Did I mention that we are also going to have bee hives? The whole idea of bees is really not very pleasant to me. Fruits and vegetables don't sting! Tom has been talking about raising bees for the last 5 years. Before we had land, he was going to put them in the backyard. YIKES!! NO WAY! Now that he is retired and has land, I am not fighting it. Hope doesn't like bees. She was stung in the eye by a wasp this past summer. You should have seen her "look" when Tom told her that she will be the Bee Queen at the fair. She wants nothing to do with that. I, on the other hand, would love to market items with a bee motif. I think that bees look cute on fabric, hair ties, bow ties and stone carvings. Our honey jars could have a catchy label! That excites me! Maybe I could be Bee Queen at the fair!
I remember when his distant cousin, Tommy Thompson, a past governor of Wisconsin, made the statement that honey was "bee poop". I can't get that out of my mind. The bee producers of Wisconsin weren't too happy! Honey has never been my go-to sweetener. But.....things are going to change! Oh....this retirement....how sweet....I have a new chapter in my life of cooking and it will involve bee poop, strawberries, apples, peaches, numerous vegetables and possibly a partridge in a pear tree.
A partridge? I am sure that fowl will be part of this retirement! He is already talking about what kind of hen house he wants and the type a fence to build. We may as well have chickens, I will need eggs for my recipes....and a cow for milk and butter. What's left? Oh ya, a goat for the soap I plan to make with it's milk!