Saturday 20 April 2019

Les Abeilles de Notre Dame

A piece of cheering news from an unexpected source this morning. The 200,000 bees that live in three hives on the sacristy roof of Notre Dame have, against all expectations, survived the devastating fire. While the inferno raged all around, the bees responded to the danger by gorging on honey and clustering protectively around their queens. Then, it seems, they simply got drunk and slept through it. And now, to the amazement of all – including the cathedral's wonderfully named beekeeper,  Monsieur Géant – they are buzzing about again as if nothing had happened. A good story for Eastertide.

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