Imagine coming home every day — to find your furniture completely rearranged!
Forest "recluse" Anastasia has the answer to WHY our bees are dying…
“Instead of spending their time gathering honey and raising offspring, the bees are obliged
to fix what has been broken.”
Ringing Cedars author Megré writes:
I told Anastasia there are very few people in our society who can communicate with bees. Special training is required, and not everyone is successful. But she replied:
“A lot of what you do to maintain bee colonies just gets in the way. Over the past millennia there have been only two people on Earth who have come close to understanding this unique life-form… (cont'd)
About making a beehive, Anastasia had the following to say:
“In every garden-plot there should be at least one colony of bees.
“You need to make the hive in the shape of a hollow block. You can either take a log with a hole in it and hollow it out to enlarge the cavity, or use boards from a deciduous tree to make a long hollow box 120 centimetres (approx 4 feet) long.
“The boards should be no less than 6 cm ( 2.36 in) thick and the inside measurements of the cavity at least 40 by 40 centimetres (approx 15 ¾ in).
“Triangular strips should be inserted into the corners where the inner surfaces meet, to make the cavity somewhat rounded. The strips can be just lightly glued in place, and the bees themselves will firm them up afterward.
“One end should be fully and permanently covered with a board of the same thickness, with a removable panel at the other end. For this the panel needs to be cut in such a way so that it fits neatly into the opening and sealed with grass or some kind of cloth covering the whole bottom.
“Make a slit or a series of slits (to provide access for the bees) along the bottom edge of one of the sides approximately one and a half centimetres (approx half an inch) wide, starting 30 cm (approx 1 foot) from the removable panel and continuing to the other end.
“This hive can be set on pilings anywhere in the gardenplot — at least 20–25 centimetres (approx 8-10 in) off the ground, with the slits facing south.
“It is even better, however, to set it up under the roof of the house. Then people will not interfere with the bees flying out, and will not be bothered by them. In this case the hive should be aligned horizontally at a 20–30 degree angle, with the opening at the lower end.
“The hive could even be installed in the attic, provided there is proper ventilation, or on the roof itself. Best of all, though, attach it to the south wall of the house, just under the eaves.
“The only thing is, you need to make sure you have proper access to the hive so you can remove the honeycomb.
“Otherwise the hive should stand on a small platform, with an overhead canopy to protect it from the sun, and can be wrapped with insulation in winter…
“The thing is that your beekeepers do not really go about it the right way. My grandfather told me about this.
“Beekeepers today have concocted a lot of different ways of constructing a hive, but all of them involve constant human intervention in its operation — they move the honeycomb frames around within the hive, or move both the hive and the bees to a different spot for the winter, and that is something they should not do.
“Bees build their honeycombs at a specific distance apart to facilitate both ventilation and defence against their enemies, and any human intervention breaks down this system.
“Instead of spending their time gathering honey and raising offspring, the bees are obliged to fix what has been broken.
“Under natural conditions bees live in tree hollows and cope with any situation perfectly well on their own. I told you how to keep them under conditions as close to their natural ones as possible.
“Their presence is extremely beneficial. They pollinate all the plants much more effectively than anything else, thereby increasing the yield. But you must know this pretty well already.
“What you may not know is that bees’ probosces open up channels in the plants through which the plants take in supplemental information reflected by the planets — information the plants (and, subsequently, human beings) require.”
“But bees sting people, don’t you see? How can somebody get a good rest at a dacha1 if they’re constantly afraid of being stung?”
“Bees only sting when people act aggressively toward them, wave them off, become afraid or irritated inside — not necessarily at the bees, but just at anyone. The bees feel this and will not tolerate the rays of any dark feelings. Besides, they may attack those parts of the body where there are channels connecting with some diseased internal organ or where the protective aura has been torn, and so forth.
“You know how effectively bees are already used in treating the disease you call radiculitis, but that is far from being the only thing they can do.
“If I were to tell you about everything, especially showing the evidence you are asking for, you would have to spend not just three days but many weeks with me. There is a lot written about bees in your world, all I have done is introduce a few correctives — but please believe me, they are extremely important correctives.
“To establish a colony of bees in a hive like that is very easy. Before dumping a swarm of bees into the hive, put in a little chunk of wax and some honey-plant. You do not need to put in any hand-made frames or cells.
“Afterward, when there are colonies established on even a few neighbouring dacha1 plots, the bees will multiply all by themselves; then, as they swarm, they will occupy the empty hives.”
“And how should the honey be gathered?”
“Open the panel, break off the hanging honeycomb and retrieve the sealed honey and pollen. Only do not be greedy. It is important to leave part of it for the bees for the winter. In fact, it is better not to collect any honey at all during the first year.”