Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina

Friday, July 29, 2011

Honey Production 2011

It has been a great year for honey at my house - 72 pints, 22 half pints and 6 quarts with comb.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Checking Bees and Hot Weather

We're in a record breaking heat wave - 5 days of temps over 100 - trust me, it feels like it's more.
I haven't checked the bees so this morning I thought the heat was reasonable - better than the last couple of days. 
Hive #5 is struggling - I did not see any indication of a queen and I saw the queen on 6/16/11.  Don't know what has happened.  Moved 3 frames with brood from #6 and Nuc #3.  Not sure if they will make a queen but it's worth trying.
Nuc #3, Nuc #4 and #6 all looked good - lots of bees and even saw some pollen being brought in.
The bees were a little testy and I was very, very hot by the time I finished.  Did not check the bigger hives - I'll save that for cooler weather. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Service Flag Quilt


One of my favorite quilts - this quilt was featured in the October 2005 issue of McCall's Quilting.

Service flags were first displayed during World War I - originally designed by WWI Army Captain Robert L. Queissner, 5th Ohio Infantry, in honor if his two sons who served in the war - they came to symbolize the hopes of every family who has a loved one in active duty.

Each blue star on a Service Flag represents a family member serving in the Armed Forces.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Beeyard - July, 2011

Late this afternoon, I put away the empty supers from extracting honey last week. I checked Hive#4 and they still had some space. Added super to Nuc #5 with 7 empty frames and 3 full frames of honey from Nuc #4.

Nuc #4 needed some space.

I'll probably do some more rearranging later next week. I need to check #6 for a queen. I could do some more extracting and take more honey - we'll see.