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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Roast carrots with sugar, spice and everything nice

A quick side dish with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Carrots are easy to roast and make for a healthy side pairing. This recipe first made its Odds & Hens debut as backup singers to the fried oysters but today is their day. Roasted Carrots with honey, garlic and cayenne Ingredients: Honey Garlic […]

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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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It’s Okay to Get Crabby with Your Mother-In-Law . . .

. . . when it’s served up three ways in a Chinese Restaurant! Right now is live King Crab Season, at least here in Seattle, and the method of choice for celebrating the three most important days in April: mine, my father-in-law and my mother-in-law’s birthday. All within just a handful of one another, as […]

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