Today's Wonder of the World is...Beehives! Or les ruches, en français!
Flickr photo by tomyris95
Ever since I started grape stomping, I got all nostalgic and started daydreaming about the little wine cave we used to have back in our French house. How I miss that gravel floored room, even though it was a bit spooky down there. Not only was it a great place to store our wine, but it was also great for suitcases! And the perfect temperature for Samsonite!
(I know it kind of kills the romantic image, but hey, we had lots of suitcases!)
I love the different ways the French store wine. We had wire racks in ours, but some of my friends had these terra cotta blocks.
Photo from the Superior Clay Corporation
See why this reminded me of a beehive?
So does old French tile.
Flickr photo by sweta parikh
And some Chinese noodles!
Flickr photo by littleboat5
I always wonder what goes on in The Secret Life of Bees. Actually I know, since that's one of my favorite books! Read it, if you haven't already!
Usually beehives scare me a little. I don't want to disturb them.
But I do love the honey, Honey.
And I love this Emily Dickinson poem. It's great for this time of year.
Bee! I'm Expecting You
Bee! I'm expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due--
The Frogs got Home last Week--
And settled, and at work--
Birds, mostly back--
The Clover warm and thick--
You'll get my Letter by
The seventeenth; Reply,
Or better, be with me--
I find beekeeping so interesting.
Flickr photo by hdrdoc
Aren't those boxes pretty? hdrdoc photographed those in New Zealand!
Archaeologists have found ruins in Israel of a honey industry as old as 3000 years ago!
Flickr photo by amazonprincess66
The beehives were made of straw and unbaked clay.
As time went on, beekeepers came up with other methods.
Like the skep.
Flickr photo by twinsline7
Whoops! That's not the skep. That's a calorie laden cake just calling me name! And cupcakes for all my friends. (Sorry, but it's my blog. I get the big cake.)
Okay, okay. I'll stop drooling and show you a real one. Here.
Flickr photo by yaloisr
When the honey was ready, they'd drive the bees out and squeeze the whole skep in a vice.
Beekeepers also used bee gums, hollowed out trees (usually Red gum trees, thus the name.) They would insert a stick inside, and the bees would build the honeycomb onto the stick.
Flickr photo by Museum of Folk Architecture's Rural Life (in the Ukraine)
Here's a beehive in Morocco.
Flickr photo by _dan b_
Here's another Beehive in New Zealand. It houses their Parliamentary offices. I bet those parliamentarians are busy bees!
Flickr photo by KathyJR1979
This beehive looks sweet. It's actually beehive ginger!
Flickr photo by fOrbe5
If you lived in ancient Skellig Michael, Ireland, you could live in this beehive hut.
Flickr photo by granardblue
It's a UNESCO world heritage site.
And if you're really a beehive enthusiast, you might want to be buried upright in a beehive tomb like these in Oman.
Flickr photo by chris cornelis
Maybe you wouldn't want to be caught dead in this beehive.
Flickr photo by Mandy~Gill
Not me! I'd like to try it out. It's fun! Plus it looks great with monkeys!
Have a wonder-full Tuesday, everyone!