Sunday, May 15, 2011

Yeah, I'm a Newbie

For the longest time now, I've wanted to raise honeybees. As I've said before, I am enchanted by all things beeish...honey, beeswax, etc. I've dreamed of being a bee charmer like Idgie Threadgoode in Fried Green Tomatoes, or sending the love like August and Lilly in The Secret Life of Bees. Finally it happpened. At last I'm realizing this dream and thanking God for creating the marvelous, gentle honeybee. My husband and I had the best time setting up the supers and releasing the little winged lovelies. We didn't get stung once. I did burn myself twice with the smoker. But that was okay. I was too happy to care.


Counting blessings

381 - For meeting Jeff Eckel of We Bee Brothers who provided me with the bees he raised and the equipment I needed. You should visit him here. These guys are so cool.

382 - my hive packed up and waiting to go home with their new mama

383 - We Bee Brothers inspirational and amazing urban farm gardens

384 - my frame-filled supers

385 - bringing my Russian/Carniolan babies home

386 - random backyard beauty

387 - bees' new neighborhood

388 - there's veggies to pollenate

389 - flowers to visit

390 - home sweet home





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28 comments:

Beth Stone said...
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Beth Stone said...

How funny - on my "one thousand gifts" post scheduled for tomorrow, I also listed honey bees. My brother recently started keeping them, and he gave me a little tour last week of his hives. We opened them up to check on the queens and feed them some sugar water while they're getting established. I plan to blog some of my photos later this week. Bees are truly amazing little creatures. I enjoyed seeing your photos, and I hope your bee-keeping adventures go well! God bless...

Ostriches Look Funny said...

I love it! I am so excited! I can't wait until you get honey! It's time for a little smackrel. This is SoooooOOO Pooh!

Nancy said...

You continue to be one of the most fascinating people I know who I've never met.

monix said...

Congratulations on becoming beekeepers. My daughter has kept bees for a few years and we all get great pleasure from watching them as well as eating the honey. Did you see the photo of our 3 year old granddaughter in her new beekeeper's outfit? You'll be wanting one when your granddaughter comes to visit.
Maureen

Julie @ One Penny Jumble Packet said...

If I had bees, I'd keep them on edge, telling them, "The only reason for being a bee is to make honey. And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it"? ;-)

Congrats on the new hives! That's so awesome! John and I talked about getting beehives, but we were afraid the bears in our yard would tear them apart. Keep those snaps coming -- I'm living vicariously!

Kat said...

Oh how wonderful! I would love to try that someday. Enjoy! I hope you provide updates on your lovely winged friends. :)

Julia said...

Hooray! I hope your bees are everything you hoped they would be, and MORE!

Honey for your tea! I love honey in my tea.

Cindy said...

The hive looks amazing - you would probably believe this - my "vintage souled" daughter wants to keep bees too! I will definitely be checking out the guys you got them from...it looks like they have creative ideas for making gardens work no matter where you live!

Have a great week!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

That is so neat! How fun to have honey bees! What a fun project to do with your husband. Looks like they have moved into a neighborhood ready to keep them busy! :)

Leslie said...

this post is bee-u-ti-ful. and so are you.

Niamh said...

http://www.apitherapy.org/what-is-apitherapy/bee-venom-therapy/

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Bees are such a joy. I never kept them myself, but friends have, and my mother in law did...And I have bought bees for the CSA farm I belong to in years (like this last one) when their bees failed to overwinter. There is something very special about them.........It seems like just the thing for you!

Joy Lake said...

Great post. I love the pictures, especially Panger Ban's cameo. hee hee. I want to see the bee hive in person some time. xox

Amy said...

You are one brave and buzzing lady . . . I had a dream about you! (despite the fact we've never really met) Must have been the bees. I learned in kindergarten Sunday School yesterday that honeybees never sleep--tied in, really.
T-girl:)

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favorite movies.of.all.time! how neat that you have honeybees!

Rachel said...

When you have your honey you can mix it with some home made butter, oh man now I want some home made bread. ;-) Have a blessed week!

Emily Young said...

Love this! Now I want some portraits of the new buzzing additions to your family :) Will you name them?

Kit said...

Jodi, wow, this is so cool. I'm coming to visit.

emily wierenga said...

you are so cool, jodi! i know, i'm a broken record, but seriously... i love this. and the movies you referenced--two of my all-time favorites :) xo

Joan said...

Congratulations, Mama and Papa Lenz! Very Pooish! The equipment looks great. You can tell their is a lot of love and creativity put into yours and the "We Bee Brothers" garden. The honey can't help but flow!

Rayanne said...

Honey is wonderful...and the home for your new bees is lovely! Enjoy. I love your backyard #386.

Chelsey said...

How exciting! You really are a new-bee, huh?

Will you be sending honey to all your readers? lol...

Bev said...

wow jodi, this is so very cool! a beekeeper...love it!
your yard is beautiful...

Kerrie said...

ahh, this is awesome! Congrats on the new additions! :)

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

How cool is this!!!!! Bees and more bees. I keep reading about bees today. Your pictures are so wonderful and your excitement even more so! Thank you for sharing your pictures and your adventures. Can't wait to hear more!

Stephanie Ann said...

The photos are lovely. You're going to get all of that yummy honey!

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

Oh yay, your bee babies are home! I can't wait to hear more about the process of raising them (or I guess the proper lingo would be "keeping" them -- sorry I got carried about with the bee baby theme!).

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