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Our neighbor called this afternoon to warn us that a swarm of bees was seen headed our way. Sure enough, we looked out and they had clustered on the outside of our chimney.

This happened three years ago. They swarmed in the exact same spot. You can see a picture and read the story here.

Last time, we plugged the holes and so far we’ve only seen one bee in the bedroom. Well, several over several days, but finding the odd bee is not that…odd. We couldn’t see them this afternoon, but it’s raining.

Last time, they moved off on their own after a couple of days. If they cluster again tomorrow, we’ll build a gentle fire. I do not fancy hoovering dozens of bees out of my bedchamber every morning.

You know, I always assumed that .gif was an edit of the time Oprah gave a car to every member of her audience, but that video is here and it’s clearly not the same event. Did she do that more than once?


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 11, 2017, 10:50 pm

I had a similar problem. They would enter a hole in my balcony. The last time the mound was huge and I could hear the hum from more than 100 feet away.

Referring to your linked article: What’s up with “councils”? I thought they were local gov that doled out rental housing. But you bought your house, no?

Comment from Mitchell
Time: May 11, 2017, 11:07 pm

I looked it up, the BEES .gif came from Conan’s show and it was edited from another one of her giveaways.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 11, 2017, 11:20 pm

Everybody is pissed off at Oprah bc she is stealing water.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: May 12, 2017, 12:08 am

I realize that in Britain everything that is not mandatory, licensed, and regulated is forbidden; but here if a swarm of bees settled on my land I would set up a couple of supers and capture the queen. The rest of the bees would follow her and after they settled for a while I would have a hive and honey indefinitely.

Any possibility that you could get a local beekeeper to help you do that?

Comment from BJM
Time: May 12, 2017, 2:26 am

Covered in Bees

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 12, 2017, 7:16 am

Ric Fan: Councils are local government, period. They’re responsible for all local issues, like property taxes, garbage collection, parking charges, policing. When we had a rat issue, we got in the council rat man (there still is one, but he’s no longer free). As they are structured now, they are largely disliked and unhelpful government bodies.

Subotai Bahadur: I think it would be legal to capture the queen, but we’re not keen on beekeeping. Honey is one of those things I think I should like, and I don’t. As I recall, though, in Tennessee when a swarm settled under my mother’s bathroom floor, she had to get the state wildlife authorities involved.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 12, 2017, 3:26 pm

That was from the humpback whale giveaway.

“You get a humpback whale! and YOU get a humpback whale! And you! Everybody gets a humpback whale!”

I might have made that up, maybe.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 12, 2017, 6:25 pm

S. Weasel, you could add this to your collection, maybe…
James Comey, FBI weasel

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 12, 2017, 7:02 pm

Here’s your own personal steam train for Stoaty Manner:


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 12, 2017, 7:32 pm

Ha, Ric Fan! If I were gonna go with one of the big models, I’d go with the kind you can actually sit on and ride.

Sadly, Weasel Acres is not that extensive.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 12, 2017, 9:21 pm

@ExpressoBold – I kinda thought Comey was a weasel.

Do the Weaselpeople know about the LizardPeople?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 12, 2017, 9:34 pm

On that train video – I kept expecting (Sir) Alec Guinness to step out of the bushes and say –
“If you strike me down now I shall become more powerful than you can imagine”.

Oh…wrong movie, I mean –
“What have I done” …stagger….stagger….thud….(train whistle) Kaboom!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 12, 2017, 9:41 pm

“Sadly, Weasel Acres is not that extensive.”

You could just go around in circle. You, the engineer, Uncle B in the back. Bet Jack would love it, too.

Comment from tonycc
Time: May 12, 2017, 11:17 pm

Around here the local beekeepers put their name on a list which is distributed to many of the official agencies (fire, police, etc.). If someone gets a swarm like this and calls the authorities more often than not a bee keeper will come to collect them for free and take them home for safe keeping. Swarms are $$$.

Comment from Nina
Time: May 13, 2017, 7:33 pm

They do the same thing here, Tony!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 15, 2017, 6:10 pm

I’ll can send a suggested rail layout for a postage stamp sized plot of land – but you’ll probably need to run a spur off that ditch you’ve mentioned for a small bridge over a small river.

And when building it, you’ll need to remember our motto – “be happy in your work”, or was it “Every Day Sucks”.

It’s been a while since I had to do the motto thing.

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