Two weeks after being diagnosed with a severe allergic response to limonene and fragrance mix II, my allergist added “propolis” to the list after a delayed response marker appeared on my back. Shit. Propolis is resin collected by honeybees used to fill crevices and to seal honeycombs. Fucking bee glue. Confused on why I would … More DIY Liars
I love the chance to get the word out about the suspected reason for our honeybee decline. When I received Prime Magazine’s May monthly writing contest prompt, a flower, I knew that I had to incorporate my girls into my 53-word story. Again, another “loser” submission, but fun to write just the same! On the Brink … More On the Brink of Biocide
A week and a half ago, approximately 30,000 honeybees were delivered on my front doorstep. I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see my purchase of three, 3-pound boxes of bees delivered. I must have a ballsy mailman. Bees in shipment are notorious for picking up “hitchhikers” or other honeybees in … More Amateur Hour in the Bee Yard
What an amazing experience this afternoon! Today I had the pleasure of capturing and hiving my very first swarm of bees! This couldn’t have come at a better time: on last inspection of H1, I had finally succumbed to the notion that they were in fact Queenless, and I was going to have to do another split. … More Oh Hap-BEE day!
I apologize for the back-to-back bee posts, but it is that time of year! So bee patient… I promise I will throw a bit more variety into the mix, next post. If you can recall, I did a split of H1 last month. If you can’t recall, here is the link to –> Split – 21 … More Drone Genocide
My bees are stuck up. They can be described as nothing short of what my dad likes to call “Upper Pithington Smithe”. I provide a stable, sturdy hive for them to call home. I fill their hive boxes with symmetrical frames, and measure them during each inspection for perfect width and “bee space”. I even … More Bobby Pins, Brad Nails, and Beer
My hesitance to post about my bees was simply due to the fact that I didn’t want to jinx the girls before they had a chance. (My poor Chickens….) While I have not done an inspection since my split, I feel fairly safe in saying that the split indeed was successful, and I again have … More Split – 21 March 2015
With everything that I do, it always seems that I have so many great in-betweens and endings, but not so many great beginnings. You know that whole ‘when life hands you lemons’ quote? Yeah, story of my life. I have learned to season the best of “shit sandwiches”, and still…. I cannot count how many … More Hello world!