Monday, 22 March 2010
Another one bites the dust................
Another one bites the dust - courses that is, or to be more precise, my participation therein........
Shame, really; I find the cost of most, if not all, the courses I am interested in, those to do with my way of life, interests, etc, prohibitive. I can't actually recall any course that I've actually gone on; I get to the "That sounds interesting" stage, find out the details and on slam the monetary brakes. I know the people who run them are in it to make money, sometimes part of their livelihood, and that they have overheads, and other costs such as insurance, but some fees are taking the proverbial if you ask me.
I was interested in attending one at a local farm, where there was a day, billed as a "course" on natural beekeeping, something I'm very interested in; as isn't often the case, this venue is onlya bout 8 miles away, so eminently do-able from a distance point of view.However, the cost is 50.00 per person. Sorry, but for a day listening to someone talking about natural beekeeping, on a farm that hasn't actually got any bees at the moment (!) to even look at, I felt that this was completely over the top, even though "lunch is included". I'll save my 50.00 and put it towards some books on the subject, or towards a new hive or the equipment to make one, and teach myself. Looking about on the net and in magazines, I see lots that I would enjoy, but at over 50.00 a pop, no thanks; maybe for several days, but not just one.
Someone once suggested the idea that people only run courses to make money; not sure I entirely agree, but it's a shame that sharing knowledge and experience has become such big business.
Thank goodness for friends, blogs and forums to learn from, I say!
Posted by MrsL at 15:26