It was the end of May when my friend Billie & I installed my first two packages of bees. I remember being nervous about handling that many bees and hoping to just get it all right. Little did I know that it really wasn't that many bees in those boxes and by the end of the season we'd be working with a whole lot more!
I quickly had to learn how to re-queen one of my hives & this hive then became known as my "weak" hive. Man did this hive give me fits. or teach me alot of beekeeping lessons; whichever way you want to look at it.
Only to have it to fly away the next day. Hopefully they at least found a good home in our timber some where and will be great genetics for my future bees.
Speaking of the amazing "Bee Bill"; as my kids like to call him. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your willingness to share your knowledge with Billie & I. And for coming over on a whim when one of us is freaking out over a bee situation. Hopefully you don't regret the night we starting asking you questions at the Bee Club meeting. LOL! Seriously though; Thank you!!!
It's been so amazing to watch the bees work and learn so much about their importance in our lives.
Yesterday both Billie & Bill came over to help me do my Fall inspection. My larger hive is in great shape so we felt it would be alright to take a frame of honey to extract. The rest the bees get to keep!
It's so beautiful!
I brought the frame inside and last night before bed began the extracting process.
First, the wax cappings get scrapped off, using a warmed up kitchen knife.
The cappings and the honey are put into a sieve to filter out the wax pieces.
I let all of this rest overnight to slowly drain into the bowl.
This morning I filtered it one more time and put it into the glass jars. I was able to get just under a quart of honey from one frame. That to me is pretty amazing stuff!
Ella and I put the frame out on the fence line this morning so the bees could finish up the last little bits.
I'm so happy I made the decision to get into beekeeping and even more thankful to my "bee buddies" Billie & Bill. Hee! Now, let's have a drink to celebrate!
Oh! And for the record : I only got stung once!