|It was 97 outside, the 111 refers to the window directly in the sunlight. This is close to the beach and 97 is an extreme temperature for the area.|
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
|Having hidden bees in the city is not enough. We have to get out and promote bee culture and inform the public when we can. This was a "green" expo put on by the City of Torrance. Laura brought her bees and helped man the booth.|
|Randy who ended up organizing our effort talking to Roberta. Everyone came from the old Backwards Beekeepers but now belong to HoneyLove.org and.or Long Beach Beekeepers. We cross pollinate between the groups to spread the bees news in Los Angeles.|
|Laura brought a hive so the public could see how they are used. Most people have no idea. having only seen stacks of "bee boxes" in orchards.|
|We had visitors from all over, including a Torrance Sister City in Japan.|
|Every loved the taste of honey donated by Laura|
|Right next door was the chicken people. they are trying to get city approval just like we are. Bees and chickens had boards for comments which will get to the Cit council.|
|We even had a local bee stop by to sample the honey.|
|Just keep those taster samples coming and you will get a crowd. Next time we will be a little better organized and have some honey sticks to sell.|
Posted by Dennis In The Dale at 12:46 PM
Sunday, April 13, 2014
|This is where it all comes from, collected in February, about 16 frames of honey taken.|
|The start of the drip. Be patient. It will get there.|
|This is the collected honey, the foam on the top occurs naturally as it drains into the bucket. There is nothing wrong with the honey. It is still good and not fermenting.|
|This is the best part, bottling the honey. I do mine over the kitchen sink. As I do it more often I get better about not have too many drips and filling the bottle properly.|
|The reward for all the hard work, 27 plus pounds of honey.|
Posted by Dennis In The Dale at 3:57 PM
Thursday, February 27, 2014
|New Beekeeper Alyssa experiencing the joy of pulling a full frame of honey.|
It has been a non-wet and often Summer-warm winter. The bees had reduced activity but never stopped working all winter long. Given the weather, an early inspection and honey collection was the plan. I had great assistance from Ceebs Bailey of HoneyLove and new beekeeper Alyssa Archambault.
|It is good to have an attentive student,|
|Top box #6 (medium) had some comb but no capped honey, This is #5.|
|Lots of cross comb but that is a beek problem not the bees problem, these bees seem to like it. It is their house.|
|Maybe the prettiest frame and another right behind it.|
|Ceebs pointing out something to Alyssa.|
|Ceebs showing Alyssa how the comb on one side is off set to the opposite side by looking through the comb towards the sun. One on one mentoring is the best.|
|Some of the bees were just too busy to pay attention to us. They were very calm when we worked #6-5. When we got to #4 they were much more active but some smoke helped and they calmed down a lot as soon as that box was replaced on the hive.|
|My water source, a small water pump in pot filled with rocks. I have never seen a bee on it since it was put up about two years ago but it is there if they choose to use it.|
|While we worked the bees were still doing their thing too.|
Thanks again to Ceebs and Alyssa who made it a much easier and pleasant inspection and collection. Welcome back to The Buzz In The Dale.
Posted by Dennis In The Dale at 12:14 PM
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Lots of butt shots, a whole lot of butt shots. too many butt shots.
The last time I have checked my hive was in March of this year when I took out a full super of honey. The bees have been quite active and I wanted to do a check before Fall and see how they were doing. If all the boxes were full I would pull another one, mainly I wanted to know how their food supply was for the next few months.
I try to get another body to help, not that it is difficult but a honey free camera person is a blessing. I miss having Randy around, he is off to colder climes for the rest of the year. I need to enlist another photog and less honey on my camera.
|I have no idea what is going on here but in the preview mode the video is going sort of fast forward and jerky. No clue if that is deliberate but the video runs about ten minutes in normal mode.|
This does not look exciting. The first thing of note is how long it took me to break the super loose. There is something in the area that makes very strong propolis. It took me three passes to break out the super.
Next I started to pull a frame of honey but there was a lot of cross comb. The frame honey was straight there were a lot of connecting bits between frames. I removed a couple almost empty frames from the end, collected the bits of comb and honey off of them.
Then I decided to go ahead and collect one full frame (about 2/3 honey) and that grew into another full frame. That was it. I left three to four frames for the bees.
This is a shot of the comb after it has been crushed and ready to drain. Being a home hive and not a wild or old one the comb is nice and light colored. It should make some very pretty wax. At the end I show some old crushed comb from and old hive, dark and black. You can still get clean wax from it but that wax tends to be darker.
The Buzz is back!
|This is what I got from the frame & half of honey. There is some very nice bright wax too but it is still melting down.|
|Crock pot wax melter with paper towel filter.|
Posted by Dennis In The Dale at 2:27 PM