Friday, 28 June 2013

You'd need a heart of stone ...

Beekeeping has traditionally been considered the preserve of harmless old buffers, retired clergy and the like - a gentle, peaceful occupation, tending the hives in veil and gloves, wielding the smoke-puffer with gentle care. So one can only speculate at the arguments, militancy, schism and heartbreak that has split the world of beekeeping in Austria; the Austrian government now recognises not one but two bodies authorised to licence the movement of hives to high Summer pastures; 

The Landesverband für Bienenzucht (National Association for Beekeeping) I'd guess is the older association, for the Landesverband für zukunfts- und erwerbsorientierte Imkerei (National Association for forward-looking and profit-making beekeeping) rather gives it away in the title. No doubt the ideological differences are passionately debated in the tavernen and schenken ...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to keep bees - wife says no :(

Anyway, now by a serendipidous turn of nature, we are indeed bee keepers. Large bumble bees have moved into a void in my loft and have an entry / exit hole through a small corner in one of my eves boards.

Good on 'em!

Coney Island

Anonymous said...

Yeah but don't forget bombus, he's a loner but still very important, with his mates the flutterbys and wasps too.

Ian Hills said...

Why is it that long German expressions always sound like Nazi slogans or organisations?

The fact that these outfits can license beekeepers is reminiscent of the fuhrerprinzip too.

If I was to keep bees NO-ONE would license me. Up yours, Jerry!

Bees up Fraulein Braun said...

But how do the bees know to which party they are supposed to belong? Do they have to wear little white dots on their heads or something?