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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Virginia Wright - March 19

Happy Birthday Virginia Wright - March 19

We first met Virginia Wright back in June 2010 when we threw her a Surprise Party. She was gracious enough to answer a few questions about becoming an author and discuss her books Crying Bear and The Prince and the Dragon.  I promised her that I would check back in when it was time for her birthday.

Virginia emailed to let me know that she was going to be offering a copy of her book Buzzzzzzzz...What Honeybees Do? to one lucky Happy Birthday Author reader. (There is a form at the bottom of this post to enter to win.)  I was very excited to read the book and hoping to find some motivation, as I am an aspiring beekeeper myself.

During winter of 2009-10 I took a series of classes at the local community center about beekeeping.  The classes were taught by members of our local beekeepers association.  They were so enthusiastic about sharing everything they had learned about keeping their own honeybees.  I came home from class fatigued from taking notes and processing all the information.  I certainly had no idea that there was so much to know about honeybees. But, I wanted to give beekeeping a try.  I built a hive with the guidance of my brother-in-law with the plan of keeping my own bees in my backyard. Unfortunately, I chickened out last year, but have been kicking around the idea of giving beekeeping a try this year.

Virginia was inspired to write this book when her granddaughter started asking her grandfather, a natural beekeeper, questions about honeybees.  In this book, Virginia sets out to answer some common questions you would hear from a child; Do all honeybees sting? How do they make honey? How can we help bees at our own house?  Virginia provides the answers to these questions and packs a whole lot more information about beekeeping, the inner-workings of a hive, and even flowers into her book. I found this non-fiction book to be a beneficial resource for parents and children looking to learn more about honeybees. Reading the book and refreshing my knowledge of honeybees might get me motivated to try beekeeping for the first time this Spring.

I opted for natural beekeeping by making a Kenya Top Bar Hive.
Virginia Wright discusses different types of hives in her book.
My brother-in-law and I followed basic plans we found on the internet,
but took a few liberties with the design.
In Kenya Top Bar Hive the bees are free to make the honeycombs
the size and shape they want.
My finished hive. 

1. Virginia Wright's Website
2. Surprise Party Interview - Happy Birthday Author
3. Follow Virginia on Twitter
4. David Wright's Beekeeping website - Dave's Bees

Thank you Virginia for providing a copy of your book as a giveaway.  The Winner was Monique Burkes of Arms of a Sister.

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