Beehives in the bedroom (Just to pass the time)

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 at 13:34

Baz - The Landy

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Anyone familiar with Australia will know it is a spectacularly vast country, meaning that getting from one point to another usually means following the never-ending white line on the bitumen for considerable amounts of time…

So how does one pass the time on these often mind-numbing stages of a trip to the outback?

We’ve got quite a comprehensive music library in “The Landy” consisting of around 10,000 songs so we’ve plenty to choose from, but oddly, we often find ourselves “tuning” in to the ABC Country radio station.

Yes, the Australian National Radio Broadcaster…

Now before you go knocking it, give it a go we say, there is plenty of topical stuff they talk about! Some can be far-reaching, some serious, others amusing.

One we listened to recently was a standout though – an interview with a bloke who works for the Department of Agriculture in South Australia and his speciality is bee keeping.

We all love honey right?

Predictably, the interviewer had to get a Winnie-the-Pooh joke in early, it was an oldie, but still an oldie, if you know what I mean, but this bloke wasn’t going to be detracted from the topic…

Besides, I’m sure he has heard them all.

Actually, I won’t call him “he”, but as I can’t remember his name let’s call him Cyril, ok?

Well Cyril gave a fascinating account of bee keeping to the point we’re sure he had people running out ordering a hive.

For example, did you know they post Queen Bees around in the mail?

Yep, postage stamp attached – it sort of puts a new spin on airmail, I guess..!

Anyway, Cyril recounted how he first became interested in bee keeping at the young age of 10 years and was encouraged whole-heartedly by his parents. He eventually went on to do some agriculture studies that were the pathway to a life-long career and passion.

And clearly, Cyril was passionate about this, let there be no mistake about that!
But the clincher for us in this whole interview, and it had us in stitches, was his account of how, as a teenager, he came to have a beehive in his bedroom.

You had to be there, so to speak, but I mean "in stitches"...

And yes, that’s right, a beehive in his bedroom.

Cyril had a hole cut out in the window for the bees to come and go and glass panels in the hive so he could observe the behaviour of the bees.

Oh, don’t worry, there didn’t seem to be a dark side to this story, no sting in the tale, so to speak…

Seriously, I tried to sneak all kinds of things into my bedroom as a teenager and let me say I was stung on more than one occasion by an ever-watchful mother – but a beehive in your bedroom?

Mrs Landy is peering over my shoulder and suggesting that she was far too good to be up to “no good”.

But we get it, some of you might like a bit of honey in the struggling paddock, just to sweeten things up a bit, but we’re betting you scooped it out of a jar, not straight from a beehive at the bottom of the bed!

But Cyril’s story is just so far out there that he gets away with it…

Well thanks Cyril, odd as it may seem, your interview will stand as a highlight for us to be fondly recounted, with a belly load of laughs, whenever we stare down that endless white-line as we travel this vast country of ours…

Just in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed...

And yes, thank you, I've recovered fully from the experience!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy, Outback Australia…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
bother the person doing it…”
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