Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Quick Update

Not sure what to say. So much has happened, and yet it didn't.

I went to a beekeeping class that was quite exhaustive (especially for a complete newbie!! I felt like I was in 1st grade and was made to listen to University grade stuff!!)
At first I thought it was FUN! Some very charming beekeepers, old guys know A LOT!!
Hearing some stuff, how bees are conventionally treated, I don't wonder why bees are ill!! I didn't like some of the things there, especially instructions for best beehives to be out of styrofoam (??) and polyurethane (?!) and such - what happenes if they are burnt? (In some cases, this is the solution for stronger diseases.) Burning styrofoam >> very TOXIC!
Luckily I also met some eco beekeepers, so hopefully I'll learn more from them.
Not sure if I even want to have bees anymore?
(But Dad keeps pressing me to fix the old beehives & the old neighbour even said he won't have a successor and seemingly he'd be happy to share his wisdom or maybe even some bees with me - but they are conventionally treated, and with some bad stuff!! hmm!!) Not sure what to do?

I finally talked to some eco people locally, some were really enthusiastic about some of the ideas and projects, so we'll see how it goes from there.
They keep telling me to go to the Mayor, so far I was really shy/embarassed to do so.
Apparently we may be too late to prepare some things for Earth Day, who knew you need to start such things so far ahead in advance? (Two or four months seemed plenty of time for me, eg scouts or school are also preparing other things - so maybe we can talk about an eco fair etc. for next year.)
At least we started talking and connecting more on a local level!
So I have a bunch of people to talk to and things to do, feeling slightly overwhelmed (and caught a bad cold). Hope it'll get better soon!

I'm also not sure how to write e-mails as not to overwhelm people (or myself)? So much stuff builds up, I wish I could discuss things with you all, not sure if it's okay to just write it here. So if you want to hear from me and I know you, maybe I can write you an e-mail, tell in comments if you're interested! :)


  1. You can email me!! I'm all ears!
    take care! MBB

  2. Hi Layla, how busy you are!!!
    If you think I could give you an aid, please feel free to share with me your doubts via email. ;)

  3. Your bee stuff sounds fun - well the first part, and the rest if it was done right. It's tricky isn't it, I don't use any bee-products (bees wax, honey etc) becuase I'm vegan, but the world needs bees, and a way to increase bee population is to farm them...I'm sure there are nicer ways to do it that you've seen so far - perhaps if your neighbour does offer you some bees you can treat them in a lovely, bee friendly, eco friendly way and show him theres another way?!

    If you ever think I can be of any help with anything you're more than welcome to email me (it's :D

  4. i watched an episode last fall of the last beekeeper or something like that and it made me sad because they were opening up their hives and half of them had disappeared and they were not sure why.

    i hope that you do get to learn from the eco beekeepers. i don't know anything about beekeeping, but from your post it sounds quite like many other industries that have become destructive to the environment and ecosystems involved :-(

  5. Thank you, girls!!

    Some good and some bad things here recently, so I'm not sure what to say in public (or even in e-mail, hmm?)

    I'm a bit frazzled right now, hope things calm down soon!