New Queens and idle hands.

Our beehives are very busy. Both have increased in population and the workers are busy cleaning the added honey boxes. We have had good temperatures lately so ventilation boxes have also been added to each hive. The surrounding fields and ditches are full of wildflowers and weeds. Today we have a temperature of 30C degrees and a week ahead of us predicted in the mid-twenties. If we get less than anticipated rain this week, we may even be able to add another honey box on each hive. I tend to add more than necessary at this time of the year. With ample space above the hive and comb awaiting nectar, the bees are less congested and fulfil their respective duties. Following the old expression, idle hands…

Well, you decide. The following are a selection of various quotes from a lot more famous or recognised people than myself.

“Idle hands make fretful minds.”  Shelley Shephard Gray

“You should not have idle hands, you should always be working. All your life.”  Ivan Bunin

“You can bet the rent money that whatever politicians do will end up harming consumers. … Economic ignorance is to politicians what idle hands are to the devil. Both provide the workshop for the creation of evil.”  Walter E. Evans

“The devil finds work for idle hands to do. Better to reign in the hell than serve in heaven. We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.”  Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The people who are unemployed want to do the work, but the system is such a catastrophic failure that it cannot bring together idle hands and work. This is all hailed as a great success, and it is a great success – for a very small sector of the population.”  Noam Chomsky

Sadly, a lot of these quotes are from grumpy old men, some dead, others alive. But you get a general idea.

And now some mugshots of the hardworking Queens.


(With a dot marked in yellow for 2017)

queen chile


(Unmarked but just as wonderful as she about to lay, centred in the photo.)

Rachel Queen


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