mark at allums.com
Wed Apr 22 18:55:54 EDT 2009
Helen Schinske wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kathleen Jennings"
> <kathleen.jennings at gmail.com>
> To: "Diana Wynne Jones discussion" <dwj at suberic.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 3:47 PM
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] Chalice
>> On a tangent, I am house hunting at the moment and yesterday morning I
>> inspected a house which had bees living in its back wall. The previous
>> owner apparently "liked having them there" and his successors are
>> trying to get the bees humanely moved out. You could smell the honey.
> There are worse things than bees. I'm reminded of the Gone-Away Lake
> books, by Elizabeth Enright, in which the elderly Pindar Payton lives in
> two rooms of a ramshackle house, the rest of which is given over to
> hornets. He says it's like living in a hotel, all that coming and going,
> and not having to know anyone else.
> Helen Schinske
"There are worse things than bees."
I wish you hadn't said that. Perhaps you should qualify that with "nice
tame bees of Italian heritage". I live in an area (East Texas) where
some quite aggressive bees are moving in from points further south.
But I did enjoy quite a lot witnessing my uncle's bee hive begin to
swarm, at my grandmother's house. I can now quite easily visualize
being inside a roiling, thick cloud of honeybees. Because I have been.
Mark Allums, bragging, slightly
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