creature.) Lupercalia came from a much older spring celebration, maybe going back 10,000 years, adopted by the Romans, and then was borrowed by the new Roman church just 1700 years ago. The church fathers used the old holiday to remember a sainted martyr, Valentino, who grew a new heart every night and give his old heart to anyone who was sick, feeble, or heartless. Giving out chocolate hearts might have been easier.
At least one beekeeper – someone whom I shall never meet – employed enormous energy and talent to make the really cool heart-shaped comb in the picture above. I ran across it on a Polish language bee-talk forum where members were showing various comb-honey gadgets. I couldn’t understand very much of what I read on that site, but the pictures are great. If you have seen these heart-combs before or know the person who makes them, please drop me a note so I can credit the appropriate craftsman. Until then, maybe you can make a few of these yourself. You know, just before taking your special honey out to dinner.
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Beekeeping can either be a full time profession or a hobby that is simple. However, more often than not, what started as a hobby would turn into a profession. But you cannot just decide and tell yourself you will begin to do beekeeping. You need to have satisfactory knowledge and comprehension on the subject that you are going to enter, before starting on any avocation or profession. Then it’s about time to indulge yourself in your line of interest if you really have been putting off your interest in beekeeping for quite a while. Bee farming may not appear difficult; by learning the basic beekeeping lessons, you can be got off to a great start.
What does a beekeeper must understand?
You should have interest that is total on beekeeping to begin at the right foot. You should also have consented to share your house space. There are potential dangers in beekeeping that can damage not only you but your family also. Your focus is not only to earn money by selling honey; a great beekeeper should have a keen interest and passion in raising bees.
An apiarist ought to know the right location for the beehives. You need to make sure beekeeping is enabled in your town, if you decide to place your beehives at your backyard. There are several areas confined to beekeeping; you need to get permission about this.
Beekeepers must know whether beekeeping supplies are available in the region where the beehives are situated. When you need to visit a local beekeeping shop you may never understand; it is best that a nearby beekeeping store is accessible.
Equipment and protective gear can also be important for beekeepers to know. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the outfit that is correct must be worn during beekeeping sessions. Understand the appropriate suit to pick to keep you from any possible risk in beekeeping.
All the attempts that are beekeeping would be futile if you’re not able to harvest honey. The methods should be known by a beekeeper in gathering the honey from your comb; beeswax is also part of the returns in beekeeping.