So much is going on but I wanted to take a few blinks away from the Spurs/Clippers game (ugh) to catch y’all up on some of the things we’ve been doing lately. Okay, where to start…
In the top picture, we had a nice, intimate class for two newlyweds who were delightful – hi Jess and Adam! We were expecting more folks but were fine with our cozy class. Makes it more like a conversation, as Mark put it and I agree. It allows for more interactive participation with the students and they get to ask all the questions they want as well as spend more time handling the bees. As part of this class, we actually got to show them actual harvesting activities such as uncapping the honey frames as Mark is doing in the picture. It is delicious and we are pulling about 500 pounds in this first dry-run of harvest. The big one should come in about two weeks so get ready for some local Wildflower that is amazingly light in color and taste. YUM. Sorry folks but we got the first bottle. 🙂 Hope you don’t mind. Call it taste test so that we make sure it’s good enough to share. It is.
And it’s also fun to photograph.
Friday night Mark and I went to the wonderful Winemaker Dinner at the JW Marriott’s 18 Oaks restaurant. One word about the night: WONDERFUL. The chefs used GBR honey in the first course on the quail and it was very exquisite – tender quail with a little honey drizzled on there. It didn’t make it too sweet at all. I liked it a lot. And besides the whole taste-good factor – quails are so cute. Like tiny, tiny little chickens. 🙂 I think my new friend Marlys and I agreed the “drumstick” was the cutest little leg ever. Hi Marlys!
As you can tell, I almost forgot to snap a picture of the cute quail before I devoured it. Must have been all the wine. There were two companies represented – Folio (Mondavi family of California) and Llano Estacado of Texas – and each representative spoke a bit on the wines. All I know was that the food was superb and perfectly portioned so that we were not overly stuffed. And somehow I managed to not be too tipsy considering we do not typically drink much. It was fun to sample such different wines and to see what goes well with different foods. Thank you, honey bee, for the wonderful Mother’s Day gift – you are so thoughtful and you really got me through that difficult weekend quite fine. I’m such a lucky gal!