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Nancy's Photos Are In Book About Bees

Our friend, April Kirkendoll, just finished a book about beekeeping, “Thinking Outside The Box”, and included several of Nancy’s photographs (which in this case were created specifically for this project with April’s beehives).

As you may remember, we introduced April in the Afterword of our blog post Why You Haven’t Seen Any Painted Buntings three years ago. Nancy happens to have some experience with honey beesabout, having kept conventional beehives for several years in South Miami. The two of them have discussed and practiced the hobby together on a number of occasions.

April has done extensive research and experimenting on topbar beehives, a different approach to beekeeping. I’ve only read four chapters so far so I can’t yet give a full review or endorsement, but I really like what I’ve read. Just from her contribution to “Why You Haven’t Seen Any Painted Buntings”, you can see she has a less formal, easy to read style with some humor that still gives more depth than you are likely to find in other sources.

You can purchase “Thinking Outside The Box” (as well as her other books) from Amazon, or you can probably get a better price directly from her website (Lysmata Publishing). As I’ve mentioned before, we receive no consideration (i.e. money) for our remarks or from your purchases. Nonetheless, it is time to update our current longterm promotion (originally described in the last note in the Postscript of “Why You Haven’t Seen Any Painted Buntings”).

New Offer

If you bring your copy of any book by either April Kirkendoll or Brian Rapoza to our booth, we will give you four dollars ($4) off of any purchase. If you can show any of Nancy’s photographs in those books, we will give you another dollar ($1) off.

We are looking forward to seeing you at an art festival in your area. To find out where and when that might be, you can check out our schedule as it develops here.

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For what it’s worth, Bees For Development (http://www.beesfordevelopment.org), a British organization supporting beekeepers around the world (especially third world countries) to maintain environments that are good for bees, for biodiversity, and for people, just wrote an independent, professional review of this book. In the “Bookshelf” section on page 16 of their September issue (No. 136) of the quarterly “Bees for Development Journal”, they say

A very good title for an excellent guide to top-bar hives and the natural beekeeping that they enable, with bees being able to create a more natural nest than is possible in rectangular and rigid frame hives. It contains useful chapters on building a top-bar hive with plans and a step by step guide, their history, and advice on management. In the chapter ‘Bee-Mageddon’, the author describes, admitting that it makes depressing reading, the very many and diverse problems that bees are now facing. An excellent addition to the small range of books now published on top-bar hive beekeeping.

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