There are few things more enjoyable than the sweet honey scent of our beeswax candles, especially when we have several lit at the same time. I love test burn time. 🙂 These are just a few of the lovely floating flower candles Mark has poured. What’s amazing to me is the long burn time, considering how small the core of the candle is if you really look at it. The chrysanthemum candle is giving us a pretty consistent burn at 2.5 hours while the lotus candle (my new favorite) is steady for a solid 3 hours. Very nice. And they look so nice in a bowl of water. If we had a pond or a pool, I would fill them with the candles! So romantic. 🙂
After my day job today, I went over to the Honey House to work on an order of custom made gift baskets for my lovely sister in NC. I mocked up three different baskets for our discussion. I love technology – we were able to collaborate via phone and we worked out which design she wanted. That was so fun. This one was my favorite because of the lotus flower. I just like the way it sits in the center of things. 🙂 It was fun to make the baskets; I need to get in the swing of it as we are gearing up for the holiday season and that’s when people want the baskets more than the rest of the year though we appreciate the orders we do get throughout the year for baskets as hostess gifts and so on. Speaking of which, I gave one to our friends at Springfield Farm last weekend when we went for a visit and I rather enjoyed gifting something that I know people will eat and use for light and warmth. It was just a good feeling. I love to gift our GBR goodies and I love it when people want to spread the word and the goods to their friends. It’s like paying forward the goodness of the bees if you think about it.
On the beekeeping front, Mark reports the following – the Honey House is quite navigable thanks to the hard work of our friend Stan. He has bottled quite a lot of honey and that means clearing out buckets and then stacks of buckets. He’s keeping us current on inventory so that we know when to order bottles, labels and whatever else we need. The main thing is really the space. It’s amazing how much less frustrating it is to work in the HH when you can actually move around! lol
Mark’s day included checking on Big Oaks queens that he put in about a week ago. Then he had to go back to the Pizza yard to put in another queen in that hive I told you about yesterday that had the dead queen in the cage. Today Mark did find another queen they had so it seems they must have had two queens when he installed the Heitkam queen. He did find one of the original queens and kill her but since he didn’t realize they had a second queen already, we think they must have killed the Heitkam queen. Poor thing.