Any of you who work from home know that one of the secrets to being productive and avoiding distractions is to carve out a defined office space that is only used for work. We are fortunate in that we have been able to create such a space in a small structure in the middle of our garden.
Except in the height of winter, on most days we leave the door ajar so we can appreciate the scent of the flowers and the songs of the birdies as they visit the garden each day. Occasionally a squirrel will stop and look in from the door mat to see what we are working on. (He has yet to come in and I don’t know what we’ll do if he ever does!) There is a friendly neighborhood cat who checks in from time to time to see if we’ll take a break and play with her. (Some days she gets lucky.)
Against the outside wall on the back of the office studio, Chuck and I keep a colony of honey bees. When the temps are above 50 degrees, we can hear the gentle hum of their buzzing as they go about their daily chores while we’re doing ours. If we take a pause to watch them, they routinely go in and out of their hive box with the precision and regularity of the planes landing and taking off from the airport.
About every two or three months, we do our part in the process by donning our bee keeper’s gear and opening up the hive to make sure every one is healthy and happy. At the same time, we remove extra honey comb filled with the sweet by-product of bee keeping…honey!
Last Saturday was such a day. We took out (stole) a couple gallons of honey from our busy yard mates. After bottling and cleaning up, I was inspired to head to the studio to make a piece….a honey of a dish for a honey of a day. It was only appropriate.
In homage to the amazing honey bee…