minted honey

I've been coming to enjoy a taste of mint leaves now and then. Did you know their flowers look like this?:


Next to our back deck are a few stalks planted by my son, James, who is at work to become a certified permaculturist. Sitting beside them in the sun, I am as well treated to a great view of the insects at work to make certified sweets.



I like that honeybees aren't robots. Every so often a busy gal will misstep and have to regain her footing. Or she'll aim for a blossom nearly gone and will have to choose again. Or there will be another forager on her intended target -- sometimes a bumblebee, flashing his black and yellow warning outfit. But our cheerful worker takes these things in stride.

I like the more earthy tones of the honeybees' garb. I wonder if they're all together or from different hives. I'm sure they know. Yet none of them needs to pepper me with status updates, as I would tend to do in their places. They simply keep up a quiet hum, a chant of the living while the breezes of August puff past.

(Tim's latest fun find is appropriate.):

Comments

Carol Webster said…
This says to me that we find beauty and peace when we slow down long enough to observe the signs of creative life all around us.
simplygermain said…
Deanna, it is so good to read the words you wish to share with the world. What a knack you have! Wish that we had gotten to know each other sooner but by God's grace I witnessed your rebirth! May we work together as mere digits of the body of His Majesty, and bring what little we have to share about our beautiful faith to the world. I'm happy I found your blog.
Please keep posting.

Brother in Christ, Germanus
Dee Ready said…
Dear Deanna, what a fun posting! I can just see those busy bees in a gab session. Peace.
Deanna said…
Mom, I love how you say things. I always have. :o)

Germanus, thank you for visiting and commenting. What a gift that we have the means to share in our small ways, as you said, about this amazing journey. I'm happy, too, that you were there for Tim and me at its beginning. God bless you and your family!

Dee, I appreciate the word picture. :o)