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Busy as a bee

Springtime is always a busy time for a beekeeper.  I’ve been so busy keeping bees and keeping life, that there hasn’t been time for me to collect my thoughts for a post in over a month!  For those who may … Continue reading

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Honey Pops

On Saturday, it was time to harvest some honey from Duncan’s hive (aka Hello Kitty).  His sisters and parents joined in the fun – watching, laughing, videoing and getting stung.  What should have been an easy harvest, turned into a … Continue reading

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To Catch A Swarm – The Sequel

Shortly after catching my first ever swarm, I received a call from one of the tenders of the swarm hotline that there was a swarm in someone’s backyard and it was mine if I wanted it.  I had just come … Continue reading

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Split/Swarm Update

It’s been over a month since my last post which I know has had some of you wondering if I’m still blogging or beekeeping.  There’s a saying in beekeeping – you can either make bees or make honey, meaning that … Continue reading

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Bee flags

When I was lucky enough to go to Tibet in 2008, I saw some of the most devout people I’ve ever seen. Some will walk across the country doing sun salutations on their hands and knees as they travel along, … Continue reading

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Waiting for Spring

Although it’s only mid-February and we still have another month of the official winter, there are signs of Spring emerging here in Colorado.  We still have more cold weather and snow in store, but I’ll take any signs I can … Continue reading

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Seabees

When I started keeping bees and put up my bee yard, my plan has been to adorn the fencing with various bee/nature related themed art.  I had Buddha on the ground and the Virgin Mary to keep him company, but … Continue reading

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Mites!

The varroa mite (aptly named varroa destructor) is a parasitic mite that attacks honey bees.  It attaches to the bee larva while it’s developing and feeds on the bee’s “blood” (hemolymph).  This weakens the bee and makes it susceptible to … Continue reading

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A tale of two hives

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, …… First, the worst…. A sad day for a beekeeper is one where they find that one of their colonies has perished.  Last year, I was relieved when … Continue reading

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Solstice Swing

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and  marks the official start of the Northern Hemisphere Winter.  This year here in Colorado, the Solstice occurs at 4:03 pm on December 21st.  While there’s no denying that it … Continue reading

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