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Pam Estes. Making a Beeline Home describes a year in the lives of the two main characters, Bobbie and Allie, ten year-olds who live in a rural community in Arkansas in While this book is fictional, it is based on the lives of many real people, real places, and many actual events.

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The chapters alternate with one chapter focusing on Bobbie and the next on Allie, but the lives of these two characters intertwine since they both attend the same two-room school together and live in the same small community. Readers of this book will be moved to tears by the sorrows and hard times experienced by the characters and their family members and rejoice at the closeness of family and community. Actual photographs accompany the text creating a closeness of the reader to the characters.

The author interviewed actual characters from the book and included some of these primary source quotes at the beginning of each chapter. There are no honeybees in the wilderness valley of the Allagash River. Other insects do the blossom chore, if it gets done. Now and then a swarm will escape from a down-state apiary and establish itself as a wild colony in the area, but the season of honey flow is short, and an Allagash swarm doesn't store enough food to carry it through the long winter.

Bees do not hibernate and need stored food until spring blossoms again.

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Even in beekeeping parts of Maine, apiarists feed sugar-water to their colonies if needed. So a big hullabaloo about stealing wild honey has its smile side. More to the point, wild bees like to locate in hollow trees, usually an elderly maple, and if a wild colony is found the tree is cut down to get the stored comb honey inside.

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Most sensible farmers would have cut such a tree before it rotted its heart. Besides, cutting a tree on another man's land has been illegal in Maine since early colonial days, bees or no bees. If I felt like tackling a bee tree I'd found, I would find the owner and offer to cut his old tree into cordwood for him and bring him a washtub of honey. The other three washtubs would be mine. Fall flowers decorate September, and I walk about until I find some bees. It won't be long to frost and snowfall, so every bee is busy.

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I open the hinged cover on my beelining box and get ready. Inside, my dab of pantry honey is waiting for a bee. And let us remember that all bees out in the field gathering nectar are neuter. It offends them deeply to be addressed as Miss, Madam, or Sir. I select a candidate, remove it from the blossom, and put it in my box.

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I then close the cover because the bee is mad at me. It buzzes and fusses and carries on inside the box, and uses invective and calumny until I am ashamed of it and hold my hands over my ears. But the little dab of honey shortly engages the attention of the prisoner, and it loses its mad and begins to fill up, soon stuffing its little transport satchel so it can hardly waddle.

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Follow TheMyanmarTimes. Skip to main content. Start date Date E. End date Date E. Making a beeline for foreign markets. Thiha Ko Ko 01 Apr Calvin Pun, managing director of KeKokua Group, aims to quadruple its honey sales by the end of the year.

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