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Blog Profile / Linda's Bees

Filed Under:Hobbies / Beekeeping
Posts on Regator:839
Posts / Week:2.6
Archived Since:May 21, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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.

And About the Neighbors.......

The house next door to me has been on the market and vacant for about a year. Other houses in my area of Atlanta sell the minute they are put on the MLS, but not this one. It's a really pretty house, but needs updating and has an odd...Show More Summary

Good Use for the Boardman Feeder

At this time of year, feeding the bees is not something anyone needs to do. The bees in Atlanta are at the end of the nectar flow, but there is still some nectar to be had. I haven't fed any bees this year in 2014. All of my new hives...Show More Summary

Honey Moon - Tonight, Friday the 13th

I saw this on Facebook (I do go there sometimes) and on the Weather Channel. Thought you'd like to know:Here's the link!

Crushing Moment for Crush and Strain Honey

My friend, Bear Kelley, president of the Georgia Beekeepers Association, made me a gift. I was talking to him about the difficulty of getting an effective pestle for crush and strain honey. I have been using the same two since I began...Show More Summary

A Chastain Quick-Stop

This morning I had to drive to the north part of Atlanta to pick up my tax data from my accountant. Easy to go by the Chastain hive as I drove back to my office, so I did. I was in business clothes, no camera, but helpfully, all of my...Show More Summary

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul and the Taste of Honey

The front hive at Tom's house is desperately queenless, so on Thursday I went over to Stonehurst Place to steal a frame of brood and eggs from one of the deep boxes over there. The new Ray Civitts hive was looking good and needed a new box. Show More Summary

Where I Bee

I don't think I've posted this year about my hives and where they are.I have one hive at Chastain Conservancy. It's a teaching site for my bee club and Julia, Noah and I all have hives there. I have one hive that was made from the swarm that a beekeeper donated to the teaching cause. Show More Summary

The Delight of Hearing Mark Winston

When I studied for my Master Beekeeper in 2010, it was Mark Winston's book, The Biology of the Honey Bee, that was my mainstay. I read it cover to cover, underlined important places, dog-eared the pages. I consumed the book. And thankfully,...Show More Summary

Bees in the Mountains of Rabun County

My friends Robin and Mary have a farm in Rabun County near my house in the mountains. Years ago Robin had bees in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee where he was a physician. He tells the story about the day his queen bee arrived and he went to the Post Office to pick her up. Show More Summary

New Bees at the Stonehurst Place Inn

So a couple of weeks ago, I picked up bees from Ray Civitts. One hive was to be delivered to Stonehurst Inn where they are now happily installed. The other was going to Robin's. So now at Robin and Mary's farm I have two hives of bees. Show More Summary

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