So says The Beekeeper's Handbook, which I've quoted numerous times in this blog. I was caught by that phrase "there is no stigma." And I disagree with it. Having talked to a lot of beekeepers over the past few months, I've noticed that the ones who say
"Of course, I never use veils"
generally have an underlying pride in those words, as if they belong to an exclusive club, the Anti-Veil Society.
"You can use a veil if you're afraid."
"I just scrape out the stinger and keep working."
"Don't be ashamed if you have to use a veil."
Well, until I'm really, really used to my bees, I will use a veil, without any feeling of inferiority. The risk of receiving a sting on my eyelid (or getting an inquisitive bee stuck in my ear) is a bit more than I can stand.
I'll be buying veils in the next few weeks. I did buy three used veils -- a real mistake, as they turned out to be in need of such major repairs, they're not worth the effort. I wonder if I could ask for my money back?
BEEattitude for Day # 70:
Blessed are those who ask for what they need, for they shall receive.
One thing Fran is grateful for right now:Warm curtains over cold windows.