Early in the morning Klaus and our one and half year old granddaughter go and visit the bees to see if all is well. It was quite surprising when her mum and I came back from our walk and she was singing her own original tune– Bees, Bees, Buzz , Bees, Bees, Buzz”! Children are so connected to nature that it makes one think how many ways can we help them experience this important connection; especially when there is a concerted effort to have children sitting in a classroom as early an age as possible to “learn the system” they are to perform under. The expansion of our children’s destinies into creating a new earth that they are so capable of dreaming of from within their Beings, is solidly connected to that happening with the biosphere and all the beings that share this Space. Thank goodness there are many parents taking back the sharing of the great adventure of Life through homeschooling, Forest Schools, Nature and Science Schools, Waldorf Schools and many other wonderful approaches which keep our families and their children connected to this beautiful Earth and their Heart Centers. It is with this thought we all can relax a bit and know that there is a future of joy and peace possible ……..with bees enhancing our landscapes and babies bringing the stars and sun to shine upon that landscape.
BIODYNAMIC NATURAL BEEKEEPING DESIGN FOR SCREENED BOTTOM BOARD
As we have mentioned in several blogs about the ley lines which the bees are so connected with, we have made adjustments of the location of the hive boxes to the intersection of ley lines so the bees can enjoy the great Life Forces which the earth provides on such locations. The next step was to get rid of the “metal” in the screened bottom boards. There were two reasons to do this; one because Demeter certification requires “NO’ metal in the hives and the most important reason, the metal screening on the bottom boards block the energetic forces which the bees would benefit from the earth. So after trying out several very strange and unsuccessful materials to make the bottom board screens, we have come up with this version which works well and which the bees accepted. Since the bees have now given their approval and are happy with this design, we wish to share it with you also. Our inspiration for this design came from the English beekeeper who wrote the book on Bees and Ley Lines (previous blog).
Modified Screened Bottom Board (MSBB)
Pine boards 7/8 thick by 15 1/2” by 20″glued together and marked for the slots to be cut, with the side rails showing
Measurements for slots from right to left with the back end of the MSBB showing
Measurements for the rails all cut to a depth of 3/8″, whereby 3/4″ represents the top and
the width between the two measurments of 3/8″ and 1/4* is according to the thickness of the material you are going to use for the drawer.
Slots routed so that the slots form a funnel shape to catch more of the falling mites
Side rails glued, back filled in with a 3/4″x3/4″ piece of pine and drawer fitted with recycled plywood and a scrap piece of wood for a landing platform
MSBB side by side with the drawer assembly
MSBB up side down with the drawer assembly installed