When I redid the kitchen uppers I made the depth of them more than the little shelves that I had there before. Because of this, the wonderful little spice rack that my cousin Vernie made for me when I was in my 20’s had to be taken down. Still, I want to have as many of Vernie’s works in THO as I can fit there so I decided that I would repurpose it as a shelf for candles and pottery at the top of the stairs. I won’t be needing the candles as frequently because of the new 12volt electric lights, but they are nice to burn from time to time because the bee’s wax smells so lovely. Too, they are excellent to have on hand in case of emergency.
As a veg*an you might be asking yourself, if I have thought about the use of bees for my own purposes. Truth is, I have and I am mixed about the subject of bees and have considered quite seriously putting in a few boxes for them. I am not really a honey lover or even a candle fanatic, but I love the idea of the bees being there to help me with my garden. Truth is that while I don’t eat any animal products, I am also guilty of killing spiders as well as mosquitos, biting insects as well as house flies and I have a leather jacket as well as leather footwear that I purchased before becoming vegan and I won’t throw them out so that they go to waste. I hate waste and destruction of useful things, more than anything else.
On the subject of bees, I am happy to say that I do have a lovely large paper wasp colony on my land right near the escarpment. I don’t like to get too close to these awesome little pollinators because they do not take lightly to a threatened nest, but Colleen Murphy has a good camera and could take this photo from a good distance away.
The nest is far enough away that I don’t feel threatened for myself or for those who visit, but still, I have had a few of them in THO this year. I am not afraid of them though, I just catch them carefully under a glass, slide in a piece of paper and then let them free outside. They leave without problems so far, every time.