Thursday, August 5, 2010


My friend's mom is a beekeeper!
want some of this??
Fermin and I got to go over to her house and watch her in action the other day.  We both took our cameras of course, but all my shots were taken from inside, behind the safety of a window, and they turned out a little murky.  The pictures below were all taken by Fermin since he was much braver than I was- although not nearly as brave as the beekeeper, Mimi!
these are just a few of the bees...
and a few more!
Mimi said there are something like 80,000 bees living in there.  Wait.  Is that right?  I think that's what she said.  Anyway, many of them are coming out down  at the bottom of the white container to get a little fresh air on a hot summer day.  And can you believe one queen rules the whole thing?  Queen bees are so cool.

Here is song number 19 of 50 for my summer songwriting challenge, called "Honeybee".

there's no place like home
it's where i want to be
our quiet little honeycomb
me and my honeybee

i buzz because of you
i'm here b/c i'm sweet on you

i think you were heaven sent
and i'm glad you landed here
and that you could make a beeline
b/c your path was clear

now i buzz b/c of you
i'm here b/c i'm sweet on you

you share all your nectar with me
oh you make me feel like a queen
my one and only honeybee

now i buzz b/c of you
i'm here b/c i'm sweet--
i'm here cuz you're so sweet
i'm here b/c i'm sweet on you


lori vliegen said...

that's quite a hobby! oh my goodness, it makes me nervous to think of all those bees buzzing around my house.....even if they ARE hard at work keeping that queen happy!! but, the real honey of the day is your sweet's fabulous, kerri!! xox, ;))

this free bird said...

Kerri I bought that dress very recently (within the past couple weeks) at a private event he held, but it is at shopbop (I think the link's on the blog). They only have it in black and it's a part of the new fall line so I bet more colors will show up. It's not on his site at all. Watch at Nordstrom and Shopbop - I'll let you known when I spot it again.

ps- i always joke about needing a bee suit for sample sales and whenever I'm around children. nice aren't i?

c said...

oh my goodness, i wanted to be a beekeeper once...this is a wonderful post! and your song is sooooo sweet!
per my blog and the mosaic...this is a little house we stayed in 4 yrs. was very artistic, the young man who didn't finish tiling, would rather be surfing than working, tee hee...the pic was of the crab...there were some stuck under the stove and we accidently caught one on fire, not knowing they were around till later...we got such a kick out of where we would find the next one each day!!! xo

Jo said...

Such a beee-utiful post, Kerri. Isn't it amazing how many bees there were in that hive and, like you say, managed by only ONE queen!
Absolutely adored your new song - gorgeous words and cheerful, catchy tune.
Hugs xx

Heartfire At Home said...

Hi Kerri! Gorgeous song, and a really lovely voice you have too - beautiful. I do musical theatre in my spare time when I get a chance, and enjoy it very much. I also teach performing arts part time at primary school level.... lots of fun! Music is a huge part of my life, couldn't live happily without it. Going to check out your CDs now.

Linda. xox :)

PS. 80,000 bees.... WOW!! Amazing.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely song! I admire anyone who can play an instrument AND sing at the same time. I play the piano quite well but there is NO way I can do both simultaneously!

Laurie said...

Great song, and interesting post! My high school boyfriend's father was a beekeeper. It's fascinating stuff, but not for me. I'm highly allergic and would be inside with you. :-)

Abby said...

That's so sweet! I myself would be so scared of the bees.

Jadyn said...

Your friend's mom sounds like a rather cool lady! Bees are such fascinating creatures, however I couldn't quite imagine getting that close to them either, much like you!
I love this sweet song, it's really lovely!

Unknown said...

That job would freak me out as I am terrified of bees. Your song is so sweet though! Have a great week! XOXSandy

jacqueline said...

Beekeeper is awesome!! That is such a wonderful hobby. I really adore your song and singing so much!! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you! said...

thanx for the snail comment...i thought is was so's this beautiful fountain and there "he/she" was!!! xo

Robin Norgren, M.A, R-YT, Spiritual Director said...

my hubby has an incredible fascination with honey bees. If we had the opportunity to keep bees, he WOULD NOT HESITATE. I, like you, would be a distant supporter ;)
And I agree with Jacqueline-really LOVE your voice

patty said...

WOW - the bees are amazing!! Apparently, I'm somewaht allergic, so each time I get stung the reaction is a little worse. Not surprisignly, I'm pretty shy around them but I do get how important their work is. I LOVE that you used the bees as a stimulus for a song. It's wonderful - I think I'm going to listen again!!

Lisa said...

I love that song! How cute! Love your creativity.
Bees are amazing creatures. I wish we had more honeybees and less mean, nasty wasps...And I don't blame you at all from taking pictures from inside - even still I know I would feel them crawling on me.

Style, She Wrote said...

Wow! I don't know if I would be that brave. Bees scare me! xo style, she wrote

Melissa Sarno said...

This is incredible! I'm scared of bees but somehow this seems like a more controlled environment. :-) You have cool friends! Or at least their mum's are cool :-)

Yulia Rahmawati said...

I love honey so much :D

Unknown said...

This is so cool! You should check out Savannah Bee Company (, we roast honey-roasted coffee for them, very cool company! XO!

danielle daniel said...

WOW!!! I have ALOT of catching up to do! Can I just say your voice is SO BEAUTIFUL and has so much depth and loveliness....(I so wish I could sing....)

Those bees are crazy! We are actually going through a "bee shortage" around this part of the world which is scary because we need bees to pollinate just about everything on planet earth...

Your song is beautiful Kerri. Your voice so poetic in its tone...

Thank-you for sharing it with us.


Danielle xo

Anonymous said...

I've been so busy , But I'm back to visiting blogs. You are SO brave with all those bees . Yikes.
The pictures definitely give the bee charged atmosphere. great song< i'm impressed by how many you manage to write.
Oh and It was my daughter that wanted to be a mermaid when she grew up. ( I think she still does, she'd 19... tee hee)

Heather B. said... sweet!

Anonymous said...

We have a wee bee shortage as well because of Verroa (sp) mite. My father in law has hives though and I love to be near them! I am severely allergic however, but have this wierd sense of calm when I am around them. All very strange!

Beautiful beautiful song!

malia said...

i'm sweet on that song! the bees do so much for us humans... they deserve a beautiful song like yours

Lis said...

both of my sister-in laws keep bees ... i will have to send a link to your song to them :)

bees are such wonderful images and inspirations for creative busyness! love your interpretation!

xo Lis