A conversation here this afternoon:
[Me] "FH, your bees are going mad out here! You'd better come and look!"
[FH] "They are fine; I looked at them this morning..."
[Me} "But that was ages ago..."
[FH] "They are all right!" and I detect a slightly superior tone - he IS the beekeeper, after all...
Doorbell rings, and he jumps up to go and answer it
[Mrs Next-door] "Ooooh, FH, your bees are making a terrible din, I can hear them in my garden! Are they all right?"
[FH] "Oh! I didn't know - I'll come and have a look!"
And I exit stage right, quietly seething! The bees swarmed, and he had to go and deal with it all. Again. The second swarm in a week, so I think I have an idea of when things are not going quite right in bee-world.
This happens frequently here - not the swarming, but this kind of conversation - I can tell him something and he takes not a lot of notice of the information, but when someone else tells him the exact same thing, it is suddenly the most important fact he has heard all year, and he comes to tell ME, whereupon I now act all interested and don't say, "But I told you that yesterday/last week/etc" although, of course, I am dying to do just that.
So is it his age? Or perhaps he thinks I don't know what I am talking about? Or maybe he doesn't listen to a word I say? I hope it is the first or the last, somehow! Or is it a man thing?
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