Letter: Disappearing Art of Bee Lining
To the Editor:
Congratulations to Nicola Smith on her in-depth article in the Oct. 26 Valley News about lining honeybees. This is becoming a lost art, but a fun one for those interested in doing it. It takes tremendous patience — I speak from experience having done this with my husband years ago. We had a few hives of bees at home, but in September enjoyed going out with the “bee box” and anise-flavored sugar water, trying to find a colony of wild honey bees, usually feeding on golden rod flowers. He once found a colony in a hollow tree and we enjoyed very flavorful wild honey from it. Another time we “lined” bees and ended our endeavor in the yard of a man we knew who had bee hives. I really enjoyed the article and the memories it brought back.