Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper
What Not to Do When Keeping Bees (with Apologies to My Own)
By Bill Turnbull
(Experiment, Paperback, 9781615190324, 237pp.)
Publication Date: July 2011
As a new beekeeper, Turnbull misplaced equipment for months, got stung more times and in more places than he cares to remember, and once even lost some bees up a chimney. But he kept at it, with a ready sense of humor and Zen-like acceptance of every mishap. And somehow, along the way, he learned a great deal about himself and the world around him.
"Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper" chronicles Turnbull 's misadventures (and brief moments of triumph) in the curious world of backyard beekeeping and also highlights both the threat to our bee population and what we can do to help these vital little creatures do their wonderful work.
One day, a swarm of bees descended on Bill Turnbull's house outside of London. While the British talk show host huddled inside, a man came with an empty shoebox, enticed the bees inside, topped the lid on the box and strolled off. Bill Turnbull was enthralled and hooked. Host Scott Simon talks with Turnbull about his new book, Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper: What Not to Do When Keeping Bees. More at NPR.org
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