Honey of a Gift Idea

December 19, 2011

If you’re still scrambling around to finish your Christmas shopping but dreading the crowds, Backyard Beekeepers of the Bay Area is a great gift idea. If ordered today on Amazon, it should arrive in time, or treat yourself for the moment when after the busy holidays you can put your feet up and sit by a crackling fire with a good book. Here’s what you can expect from this insightful read:

Backyard Beekeepers of the Bay Area, by Judith Adamson and Lisa Adamson, is a timely and thoughtful look at the current state of the honeybee and the urban apiculture movement. Not only does it give a glimpse into the dazzling world of the honeybee, it is also a compelling and inspiring portrait of a cultural urban movement by backyard and rooftop beekeepers to protect the honeybee. In its finest moments, the book brims with near-poetic reverence for both the honeybee and her geographical setting, making it a captivating and delightful read. The heart of the book is based on numerous interviews conducted with beekeepers, ranging from novices to life-long professionals, and provides an intimate look at the beekeepers’ scientific, philosophical and spiritual approaches to this ancient art. The book gives options for getting involved in supporting the local honeybee movement, including suggestions for planting bee-friendly gardens and resources for those wishing to begin their own bee colonies. Backyard Beekeepers of the Bay Area is an urgent call-to-arms, which manages to convey the seriousness of the plight of the honeybee while keeping the tone of the book light and positive, inspiring readers to action rather than frightening them to do so. Beautifully illustrated by the author’s sister. 

Visit Judith Adamson on the web at:  www.BackyardBeekeepersBayArea.com

There is creative reading as well as creative writing. — Ralph Waldo Emerson



  1. On a recent trip from Lodi to Fairfield, traveling on State Highway 12, we stopped at our favorite fruit/vegetable stand. In addition to a large assortment of nuts, dried fruit, fruits and vegetables (we bought pistachios, walnuts, dried apricots and two large bags of oranges, which were sweet and juicy) the stand proprietor also sold ‘locally made honey’ from ‘local bees!’

    Honey is a natural sweetner and good for you too.


  2. Good Thursday Morning Dianne:

    I so do miss having the quiet time to read your blog…i hope with the New Year I will slow down and smell the flowers and enjoy the Bees..

    Lunch with the Garden Club was fantastic, but I didn’t get enough time to spend with my good friend….

    Have a great Christmas and New Year and will see you sometime after the first perhaps for a cup of tea,

    Kisses Kim


    • The Garden Club had a wonderful time touring your winter wonderland. Do you recognize the photo in today’s post, “The Christmas Spirit”? Just one of the many, many Christmas decorations at your place. I look forward to that tea with honey!


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