Wednesday, October 5, 2011
What is that Smell???
So wearing the same socks on day two I guess you can imagine how embarrassed I was when I went to a meeting at a friend's house where we were expected to remove our shoes. Yikes! I do have painful feet and don't go without footwear so I convinced her to let me keep them on. It wouldn't be good to have people passing out all over the place.
By now you're wondering what my stinky feet have to do with bees. Well, a lot actually. Let me explain.
This summer was quite hot with many very humid days (London, Ontario is in the Great Lakes area which bring moist air). Many days were 40 degrees Celcius and our city even set up cooling shelters for citizens.
I realized I needed to ask an experienced beekeeper what AFB smelled like.
Uh oh. Could he smell my feet? I asked him to repeat what he'd said. "The bee yard smells like stinky socks this time of year," he said. "It's the Goldenrod."
I had the AHA moment then and my mind flashed back to the Introductory Beekeepers' Course. I had heard this before but had forgotten. The instructors mentioned how the fall goldenrod honey tasted fabulous but you had to suffer the smell of it.
I was relieved. I don't know what made me more happy, knowing they weren't commenting on my feet or that my yard didn't have AFB.