Life, Motherhood and 180,000 Honeybees
by Roseanne Daryle Thomas
I've been a little curious about the art of beekeeping lately, so this title caught my eye on the library shelf. I've got several other books about bees on my TBR list, as well. I think this one was a good start with the subject. It's a personal narrative of one woman's foray into beekeeping, after a painful divorce. She doesn't linger over her personal struggles, other than to show how the involvement with bees, the peace and focus this new endeavor brings her, settles some of the upheaval in her life. Most of it is about the bees, learning how to care for them, making mistakes, sourcing the local Bee Master for help, etc. There's also a love of the land, observations of nature, little tidbits on apian behavior, some quirky neighbors in her new town, and a beautiful ongoing portrait of her seven-year-old daughter, eager to dive into the newness of beekeeping alongside her mom. The writing is really engaging, so I breezed through this book in just a few days. It had my full attention.
I just found a site here which has the most amazing photograhps of honeybees, and the captions alone teach you a lot about them. Go take a look!
Rating: 3/5 ........ 228 pages, 2002
More opinions at:
A Gardener's Notebook