I attended a very weird and wonderful school, St. Christopher School, between the ages of 6 and 18. My mother referred to the teachers as the "open-toe sandals brigade" and the large majority of them did seem to have been influenced by hippy mindsets (and yes, most of the male teachers did wear sandals, often with socks, and have beards and longer hair). The vegetarian diet at the school also aided this perception.
At our school we had a beekeeping club. I was not interested and I don't remember it being very popular apart from being an easy way to get some community service credits under your belt.
This weekend I went to see some hives a good friend of mine has as part of his burgeoning beekeeping business (I had already sampled the honey, wonderful). Bee-keeping has a long history, dating back to ancient Egypt and harvesting honey from wild bee population goes back even further (dated to approx. 13,000BCE). Visiting and seeing the hives at work and producing honey actually turned out to be fascinating, the bees themselves being fairly docile. i was very comfortable (admittedly i was wearing a bee-keeping suit) around and working on the hives and in general just intrigued by the art and science of keeping bees and utilising their natural hording abilities (bees produce a lot more honey then they need, bee-keepers only remove this excess honey, not the honey that the brood needs to survive.I have entirely reversed my view about bee-keeping and certainly, if i ever where to have access to my own land again, would love to start up a few hives myself. Very very cool!
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!