CategoryBees

Lots of bees

We have nine beehives now – isn’t that amazing?  Things got insanely busy after my last post about them and I never posted an update. A couple of our hives have swarmed since then, which gave us opportunity to practice some creative swarm catching techniques.  When they land 50 feet up in a tree, creativity somehow becomes necessary.  😉 It has been amazing to watch as God has sent us so many colonies this year.  We have nine right now, […]

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A swarm found us

Today was such an adventure. A swarm of honeybees landed in a tree right by our house, not 20 feet outside our door. Since we didn’t have to go anywhere, I was able to take a LOT of pictures. In the tree (about 10 feet up) A closer look Stephen climbing up to cut the branch the swarm is on Hi Mom! Finding the queen The queen (can’t really see her here, but she’s in there) Marching into the box […]

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I passed!

Stephen and I each got an email this morning with our beekeeping test scores. We both passed. I am so excited – parts of the test were really easy, but there were a few parts of it that threw me a little. It was a relief to find out how I did. This beekeeping is addictive though. . .

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It’s definitely spring

It’s definitely spring – wow – is the pollen count through the roof or what?!? It’s been so beautiful out lately. It makes me just want to stay outside all day, but of course that doesn’t happen. There’s too much to do inside. Sunday our church is having Homecoming, and then revival with Bro. Alfred Willis all week. I am so excited. Services have been SO good at church lately, and the Holy Spirit has really been working on my […]

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First hive inspection

Yesterday it was 80 here, so Stephen and I decided to go into the hives. I’ve stood next to him before as he’s gone through them, but never actually opened up the boxes myself. I was terrified. LOL! We have the top part of a bee suit but not the bottom. The last time I was stung by a bee, it was when one flew up my skirt. So yesterday, the only thing I was worried about was that I’d […]

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Taking a class

It’s class time here! Stephen and I will be starting “bee school” tonight. I am so excited. When the classes are done, we’ll each have our local and state certification for beekeeping. Now it looks like I just need to find myself a bee suit. . .

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Harvesting honey

Brushing bees off a frame of honey so we can take it in the house We harvested more honey over the weekend. It was probably the last super we will take off the hive for the year. They’re still bringing in a good bit of pollen, but we want to make sure the hive has enough honey stores to make it through the winter. Here you can see the different colors of honey we’ve gotten from the same hive. It’s […]

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Bees cleaning honey from wax

When the wax in the honey strainer bucket was pretty much done filtering (see here for the first post on processing honey), we put it in a pan and set it on the porch so the bees could take the last of the honey from it. There were a TON of bees on that wax. We really enjoyed watching them from inside the house, but Stephen went outside and took a short video. It was neat to see how clean […]

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Why our home smells amazing today

We started working on harvesting honey today. Our home smells amazing. There have been some questions asked about the process we use, so we took a lot of pictures this time. This is the super we’re harvesting today. Each layer in a hive is called a super – it is a box of frames that the bees build comb in. We have 8-frame hives, because the supers are easier to lift than ones with 10 frames. This particular hive had […]

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