Archive | March, 2008

Spring hive inspection with TJ

30 Mar

On Saturday, TJ issued an invitation irresistible to any new beekeeper: a hands-on demo of his spring hive inspection.

My first hive opening, it was magic. Check out some annotated photos from the inspection and a slideshow version below

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My lovely new topbar hive

24 Mar

My new top bar hiveProps to local woodworker, Bill H., for crafting this lovely little bee home. It’s a Kenyan Top Bar Hive with plenty of modifications designed by local bee sage, TJ.

I’ve got a lot of old men looking out for me.

My hive has arrived…

20 Mar

My hive has arrived! I will post pictures soon.

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death comes to the beekeeper

3 Mar

Dead Bee, photo by Hamed SaberOne of the most generous beeks in our local community examined his hives this weekend and found tragedy.

2 entirely dead hives

It’s the sort of thing that drops your heart right through your feet, crashing like a pebble on the dirt below.

Immediately the examination of conscience begins like Sister Rose Angela in the 3rd grade quizzing you tirelessly:

Surely, you have sinned, my child.

NM Beek did the brave thing and wrote about it. For a newbeek like myself, his experience and the naked telling of it are invaluable learning opportunities. 50 lashes aside, nothing hones one’s skill like a few failures and a visit to the bee catacombs.

Besides, he’s not the only one.

[photo by Hamed Saber]