Wednesday, September 24, 2008

beekeeping 101

Last year, Lorraine really impressed me with her incredulous descriptions of her first beekeeping experiences.

As we all suited up our bee gear, i felt much like the crew of the Nostromo, and we all know how that turned out...
(anyone?) I wasn't nervous, I have been stung plenty, however, there was an air of respect, we spoke in hushed tones...

She promised me I could help harvest some honey from the Kitty hive but first we visited the other hives in the new electric-fenced area. A good thing we went to these hives first...

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the Mimi and Kelli hives were very peaceful, sweet bees tumbling out, bumping into us politely...
here is my favorite picture of Quiche, the picture of calm:

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they showed me how to use a smoker to control the bees (somewhat):

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Sharon our birdchick & her husband Bill were great guides...he sacrificed a bee suit so that others would be protected...
here Shazz holds a tray of pollen and bee debris:

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pointing out how to harvest honey from the frames:

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she even wrestled me in my bee suit:

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Neil carefully attends to the bees:

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although i look puzzled, am more entranced really, the buzzing is hypnotic:

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bee on my glove:

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Kelli bees:

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we ventured over to the Kitty/Olga hive and the mood grew a bit darker.

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within two minutes of taking the lid off, Neil and Euan were both stung, and then quickly after, Dog went dashing away, licking his wounds:

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here Sharon has a snack direct off the comb:

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and Quiche cleans the frame of the delicious honey:

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so grateful for this chance.

7 comments:

Dan Guy said...

Suit up!

I totally have to experience the bees next time...

Jess said...

Very cool pictures. Quiche looks dangerous with that smoker. :)

EmilyLady said...

This all sounds like a wonderful adventure ....

~Emily

Pauli said...

Honey bees and big carpenter bees - these gentle bees are my favorites. Sad, we have wasps and hornets by this lake. p

ariandalen said...

Aw, man! Ms. Fabulous was trying to smoke you! ;)

I looks like everybody had lots of fun. Well, except for Cabal.

spacedlaw said...

I love the picture of Cabal!

Anonymous said...

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