Friday, April 27, 2012

It’s a miracle!

It’s hard to believe but my bees survived their first winter here!  A few weeks back I made “bee candy” to hold them over until there is a plentiful supply of pollen & nectar.  I’m guessing their food stores are running low even though I did not take any honey from them last year.  The bee candy I made up consisted of a cooked mixture of corn syrup, sugar, water, and vanilla.  Apparently it was so tasty Flower Girl was seen sneaking off with chunks of it.  I have found the longer I have the bees the more stupid brave I get around them.  Like messing with the hive without my gear on and without my smoker.  I got away with it a couple times but this last time I went out to feed them let’s just say I ran faster then I had in quite some time.  I also utilized the outhouse as a hideout.  Lesson learned!  Next visit with my bees I will be appropriately protected.  More pictures to come!

5 comments:

pilgrimscottage said...

I leave the bee keeping to my braver husband but, I admire your courage. Glad your bees did fine over the winter. Here's hoping you get a good harvest this year.

goatpod2 said...

Glad they made it through the winter!

Amy

aHunkaHunkaBurningLove said...

I remember when I was a kid, we would usually have a wagon of ground corn in the shed for feed, and in the spring it would sometimes be covered in honey bees. I guess they were able to get something from it because there little legs would be covered in corn shavings.

Anna Gretta said...

Laughing out loud at my vision of you hiding in the outhouse. Love ya !!!!!

warren said...

Yeah!!!

You can usually be near them w/o gear but never pop the lid without it...