This past weekend the weather turned cold and the bees in our region were not out flying. When the temps drop below 50*F outside, the honeybees don't leave the hive. Instead, they cluster together inside the hive to keep warm.
That was pretty much what we did over the weekend; we clustered together and watched a movie called "The Secret Life of Bees".
My wife and I do watch a lot of movies, and I vaguely remember back to 2008 when this movie was released, but for some reason we had not seen this move before.
I recently saw an old advertisement for the movie and thought it would be worth checking out; it does have the words "bees" in the title after all!
The movie is set in South Carolina in 1964, and is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past.
Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.
Overall I thought the movie was great, and shown beekeeping in a very positive light.
If you haven't seen the movie yet, and are looking for a good movie to watch during the winter months when we can't otherwise interact with our bees, try renting "The Secret Life of Bees".
Click for a sneak peak of the trailer.