Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Honey Honey

Honey is expensive here in New Zealand and much sought after especially by other countries. On our town's main road there is a honey shop which has a very large 3 storied beehive on one side of the building along with a very iconic kiwi character out the front. 



This is Mr Buzzy Bee. Now just about every kiwi kid has had one of these toys as a toddler, in fact Prince William was given one on a visit with his parents in 1982. The idea is that the bee is pulled along by a string and the wheels make a whizzing sound while the wings turn around and make a clicking noise. The first buzzy bees were made in in about 1940 by Maurice Schlesinger but went out of production after he became unwell with spinal meningitis. Hec Ramsey, a travelling salesman started producing the toy soon after discovering a gap in the market.

I'm interested to know if anyone else grew up with Mr Buzzy Bee.

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21 comments:

Billy Blue Eyes said...

There are a few places around our village sell local honey which I have often thought about buying, like NZ it is quite expedience. Mind you Rowse Honey have a factory in the next town and they sell all over the world

NCSue said...

Love that little bee!
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Fun60 said...

Honey is very popular here. A number of buildings in the city have beehives on the top of them.

Lydia C. Lee said...

Our neighbours gave us some honey! They have a hive. #OurWorldTuesday

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I live in the USA and honey is available at many stores. I buy a local honey when I can find the one I like. The little bee is really cute.

bill said...

How cute is Mr. Buzzy Bee. We hardly ever have honey, my wife doesn't care for it and I haven't had any since I was a kid and had a cold. My mother used to mix lemon and honey for our sore throats. I believe it worked well with us too.

William Kendall said...

I occasionally buy some honey.

Powell River Books said...

Mr. Buzzy Bee is so cute. I could imagine playing with a toy like that as a kid. - Margy

Shiju Sugunan said...

Cute Buzzy Bee! Honey is always a reminder of how much hard work goes towards its production.

kwarkito said...

she's so cute.

Tom said...

...I think that as a kid I had one of these pull toys. Thanks Amy for sharing this sweet post! Keep on buzzing and enjoy your week.

Jackie McGuinness said...

We have a lot of local honey places here.

local alien said...

I'm fascinated by those buzzy bees. I don't remember them when I was a child. They're so cute

local alien said...

Ps wish I could taste some real NZ honey again. A taste of its own

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I do not "bee-lieve" I had that sweet buzzy bee, but we (and our kids) did grow up with wooden pull toys.

thomas said...

interesting sweet place

Veronica Lee said...

Love that cute buzzy bee!

Happy Weds, Amy!

Iris Flavia said...

Very cute. Look at today´s toys... they bling and make noise all by their boring self.

ratnamurti said...

My 2 eldest, now 50-ish had a buzzy bee, and even my youngest grandchild, a toddler, has one. Iconic.

Terra said...

That buzzy bee sculpture is cute; I have seen buzzy bee like pull toys, but not an actual buzzy bee toy. Those toys are better than the current crop of plastic batteries required in my opinion.

Veronica Lee said...

Hi again, Amy!

You asked in your comment if the fruit in my post was Tamarillo. It is ambarella aka June plum in Sri Lanka and golden apple in the Carribean.

Have a great weekend!

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