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Beth P.
South Carolina
Interests: crafting, parenting, beekeeping
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Today, I started seeing my ladies bringing in pollen in earnest. Over the weekend, I saw just a couple with wee yellow saddlebags, but today, they seem to have found the Sam's Club of pollen, and they are buying in bulk! The pollen appears mustard-colored in this picture, but it's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bee In My Bonnet
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Lafawnduh is out! She arrived in this little queen cage, along with a couple of attendants: Each end was corked, but one end was also plugged with white candy to serve as a time-release mechanism. In a package of bees, the queen is a stranger. By the time the rest... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bee In My Bonnet
Last week I rejoiced to learn my youngest daughter had strep throat. I was overjoyed! Instead of another winter virus we just had to wait out, here was an illness where we could DO something. I tell you this to illustrate that I'm not great at letting nature take its... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bee In My Bonnet
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One (encouraging? maddening?) thing I'm finding about beekeeping is that whatever problem arises, there are scads of ways to approach solving it. The last time I did this much reading on a single subject (and found so many differing opinions) was in my early parenting years! My beekeeping starter kit... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bee In My Bonnet
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The bees appear to be acclimating to their environment. I checked on the queen today; she's not out of her little cage yet, but it looks like the workers are making progress on breaking her free. After dumping the bees into the hive Saturday night, there were still several in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bee In My Bonnet
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Checked my e-mail and Facebook obsessively to track my bees' travels. Mixed up what amounts to Kool Aid for bees (a 1:1 sugar to water mixture that will help them get established before the nectar flow begins in earnest...I need to stock up on sugar!) I had help from my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Bee In My Bonnet
Some years ago, I read a memoir by a lady (I don't remember the name...I think it had a red cover?) detailing her first few years of beekeeping. I was fascinated, and daydreamed about the day we'd sustain our family of four solely on the products of our suburban half... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Bee In My Bonnet
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Mar 15, 2010