Well, I'm a little sad. It's just been getting warm enough to pop open the bee hive to check on how they're doing... So, I popped it open for a looksee and, as I feared, the hive was empty. I'm mostly upset because less than a week ago we were seeing plenty of activity. I … Continue reading Homestead Update: Some Sad News, and Some Happy News
Today was bee installation day! 1) nucs are way easier than package bees. 2) that's a LOT of bees. 3) the trepidation goes away after you've done it once before. It was an adrenaline rush for sure, or maybe I'm just a scaredy cat... Either way, I'm happy with how it went. I had to … Continue reading Havin’ Fun Just Messin’
Oh, gracious... It's been a nice, but exhausting weekend. Frankly, I woke up this morning already ready for my afternoon nap. But, there's work to be done! I have a ton of luffas that need processing, seedlings to be thinned, chickens to be fed, and I'm hoping to get some garden paths built. I was … Continue reading Work Day!
Our place is really beautiful in the fall, but Oh. My. Lanta. I almost haven't had time to enjoy it!! We have been outrageously busy here. This past weekend we had a wedding in the family. Our oldest was the ring bearer in my husband's cousin's wedding. It was pretty, and fun, and we saw … Continue reading More Winter Homestead Preparation
Welp, it happened. My first bee sting! Not the first ever in my life, just the first from my own bees. My husband and I were out at the hive yesterday evening trying to rectify the free-form comb situation that had developed. We added more frames to give them some space as they've already begun … Continue reading Holistic Bee Sting Care and Treatment
My husband and I went out to the bee hive this afternoon, not fully sure what to expect. As we opened up the hive, we were pleasantly surprised to find tons capped brood! Which means, we have a laying queen after all!!! Hooray!!! We have such a healthy hive, we need to add another super … Continue reading Brood!