You haven’t heard too much from me lately. And that’s because—well—I feel really good. So instead of writing about living—I’ve just been living. Kinda fun. Life has become one big field trip doing all the things on my bucket list.
I’m a treehugger, so I have a treehugger’s bucket list. It includes things like formulating the perfect compost recipe, exploring Yosemite in the Springtime and learning how to harvest honey—which I did this week.
We drove along scenic Lake Hodges, through the rocky hills of North county San Diego ’til we arrived at house where a beehive sits on a chair in the front yard. Normally, visitors would just see the beautiful yard; speckled with the light that filters down through shade trees. A nightblooming cereus snakes its’ way into the trees’ branches. There’s a pond flowing with aquatic life like lotus flowers, fish and native frogs. A tank nestled into the landscape holds water harvested from winter rains. This front garden is a feast for the eye. But it’s just the beehive on the chair that catches my attention.
“A swarm of bees showed up in the tree one night, so Bill put on his bee suit, picked it up and dropped it into the hivebox on the chair. We should probably move it to the backyard.”
Friends Bill and Sunni will probably move the hive…eventually. But today they’re harvesting its honey—and I’ve been invited. These are the kinds of things I get to do now, as I wait to get better—or worse.
When we arrive at their house, Bill has his big stainless steel honey spinner propped up in the dining room. It works with centrifugal force. And the sweet amber gift flows into mason jars. Nothin’ better on an English muffin or in a cup of tea than Bill and Sunni’s honey. We’re eager to see if raw local honey really can cure our allergies. And I can cross another wonder off my bucket list.
I’m looking forward to exploring Yosemite in the Springtime. That road trip starts next weekend.
You can see exactly how we harvested the honey on Bill Toone’s blog here: www.ecolifeconservationblog.org.