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June 8, 2018

"Holy Smokers!"

Bob returned May 20th to help install the nucs into our Langstroth hives. It was a warm, sunny afternoon, so the bees were very happy and calm. The afternoon hour was a plus too, since many of the worker bees were out foraging, thus reducing the number o...

May 23, 2018

Operation: BEES!

I had become a 'Nervous Nelly' as the end of April became the first weeks of May. I kept busy reading, making minor adjustments to the apiary layout and found myself frequenting garden centers searching for the perfect bee plants as if I was outfitting...

May 21, 2018

Yesterday afternoon I took advantage of the nice (or, more accurately - cooperative) weather and made a visit to my hive.

I set up my new hive equipment to prepare for the next package which we expect this week.

I also took the opportunity to inspect the hive. My husband...

May 13, 2018

Today was hive inspection day! I've been anxiously, nervously and excitedly awaiting this day for almost two weeks!


ince I installed on that cold Sunday, I was a little afraid of inspecting last Sunday. So I originally expected I would do it throughout the week. Howeve...

May 8, 2018

'To Bee or Not to Bee'

Books, school, videos, meetings, one on one chats and then the icing on my cake ... an opportunity to visit a bee yard during hive inspections!

Excitement, fear and doubt all swirled about my brain, as the planned day arrived. My biggest conce...

April 30, 2018

What a weekend!

Yesterday I drove out to Rick's house and picked up my first ever bee package! While I was excited, he could tell I was a little nervous. He picked out a box that wasn't sticky from syrup, gently brushed off some 'outsiders' hanging around the outside of...

April 27, 2018

Hive Painting Day!

At last, a sunny warm Ohio day (combined with an open schedule on our calendar) to paint the beehives that we purchased from Eli N. Troyer Bee Supplies back in February.

Up until now, the sturdy Langstroth hives have stood in formation i...

April 21, 2018

Christmas in a Box!

Christmas in a box! Well at least that was my initial thought, as I opened the door to my highly anticipated Amazon package.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (our pet micro pig) rallied beside of me with grunts and squeals, as I excitedly lifted each item from a...

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