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Moving of hives

This past weekend my beekeeping mentor moved his hives to his new residence...but not without assistance, which I truly owed him due to all his help to me. However, since I was recouping from recent surgery, the only assistance I could provide was the help in...

Cool link

http://www.vanishingbees.com/great little film and information on ccd and the state of our bees. check it out.

lotsa bee stuff

been so busy I haven't had time to post.The four hives are going well...the admiral hive lost its queen but then the hive created a new one. Last week's check indicated the queen is laying, so it is back on track now.The two queen anne hives are moving along nicely,...

Update and pictures

I now have 4 hives, two in the same location as last year (queen ann) and two in west seattle- different properties.Last sunday was decently warm so I checked all 4 hives...saw eggs and brood in all four, and got a visual on the queen in the von veyville hive...

Busy weekend

I've been getting ramped up for this season of beekeeping. I finally inspected my two hives from last year. Neither made it thru the winter, appeared as if the bees didnt survive the cold as there was no evidence of rampant disease or lack of food. In fact, I found...

Orchard Mason Bees

A new adventure in bees.In researching what it requires for my condo bldg to have a certified backyard habitat, I got to thinking about orchard mason bees. I thought it would be cool to install some in our backyard area, or even just have them on my deck.While mason...

Bee Fun facts

From this month's edition of the puget sound beekeeping club's newsletter:Honey Bee Fun Facts• Honeybees are the only bees that die after they sting.• Honey speeds the healing process and combats infections.• Honey never spoils.• It would take about 1 ounce of honey...

exciting weekend

This past weekend I gained some experience in moving a hive...a full hive!A fellow beekeeper decided to sell one of his hives and I agreed to purchase it...and thankfully Tim helped me move it. We did this on sunday...but required some preparation sunday morning by...

Sneak Preview of the honey

After much anticipation...and risking ruin of your surprise if you are a lucky recipient of my honey....Here's a special preview.But first...to give proper, and well deserved credit* to my fabulous friend and designer, suze, who worked on the label design and metal...

The season of giving- give bees!

As the holiday season ramps up I am often asked what I'd like for christmas...I don't really need much, but realize that others are not so fortunate.Did you know you can give the gift of bees??

Bees in the News

The Puget Sound Beekeeper Association's newsletter compiled a list of reports of bees in the news and on TV...found them very interesting.Check them out!Bees in the NewsPBS, Nature Series, Silence of the BeesOn October 28th, Nature premiered an excellent one hour...

Extraction complete!

On Sunday, I went over to Tim's to extract my honey- he'd prepared his garage to process his, mine and a couple more folk's honey. THere was an official honey shoe area and a regular shoe area. The Extractor was sitting upon this stand (on wheels) and when in low...

Extraction preparations

Got the call from Tim last night since he is coordinating the extraction machine for getting the honey out of several people's frames. He said likely this weekend or early next week it will happen. He said to wear old shoes that will become "honey shoes" everafter,...

Bee sure to vote!

I need to name my honey...be sure to vote on a name by clicking your choice!See window on right side of this page to vote.