Labor Day Hive Check: Starting the Honey Harvest

A little history from Wikipedia: Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor movement – commemorating the social and economic achievements of workers. Dating back to 1882, this is “relatively new” holiday (you know versus Christmas) but today it is much more about the end of summer, retiring white fashion, back to school sales […]

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Beekeeping Photo Competition: Odds & Hens Submission

Just for fun Hubs and I are submitting photos to a calendar competition. Between the two of us we keep the images flowing for Odds and Hens. I did try taking pictures once while working in the hives. This is not a smart idea – its sticky business. Having my trusty helper, second opinion and […]

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The Bee People: Chapters 8 & 9

Miss Apis can hear and she can smell, though just how she hears, since she has no ears and just how she smells since she has no nose, puzzled people for a long time. The truth is she is able to do these things because of her antennae, which, you remember, are the two feelers […]

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The Bee People: Chapters 6 & 7

Chapter 6: Her Legs The reason Miss Apis never forgets her basket is, that they are fastened on to her. For, I must tell you, her legs are as remarkable as her 12,603 eyes, her folding tongue and her very peculiar honey-sac. She has six legs fastened to her thorax, which … is the division […]

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The Bee People: Chapters 4 & 5

Chapter IV: Her Honey Sac What do you suppose becomes the of the nectar Miss Apis gathers with her hairy tongue? … She does swallow it but that is not the end of story. When it is swallowed, it passes into a little honey-sac which is not as large as a sweet-pea seed and is […]

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Hive Check: everyone loves a loft space in Seattle

Went back into the hives after quite a few weeks. I certainly had the best of intentions to go in sooner but It was raining (one time we did try holding an umbrella open over the hives so I could do something quick – without incident but not very smart) It was too hot (its […]

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