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Climbing the Matterhorn

By Gary F. Bengier | June 20, 2020 | 3 Comments

“Oh, so you like the summits?” Joe Denkensmith, from Unfettered Journey   I like mountains. As I mentioned in a previous conversation, I have had a climbing bug over the years. Let me be honest: this came about because I was—and still am—a bit afraid of heights. I decided to face that fear head-on. I… Read More »Climbing the Matterhorn

More Bee Zen: Helping Bees Deal With Natural Threats Part 1

By Gary F. Bengier | June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to learn some techniques to help bees deal with natural threats. Here… Read More »More Bee Zen: Helping Bees Deal With Natural Threats Part 1

Restaurant Self-Reliance

By Gary F. Bengier | June 12, 2020 | 5 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by. We’ve heard the bad news resulting from the pandemic which has forced restaurants to lay off their staff and to close their doors, many forever. I cannot forget the heartbreaking story (New York Times, April 23rd) of Gabrielle Hamilton, owner and chef of NYC restaurant, Prune, and author of… Read More »Restaurant Self-Reliance

More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 2

By Gary F. Bengier | June 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to continue our installation of three new packages of bees, that I… Read More »More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 2

Still Protesting This

By Gary F. Bengier | June 5, 2020 | 1 Comment

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by. The sign above became popular a few years ago, and has applied to racial injustice, to women’s right to choose, workers’ right to assemble, LGBTQ right to marry who they love. We have witnessed a wrenching week in America, spurred by the horrific images of a man killed by… Read More »Still Protesting This

More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 1

By Gary F. Bengier | May 31, 2020 | 5 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to install three new packages of bees, that I received through the… Read More »More Bee Zen: New Bee Packages-Part 1

Is there any good hiking in Scotland?

By Gary F. Bengier | May 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

“So, Paul, is there any good hiking in Scotland?”   Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! That was the innocent question from my brother-in-law, Don, that started it all. The three of us—myself, Don, and my friend Paul—were sitting around a campfire at Benson Lake, deep in the Yosemite backcountry. It was a slog to… Read More »Is there any good hiking in Scotland?

More Bee Zen: Harvesting Honey

By Gary F. Bengier | May 24, 2020 | 2 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, and this time, to harvest some honey from one of our flow hives. Join me… Read More »More Bee Zen: Harvesting Honey

Self-Reliance: Build Your Own Dream Tree House

By Gary F. Bengier | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Treehouses can be an excellent opportunity to do something yourself, without undue reliance on anyone else. I’ve found if you embrace your independence and are methodical, then lots of problems fall away, and your path forward clears. This attitude also teaches one to be more methodical in doing any project, perhaps being more “zen.” Which… Read More »Self-Reliance: Build Your Own Dream Tree House

More Bee Zen: Rechecking Our Split

By Gary F. Bengier | May 17, 2020 | 3 Comments

Gary here. Thanks for stopping by! It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. It’s time for a quick trip to the apiary, to check on the new colony that we tried to make from a split. Let’s… Read More »More Bee Zen: Rechecking Our Split