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Honey Bees Arrival and Placement in Hive (photo's)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

This was the site we chose for our Bee Hive. It is private, shady and has a clear path for the bees to fly out seeking food.
Frames and hive had to be assembled, and the hive painted white. DH did the hive, while I worked on the frames, where the honeycombs will be formed. The frames have a wax faux honeycomb for the bees to work with.
Good thing my fingers are long and thin. I can see why I was assigned to this job. And DH tells me he has completed the assembly work on the hive. Now we're just waiting for the bees arrival.

Really excited, as the bees have arrived. The UPS delivery guy wasn't too excited, but he was perfectly safe.
The bees were aggitated over the long travel time, and rightly so -- they wanted a drink badly; so this is me spraying in some sugar/water. The calmed right down and became "happy bees."
The time has come to put the bees in their new home. George carried the hive up to the site, and I carried the bees.
The only safe way to handle bees is when you are dressed in a bee suit -- so it was time for George to get his on.
Amber wasn't too sure about this new addition to our "family." But she took a timid, closer look anyway.
Under a thin cover on the travel box was the top of a tin which contained the food the bees used during their travel. A red tag stuck out, and the Queen's special travel box was attached to that. She goes in first, still in her own little box. There are 3 or 4 bees in with her, and they will help eat the solidifid honey that covers a small hole so they can leave the box. They are helped by the "worker" bees who are in the main part of the hive. They all want their Queen close to them ASAP.
This is a close-up of the Queen Bee in her travel box. She travels with 3 or 4 companion bees. Just before placement in the Hive.
The Queen, still inside her box, is placed between two of the frames that you saw me assembling. The frames are inserted, upright, into the Hive, and the bees will transform the wax inserted into frames into honeycomb for the Queen to lay her eggs in.
They look like quite a large mass of bees, perhaps 3000 to 6000 (they go by weight).
It takes two or three hard shakes to get all the bees out of the travel case and into the Hive. They are quite aggitated again at this point, and they were swarming all over the place. Amber was only about 2 feet away, but they didn't bother her. I was 6 feet away, taking photo's, and none bothered me either.
Bees are all in, so the first cover on top of their Hive goes into place.
Final cover on Hive is now on, and the container of Sugar/Water is attached. The bees will be busy for a week or two making honeycombs and do not have time to fly out in search of food, therefore we have the container for them to drink. They will consume about 1 quart in 1 to 2 days.
Final photo of bees coming in and out of hive, enjoying their sugar/water. There is a "guard" bee posted at the entrance to make sure bees entering belong to their group, and not some outsider.

You now know more than you ever wanted to learn about Honey Bees.

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WIFEALF 8/4/2012 12:24PM

    very interesting..thanks for sharing..

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ROBBGIN 6/6/2012 11:02PM

    This was so interesting and informative for someone like me who knows nothing about beekeeping. Really loved the pictures and the explanations to go with them. emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/3/2012 2:28PM

    Fascinating! I wondered how bees are sent. I'll bet FedEx was happy that they don't have to worry any more. Have fun. emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 5/30/2012 7:18PM

    That is really cool!! Thanks for sharing!

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PSMITH3841 5/30/2012 12:54PM

    This was sooo cool!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial...I don't think I'll ever be a bee keeper (I'm allergic) but this was really informative....

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ROEANDGO 5/29/2012 12:01PM

    How cool !! That is the most interesting thing I've seen in a long time!! Thanks for sharing!!

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JACK714 5/28/2012 9:14AM

    Fascinating. Better you than me.

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4_MY_LIFE 5/28/2012 4:02AM

    So very cool. Thank you for posting the pictures and information!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/27/2012 2:14PM

    I think bee keeping is a very interesting endeavor, but not for me! hehe I am very happy to get educated via your pics and commentary! I do hope they stay happy and healthy and help you all out with pollination as well as providing you will nummy honey!!! emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 5/27/2012 1:26PM

    That was so interesting! Thank you for taking the time to do this for us. I was fascinated.

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STILLFLYIN 5/27/2012 10:08AM

    So very shiny! I had to show my hubby. We both really enjoy local honey and it is neat to learn more about it. We won't be doing any bee keeping since hubby is violently allergic.

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TRISTAROSE 5/27/2012 9:37AM

    I really enjoyed your pictures and the great explanation of the whole process!! I am always ready to learn something new and this certainly is very interesting. Thanks for sharing with us!


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MEEZERMOM2 5/27/2012 8:33AM

    Really enjoyed my lesson in "beekeeping" today & the pics illustrating it were great....BTW, you look fabulous! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/27/2012 7:28AM

    Love the story and love Honey great pictures
have fun just be careful


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ARTJAC 5/27/2012 1:48AM

    VERY INTERESTING emoticon emoticon

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Another Painting is Finished! (includes photo)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Party Time! At least that's how I always feel when I have finished and framed another painting. I don't know how "real" artists feel about the canvases as they finish off another, but that's how I feel. It's still a real novelty for me to see something I have created hanging on my wall. And, YES -- I do hang them on my wall, except for the one I gave my daughter. I figure if I don't like them well enough to hang them, then no one else will like them either.

This is a close-up of a tulip, you don't even see the entire flower. It is kind of a copy-cat of the style that Georgia O'Keefe uses, and I'm a big fan of hers. Hope you enjoy!

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ONUTHIN125 5/26/2012 12:59PM


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4_MY_LIFE 5/26/2012 12:10PM

    Very Pretty!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/26/2012 5:48AM

    Your doing very well with your painting so pretty and I would hang it on my wall anytime
Keep up the good work

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CATLADY52 5/25/2012 3:08PM

    It is lovely. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 5/25/2012 9:37AM

    Very Cool! I would hang that painting in my studio! I'd be proud to display it with my work, and that of my friends. It would make me smile every time I look at it! emoticon emoticon

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CINDYLUUU 5/24/2012 11:26PM

    Art should make you feel something. You are a real artist because you have created something that makes you feel. What I have always found so interesting about art is how we can all look at the same thing and all see something different. Your take on the Tulip is great. Keep on painting and party time!

Thanks for goodie!

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Phone Call to God

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

emoticon It would be so nice if God had a phone and we could call Him whenever we want, but of course -- He does listen even when it is just you talking. But to get an answer would be really special! Hope you enjoy this little poem which is being circulated around on the Internet.

God's Phone Call

Hello God, I called tonight
To talk a little while
I need a friend who'll listen
To my anxiety and trial.

You see, I can't quite make it
Through a day just on my own...
I need your love to guide me,
So I'll never feel alone.
I want to ask you please to keep,
My family & Friends safe and sound.
Come and fill their lives with confidence
For whatever fate they're bound.

Give me faith, dear God, to face
Each hour throughout the day,
And not to worry over things
I can't change in any way.
I thank you God, for being home
And listening to my call,
For giving me such good advice
When I stumble and fall.. !!!!!!!

Your number, God, is the only one
That answers every time.
I never get a busy signal,
Never had to pay a dime.
So thank you, God, for listening
To my troubles and my sorrow.
Good night, God, I love You, too,
And I'll call again tomorrow!
P. S. Please bless all my Friends and Family.

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KAYWEB555 5/27/2012 12:01PM

    Thanks for the lift!

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PSMITH3841 5/24/2012 9:28AM

    emoticon I loved this! I need to share this with my best friend....she's battling lung cancer and I know she will appreciate this poem. (it helped me too!) Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/24/2012 8:47AM

Thanks for sharing

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LYNETTEMOM 5/23/2012 12:41PM

    tks for this. I had an email from a friend this morning, asking for prayer for her mom who will have heart surgery on Friday.

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The Life of the Honey Bee

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

emoticon If we think our lives are hard, believe me -- it is a party compared to the life of a honey bee. If you happen to be a bee, there are three areas you could fall into. QUEEN bee is of course the most important, she rules the hive, basically lays eggs all her life, and her life span is anywhere from two to three years. WORKER bees are next, always female, and they do exactly what their name implies -- WORK! During their short life span they are constantly working. In a new bee hive it is their job to manufacture the honeycomb, so the Queen can begin to lay eggs in each little cell. It is also their job to go out into the world (up to 3 miles) and gather nectar, pollen and sometimes water. They bring these items back to the hive and put them where they are needed. Other worker bees act as guards. They guard the entrance to the hive and make sure no "outside" bees enter. They can determine their own group of bees by their smell. The Queen bee gives off a pheromone that is recognized by her particular group of worker bees. They love this smell and rub against her for the smell. There are also worker bees who go out into the world, away from the hive and look for areas that contain nectar. The life span of a worker bee is approximately only six weeks. Finally there are the DRONE bees. Naturally they are male, and they spend their time buzzing around, just waiting for a Queen bee who is in "heat." When this happens, the Queen flies to a height of about 500 feet, probably mating with approximately 50 of a swarm of 300 or so drones who are buzzing about seeking the chance to mate. Unfortunately the drone bee gives his life for the opportunity of mating. I won't go into the finer details of this act, but it literally pulls the insides out of the drone bee and he dies. Most of the time, in bees that are purchased for the sole purpose of raising honey, the Queen bee is artificially inseminated, one of her wings are clipped so she cannot fly away, and she is marked on her back with a small dot of brightly colored paint. When you order a shipment of bees, the Queen bee with perhaps four or five worker bees come in a separate little box. This is for the safety of the Queen during travel. Upon arrival at their destination, the bees are placed in a hive, and the Queen bee is placed between two of the frames, still in her box. A plug is removed, leaving her still secured in the box by solidified honey. The bees want to get next to the Queen, so they proceed to eat the honey to release her, usually taking four or five hours to complete the task.

We have pictures to show you step by step how this entire procedure is done. I will have them ready for publication in a few days.

During the first week or so the bees need to be fed a very rich mixture of sugar and water, which is made in a 1:1 ratio. To show you how rich this mixture is, compare it to what you mix for hummingbirds, their ratio is 1:4. They need this sugar water to live on until the honeycombs are complete and they are able to go out and forage for food.

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ONUTHIN125 5/26/2012 12:31PM

    emoticon This is very interesting info. Spark On! emoticon

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CATLADY52 5/24/2012 6:10PM

    Their life cycle is fascinating. It makes what they produce that much more precious. emoticon

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JACK714 5/23/2012 1:29PM

    Very Interesting...

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TRISTAROSE 5/22/2012 5:46PM

    Thank you for this fascinating information about honey bees! Do you purchase or build their hive? I look forward to seeing your pictures and to hearing more ...... Very interesting.

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/22/2012 4:36PM

    A Bee's work is never done - but I love the honey so enjoy it all and the honey cone is good too - thanks for all the info on Bee's

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LIS193 5/22/2012 1:47PM

    Fascinating! I'll never look at honey the same way again..

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STILLFLYIN 5/22/2012 1:24PM

    Very interesting. It makes me appreciate honey even more.

Thank you for sharing.

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I Just Learned I'm Going to Be a BeeKeeper!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Years ago my DH was a beekeeper. And a couple of months ago he was telling me all I never wanted to know about bees. Although I will admit, it was quite interesting to learn about the life of honey bees.

I have never been bothered by bees, hornets and the like, which was good because as I grew up in Minnesota, there were always some of each buzzing around the wild fruit and berries I would pick. And of course I love honey, who doesn't?

Then an acquaintance of ours who has a place a few miles from us here in the mountains, decided he would start raising honey bees. He asked my DH for help and advice having seen him talking about his time as a bee keeper (on our website). I have even made a trip over to his place when we would go to feed them. It was rather fascinating. Without thinking much about it, I made the comment to DH that we could have a hive in our backyard as there were many more flowers in our area than where this man has his bees. But it was just a passing remark, as in my mind I knew it would not be practical -- not at our Glendale home.

So on the eve of Mother's Day, he comes up to me and says next week will be quite a change for me. I laugh and ask if he's going to "turn over a new leaf?" He said NO. But . . . . . . . on Thursday I will be receiving my bee hive, and on Friday the bees will arrive. OMG!

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PS He ordered me my own bee suit today. I'm sure more on this will follow!

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PSMITH3841 5/15/2012 11:43AM

    A new Adventure! Sounds like fun! ENJOY!!!!! emoticon

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CINDYLUUU 5/15/2012 9:32AM

    You must be just buzzing with excitement. Have fun with your bees!

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ONUTHIN125 5/13/2012 6:21PM

    Cool-sounds like a great on line business! Spark On! emoticon

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MELLY3183 5/13/2012 3:39PM

    Wow enjoy the bees, I don't think I could do this. Good luck and can't wait to hear more about it!

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/13/2012 8:16AM

    Enjoy your bees I would love to have fresh honey anytime you will have to send me some just don't get stung

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