Showing posts from December, 2011

Finally getting to it

I've been meaning to do a painting of our hives for some time now. So, here it is, my first go at it. This one is in pastels. I still need to tweak it a bit--the far hive doesn't look quite right.
I might try another in acrylics at some time. I just haven't taken the time to work at my paintings lately, but I hope to devote more time to them here during the winter months when there isn't a whole lot else going on I can do outdoors.
Maybe I'll do a winter one as well, once we get some snow out there. Not that I'm exactly asking for snow, mind you!

Not Only Reindeer Flying

A year ago at this time, we were knee deep in snow. Today, almost 48 degrees and sunny, it feels almost like spring and the bees are out flying. With the sun so low in the sky, hive #2 gets some sunshine but #1 remains in the shade except for awhile in the morning. As a result, the bees were out having a great time from #2 but little activity from the other. This is always so fun to see, especially when I walk out and the only activity I can ascertain is a faint hum as I put my ear to the side of the hive.
Kathy and I hope everyone is looking forward to having a good winter break, great time with families and friends, and we wish everyone a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Stocking stuffer

Still looking for those last little items to stuff in the stocking?  This year, I'm giving the "kids" (they're both over 25) the beeswax.  Literally.  Mann Lake Bee Supplies sells a nice little mold that produces 1 oz. little cakes with the word BEESWAX embossed on the top.  You can pour 5 of the little cakes at one time.  Here is the result of my first pouring.
     The mold is very nice.  After pouring and letting them set and harden, all I had to do was to turn the whole thing upside down and they fell out very nicely.  They really look great and I think they and other family members will enjoy having some pure beeswax for all those sticky drawers and many other uses.
     The wax came almost 100% from the cappings when we harvested honey.  I had some from the previous year, and combined I was able to get a bit over 7 ounces.  Here's a quick rundown of my process.
     1)  After squeezing as much honey as I could out of the wax, I washed it thoroughly in …

Walter Kelley Newsletter

Walter T. Kelley Company is a beekeeping products business located in Kentucky.  They turn out one of the best newsletters I've seen from any of the companies.  They're always informative and entertaining as well.  I particularly enjoyed two articles in this month's issue--I Wonder by Lady Spirit Moon and Dronings from a Queen Bee by Charlotte Hubbard.  Both writers show the deep feelings they have for their bees, feelings shared by many beekeepers.  You can check it out at their website under the Education tab on the page or you can subscribe.