I wandered down to look at the bees, then back via the garage to see how hubby’s project was proceeding. then sauntered inside via the back door – looking at the plants and garden as I went. Just as I walked inside I saw and heard a bee nip up my sleeve and felt it quickly crawl towards my shoulder. How quick that was! I had been warned how they tend to crawl up but had not realised how quickly. I had not put on my bee suit (I was not opening the hive). I had a jacket and a knitted cardigan and then under that a tee shirt. It seemed a sting was inevitable and just before I left on holiday. The disaster was several steps further unfolded in my mind. I took off the sleeve away from the arm with the bee and then managed to shake off the jacket hopefully without putting pressure on the bee to make me sting. I tried to repeat this movement with the knitted cardigan /jacket – much harder as it was closer fitting – it seemed impossible but suddenly I was free of that, too, and the buzzing seemed further away – though not that far! Phew.
Lesson learnt here! don’t become blase and rubber bands round the wrist might be wise even when the bee suit is not worn!