Likening herself to the Queen bee, the author's East Coast attitude was a bit of a put-off for me, but in person she's not like that at all. The Denver Bee Keeping Society recently sponsored a book reading and honey tasting event with Marina, and we were pleasantly surprised to learn she has a Top Bar Hive in her apiary. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to talk to her in depth about it, but that's what happens at multifaceted events – things get a little crazy.
Things I Learned
From the Book: a "balled" queen is surrounded by a cluster of worker bees who overheat her to kill her off (usually during a supersedure). This must be what happened to our queen in June 2009!
From the Honey Tasting: solid lids, people, solid lids. Two-piece lids are a messy pain; they are for processed jams and jellies, not honey. And for an honest tasting, forget the wooden stir-sticks. They make all the honeys taste woodsy.
The author's inscription: Bee Good to Yourself… Everyday.