The last time I actively engaged in beekeeping was about a month before Ruby was born (so about 18 months ago or so). In the swirl of life the followed the arrival of one little bundle, I cannot remember exactly what the state of things was heading into that winter. I do know that none … Continue reading The bees keep themselves
Here’s my lame excuse: We’ve been so busy! I know that’s true for just about everyone these days, but will nonetheless take the next several paragraphs to demonstrate just how busy this summer has been. It has literally been three months since a blog post went up, and I am certain I have missed the … Continue reading After much too long
It’s just the end of May, and it amazes me that the garlic has thrown scapes, the fireflies have made their debut, the tomato plants are beginning to blossom, and the bees have already gathered a harvestable amount of honey. Forgive me if I am redundant in saying this but nearly everything continues to be … Continue reading Garlic scapes in May
Last post, I mentioned that once bees decide they will swarm, there is no turning back. Last Sunday, several hundred bees found their way into the garage, where the extra beekeeping equipment is kept. Smelling like honey and cozy like home, the bees are attracted to the empty frames in supers and brood boxes. At … Continue reading Swarm!
Even after such a mild winter, I am guilty of complaining just a week ago that I was ready for warmer weather. I honestly wasn’t expecting 80 degrees in mid-March! As delightful as it feels, it sets in motion some things that would not ordinarily begin until later in spring (as it is still officially … Continue reading Who turned on the summer?
The bees have left the hive and are coming back with pollen! Here’s the comings and going at one hive entrance. I give them serious accolades for being the first hives (kept by our small three beekeeper collective) to make it in through the winter since I talked my own mum into this four years … Continue reading And they’re off!
You would think after nearly five years of hanging out with the flyboy, I’d have wised up to a few things. If there is one thing I know, he loves a good surprise. Correction, he likes a surprise when he is on the delivery end of it. That being said, I should have come … Continue reading Unlikely Valentines and Surprises