You really must read this delightful article in the Huffington Post that describes beekeeping in Slovenia, complete with pictures. There they have a wonderful old tradition of not only raising bees, but painting beehives as well. In Slovenia, the bee decline is not as bad as elsewhere. I wonder if that is because they take enough care and interest in their bees to embellish the hives with paintings.
Wouldn’t it be great if more people were this involved with their environment? Bees are utterly necessary for the pollination of many of our food crops, as well as that of most wild plants. Without bees, where would the world be? There would be much less to eat for everyone, including animals, and the wild places we take for granted would not bloom and offer restoration for our souls.
This tradition in Slovenia of honoring the bees with paintings on their houses, which results from the respect and love for the animals and plants that sustain us and enrich our lives, could be emulated anywhere and with any sort of agrarian pursuit. The bees share the Earth with us, and deserve well-being every bit as much as we do; they participate in the Oneness of creation with us. Nature often shows us the face of God much more clearly than anything we could make, and deserves our reverence. I would love to live in a land of happy bees and other animals, and I’m sure you would, too.
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