Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bees are not in my bonnet

One of my summertime activities is beekeeping. We have at least one hive per garden for pollination, good vibrations, and personal fascination. And wonderful raw honey for oatmeal breakfasts.

Yesterday Sarah and I put a second deep super on the new hive behind the garden shed. The white specks in the air are bees.  The hive cover is next to my feet. I am staring into the hive at bees, frames and brood. We didn't smoke the bees; it was sunny and warm, and they are not yet up to full strength.
This was a good call--we didn't have any angry bee buzzing or stings.

Bees are amazing and essential creatures. They are also suffering from mysterious problems that science has not solved. I have read many bee books and try to keep up with bee news (this post's link to words and writing).


  1. Wow, Ana, you're braver than I am. A few bees, I can handle. A swarm or a hive? No way!

  2. As an end-of-the-year gift I got a jar of honey made by the bees one of my student's parents raises! It's delicious!

  3. Jen, I've been stung before, but even that's not so bad.
    And as you note, Debra, the honey is so worth it. Good for preventing allergies and colds. The essence of the season in a jar of gold.

  4. Must admit I hate anything that flies around my face or head, so beekeeping is definitely not for me!