Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day #600 Goodbye to the Bee Blog

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Six hundred blog posts ago, I wasn’t sure I’d get this far. Each evening, when I sat down to write the post for the next day, I simply cast around for whatever topic was on my mind, wrote about it, and scheduled it to publish the next morning at 12:01.

Some entries were thoughtful, some informative; some were silly, others were sad. I never worried very much about what to say, though. After all, there was always going to be another day. Another day to be wiser. Another day to be better informed. Another day to shine. I'm a writer. I can always write. Right?

Well, all those other days have disappeared. I’m left with the knowledge that this will be my last post on this blog site, and I quite frankly don’t know what to say.

I feel like I’ve already said it all. When you read this blog, you see me as I am. You know a great deal about my life--not just what’s been happening for the past almost two years, but how my life has been shaped by the forces of history, of habit, of whimsy.

I hope you’ve learned not only a great deal about bees, but a great deal about life itself, and I hope you realize, as I do, that there need never be an end to the learning.

I leave you now, trusting that you’ll keep in touch. It’s easy to do: just go to the CONTACT tab on my website. While you're there, sign up for my new blog/newsletter and find out about my next adventures.

And now, 
  • If you’ve been with me from the beginning of the BeesKneesBeekeeping Blog, I give you my deepest thanks.
  • If you came in somewhere around the middle, I’m glad you joined the parade, and I encourage you to browse through the archives.
  • If you’ve been an occasional drop-in visitor to the blog, I do hope you’ve enjoyed your time(s) here.
  • If you've left comments, I'd like you to know I've thoroughly enjoyed our conversations.
To borrow (and change) a line from an old song:

"The bees and I are whispering goodbye..."

BEEattitude for Day #600:
       Blessed are those who gather nectar when they say they will, for they shall collect rich yellow pollen along the way, and shall enrich the hive.

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AggiePete said...

It's been a journey I'll never forget. I have so much admiration for you not only as a best selling author but for being able to do this blog every single day (except of course when you had the 'la snip snip'). It's been no easy task but neither was the beekeeping and you never shirked at any of it. Bless you, dear friend, and your 'fuzzie buddies' too.

Fran Stewart said...

Oh, heavens, I hope I didn't come across sounding like I thought it was a chore. It was a delight for me -- I think that's why I feel a little sad about it's ending.

Megan said...

Hi Fran,
So glad you are well recovered from your "op" but also sad that your bee-blog is over,I have enjoyed following it even though I only like watching bees in my garden and knew little about them.It's easy to feel isolated when you are retired and at home more and you cheered me up on those days with wise words.
However as one door closes another one opens so I look forward to going to your new blog. Also pleased to hear that Scotland features in your next series and can't wait to read them.Usually I read books set in other countries and times, like America and Europe because I feel I am learning something as well as reading a great story but I will definitely be reading yours.Also it will give you a great excuse to come over here for book signings etc -all expenses paid of course! and please do that before I move to Wales to live for my so-called old age ( I am 64)"adventure". Shame I didn't read about you painting your garage sooner or I would have sent you a tin of tartan paint straight from Scotland! there are some nice purple/green tartans around. Many thanks and love from Scotland,

Fran Stewart said...

Oh, Megan, how lovely to hear from you. When will you be moving? I had thought you'd already moved - my misunderstanding.

Please send me your email address to my public eddress fran at franstewart dot com. I'd love to keep in touch. And, even if you move to Wales, if I get to your side of the Atlantic, I'll definitely find you. A lovely, in-person cup of tea with an internet friend would be delightful.