We made it to Sunday night. 🙂 If you asked me that Friday night, I’m not sure what I would have told you. It was a whirlwind, crazy-busy kind of week and I’m only now catching up on photo editing, uploading and blogging. There’s still more pictures I need to look over from our Friday visits to two schools and the wonderful Lily’s Cookies bakery so I will post about those things as well as about Mark’s second visit to JW Marriott Resort later this week.
Meanwhile, I can tell you it was great to get some rest today and to catch up on house chores. We also got out to two yards in Marion, a small town just about fifteen minutes from here. Lots of pretty flowers and green pastures out there to admire along the way. The picture above is of Rattlesnake Bee Yard. For some reason, I often mistype it as Rattlesnack. I must always be thinking of food. Mark says it’s because I’m thinking of fried rattlesnake. Yikes. [Just so you know, I mistyped it again in the last sentence and Mark told me not to correct it but the editing maniac in me made me do it.]
This bee yard is doing amazingly well and the girls are busy with their honey flow. Look at the beautiful frames below (hopefully next visit I will get a better shot for you all) and the nice chunk of honeycomb Mark saved for the three of us as a sample. At first I resisted because I didn’t want to get out of my gloves or under my veil but Mark brought it to the truck and away from the bees so I could try it. H-E-A-V-E-N. Those girls are making a beautiful, light-color honey that tasted amazing. We were all so excited you would have thought it was Christmas again. Mark and David put on additional supers on a few of the hives and they’ll check them again soon to make sure they give the girls more supers as needed. If you have never tasted honey directly from a frame, you are really missing out my friends. So, to all you new beekeeping friends of ours out there…here’s to a great season and harvest. We hope you get to sample honey from your frames and bees this year! If you can help them stay strong so they can do their thing, then you’ll deserve to sample their honey.
We also went to a yard that is yet unnamed – it’s a single hive right now but David is thinking of adding more to it. It’s on his family’s leased property and there’s clover on it so they want to see how the bees do there. Looked like they were doing just fine – lots of bees and lots of activity. Today was used as a check and also a clean-up day for the yards. David trimmed things back so that we don’t encourage any visits from snakes of any sort. By the way, I caught myself typing snacks rather than snakes. I must not like snakes as my fingers refuse to spell it correctly the first time each time. Snake snake snake snake. That was challenging.
Okay, we also had a busy yesterday! Two events in one day after a long week of running around meant a lot could and did happen to derail us a bit. But it didn’t keep us down thanks to our friends. We had our first Trade Days down on the square so our friend Jessica helped me out while Mark and David had Intro to Beekeeping here at the Bee Ranch. It was a hectic day that started out with neither of us hearing the alarm at 6:30a so we didn’t get up until 7:22a. 🙂 Good thing we loaded up the night before! We got down there and broke the double tent (blasted thing always was a pain) and then Mark couldn’t track down his wallet for a while. And later his keys. And then a very nice couple came by the booth, after Mark had joined us on the square, and told us our door was ajar at home. See what I mean? Crazy day. But we survived and we could do nothing but laugh and shake our heads during it all. I’m so glad we can just roll with things. It’s stressful enough to work full-time and work your own business without acting crazy while you’re doing it. Good thing we are both pretty calm people and our bee hands are also.
I snapped all these pictures with my iPhone and the last one had a filter applied to it from an app called Tadaa. I love that the 8-megapixel camera on the phone allows me to take great pictures as well as immediately edit some of them with mostly free apps. I love my Nikon but it is a heavy beast to lug around. iPhone goes in the back pocket and can be operated with one hand. Nice.
I see it’s 10:03p. Wonder if we might get to bed at a decent hour tonight. That’d be great. And funny that something like that can get me really excited. A girl needs her beauty rest, after all.