So I drove to NC a few weeks ago. When I lived in PA, that would have sounded like an impossible trip. Heck, from Charleston, it is only 4 hours or so. I know you are wondering why I drove to NC…I mean, it is a lovely place, but so is WV.
I ordered a few packages of bees from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and it was delivery day! So, I drove down in the morning in full anticipation of getting bees. This is not my first time to get bees and not even my first time to Brushy Mountain, but it is just so darn exciting contemplating a few boxes of buzzing honeybees awaiting my arrival to take them home to their new hives. I drove through some pretty wild snow which made me ponder whether this was the proper time to be getting bees. Of course, like spring across the country, wait a day and the weather will change.
The bee farm has a small retail outlet not much bigger than my living room. I wandered about it for 15 minutes or so. I bought a few supplies and stuff , but I felt like I ought to stay longer. I know once you walk to the bee pick-up location, they grab your bees and send you on your way. It’s sort of anti-climactic, you know? I mean, I drove all that way, full of excitement, to spend 20 minutes actually getting the bees…20 minutes if I stretch it out.
I could linger no longer so I got my bees, which looked very healthy this year. Sometimes bees have a hard trip from wherever in Georgia they originate. This year they were great. I made sure they were braced into my back seat well and I headed back home. I tend not to stop much when I drive by myself. It’s funny but I can drive all day by myself, but put another person in the car and I sometimes get groggy. Weird.
Anyhow, we made it back home in one piece after another exciting trip to the bee farm! The buzz of my new bees kept me entertained and seeing the occasional escapee always makes me laugh. I especially wonder what would ever happen if an officer of the law pulled me over and saw that…I think I will try to avoid that situation…but it makes me sort of laugh! Yeah bees!
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I always loved going to pick up bees with my parents. Bee stores are just the greatest!
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