June 10th, 2014
This site is getting expensive, so I’m moving to a free version at http://davidbarwick.wordpress.com/
….but apparently you’ll have to type the address in, because this blog thinks that www.davidbarwick.wordpress.com is a part of this site.
August 15th, 2013
This year’s honey has a nice amber color. I like to set the jars in the window and just stare at them.
Last year, I took almost all of the honey from my hives and one starved. This year I left the majority of the honey for the bees. Next year I might have enough to sell, but these three quarts are all for me!!!
July 22nd, 2013
This has been a busy spring and summer. I recently finished painting the small dining room (formerly known as the foosball room). This is the room where Mary and I will attempt to grow herbs and vegetables indoors.
I forgot to take good before pictures, but these two should give you an idea of the previously sad state of affairs.
Aaahh, much better
July 3rd, 2013
Mary and I wanted to get into pickling this year, and the first thing we’ve tried is good ol’ dill pickles! These are made with cucumbers from the garden. We tried a couple different things to see what we like, and if they turn out well, we’ll make plenty more.
June 18th, 2013
I took a few quick pictures of some comb from the brood box in one of my hives. If you click the pictures to enlarge them and then click to zoom in, you can get a good view of the various cells.
The red arrow shows freshly capped honey stores. The wax cappings are nice and white because they haven’t been walked on much. The green arrows show pollen stores. As you can see, the bees store the pollen according to type, creating a rainbow row of red, green, blue, orange, and yellow pollen. (Later the pollen will be mixed with honey and it all turns brown) The blue arrow shows developing larvae. The purple arrow shows capped larvae. The bees cover the larvae with wax for its final stage of development, and soon a fully-developed young bee will emerge from every capped brown cell.
The blue arrow in this photo shows a hole the bees chewed through the comb for a quick shortcut to either side. The wet-looking cells are filled with nectar that the bees are converting to honey, which will then be capped. The upper portion of the frame is capped honey that has seen more traffic, and thus is no longer gleaming white.
This frame is mostly stores.
Anyone can buy honey, but only a beekeeper can get a glimpse into the world of bees anytime he or she wants.