As I arrived at the apiary the other day there was a van already parked there and sheaves of reeds stacked up nearby. Whilst I was getting my bee suit on there was no-one to be seen, but when I began lighting my smoker a workman emerged from the other side of the house.
I said to the workman "Are you the thatcher?"
"Yes," he said.
"Hi," I said, "I'm the beekeeper".