Parked outside was a beautiful old truck with the name of a local apiary painted on one side. Inside, were two guys in overalls who looked as if apiarism might've been their thing. I struck up a conversaton and mentioned we were hoping to intall hives at Muntanui.
Alex, the Bee Boss, took my details and said that he and Bee Off-sider, Tony, would come out to see us the next day. As it turned out, they rocked up half an hour later.
They mentioned they were going to check 40 hives up the Branch River the next day and invited us to tag along if we were interested.
"You'll soon work out whether or not bee-keeping's something you really want to do," said Alex.
We jumped at the offer. The next morning, we were out the door by 8 o'clock, packed lunches in hand. We arrived back home at 6pm, having realised over the course of the day that we love bees. We want bees. We must have bees. Bees R definitely Us.
Alex mentioned that he'd stick a couple of hives here "just to see what happens" next time he's coming through -- in about two weeks. As far as we're concerned, it can't happen soon enough... but in the meantime, sit back and enjoy this beeautiful cinematic offering, courtesy of the genius of Spike Jonze. I mean, Farmer Wan.
Posted by Farmer Nik