The Serbian Beekeeper (‘s Apprentice?)

The other day I went on a wine- and honey-tasting expedition outside of Belgrade, at a place called…well, here:

It had examples of old-style bee skeps:

It had an illustration of the development of bee-keeping technology:

It had a very decorative (if not entirely practical) beehive, since even Apis Mellifera might wish to worship in a church:

And it had a photo of the aged gentleman who was responsible for the honey production in the days of A Certain Retired Detecting Gentleman.  Unless you think this was a clever disguise, as a Serbian beekeeper…


  1. janet on September 30, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    What a great find, Laurie! I’m in the process of rereading the Holmes-Russell books, one of my very favorite series. I always look forward to the next one and keep enjoying the ones that came before.


  2. Myra on October 3, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Masquerading as a Serbian beekeeper is definitely within Holmes sphere of potential disguises!! Guess we’ll never know the catalyst behind this lark!

  3. Catie Burns on October 15, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I’m in Sudbury, Ontario. It’s a rainy autumn day. I’m enjoying The Bones of Paris. Glad to find a smart escapist novel. Thank You. I remember your name because I include the “R” of your middle name to make it into Prime Minister Wilfred “Laurier” and Prime Minister McKenzie “King”. Just a little mnemonic. Fun blog! Keep sending piks.

    • Laurie King on October 15, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Yes, and in a couple of cases it’s come across that way on covers, as LAURIER KING.

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