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Blog Profile / Linda's Bees

Filed Under:Hobbies / Beekeeping
Posts on Regator:849
Posts / Week:2.5
Archived Since:May 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Winter Solstice - the Shortest Day of the Year

I try to post on this every year because I find it so phenomenal. In the dark depths of the beehive, I hope my bees are alive and making it through what has already been an unusually cold winter in Atlanta. On warmish days most of my hives are flying. Show More Summary

Fun and Facts about Wax

Last week I was the speaker at my local bee club meeting. I have given lots of talks and wanted to try something different so I talked about Fun and Facts about Wax! I covered a lot of facts about wax and then talked about melting it, employing it in making candles, lip balm, lotion, swarm lure, etc., and ended with enjoying it. Show More Summary

Intown Jewish Preschool

For several years now, I have gone at the Jewish holidays to talk to the children at the Intown Jewish Preschool about bees and honey. This year I took the observation hive that belongs to my local bee club. It lives at my friend, Gina's, house, so I picked it up the night before on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Moving Bees - Again

My daughter, Valerie, and beekeeping son-in-law, Jeff, have bought a house. Jeff had two hives of bees at the house they were renting and these bees had to move. Jeff's new house doesn't have a good space right now for bees, so we needed...Show More Summary

My Grandson's Science Project

My grandson, Dylan, wanted to do something with bees for his third grade science project. He likes that I melt wax on the sidewalk in front of my house all the time so he and I decided that he could do a project about wax melting.He decided to compare filter materials in the solar wax melter. Show More Summary

Crossword # 2 on Honey Harvest

This crossword is focused on Honey Harvest. Have fun and email me if you'd like to see a filled-out version to check your answers. To work this crossword on line, click here.

Honey of a Dinner

For the last few years, I have offered a Honey of a Dinner at our fall bee club auction. The promise is that the person who wins it can invite up to six people total to come to my house for a dinner in which honey is an ingredient in...Show More Summary

Seriously Behind in Posting

Many apologies to all who read this blog. I have fallen seriously behind in posting. I've been out of town a lot and have been playing catch up in my business, with my house, etc. I wanted to make this simple post to let you know I haven't forgotten you. Show More Summary

Laib Wax Room at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC

In the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, there is a room that is completely walled in beeswax. Done by Wolfgang Laib (you can see the installation here), the room is illuminated by a single light bulb.Here I am in the actual room. Show More Summary

Hornets from Hell

When I went to Rabun County to harvest honey at the beginning of August, I found a dead European hornet on the hive landing. I have since learned that the beekeepers in N. Georgia are having quite a time with the European hornet and the baldfaced hornet. Show More Summary

Harvesting Sourwood Honey in the Mountains

On Thursday and Friday, my four year old granddaughter and I went to the mountains to harvest whatever sourwood honey might be on the hives we have at Robin and Mary's farm in Rabun County. When we arrived, the first thing I saw was this dead European hornet on the landing board of the hive. Show More Summary

Bee Fun Crossword Puzzle by Linda T

Recently I created a crossword puzzle about bees, using an app on my iPad. I put it in the August edition of Spilling the Honey, the GBA Newsletter, but I thought I'd also put it up here for you all to try and enjoy. The easiest way to work it is online at this link. Show More Summary

Feeding Frenzy Two

Today I finished cleaning up from our first harvest. I put out the wax - still sticky with honey in a pan and in two filters. Here's the amazing progression over the course of a short time as the bee foraging scouts got the word out: 11:23 AM 11:50 AM 11:51AM 12:14 PM I didn't go back down until 4:30 and it's all over now but the shouting. Show More Summary

Queenless Hive - How to Move a Frame of Brood and Eggs Without Accidentally Including the Queen

Julia and I inspected our hives at Chastain a week ago. We discovered to our dismay that my hive was queenless. There was no sign of queen cells and the bees, while there was no queenless roar, were diminshing in population. We added...Show More Summary

Feeding Frenzy

After the harvest, I always put the dripping frames from crush and strain back onto the hives for the bees to clean them up. So last week when we harvested, I did that - put the frames back onto the hives. Probably this week I should...Show More Summary

The Power of the Sting

Now that I am in my ninth year of beekeeping, stings are relative in their impact on me. Often I get stung on my hands since I don't usually wear gloves, but most of the time within a half hour, I have no idea where I was stung or how many times. Show More Summary

Cannibalism in the Bee Yard

Today the bee-eaters were out in force. At this time of year I often see the European hornet in the beeyard, looking for bees to feed their young. One such hornet has camped out on the post to the stair railing of my deck, keeping her eyes on the comings and goings of the bees in my nearby hives. Show More Summary

Maker Camp at Google+ (free) makes bee condos

I got an interesting email today from Maker Camp and Google+. Apparently they run a daily free camp for kids 13 - 18 about making different interesting and exciting projects. They wrote to me because I have a bee blog and tomorrow they are making condos for solitary bees.I've seen lots of bee condos on the Internet, but this seems like a fun project. Show More Summary

Crushing with Bear's Amazing Honey Crusher

This weekend Jeff, my son-in-law, and I harvested honey. I've been not as active with my beekeeping because I am wearing an air-cast on my right leg. I tore a ligament at Christmas and it hasn't gotten better so I have to do this for at least a month to allow the ligament to heal. Show More Summary

Lovely Greens Article

Tanya, a beekeeper, gardener, soap maker and nice person, from Lovely Greens asked me to write a guest post on how to get started keeping honeybees. If you'd like to read the post, here's the link.I was out of town at a conference when it appeared a week ago, but wanted you all to know about it. I certainly appreciated Tanya featuring my beekeeping and my blog.

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