Browsed by
Tag: honey

This annus horriblis is coming to an end (or Redeloos, radeloos and reddeloos)

This annus horriblis is coming to an end (or Redeloos, radeloos and reddeloos)

So, my dear reader, you will tell by my heading that this year has not been one of joyous triumph.   Wikipedia is a great source of many things: many facts, some fake news, and occasionally it offers up a little gem of delightful  knowledge.  That is how I stumbled across the wonderful Dutch saying Redeloos, radeloos and reddeloos.  Let me translate:  Senseless, Desperate and Irrecoverable.  In three words that pretty much sums up my 3rd full year of beekeeping.     I’m probably being a bit…

Read More Read More

My first harvest (honey honey everywhere)

My first harvest (honey honey everywhere)

    I work from home on Friday’s.   So this Friday I decided after much contemplation, research, panic, and inspection I decided to harvest my first honey from the Flow Hive and my bees.    Essentially I am robbing the bees of their food.   🙁 There is a 3 day heat wave here, – getting up into late 30’s near 40.   Insanely hot.    My first concern is for my bees so I decided to trial a…

Read More Read More

Honey, honey, honey. (and my festooning bees).

Honey, honey, honey. (and my festooning bees).

Oh my.   Finally, almost a year to the day when I first received my nuc and set up my flow hive – I’ve done an inspection and there are frames of capped honey. (pictures below).   Luscious white capped cells of honey.  For so long I’ve been waiting to do an inspection and find capped honey.   I was almost beginning to worry the poor girls where incapable, and worried about what they were going to feed on over…

Read More Read More

Winter is coming

Winter is coming

  Now that Autumn is closing out and winter is well and truly on the way I am trying to work out the whole ‘should I feed my bees’ debate. I’ve read all sorts of differing opinions on this, the most consistent being that nearing winter a sugar syrup of 2:1 ratio doesn’t go astray. [That’s 2 parts sugar to 1 part water – I made 1 kilo of sugar to 500ml of water].  It helps the bee’s build up reserves…

Read More Read More