Candy Boards And Frostbite. Ah, January In Maine.

Since the bees had such a hard time storing honey this summer and given the collapse of last year’s supper strong hive in February I think it is safe to say that I am dubious about these new hives making it to spring. We had to start feeding with sugar syrup during the fall and a few…

(A LONG Over Due) Apiary Update.

Talking with my mom a few days ago she asked how the bees were doing and I realized I had not written about them in a great while.  This does not mean that our hive life has been uneventful only that I have not gotten it together to put anything down. My apologies. This summer was…

Long live the queen!

I have to admit I have been dreading looking in hive #2 for sometime now.  After the last inspection reveled that they were in the process of re-queening I have been very worried that I might have to combine to two hives if the attempt was not successful.  I defiantly put off inspection for a…

Let there bee light! (I’m sorry. I could’t hold it in.)

I love candle light!  In fact, I quite prefer it. Growing up in a place where the power went out frequently for extended periods of time I got used to the flickering lumiation that fire light provides. My mom taught us how to make candles when we were young.  Sand candles, molded candles, dipped candles, multicolor…

Off With Her Head!

The dandelions and trees are in full bloom! As much as I dislike (and my husband down right HATES) the mock cherry tree in our front yard, its blooms are the first large source of nectar in our yard.  So it gets a pass…for now. For the past week it has been buzzing loudly like…

Are You Checking Out My Package?

Well You Should. Actually it’s packages. Filled with bees.  Are you impressed yet?! No, fine. I was pretty pleased yesterday when I got to pick up my bee packages from Sparky’s honey and syrup.  In contrast to a nuclease- a package of bees contains only bees and a mated queen, no comb or brood like…