I was hanging with bees on Sunday, literally. I have been thinking about bee keeping for a while, and on Sunday I took the first step towards that goal by attending a bee keeping workshop. The workshop was held by a local bee keeper, at his home, in a beautiful country setting. He and his wife created for us a wonderful day of learning about bees, experiencing first hand working with bees, enjoying delicious homemade food from their garden, making honey and inspiring me to take the next step towards my goal of becoming a bee keeper.
The day was so full, in a good way. Ian of The Bee Man answered all our questions, even the silly ones. We were a small group of ten, all of us interested in becoming bee keepers. We laughed, we played with bees, we tasted royal jelly, bee pollen and honey fresh from the hives and we left with confidence to take the next step on our journeys.
Let me share a bit of our day with you:
|Hello little bees :)|
|The Bee Man smoking the hive so we can take a peek inside.|
|A peek inside|
|Taste testing some fresh bee pollen...way better than the dried stuff|
|Checking out a frame from the hive|
|Checking out the other side|
|Checking out the bees|
|Bees were everywhere|
|My friend Elizabeth is pointing out the Queen bee larva, there are three of them in this picture|
|And there's another one on the left hand side|
|Can you spot the Queen? Hint she has a white paint spot on her head :)|
|Brushing off the bees so we can harvest some honey|
|Ready to harvest!|
|Ian opening up all the combs so the honey can be harvested|
|My lovely jar of honey, and yes it is delish!|
I am really excited to take the next step which is getting our hive and bees. We can do this now, so the bees will have time to establish themselves to make it through the winter. Or we can wait until spring to get started. Justin and I are still discussing when we will get started. He wants to take a little drive up to Ian’s and check out the hives and the bees, so I think we will try and do that early next week and then make our decision.
Either way, I will be a bee keeper soon, maybe very soon.