Posted by: Pam B. Newberry | April 4, 2016

It’s Been 331 Days…

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 331 days!

The Past

Whew! It’s been a while! I’m so glad to say that during the past 331 days, we didn’t give up bee keeping. I started a new blog related to becoming an author. Between setting up two technical writing businesses and building a clientele, the HoneyBees and Me blog went to the “NICE” to do pile. Sadly, I collected all kinds of pictures with the plans to post another blog. I never got around to doing it, until now.

The Present

It is April 4, 2016. The cold winds are blowing. The wisteria is trying to get its bloom complete before the next deep freeze hits. I’m not sure it will make it. You should be glad to know that we’re still in the hobby honeybee keeping business.

Here’s a picture of our weeping cheery tree the end of March.

Weeping Cherry Tree It's Been 331 Days Blog

Weeping Cherry Tree, March 2016

When you walked under it, it hummed with the whirl of thousands of honeybees and bumble bees and other types of bees soaking up its sweet nectar.

Last year, we had four hives, but only harvested off of two. Those two hives were extra prolific. We managed to harvest over 90 pounds of wonderful golden honey. It tastes so divine, too!

Going into the winter season, the four hives were strong. They appeared to be strong until the last snow we had in early March. We lost two hives. Now, this week, we are expecting temperatures to drop drastically each night. So far, today, the temp has hung around 60 degrees F. That’s not too bad, but the winds are just awful. Rains are supposed to come or maybe freezing rain and snow at some point.

Hobbit King and I aren’t sure how our little girls will fair. We’re hoping they’ll do well.

In the meantime…

While we are waiting for this cold snap to move out of the region and we are hoping the honeybees will make it through this week, I thought I’d post for you some of the pictures of life with honeybees I’ve taken since May 8, 2014. Enjoy!

Sending Honey Love your way!

Hobbit Queen

 

Posted by: Pam B. Newberry | May 8, 2014

Update on potential hive…

It didn’t work. Sadly, by the time Hobbit King got to the swarm location, the scouts had made it back and the swarm was on the move.

He said it looked like a tornado; the swarm was huge as they made their move.

Hobbit King was able to follow them across several yards, but then he lost it.

Here’s a picture of one of our hives when we first got them ready (1911) for a nuc of bees:

Hive One ready to receive nuc...painted by Hobbit Queen

Hive One ready to receive nuc…painted by Hobbit Queen

 

Oh well…maybe we’ll get one yet.

Happy Thursday to Everyone!

Hobbit Queen

Posted by: Pam B. Newberry | May 4, 2014

A chance for a new hive…maybe???

Just a quick post to let you know that we may have a swarm that we might be able to capture.

Cluster of bees knocked off the tree during storm. These bees managed to rejoin the hive before the hive departed for parts unknown.

Cluster of bees knocked off the tree during storm. These bees managed to rejoin the hive before the hive departed for parts unknown.

If all works out, we’ll have a new hive!!!

Bees organizing themselves and marching into the nuc box where the Queen is now located.

Bees organizing themselves and marching into the nuc box where the Queen is now located.

Keep your fingers crossed!!!

Another swarm on 4-13-12. We were becoming experts at catching swarms.

Another swarm on 4-13-12. We were becoming experts at catching swarms.

Woohoo!
Hobbit Queen

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