Author Archives: Jay

About Jay

Bee keeper, home brewer, carpenter, hitch hiker. Also sambista, and ukulele enthusiast.

The bees in winter.

This is my first winter keeping bees, and it has been fairly mild so far. We just got our first significant snowfall on the weekend, and the bees were flying as recently as December 16th. Still, I do start to … Continue reading

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Odds and ends from 2010.

I’m still glad I decided to use a top-bar hive instead of conventional equipment. I’m still fine-tuning my design, but over all I’m happy with how my boxes worked out. The original frames that came with the nucs are still … Continue reading

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A bloghaver, not a blogkeeper.

It’s often said that there are more beehavers than beekeepers. I’m not sure which of those labels best applied to me in 2010. Of the three hives that I started from nucs in the spring, two are thriving in my … Continue reading

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What to do about Marjorie?

On Saturday Monday, I added a bunch of top bars to Marjorie’s box. Even in the rain, her girls had been coating the outside of the hive, two or three layers of bees thick, and I took this bearding to … Continue reading

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Updates from the back yard.

So, here’s the post I promised for the weekend, just a little bit late. It seems I wasn’t the only one working long hours last week. The girls must have been busy during that heat wave. Lili and Marjory were … Continue reading

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It’s good to be home.

Hi folks, sorry for no post in a while. I’ve been out of town all week, working 14 hour days. That doesn’t leave much time for blogging. I’m back now though, so you can expect a post or two over … Continue reading

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Moving Marjorie.

It had been some time since I looked in on Lili and Marjorie, and I’ll admit it’s because I was a little intimidated.┬áSince they shared one long box, working on either one of them meant having both colonies open simultaneously, … Continue reading

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