Beekeeping in Poland (and other tales of my sudden demise)

27 Dec

Poof! Like a hive intent on new horizons, I disappeared this autumn for a long vacation in E. Europe. Some might call it a honeymoon, but my man and I preferred to call it an exploration.

Among the things ingested both visually and orally on our 6 week sabbatical (honeymoon? never!) were these sweet hives at the edge of the primeval Białowieża forest. Technically, they’re not on the protected UNESCO land but rather on the former palace grounds of Polish princes and Russian tsars.

bialowieza honeybees

Honeybees at the edge of the Bialowieza Forest in Poland

Though we didn’t see evidence of this hot new beekeeping revival or these sexy little rustic hives on our drives through the country, we saw backyard hives everywhere. Really, everywhere. Tiny villages in the rolling green countryside invariably had at least one local beekeeper selling “miod.”

At Białowieża, we bought honey mixed with propolis which is a thick sour-ish affair that my better half enjoyed deeply.


2 Responses to “Beekeeping in Poland (and other tales of my sudden demise)”

  1. Barbara December 28, 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    Your trip sounds really interesting. I like those shingled roofs on the hives.

  2. Sarah January 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    I hope you meant “rumors” of your sudden demise.
    This photo is a “feel good” photo for me. I like it.
    What fantastic experiences you must have had. My best to you both. Rol says “hey” too.

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