I figured out how to download pictures, but something just ain't right about this..
I can't get my words to go under the picture, like I used to. Bear with me, or is it bare with me, no I'm pretty sure it's bear....anyway, be patient. More so than I am being OK? This....hey look....my words are suddenly under the pic.....I am in no mood for it blogger......So anyway, we are moving this weekend.....partially. This is where I'll be living for a while. Probably a year or two. In a basement efficiency. So, I'm trying to figure out what to take and what to store.
My cousin came over this week to help me clean the living area so we can move into it.
Who likes to clean as much as she does? Who? Tell me.
Being the beekeeper that I am, a conscientious one, I was worried about my bees. So I spent all last week and the week before going through my beehives, instead of packing. The beehives were FULL. The bees had no more room whatsoever. I had to extract honey. 11 supers FULL of honey. Supers are the boxes (below) that hold the frames that the bees fill with honey. There are 9 frames of honey per super. So I had 99 frames of honey to extract.
Now I have tons of honey for sale. Too much.
So, if you live in Kokomo, and would like to buy some honey, let me know.
If you are going to be visiting Kokomo, and would like to buy some honey, let me know.
If you are going to be driving through Kokomo, I'll stand on the highway and toss it to you as you drive by!!!! Just let me know!!!!!
Do I sound desperate? This is a lot of honey blogettes.
Now, here's you beekeeping lessons for today. If a hive swarms, Fiona, the entire hive does NOT leave. Just part of it. What happens is they get too crowded, so the bees start making a new queen by feeding the larvae royal jelly. I know...amazing...you don't have to tell me. The new queen emerges and the old queen leaves with half of the hive. The bees will first go into a tree, or a mailbox, or anywhere really, and they'll stay there anywhere from three hours to three days. The whole time they are there, waiting, scouts will be flying around trying to find them a permanent home. When they find it, they tell the Queen who leaves and they follow. It's natures way of making sure the life of a honeybee continues.
And this goldenrod is in a field behind our house. You can be sure my bees are all over it, making goldenrod honey. I'm going to let them keep it. I am done extracting. I have even left one full super on each hive for the winter months. I've never had so much honey. Ever.
Now I have to get moving...for real....I'm moving....so I should say I need to get packing. I hope I don't forget to take pictures. I have been forgetful lately. Go figure. The other day I was talking to someone and forgot what I was saying right in the middle of the sentence. And forgive me if I don't blog for awhile....I won't have Internet service out there. Maybe I could attach little notes to my bees legs and have them carry comments to you....like little carrier pigeons....or maybe I'll take my laptop to Groovy Girl yarn...she has wifi and she likes it when you come in and hang out. Either way, I'll figure it out.
now let's see if this works.....