Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Sweet Deal...

Yesterday...
we made a deal with the bees

getting the smoker ready to keep those little sweet bees calm


taking off the protective tin roof and the top super off


more smokin' those little bees to show our persistence in gathering the honey

after all...
they aren't likely to volunteer the honey


taking one frame at a time and scraping the caps off...
although, we would rather harvest before the cones are capped by the bees
but, they worked faster than expected...
and the trays were FULL of golden honey!


that's me on the right...
not helping much...
but, I got to hold the lid - most of the times...
and take the photos


and my Honey husband did the fun part of hand cranking the honey from their combs


he deserves the fun part...
because he gets to stick his hands into the bees
and they let him know with several stings he was stealing their hard work

my Honey husband knows how to take them in stride...
and doesn't let them bully him into backing out of the harvest


bucket filling of something yummy...
done right under the cocoa trees in the farm bush


we get to keep some of the combs filled with the fragrant, golden honey...
to eat as candy...
only not too much at one time


oh yes - better than candy...
full of nutrition as well as the sweetness of flower nectar


we left the bees enough honey for them...
after all...
it's only fair, you know?
I think we both got a sweet deal all the way around

and the nuke on the right is the recovering hive after the wax moth invaded it...
it's doing well and busy with bees and queen...
and over time, we'll start adding more boxes to it


the fruit of the bees and of my brave Honey husband's labors...
waiting to be strained and settled for bottling


all 44 pounds from just 16 frames...
all the glory and credit to the Lord

after all...
it was His idea in the first place


don't forget to enter the Pilgrim's Farm raw honey giveaway...
just by leaving a comment with a name, if you haven't done so already...
so I know to put your name in the drawing bag

it doesn't need to be about honey...
and you can leave a comment on any of this week's posts

please do...
have yourself another butterfly...


May the Lord sweeten your day, or night with His grace...
more sweet than honeycombs

6 comments :

  1. Another amazing photo journal post. It appears you are enjoying that new camera very much. Thank you for your sweetness in sharing with us the adventure that took you away from those professional office jobs. It is delightful to follow your blog. Oh, and of course, I would like to be in on the honey drawing.

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  2. Thanks for showing how the wonderful sweet goodness of honey is captured. I'm sure many people have never seen the process. It seems fascinating that something so good could come from those tiny little bees. Now, what mortal man could have thought of that? It seems like a God thing to me!! Hope your brave Honey Hubby is fine. I wouldn't be.... I hurt terribly and swell like crazy when I get stung. Love their honey not the bees, so much!------- Shannon

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  3. Wow! Looks like an amazing event! A sweet event!

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  4. I really enjoy seeing you work with the bees. I was afraid to help my hubby at first but my fear went away fast and I fell in love with the hard working buzzers.

    Looking at your last two butterfly photos made me think about how perfect GOD is at making color combinations and that in the future when choosing material for a sewing project or a decorating sceme I will take some advice from the butterfly. xo

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  5. Nice to see these photos! I have read that it is best to work without gloves, but I don't know that I will be that daring.

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  6. The part I like is that you can work along side your husband.........preciousness! You captured the event beautifully!

    I am so excited........two of my Cochins are broody.Today they switched nests.......silly Girls!

    Hugs and may the Lord continue to bless your farm!

    Linda

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