Beekeeping has changed me. I have never been good at observing what is happening around me. I am the person who doesn’t notice that someone has new glasses, a new haircut, or an amputated limb. Months usually pass before I realize a building along my commute has been demolished. I become deeply engrossed in my thoughts and miss what is going on around me, but the bees are changing me. Now I pay attention to flutters in the grass because the movement could be caused by bees on clover. Weather forecasts suddenly hold my interest. I notice the progression of wildflower blooms because wildflowers feed the bees. The fact that bees make me more aware of the natural world may not come as a surprise, but this new sense of awareness has also spilled over into other aspects of my life including my reading of the Bible. Until I began keeping bees, I never realized how frequently honey and bees are mentioned in the Bible. Continue reading
Recently I met a friend for lunch, and over sandwiches she inquired about our honey bees. I love talking about our bees, and she is a good friend who indulges me. After I provided a status update she asked, “Are you making money yet?” Her direct question caught me off guard. Most people ask us when we will have honey available, and I think my friend was curious to know if our colonies had reached a point where we could harvest honey for sale. Doug and I are first year beekeepers, so we are letting the bees have all the honey this year to get them through the winter. Nevertheless, my friend’s question made me wonder if hobby beekeepers could make a profit from their bees. Continue reading
The tale of Fumagillin-B is a fascinating example of how global forces, which are frequently unseen by us, have a way of altering our daily lives in very unexpected ways. Fumagillin-B is a drug used to treat Nosema apis, one of the most prevalent diseases plaguing adult bees, and now it is no longer on the market. Continue reading
Rarely does a person’s expectation match reality. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if one is willing to adjust their thinking once reality hits. I still love beekeeping, but over the last few weeks, I realized that I needed to start making some mental adjustments if I was going to become a successful beekeeper. Continue reading
This week’s post is all about how we fed our hives this summer and what we learned as first year beekeepers. Continue reading
This week’s post is all about the honey and bee exhibit at the Kentucky state fair. If you read last week’s blog post, you know how much I like fairs, and the Kentucky state fair has everything a fair enthusiast like me could want: world class horse shows, music, a wide variety of fried food, contests in everything from best country ham to largest pumpkin, ……and bees!
Late July and early August is county fair season, and I love county fairs. What’s not to love? Hot dog eating contests, horse shows, quilt displays, an array of fried food, demolition derbies, and all sorts of competitions related to crafts and agriculture can be found at the county fair. This year I visited three county fairs in the north central region of Kentucky to check out the entries in the honey competitions. Continue reading