Bee Quote of the month: March

quotes about honey bees

The bee, from her industry in summer, eats honey all the winter.

Find out about uses for honey in cooking and skin care.


40 000 worker bees participate in avant garde artwork

art work created by bees
Tomas Gabzdil Libertiny: unbearable lightness

40 000 worker bees were released into the glass and plastic case to complete a wax honeycomb structure over a figure.
Libertiny's art work, called unbearable lightness, makes me wonder about using and controlling wild life as the means to fulfilling his final product. The bees, engaging in their natural process, created a honeycomb skin over the figure and then fill each cell with the honey. Find out more at DESIGNBOOM


Bee quote of the Month October

Bee quote
Place a beehive on my grave
and let the honey soak through.

When I'm dead and gone,
that's what I want from you.

The streets of heaven are gold and sunny,
but I'll stick with my plot and a pot of honey.

Place a beehive on my grave
and let the honey soak through.
May's Honey Song, from The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


Bee quote of the month: September

 bee on azalea
Bumble bee on azalea bloom
Even bees, the little almsmen of spring bowers,
know there is richest juice in poison-flowers. ~ John Keats
BEEKEEPERS: For your interest here is a forum thread about bees and poisonous flowers such as oleander and azalea and rhododendrons.


Bee Quote of the month: June

bee quote by Aristotle
Concerning the generation of animals akin to them, as hornets and wasps, the facts in all cases are similar to a certain extent, but are devoid of the extraordinary features which characterize bees; this we should expect, for they have nothing divine about them as the bees have. 
  Aristotle 384 BC – 322 BC


Bee quote of the month: May

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
    Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
        And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
    William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree

If you have a photo you would like to include here of bee hives in a garden please let me know so I can include it.


Brother Adam and the bees

Brother Adam was born Karl Kehrle in 1898, in Germany.
He became a Benedictine monk and a beekeeper at Buckfast Abbey in England.

Buckfast Abbey 1798 painting by J. White Abbott

He became an authority on bee breeding, writing books on the subject and developing the Buckfast bee. This was a strain of very productive bee that was resistant to the Acarapis woodi parasite.
"He was unsurpassed as a breeder of bees. He talked to them, he stroked them. He brought to the hives a calmness that, according to those who saw him at work, the sensitive bees responded to." (The Economist, Sept. 14th 1996)

Many bee breeders, especially in Europe, have used Brother Adam’s stock.


Beekeeping At Buckfast Abbey with a section on mead making
Breeding the Honeybee
Brother Adam- In Search of the Best Strains of Bees

More info about Brother Adam at Elspeth Payne's site.


One beautiful bee brooch

Marcasite Bee Brooch
Hallmarked 925 Sterling Silver Marcasite & Smokey Quartz Bee Brooch
This beautiful bee brooch is crafted from sterling silver, with a pear shaped cut smokey quartz gemstone for the body of the bee. The marcasites, set in sterling silver, are on the wings and legs.

Did you know?
Marcasites are made from pyrite.
Marcasite jewellery has been made since the time of the Ancient Greeks.
It was popular in the eighteenth century, the Victorian era and with Art Nouveau

You can purchase it here at Amazon.  Be quick though as there is only 1 or 2 left.


Bee quote of the month: February

For bees, the flower is the fountain of life;
For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.
    -Kahlil Gibran, poet


Address on Bees by Pope Pius XII

Address on Bees

November 27, 1948

Impelled and guided by instinct, a visible trace and testimony of the unseen wisdom of the Creator, what lessons do not bees give to men, who are, or should be, guided by reason, the living reflection of the divine intellect!

Bees are models of social life and activity, in which each class has its duty to perform and performs it exactly—one is almost tempted to say conscientiously—without envy, without rivalry, in the order and position assigned to each, with care and love. Even the most inexperienced observer of bee culture admires the delicacy and perfection of this work. Unlike the butterfly which flits from flower to flower out of pure caprice; unlike the wasp and the hornet, brutal aggressors, who seem intent on doing only harm with no benefit for anyone, the bee pierces to the very depths of the flower's calix diligently, adroitly, and so delicately, that once its precious treasure has been gathered, it gently leaves the flowers without having injured in the least the light texture of their garments or caused a single one of their petals the loss of its immaculate freshness.

Then, loaded down with sweet-scented nectar, pollen, and propolis, without capricious gyrations, without lazy delays, swift as an arrow, with precise, unerring, certain flight, it returns to the hive, where valorous work goes on intensely to process the riches so carefully garnered, to produce the wax and the honey. . (Virgil, , 4, 169.)

Ah, if men could and would listen to the lesson of the bees: if each one knew how to do his daily duty with order and love at the post assigned to him by Providence; if everyone knew how to enjoy, love, and use in the intimate harmony of the domestic hearth the little treasures accumulated away from home during his working day: if men, with delicacy, and to speak humanly, with elegance, and also, to speak as a Christian, with charity in their dealings with their fellow men, would only profit from the truth and the beauty conceived in their minds, from the nobility and goodness carried about in the intimate depths of their hearts, without offending by indiscretion and stupidity, without soiling the purity of their thought and their love, if they only knew how to assimilate without jealousy and pride the riches acquired by contact with their brothers and to develop them in their turn by reflection and the work of their own minds and hearts; if, in a word, they learned to do by intelligence and wisdom what bees do by instinct—how much better the world would be!

Working like bees with order and peace, men would learn to enjoy and have others enjoy the fruit of their labors, the honey and the was, the sweetness and the light in this life here below.
Instead, how often, alas, they spoil the better and more beautiful things by their harshness, violence, and malice: how often they seek and find in every thing only imperfection and evil, and misinterpreting even the most honest intentions, turn goodness into bitterness!

Let them learn therefore to enter with respect, trust, and charity into the minds and hearts of their fellow men discreetly but deeply; then they like the bees will know how to discover in the humblest souls the perfume of nobility and of eminent virtue, sometimes unknown even to those who possess it. They will learn to discern in the depths of the most obtuse intelligence, of the most uneducated persons, in the depths even of the minds of their enemies, at least some trace of healthy judgment, some glimmer of truth and goodness.

As for you, beloved sons, who while bending over your beehives perform with all care the most varied and delicate work for your bees, let your spirits rise in mystic flight to experience the kindness of God, to taste the sweetness of His word and His law (Ps. 18:11; 118: 103), to contemplate the divine light symbolized by the burning flame of the candle, product of the mother bee, as the Church sings in her admirable liturgy of Holy Saturday:
(For it is nourished by the melting wax, which the mother bee produced for the substance of this precious light.)

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Australia's amazing Native Myrtle Tree Honey

HONEY SOURCED FROM AN AUSTRALIAN native myrtle tree has been found to have the most powerful anti-bacterial properties of any honey in the world and could be used to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections that commonly occur in hospitals and nursing homes. See the full story

We see hundreds of bees on these, what we call, yellow tea tree blossoms.

Above IMAGE and more botanical information at Noosa's Native Plants.

Beautiful blossoms of the lemon scented tea tree
from Trees in Newcastle

Bee quote of the month: Brother Adam