Posted by: mrtweeds | September 15, 2009

the land of milk and honey

i’ve often said that i come from the land of milk and honey: my mother grew up on a dairy farm which her brother still runs, and my father has been a bee keeper off and on for my entire life.

see? milk and honey!

i know, i’m very clever and brilliant.

anyway, the beautiful brick farm house which my mother grew up in and in which my uncle still resides has been undergoing some pretty impressive renovations lately. new windows led to new window casings which led to discovering that the entire north face of the house was inexplicably not attached to the actual house. somehow the brick had separated itself from the interior wooden walls and was just balanced there, leading to even more renovations involving removing the entire wall, brick by brick, and rebuilding it.

which is pretty impressive.

but what makes it even more impressive is the fact that when they started to remove the bricks, they found this:

what's this

yep.

honey bees had been residing in the walls. quite comfortably, it seems, as my mother tells me that they’ve known that there were “some” bees in that wall ever since she can remember.

so, my father the beekeeper, headed over this weekend to see if there were any bees or honey he could collect.

cut

i’m fairly certain this was not exactly what the carpenters were expecting when they signed on for this job, but they were troopers and bravely soldiered on.

when they started to cut out the wooden exterior, they had no idea what they might find between the boards and the interior lathe and plaster, but i feel fairly confident in saying that they did not expect to find this:

thumbs up

they found bees.

which yes, they did expect.

but what they didn’t expect was quite the amount of bees.

we've got bees

i mean, there were a lot of bees.

and did i mention honey?

bees interior

because there was that too.

by all reports the honeycomb took up a space approximately 4 feet by 2 feet,  and was 8 inches deep, yielding probably a bit over 100 lbs of honey.

which is pretty much unheard of.

both the bees and honey were safely removed in pails, garbage bags, and other containers to my parents’, where they are now residing in real live hives and settling in to their new home… hopefully to survive the winter and turn into a mega-hive providing honey for years to come.

and thus peace in the land of milk and honey was restored.

*photographs courtesy of my father, because there’s no way i was getting near this.

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Responses

  1. Whaaaaaa???? That is so crazy!!!

  2. Wow! The house is “COVERED IN BEES!” Thank you Mr. Izzard

  3. wow…that’s a lot of honey…and bees


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