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Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey sneaked up on me. My wife and I left the Houston area 7 days prior to Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas coast. We were celebrating our daughter’s wedding up in gorgeous Aspen Colorado. 391 more words


Honey Harvest

They (the Honey Bees) are going strong. The hive is densely populated. It’s still summer and they have time to accumulate more pollen and nectar, regurgitate them over and over until a substance called Honey is produced. 117 more words


Cutting Squares - Cut Honeycomb

My topbar hive was becoming loaded, so heavy, that my poorly constructed hive support legs were breaking. I needed to both harvest and stabilize the hive. 261 more words



It’s been quite a while since I last posted.  At that time it appeared that both queens had made it through the winter.  Unfortunately the older queen wasn’t able to handle the drastic warm/cold swings of our spring weather here.   314 more words


Second Swarm

I had a call from mum as I was at work today that there was a new swarm that had landed on one of the pear trees near the garden. 363 more words


Welcome Home!

Today we had some new arrivals on the farmy. About 300-400 of them. And thus far they seem to be content in their new location. 624 more words


How are my first swarm?

Today was pretty windy and damp ~16ºC

The bees had drunk all the syrup in the side unit of the hive, but I don’t think they’d found the sugar syrup on the top of the hive. 113 more words