It's 20 degrees today - the perfect day to do some major spring cleaning for our two hives. Michelle is busy in the city quitting her job and celebrating freedom, so all the work is on my shoulders. After the harsh winter, although it was expected, we were sad to see so many go to… Continue reading Spring Cleaning
It's been a long, cold, snowy winter. We've been hoping that our bees have survived and are so anxious to see them. We haven't been able to open the hives to check because it's been far too cold and we can't risk exposing them. We have been monitoring as best we can from the outside,… Continue reading 2018: Breaking the seal
It's -10 degrees outside and we've just had our first snow. We can't risk waiting any longer and we need to winterize our hives. By now, we can only hope they have what the need to hanker down for the winter and come out strong in the spring. Stay warm friends! https://youtu.be/OIZh6YONExc
The population of the bees has dramatically increased since we got our bees back in June. Michelle's hive has less bees but some of her frames had capped honey. This is a good sign as each hive needs about 60-70 pounds of honey to survive the winter. With the cold weather approaching, we need to… Continue reading Getting ready for winter
When you have children, it's like rediscovering the world through their eyes. When you have bees it's like trying to live through them and understand why they do the things they do. For instance, check out this interesting phenomenon: If you leave a space between the frames for any amount of time, the bees… Continue reading Everybody hold hands!!!
"It'll make you want to get up from your seats and cheer!!!" --- New York Times Yesterday morning Michelle and I arrived at the cottage to check on our growing family. It had been raining earlier in the day but the bees had been active and they were all returning to the hive. However, upon… Continue reading Bee Rescue 911!!!
- Guest post by The Queen Bee It bee-hooves any good beekeeper to check on her bees regularly, and this weekend I was super excited to see my little buzzy ones. When we last left them, we had decided to "checkerboard" our frames - alternate the new, empty frames with the already quite full frames… Continue reading Mooooovin’ on up!!!