If you read my blog from two weeks ago, you'll know that at that time we did not have a single bee anywhere in our yard -- not even on a feeder bucket. Well, we left the bucket out and on Thursday we found a handful of bees feasting away. There were a few more… Continue reading Many Happy Returns
One of the challenges with commuting back and forth between our current home and our future home is our inability to always react to warning signs when we see them. It's frustrating, but currently unavoidable. Back in August when we were in a nectar dearth, we noticed some big, ugly hornets around that we had… Continue reading We’ve been robbed! (By hornets)
Last week, I mentioned that our one hive in the city was abandoned right after the eclipse. The bees were a swarm capture, and they were doing really well, so it was a surprise to walk up there one day and find no bees whatsoever. What's currently more surprising is that there are no bees… Continue reading What’s going on?
With family in Texas still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma a threat to family in Georgia and South Carolina, we're a little anxious over what the next few days will bring, but also counting our blessings as so many others are in far more dangerous situations. We also have even more opportunities to… Continue reading Battening down the (bee) hatches
At the end of July, I had 4 pounds of very ripe figs ready to process into jam and could not get the lid to my food processor to seat. At first I thought it was too early in the morning, so I polished my glasses, took another gulp of coffee, and tried again. After… Continue reading Oops – I did it again! Food processor woes.
I guess I need to start by telling you that the pollen substitute did not cause the regicide -- I was an accessory to that crime, but I have no idea of how hubby actually disposed of the evil queen once I helped catch her! We have another hive that has just become more and… Continue reading Pollen Substitute and Regicide
One of my main frustrations with cooking with sugar, whether it be jam or fondant for the bees, is the inconsistency of the texture of the final product. I know I have to get this right before I'm ready to start selling any jams. I'm now on my fourth thermometer and finally both batches of… Continue reading A Good Thermometer is Hard to Find