Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bee stuff

I ordered a book from a second-hand book store earlier this week, and it arrived today. You may have guessed that it's a book about bees. I checked the ebook out of the library a few weeks ago and read the first part, but I wanted to highlight and make notes in the margin. Library ebooks are not jiggy with that. 

My friend Danny came across the book at the thrift store and sent me the link. I ordered it immediately. The title is A Book of Bees by Sue Hubbell. It's a beautifully written book about a woman who is a beekeeper. 

This week I added boxes on the two new hives. This box is where the bees make honey for me. Anything below the top box is to feed the little buzzers. 

When I took the top off the first hive there were bees there and they were working, but the number of bees looked fairly small.  When I took the top off the last hive that swarmed, they were busting at the seems. They'd filled the bottom two boxes with brood eggs, larvae, and honey. 

I haven't looked inside the original two boxes yet but I plan to do that tomorrow. I've been taking an online course from the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. It's teaching me what to look for and how to keep my hives healthy. 

So far, I've enjoyed this endeavor. I can't wait till the honey starts flowing.

This picture was taken before the last swarm.


  1. I am excited from the other side of the world, so I can only imagine your excitment.

  2. I'm glad you are enjoying this new hobby venture. It's nice to be excited about something. I wish I was as busy and hard working as a bee but lately, I've been rather lazy. I'm sure if I was a bee, they would kick me out of the hive
    Happy Easter.
    Hugs, Julia

  3. We are enjoying learning a little about the "Bees too", as you progress and give us the over flow. Nice about the book.
    Sherry & jack

  4. You and your bees are getting along so well. I wonder if they have a book about you.


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