|checking the frames in our bee hives.
|lighting the smoker with my williams-sonoma kitchen blow torch!
membership in the danish beekeeper's association: 670DKK ($133) for 2011. this is a family membership, so we can all 3 go to the meetings and the lessons if we want to. it also includes a very informative monthly magazine.
once you are a member and you are assigned a local branch of the association, the lessons (bi-weekly from april 2 - september 12) and your mentor are included, so it's very good value for money. the lessons take place at the school hives, which are near a little museum about 15 minutes from our house. it's very hands on, learn by doing. or what those of us who have worked in the training business call legitimate peripheral learning. :-)
|the bees are looking good.
|looking for the queen - she's got a blue dot on her back.
|a view of the frames down in the hive. later in the summer, there will be two "stories" of these.
|an old basket carries the new frames - you can see the wax plate is attached.
|a gentle puff of lavender-scented smoke calms the bees.
|the smoker is going very nicely
at the moment, we don't really see this as a business, more as a way of covering our own honey usage and even upping that...i intend to learn ways of using honey in recipes instead of sugar. but we have quite a honey habit already - we use four 450gram containers a week in our tea alone. since our bee families can produce anywhere from 40 to 80 kilos of honey in a season (it's a wide range because it depends on so many factors), we should have plenty for our own use and as presents. i'm looking forward to having the wax to use as well - for candles and possibly to embark on some experiments in encaustic art.