The Coup

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I spent a fair amount of time just looking at the bees this weekend. After the storm, I thought it would be restoritive to see them as un-dinged. There is little in the yard that doesn’t still speak of the … Continued

Moopers and Layers

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Just a quick update on the girls. They weathered the hail storm but have been very quiet ever since. I am going to attribute this to the chilly damp weather. Red’s hive is mooping along. They are finally starting to … Continued


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Yesterday we had a micro burst hail storm. First the sky darkened. My daughter and I were out in the garden finishing up some planting and we noticed the bees were -all- going into their hives. This is generally a … Continued

New Tools

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I checked on all the hives on Friday using two new tools. I spoiled myself with a frame gripper. This is a fancy set of tongs that grip a frame so you can pick it up one handed. I should … Continued

Garden Guest

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I raked up some weeds and leaves this weekend and thought that there was a red beetle in the litter. To my shock and delight, it was this little guy! This is a baby snapping turtle. His mom has visited … Continued

Bee Whisperer

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The bee inspector just left and all is nearly right in the world again. I am not longer concerned with revolution in the blue hives. Hope’s hive, who had built out supercedure cells (normally associated with a coup), have taken … Continued

A Queenless Day

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Yesterday was the first day so far this spring that I did not see any of the three queens. Sigh. I did see very very tiny larvae in both Red and Hope’s hives – so they are doing their job … Continued

The birds and the bees

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Yeah…I mean the birds and bees, not honeybees. I was talking with a handful of moms who all have kids about my kids ages. One was relating a story about a teacher who was showing her class squirrels in the … Continued

One year…

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Today is my beekeeping anniversary. One year ago our first hive arrived, strapped together with screens covering the entrances. It was a bit scary to see just how many bees were sticking their legs thru that screen and the volume … Continued

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